Malta’s capital is tiny so far as capitals go – measuring only 1km by 600m – but it definitely packs a punch when it comes to history and culture. In fact, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world”. Immerse yourself in modern Malta on one of our Valletta cruises by visiting the striking and sustainable Parliament Building, whose “floating” rock front-pieces are actually supported by secret stilts. Take a journey back in time at the 16th-century St John’s Co-Cathedral which features a painting by Caravaggio, or the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, a haunting necropolis thought to date back to approximately 3600 BC. Sunny afternoons in Valletta call for a stroll in the Upper Barakka Gardens which look out over the city’s Grand Harbour. They were built in the 16th-century to provide respite from the heat and bustle of the city and still serve the same purpose today. Below the gardens is the Saluting Battery, a series of cannons once used to salute visiting ships. Before leaving Valetta, don’t miss the dramatic City Gate, one of the city’s most famous sights. On each side of the gate are two 25m metal blades which resemble knights’ sabres.