10 things you probably never knew about Valletta

Malta has been named in the National Geographic Traveler list of 20 ‘must-see places’.

The magazine listed the city as one of the top holiday destinations in the world – and it sits in good company with the likes of New York, Glasgow, the Seychelles and Bermuda.

But off the back of Valletta’s success, just how much do you know about Malta’s capital city?

1. Valletta is named after the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta, Jean Parisot de Valette. Unfortunately, he died in 1568 and never saw his city.

2. The foundation stone of the city was laid on March 28, 1566.

3. It took around 9,000 builders to construct Valletta.

4. Valletta is actually the third capital city of Malta. Mdina was the first and Vittoriosa the second one.

5. Valletta has hosted a number of big Hollywood blockbuster films, including World War Z and Assassin’s Creed.

6. Valletta was awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1980.

7. The Commonwealth Walkway was opened by The Queen in 2015 and connects Valletta’s best cultural attractions.

8. Valletta is like an open air museum with 320 monuments.

9. Valletta is officially the smallest capital city in Europe.

10. Valletta is also the sunniest city in Europe, according to weather experts.