Valletta’s stunning City Gate gardens open to the public

Malta’s latest visitor attraction has officially opened to the public – and it’s beautiful.

The stunning €5 million City Gate gardens have transformed the former rundown car park in the ditch at the entrance to Valletta.

You can now stroll around the beautiful gardens by taking the lift from City Gate or walking down a staircase from the Parliament building.

There are also stairs at the end of the Valletta ditch on Great Siege Road.

The Prime Minister, who officially opened the new public gardens, said Malta should be proud of the successful regeneration of the capital city.

Speaking at the opening ceremony at Laparelli Gardens, he said: ‘This place was once a neglected car park with poor accessibility, lacking in light and security.

‘It has now been transformed into a place where families can spend time together, a positive example of urban greenery, and a new tourist attraction uniquely surrounded by the Valletta bastions.’

Joseph Muscat said the gardens were the final piece of the jigsaw in regeneration of the entrance to the capital city.

The massive Valletta project, launched by former prime minister Lawrence Gonzi, also included the restoration of the Triton Fountain to its former glory.

A controversial new entrance to Valletta at City Gate was created as well as a new Parliament building, put forward by architect Renzo Piano, who designed The Shard in London in 2012.

The former Royal Opera House was also given a new lease of life, being transformed from a rundown car park to a state-of-the-art open air theatre.

Photos: Fritz PhotographyMalta Landscape Photography 

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