Yet another travel guide has named Valletta one of the must-see places to visit this year.
Rough Guides ranked the Maltese capital city in fourth place in its top 20 rankings of the world’s best holiday destinations of 2018.
Malta beat the likes of New Orleans, Cuba, Sicily, Jordan and South Africa in the list which is compiled by the publication’s travel writers and holiday experts.
It’s the latest in a series of international tourism accolades for Valletta.
Back in November, Malta was named the best place to spend Christmas this year by CNN Travel.
Rough Guides described Valletta as ‘a beautiful place’.
It added: ‘Valletta is packed to the gills with splendid monuments.
‘It was built as the Knights of Malta’s victorious capital after their David-and-Goliath victory at the Great Siege of 1565, where 700 knights and 8000 local troops overpowered 40,000 Ottoman Turks.
‘There’s a lot to take in, but the city is compact and easy to navigate. You can walk from end to end in about half an hour, so there’s plenty of time to relax in between sightseeing.’
Which sights shouldn’t you miss?
Rough Guides said: ‘Most magnificent of Valletta’s older buildings is St John’s Co-Cathedral.
‘It’s fortress-like on the outside, but its interiors are lavishly gilded. The largest of all Caravaggio’s paintings, a brutal depiction of the beheading of John the Baptist, hangs in the cathedral oratory.
‘The city’s other attractions include the similarly enriched Grand Master’s Palace.
‘Meanwhile, the Casa Rocca Piccola is the lived-in house of a local aristocratic family. Go on the right day and you may be shown around by the nice-as-pie Marquis himself.’
So if you were planning on going on holiday next year but weren’t sure which destination to pick, you might be better off staying here in Malta after all!
Cover photo: Emma Tranter Photography