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Area (sq km): 320
Population: 398,534
Nationality: Maltese
Local Name: Malta
Language: Maltese,
English
Time Zone: +1 GMT
Currency: 1 euro = 100 cents
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Valletta
Dialling Code: +356
Electricity: 240V/50Hz
Internet Code: .mt
Religion: Roman Catholic
Climate: Mediterranean
Government: Republic
Inoculations: None
Driving: Left
Int'l License: Required
Banking: M-F 8.30-12.30
Major Airports: Luga(MLA)

Visit Valletta from Malta villas

When staying in Malta villas exploring its cities, be sure to include the breathtaking capital city Valletta and the macabre catacombs in Rabat. Also take time to see Mdina, called the Silent City, and the Three Cities of Malta that are truly remarkable.

Valletta, Malta
Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Fortress City

Valletta is often referred to as the Fortress City. More than that, Valletta is a living breathing work of art. Its baroque buildings are nothing short of superb and they combine together to make Valletta one of the most gorgeous cities in Europe and some say, the world. Book Malta villas now with VillasPeople.com and see for yourself just how alluring Valletta is!

Valletta also the dons the names World Heritage City and European Art City. Its unique status as the most concentrated historic city comes from the many cultures that ruled Malta and added to Valletta’s beauty over the centuries. The gifts bestowed upon Valletta are from the Knights of St John, the Arabs, the Byzantines, the Romans, the Phoenicians and the Carthaginians. The city has proudly become a modern city with the vestiges of an unparalleled ancient ambiance.

Stay in Malta villas for Catacombs of Rabat

Rabat is located centrally on the west coast. The catacombs in Rabat are what have put Rabat on the international map. During the Roman occupation of Malta the dead had to be buried away from populated areas because it was considered unclean by the Romans to bury them closer. Booking Malta villas is your opportunity to examine the historically significant catacombs in Rabat first hand.

The two famous catacombs are called the Catacombs of St Paul and the Catacombs of St Agatha. The catacombs are underground tunnels with rooms off the main corridor that contain the remains of the dead. The catacombs are eerie to say the least, but are an important part of Malta’s history. Whilst visiting Rabat, stop by the old casino house. It is a lovely old baroque building that is very romantic.

Mdina: Silent City & Malta villas

The city of Mdina is the old capital of Malta. It is located near the centre of the island. Mdina is a wonderfully preserved medieval walled city. Mdina has been fortified over the years and has been a stronghold in Malta because of its strategic location set on higher land. The fortress is everything you would expect from a medieval castle and is easily accessible from villas in Malta.

Its protective walls are high and imposing and its moat is deep. One unique feature of Mdina is the noise. There is none - giving it the name Silent City. Cars are not allowed on the narrow streets in the city with only a few exceptions like emergency vehicles. This gives visitors a chance to explore the old city in relative peace, perhaps as one might have found it so many years ago.

Three Cities of Malta

For a real education in the history of Malta a visit to the Three Cities is a must. The Three Cities in Malta is the name given to the fortified cities of Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea. The Three Cities remain largely untouched by the hand of modern man. The harbours serving the cities have brought in enough wealth for the area to remain self-sustaining.

The Three Cities are older than Valletta and are considered the cradle of Maltese history and culture. One of the most impressive sights of this historic area is the colossal fortified wall built by the Knights of St John that protect all of the cities. In the past they were often a prime target of invaders and plunderers. Be sure to charge your camera before exploring from Malta villas to get the most out of your photos of the Three Cities of Malta.

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