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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Amazing location and a very pleasant stay!
My boyfriend and I visited Malta for his birthday and this is the hotel we settled on. I contacted the hotel prior to the trip to see if anything can be arranged to make his stay a little bit more special. Response rate was amazing and I received good news saying they have upgraded our room as a good will gesture instantly.
Location of the hotel is in the center of Valletta and is very convenient for us to tour around the city or other parts of Malta via the main bus station. Upon arrival we were gifted with some cakes for my boyfriend’s birthday which was a very sweet touch. Room as well as the hall way is in new condition and are clean, exactly as shown in the photos. Smart TV has Youtube and Spotify which is very handy for when we want to have a night in.
A remark of the stay was definitely the staffing – Danny from Reception has been exceptionally helpful in helping us with getting around Malta and giving us tips. Leonardo assists us with breakfast every morning and we had pleasant talks with him too. In general the staff are very friendly and welcoming and we never felt like we couldn’t approach anyone with for help. If you are looking to visit Malta I would highly recommend this hotel.
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