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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  • We visited late afternoon and the views were simply stunning! One of the most beautiful spots in Valletta.  more »
  • This is a pleasant garden with Valletta coloured stone walls and arches. It can get very busy as some of the cruise boats tie up immediately below. In October the planting was being refreshed so it...  more »
  • Lovely place to visit - great views of the harbour and cruise port. Nicely laid out gardens with benches around the fountain. Cafe there is reasonably priced for drinks - not large but worth popping.....  more »
  • A unique gardens with oodles of history. Fantastic views over the harbour and very prettily laid out gardens. Easy to spend time with lots of seating and a small outdoor cafe which charges very reasonably. Much needed new toilet facilities, and I noticed that there is also now a accessible loo. Not to be missed is the noon cannon firing too!
  • For sure the best view over the 3 cities in Malta! If you take the Barrakka Lift, you will step out of the elevator right in the middle of the Upper Barrakka Gardens. It is even a more special feeling here because of the (paid) war museum below. Canons are displayed as well touching music, making this panorama moment even more beautiful!
  • Head here for an incredible view of the harbor. The gardens are very pretty and well used but the view of the entire grand harbor is fantastic. At noon daily there is a cannon salute - quaint custom - and very British. There are clean and well maintained toilets here and play areas for the kids.
  • The views are absolutely stunning from the Upper Barrakka Gardens. You can stand there for hours viewing the Grand Harbour. The salute battery went off at 12pm and we underestimated how loud it was going to be! Truly beautiful and worth the visit. There are set times they go off at so make sure to be there early as it does get very packed out, earlier there the better as you will get the best view! The garden in general is beautiful and well kept. With cute coffee places. Definitely worth a visit when in Valetta.
  • Nice view of Malta from here for photos. Also there is a elevator you can take (free to go down, 2$ to go up unless you have a ferry ticket) that brings you to local ferries or cruise ship terminal level. If you are on a cruise I highly recommend you take it to save time from walking up the long road to the old city.

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