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Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta

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Once reserved as a retreat for the Knights of the Italian langue, Upper Barrakka Gardens today is one of the country's most beautiful public gardens. The park, created in 1755, sits perched at the highest point of the city walls and offers superb views of the Grand Harbor, the old towns of Senglea and Vittoriosa, and the Saluting Battery below. Relish the gardens' striking vistas and discover a number of significant statues, including a gift from Winston Churchill and an artwork created by one of Malta's best-known sculptors, Antonio Sciortino. Relax on one of the many benches, and grab refreshments from the small on-site cafe. Using our custom trip planner, Valletta attractions like Upper Barrakka Gardens can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • These are pretty gardens with spectacular views of the surrounding area. Plenty of shaded benches to enjoy the views and seek shelter from the sun. 
    These are pretty gardens with spectacular views of the surrounding area. Plenty of shaded benches to enjoy the views and seek shelter from the sun.  more »
  • My wife and myself are currently holidaying in Malta staying at the impressive Corinthia Palace Hotel (Review to follow) and earlier today we visited the Upper Barrakka Gardens - timing our visit to.....  more
    My wife and myself are currently holidaying in Malta staying at the impressive Corinthia Palace Hotel (Review to follow) and earlier today we visited the Upper Barrakka Gardens - timing our visit to.....  more »
  • A must see sight in Valletta. It provides an amazing panoramic view of the whole bay. In order to get a good spot for the daily firing of the cannons, I suggest to arrive 10-15 minutes earlier. 
    A must see sight in Valletta. It provides an amazing panoramic view of the whole bay. In order to get a good spot for the daily firing of the cannons, I suggest to arrive 10-15 minutes earlier.  more »
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  • A beautiful, very attractive garden at the top of Valletta, with incredible views. I think the best views of Valletta as well as across to the Three Cities. There are plenty of opportunities for stunning photographs, particularly around the two rows of stone archways at the back. There are public loos and a kiosk for refreshments and food. I found the Lower Barrack Gardens to be more beautiful and peaceful, and certainly less people, but the Upper Gardens have a ‘Saluting Battery’ which features a gun that is fired at midday and at 4pm everyday except Sundays which is certainly a spectacle to be seen. To view the gun being fired in the Saluting Battery, tickets are 3 euros per adult, otherwise you can stand on the balcony above it (through the archways) and have a good view - though worth getting there early as people line up quickly along the balcony, and so you might not have a clear view if you arrive late.
  • Combines a small attractive garden (trees, flowers, paths, ornamental pond) with stunning views of Grand Harbour. From the viewing gallery one can watch the firing of the cannon of the saluting battery below. There's a small open air cafe selling drinks, ices and basic sandwiches. A good place to relax for a few minutes.
  • Lovely place to sit, have a drink or a bite to eat. There is a restaurant with outdoor seating. A great place to walk around and take in the views of the island from within Valletta's walls. You have to experience it at night as well, the city is lit up and it's really impressive.
  • We visited the gardens today to watch the cannon fire and had a good time. The gardens are located above the harbour and provides the best views of the 3 cities. The place is full of memorials and monuments of icons like Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and Thomas Maitland. Recommend visiting at noon for firing of cannons so that the visit covers everything.
  • A must visit place in the city with lots to admire and great views over the water. Time your visit well and it’s also a good spot to watch the firing of the cannons below and the history is really evident. A great place to relax at and a highlight of my visit to the city.

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