The small walled city of Valletta is the capital of Malta and lies almost midway along the island’s northeast coast. The city was declared the European Capital of Culture in 2018 with good reason, with its heritage architecture, ancient sites, cultural festivals, and a robust patriotic pride. The UNESCO-listed city boasts some beautiful Baroque churches such as the St. John’s Co-Cathedral, home to the Caravaggio masterpiece ‘The Beheading of Saint John’, as well as numerous palaces and museums. History enthusiasts can delve further back in time by visiting the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, an underground necropolis dating from around 3600 BC. The Malta 5D theatre celebrates the country’s history and culture through a unique cinematic experience while the Maltese Carnival does so with colourful floats, dancers and bands. Make sure to spend some time on the fantastic waterfront.