A new title for the eminent Valletta – Capital City of Culture 2018

Malta’s stunning capital Valletta has been bestowed the Council of Europe’s prestigious title of European Capital of Culture (ECoC), for 2018. This Council of Europe initiative was set up in 1985, with 40 cities being given the title, since then. The Valletta 2018 Foundation is implementing an extensive cultural programme to highlight the City’s cultural heritage. This title has also been a major driver behind various impressive regeneration projects, which have been carried out in Valletta.

Valletta bears the name of Grand Master Jean Parisot de Valette, who was the main proponent of the building of a new capital fortress for the Maltese Islands. Francesco Laparelli (who worked with Michelangelo on Saint Peter’s Basilica) was the architect entrusted with this project. Local architect Girolamo Cassar assisted Laparelli in the construction of the city, in grid-formation.

The fortress capital boasts a stunning array of 16th century buildings all within walking distance of each other. This was a deciding factor for UNESCO to officially recognise the City of Valletta as a World Heritage Site, in 1980.

The city today has a population of 7,000 and is Malta’s economic and political centre. After working hours the various theatres, restaurants and wine bars of Valletta give the city a more relaxed and entertaining vibe.

For more information, visit: http://valletta2018.org/

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Perfect location and helpful, friendly staff
We ( couple) just spent 6 nights at this small but lovely hotel in the heart of the old part of Valletta, and an easy 10 minute walk to the bus station from where you can reach all towns in Malta.
Everything is new, room was spacious and fitted with quality linen, very comfortable bed, a coffee maker and kettle. The bathroom was huge, and obviously suitable for wheelchair access. The small balcony was a nice addition though it was too hot to really make use of it. Breakfast ( included) was served in the pizzeria next door and there was an excellent choice of cereals, fruits, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, cold meats, smoked salmon and breads.
Every staff member we encountered was warm, friendly and extremely helpful. Special mention of Irma (reception) and Jelenor (breakfast), and Daniel (manager) for excellent customer service. The roof top terrace, still a work in progress, was available to use and we enjoyed taking a drink up there in the evening and admiring the big view of Valletta. There are countless eateries outside and within a couple of minutes walk of the Hôtel, providing an excellent choice for dining. We loved our stay and would heartily recommend it as a base for exploring beautiful Malta.
Peter W

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