Living in Sliema, which is at a 5 minute distance by ferry from Valletta, made it easy for us to dedicate one more day to this charming capital. Although Valletta is quite a small city, you can always find there new places, and corners to discover. This time we decided to take a walk through the parks of Valetta, visit some well-known attractions, as well as several hidden-away spots that don't appear so often on traditional tourist itineraries. So let's discover them together in this second day Valletta guide!
If you're more into nature, and adore beautiful views, then visiting the Upper Barrakka Gardens will be the best option for you. In addition to the ancient arches, and monuments naturally fitting into the green surroundings, the Barrakka Gardens also offer an amazing panorama view of the Grand Harbour, and the Three Cities: Birgu, Senglea, and Cospicua.
Not far from the Upper Barrakka Gardens you can find the Auberge de Castille, which was originally built to house the knights of the Order of Saint John. Nowadays it houses the Office of the Prime Minister of Malta.
Close by the Auberge de Castille you come across the beautiful Roman Catholic Church of St. Catherine of Italy, which serves as a parish church of the Italian community of Malta.
Here you can see one of the few buildings, which is definitely a stand out in the whole picture of Malta. This modern construction is the Parliament House of Malta. Being designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano it was built very recently, between 2011 and 2015. The modern design generated lots of controversial discussions, as well as the cost of the construction, which reached about 90 million euro.
Although located a bit out of the city center the St. Publius Parish Church is quite an impressive building. So If you have time, my advice would be to visit it. The church was rebuilt following heavy World War II damage, and now it is listed on the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands.
Nearby St. Publius Parish Church you'll find another not less impressive building which is the Robert Samut Hall. Its stunning architecture will surely amaze your eyes!
The last spot we visited was the Argotti Botanical Gardens. It's the perfect place to have a rest in a peaceful and quiet ambience. Besides the beautiful nature and fountains you will also get some gorgeous views of the surroundings of Valletta.