The Knights Hospitaller constructed Valletta’s 16th-century buildings. The city was named after Jean Parisot de Valette, who succeeded in defending the island from an Ottoman invasion during the Great Siege of Malta. The town is Baroque, with elements of Mannerist, Neo-Classical, and Modern architecture. However, the Second World War left major scars on the city, particularly the Royal Opera House’s destruction. The town was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.
The city is noted for its fortifications, consisting of bastions, curtains, and cavaliers, along with the beauty of its Baroque palaces, gardens, and churches. Real estate in Valletta options can be varied – from ancient 16th Century palazzos to post-World War II apartments. Buildings that were constructed at the Colonial era’s height, not to mention the modern converted luxury properties that come available for sale for rent from time to time.
It is hard to make a shortlist of all the places of interest in Valletta – there are way too many – a valid reason why the City of Valletta was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. However, key sites to check out include St John’s Co-Cathedral, the Mediterranean Conference Centre, St James Cavalier, the new Parliament Building, the Palace, the National Library, Piazza Regina, Strait Street, the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Archaeology, Casa Rocca Piccola, The Manoel Theatre, The Malta Society of Arts, the site of the fallen Royal Opera House, the various churches and chapels, the Upper Barrakka Gardens, the varied auberges and more.
Valletta is easily reached by one direct bus service from most localities, making it the ideal hub for all the island. It provides shopping opportunities for a wide-ranging choice. Mostly located on Republic Street. However, a variety is situated on side streets – Boutiques, small corner shops, centuries-old shops, new shops, the Embassy Shopping Mall, and more. All major brands on the island seek to be represented in Valletta, a crowd-puller by day since one finds various important offices and business centres. One may also call Valletta the “City of Gold,” where one may also find many Jewellers side by side, offering the best quality one may find in Europe at the most reasonable prices.
In Valletta, one finds the seat of government, the Law Courts, parliament, various government offices, and corporate offices. Moreover, all major banks have a representative branch or office in Valletta, as several travel agencies and insurance companies.
For those seeking to stroll in for a coffee, a sweet, lunch, brunch, or dinner, Valletta is full of such possibilities – Whether one wants to dine indoors, outdoors, on a terrace with a view, or at street level. Late-night dining, especially in summer, is also available ‘al fresco’ accompanied by music and the occasional performance. It is incredible to see buildings built some 400-500 years ago converted so tastefully.
Visiting Valletta and staying there to test the grounds and experience its lifestyle is also easily arranged since Valletta boasts several medium-sized hotels, boutique hotels, and self-catering rental opportunities that range from low-cost to luxury ranking.
It all happens here, from Festivals, parades, public meetings, concerts, performances, exhibitions, carnival parades, Christmas events, and processions. It is recommended that one checks out local blogs and websites to find out what’s happening while you are there.
Valletta boasts just three schools – one public school, one church school, and one language school. The arts are regularly taught, especially at the Malta Society of Arts, the School of Music, and other institutions that offer music, dance, and art training on a part-time basis. Since it is so centralised, other schools are easily reached via regular bus service or private transport services.
Style is all-important for those who decide to relocate to Valletta. Respecting the old-fashioned buildings and their outer core, which should continuously retain a respectably Valletta-like look, property interiors can be transformed into the most lavish homes, some being further enhanced with breathtaking views of the Grand Harbour waters, Sliema Creek, Tigne Point, and beyond.
Living in the hub of the City is one thing. Living on any of the side streets is another thing. Upper and lower Valletta have specific characteristics that make them tangibly different. Each part of Valletta has its peculiarities, but wherever your property of choice is located, it is just one short walk away from the heart of Valletta. Choose to live on the stepped streets, choose to live on a harbour property, on the Upper Barrakka – in the end, your choice will make you a Valletta dweller, pretty much like the Knights of St John, so many decades ago. With Valletta being awarded the Capital City of Europe for Culture in 2018, there has been plenty of movement, not only in the real estate market but also in the Maltese Government’s endeavour to restore the City to its former glory.
The demand for buying a property in Valletta has increased over the last few years. Specialised estate agents will be able to provide a tour of some of the most impressive properties available, most of whose owners will never publicise that their property is up for sale. It is possible to find a property to purchase or rent in Valletta since there are regularly many old buildings that have been vacated and are seeking new ownership. Whether you want to live permanently in Valletta or spend a few months or years, if you wish to establish your business or offices there, it is a fantastic location to be in at all times throughout the year.
Typically, the market offers couples, dozen of homes available at any given time. There are apartments, townhouses, palazzos, as well as maisonettes that are the most common finding. It is recommended that you talk to someone that specialises in Valletta, being a niche market.
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