When you are on a holiday in Malta, I do recommend spending a whole day for exploring the capital city, the beautiful Valletta. Beside it’s crowded streets, baroque buildings, cafeterias, restaurants and museums, you can spend a very good relaxing time in some of its small gardens. There are three public gardens that present the green treasure of the city and they offer amazing view and tranquility.
Upper Barrakka Garden, Valletta Malta
This garden, situated near the Castille Palace, is the most popular garden, not only in Valletta, but also on the whole island. When visitors come to the city this spot is considered as a must, and it has its reasons.
This garden is located on St. Peter & Paul Bastion. The garden’s terrace was built in 1661 by the Italian knight called Fra Flamingo Balbiani. At first the garden was with a roof, but it was removed after the Rising of the Priests in 1775 (the Maltese Rebellion).
At the beginning this garden was used only for the Italian knights, like a place where they can enjoy and relax. The opening to the public comes after the end of the French occupation in 1800.
It is the highest point in Valletta, and it has impressive look towards the Three Cities and the Grand Harbor. The terrace that comes on the lower high is a place where the Saluting Bateriy takes place every day at noon.
Over here you will find several monuments and memorials of some magnificent people, like Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill. It has colorful flowers, place to grab a coffee and benches to enjoy the view. There is also a lift that can take you down to the Grand Harbor and the Waterfront.
Lower Barrakka Garden, Valletta
This is my favorite place in Valletta. This cute and small garden is twinned with the Upper Barrakka Garden, and it is situated at the lower end of Valletta.They are both on the same side and they offer the similar view, except that the Lower Barrakka Garden is facing the open sea water and the entrance to the port.
It is simply amazing very colorful and even romantic, with pathways and very interesting trees.There is a neo-classical temple at the center of the garden, which gives it very attractive look. Beside this there is the statue of Alexander Ball,the first British Governor, and a monument as a reminder of the Great Siege in Malta.
Hastings Garden in Valletta, Malta
This garden is less popular than the Barakka Gardens, but it provides a quite space in the busy city. It is on the opposite side of of the previous two gardens, west side, and it is facing Marsamxett Harbour and a couple of other places, Floriana, Msida, Ta-Xbiex, Manoel Island and Sliema.
Once again you will find a monument raised in honor of the British governor, Lord Hastings, who is by the way buried in the garden since 1827.
The architect of this garden is Adriano DeVina, and there is a legend that this garden took only 4 hours to be built.
In 22 December 2009 the members of the Armenian community placed a khachkar (Armenian cross stone), as a symbol of Maltese and Armenian friendship.
All of this three gardens offer a unique beauty and feelings. For sure the views may fill your soul and give you peace and enjoyment. Take your phone or camera and make some nice shots, take a book and sit on some of the benches, or simply gaze that panoramic scenery. For more recommendations for your holidays in Malta keep following WholeMalta.