If you go to the upper side of Valletta you can find the Upper Barrakka Gardens, a must-visit destination for tourists who love nature and – most importantly – stunning panoramic views. The landscape is simply fascinating and it allows you to enjoy the view of the grand port of Valletta, that is to say the biggest European natural port.
The Upper Barracca Gardens are located near Castille Place; from here you can enjoy the view of the whole area, from the Grand Port to the Three Cities. The gardens were built in 1661 by the Italian knights. The Upper Barracca Gardens were opened to public in 1824, even if a part of them was destroyed during World War II.
The view of Valletta is as fascinating as its history. The city was founded in 1565 on the arid rocks of Mont Sceberras, and it features two natural ports: Marsamxett and Grand Harbour. Established in 1566, the city of Valletta built its majestic bastions, walls, and cathedrals in just 15 years! Francesco Laparelli – the Italian military engineer chosen to supervise the construction of the city – had the opportunity to shape the perfect city. Valletta, indeed, represents a great example of a city featuring a precise planning regulation system. In 1571 – even though the city was still incomplete – many knights moved from Birgu to Valletta.
The Upper Barracca Gardens are delimited by statues representing important historical characters. You should not miss the bronze statue named “Les Gavroches” (the street boys), built by a Maltese sculpture at the beginning of the XX century.