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A circular tour of Valletta

Posted in Malta, Valletta by folkestonejack on March 21, 2014

The compact nature of Valletta means that it is relatively easy to get from end to end in barely any time at all, but for a more scenic walk we decided to take a round tour of the coast line to/from the Upper Barakka Gardens via Fort St Elmo. Stopping every few minutes for another photograph also helped to slow things down!

In the shadow of Fort St Elmo

In the shadow of Fort St Elmo

Our walk took us to the opposite side of Valletta, via Hastings Gardens, reaching the lowest level via Triq San Mark (the road that takes you down to the Sliema Ferry). From here you can walk along Triq Il-Lanca (Boat Street) along the edge of Marsamxett Harbour to Fort St Elmo.

A rock cut road continues where the tarmac finishes, taking you underneath St Gregory’s Bastion, Ball’s Bastion and Abercrombie Bastion. It is a relatively straightforward walk from this point up to the Breakwater Bridge.

The Breakwater Bridge

The Breakwater Bridge

The bridge was inaugurated in July 2012, seventy one years after the original structure was destroyed in a torpedo boat attack by Italian naval forces. It is good to see that the central pillar from the wrecked bridge remains as a reminder of this grim period in Malta’s history. Unfortunately the bridge is currently closed due to some damage caused by rough seas in January 2014 (we could see substantial holes in the decking and twisted balustrades).

The road ends at this point but you can continue to walk around Fort St Elmo by means of a path and steps cut into the rock, across a small bridge and up to Triq Il-Mediterran (Mediterranean Street). If you look across the other side of the bay here you can see a rather lovely set of ships painted on the rocks.

Ship on the rocks

Ship on the rocks

A short walk from here brings you to the Siege Bell and above this, the Lower Barakka Gardens. We continued our walk along Lvant, round the corner into St Barbara Bastion, past the Victoria Gate, up Triq Sant’ Orsla and back to our starting point. The Upper Barakka Gardens proved to be the perfect spot to end the day, with the sun casting a golden glow over Fort St Angelo and the Three Cities.


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