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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  • The Upper Barakka gardens are lovely, especially in the evening, a lovely ambience and the most fantastic view across to the three cities. Absolutely worth a visit or two. Really well maintained. A pl...  more »
  • As its name implies, is the garden in Valletta's high to from this place "three cities" and port with a seasonal outdoor pool. Not so great as the venue, but nice.
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  • If you are travelling to Malta and visit Valletta Upper Barrakka Gardens is a must to visit Breathtaking Views of the 3 old Cities and the battlements also they have a lift down to the Cruise terminal...  more »
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  • Good place to visit with friends and family. Awesome experience. Set at the highest point, the city walls of the barrakka garden offers an amazing view to see the firing in the grand Harbour. One can also have the panoramic view of the 3 cities, shipyard and the harbour. Before it was used as a line of defense. Nowadays it is used to welcome ships into the harbour. The firing is done at noon and at 4pm to help the ship masters set there watch according to the time.
  • Great views across bay. Lovely place to sit. Very peaceful even when it's busy. Some great historical places nearby too. Lift to harbour and some questionable restaurants.
  • Giardini molto ben curati e da cui godere di un'ottima vista. Vi consiglio di passarci un po' di tempo sorseggiando una birretta e sgranocchiando delle noccioline. Molto rilassante :)
  • sensational views of the 3 cities, and the saluting garden is interesting with live gun demonstrations and firing. €1 for the elevator (or included in ferry price from Birgu) makes it well worth a visit. Simply beautiful
  • A must see if in Valetta! It is a well maintained garden space with plenty of seating and public restrooms. From the viewing platform you have a great view of the 3 cities and the harbour. Each day, they also do a historical cannon shooting, well worth a watch.

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Where to stay in Valletta

The small city of Valetta offers fewer lodging options than some of Malta's larger cities, but accommodations include everything from upscale hotels to less-expensive guesthouses. Stay in the city center at one of several old-fashioned hotels to be in close proximity to sights like St. Johns Co-Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, multiple museums, and a wide variety of restaurants. One fun option involves renting traditional Valletta houses that have been converted into rental properties and date back to the time of the Knights of Malta. Smaller bed and breakfasts are dispersed throughout the city. Book well in advance to avoid high prices.
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