Five beautiful streets in Valletta

You have to explore while in Valletta

 

 Valletta

 

 

Let’s be honest; is there a non-beautiful street in Valletta? No, exactly. Narrow streets with buildings containing colorful balconies and doors. All the alleys filled with small shops and local businesses. It’s eye candy, better than the finest chocolate.

Listed below are 5 rather long streets in Valletta, from where you can explore the small alleys easily as well. And don’t worry if you get lost in this city. Every step in the wrong direction will make you see something amazing that you otherwise would not have seen.

 

 

 

Old Mint Street

Valletta

 

The ‘Old Mint’ takes you from Hastings Gardens almost all the way to Fort St. Elmo at the tip of the peninsula. On this street, you will, for example, find the impressive Carmelite Church (its roof seen to the left on the picture).

 

 

 

Old Bakery Street

 

Valletta

From Redbet’s Casino down to Fort St. Elmo Bay, you are walking through Old Bakery Street. There might be quite some traffic on this street, so remember to also look at what is in front of you and not just up at the architectural buildings!

 

 

 

Archbishop Street

Valletta

 

This street almost allows you to walk from one side of Valletta to the other. On the way, you’ll find monuments and of course good restaurants. And since it is Valletta; stunning architecture.

 

 

 

St. Ursula Street

Valletta

 

From Upper Barrakka Gardens to deep down, not far from the East side Valletta’s bastions. This is one of the “more important” streets, and it’s filled with tiny shops and historical buildings. St. Ursula Street allows you to walk down history lane.  Not to mention a few Corsairs of Malta Tour related stories. 

 

 

 Republic Street

Valletta

 

The absolute main street in Valletta, that goes all the way from the City Gate to Fort St. Elmo. This is definitely the most crowded street since it offers great shopping outlets, restaurants and cafés. This beautiful but busy street is the place to be. For sure. 

 

 

Article and photography by our young corsair in the making Robin Sjölund. Traveling all the way from Finland, Robin has joined our Motley crew during his stay in Malta with a dedication and passion for discovery worthy of any Corsair! If you want to walk along those streets in Valletta, join us on one of our tours.

 

Top five movies filmed in Malta

 

Malta has been hit with Hollywood for quite some time now. Today we list a few movies you might have watched but didn’t know were filmed in the Maltese islands.  More epic films yet to come in another article so keep a look out!

 

The Devil’s Double 2011

movies filmed in Malta

Starting off with our list movies filmed in Malta is the Devil’s Double. We see the Excelsior Hotel as Uday Hussein’s swanky mansion, also the Hilton tower, The British Hotel, University of Malta, are a few locations portrayed as Iraq in the 1980s. The movie stars Dominic Copper who did a fine job portraying both the roles of Hussein and his double.

 

The Spy who Loved me 1977

movies filmed in Malta

Remember the iconic scene where the amazing white Lotus dives underwater? Yes, you guessed it! It’s the Mediterranean Sea and you guessed right it’s in Malta. Another bond movie had parts of it filmed in Malta is Sean Connery’s “Never Say Never Again”.

 

Popeye 1980

movies filmed in Malta

Sadly Robin Williams may have left us altogether, but built specifically for the movie remains in Mellieha is Popeye village. So, when visiting our islands, do drop by and experience the quirkiness of this village. It’s quite a wonderful and charming little place. If you’ll be coming with your kids, they’ll love it.

 

Clash of Titans 1981

movies filmed in Malta

Forget the 2010 remake with terrible CGI, we are going to focus on the classic of the 1980s which is quite stunning to watch. The famous scene where the Kraken emerges from the depths of waters was filmed in Gozo way back where the Azure Window stood all proud with all of its full glory!

 

 

The Midnight Express 1978

movies filmed in Malta

Last on our list of movies filmed in Malta. Probably the most iconic movies of all. Filmed in Valletta, specifically Fort St. Elmo, as the Turkish prison.

This classic movie won dozens of awards including for the soundtrack done by the great composer Giorgio Moroder.  

It also features one of the famous lines in uttered in Maltese at the airport.

 “Din x’inhi?”  Which means “What’s this?” The actors speak in Maltese whilst playing the part of Turkish Police at the airport.

Ironically, the location of the prison during the film, Fort St Elmo was one of the biggest detriments to the Turks invasion during the 1565 Great Siege of Malta.

Otherwise, it may have very well become a Turkish prison.  If you want to know more about the main but mostly unknown reason the Great Siege really happened in the first place join us on one of our tours.

Haunted places in Malta: We dare you to visit those places at night. 

 

Booo!!! In this week’s post, we’re going to break down some of the scariest and most haunted places on the island.  We can’t cover all of them as this little rock has its own fair share of creepy. We are going to tell you tales that will make you hide under a sofa.

 

The Blue Dolphin house- Valletta

 

Haunted places in Malta

If you happen to be passing by in Valletta (preferably) at night for the extra-added effect, look for this house in St Ursula Street. The place is in disarray and it has never been sold. Why you might ask?

 

Back when Malta was under the British, two sailors came across a beautiful woman who asked them if they could accompany her home. The sailors not believing their luck, obliged. When they arrived at the location, the woman asked them if they could help with the door as she had forgotten the key inside. They managed to open the door and were marveled by the magnificent décor of the house.

 

The morning after, the men returned back to the house as one of them left the cigarette case back in the house. When they got there they found the house in ruins. They ran across to the neighbor who told them the house had been like that for decades.

 

Are you gripping the sheet yet? Don’t worry we have more.

 

Mdina 

Haunted places in Malta

Don’t be enchanted by just the beauty and the tranquillity of the old capital, it has tales that will keep you up at night. Here is what we think is the most disturbing story…

A young woman was about to marry, but a pompous knight had set his eyes on her and naturally, he didn’t care she was engaged. Since he was a knight he reasoned he had the divine right to do whatever he pleased, so one night he sought her out and raped her. The young woman got her revenge by the killing the knight but was caught, arrested, and sentenced to death. 

However, she was granted her dying wish to marry her fiancé mere minutes before her execution.

When visitors take pictures outside the National Museum of Natural History Museum, (where it is said the execution took place), a headless bride would appear in their photos. (Talking about photobombing) It has been said that she also appears to heartbroken men were she asks them to join her in death! 

 

 

The Courts of Justice in Valletta

 

As you have realized, Valletta has its fair share of ghost stories but here is a quirky one. The Courts were quite different back in the day. Originally it was the site of Auberge d’Auvergne, yet the Auberge was destroyed during WW2. However, before being bombed, the Auberge was converted into a courthouse, which brings us to our story. One fine evening, a duty officer thought he was going to spend another boring evening until he heard a scream downstairs coming from the cells. He went to check and found the other duty officer sitting on a chair with his head buried on his hands and the prisoner screaming in the terror. Suddenly the guard felt something cold stirring in and saw a monk.

For years the monk haunted the police station knocking prisoners off their beds and moving furniture. Later, a small grave was discovered under the police station with remains of human bones. The monk never appeared again. Could these bones have belonged to the Monk? Or worse was this monk buried alive within the walls as a punishment sometimes dished out at the time!

 

Bir Mula Heritage House

 

This magnificent building is Bormla is over one thousand years old and has many fascinating legends such as Knights Templars hiding out in this house, Knights of St John and Ottomans Officials meeting in secret to discuss surrender terms during the Great Siege, conspiracies during the Maltese Insurrection against the French and many more.

Therefore it comes as no surprise that it has its fair share of spirits! (even footage has been captured!)  

So much so that it’s also well-known with local as well as foreign paranormal researchers who visit Malta specifically for Bir Mula!

 

PS. If you want to know about worldwide delicacies that have a violent past related to Malta!  Then click HERE to take one of our “Corsairs of Malta” walking guided tours when in Valletta.

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