They were built as a private garden of the Italian knights.
From these gardens you can enjoy great views of the Grand Harbour and of the Three Cities (Senglea Vittoriosa and Cospicua).
Here you can sit on a bench; have a drink (there is a kiosk) and rest.
The Saluting Battery. It is an area located one level below these gardens. Every day at noon a gun is fired to announce midday. You can go and see this ceremony free of charge, but 1 euro is welcome.
The Upper Barakka Gardens are located across the road from the Auberge De Castille.
Favorite thing: The Lower Barrakka gardens are lower down the city and also afford fine views, from a different angle, of the Grand Harbour. The neo-classical monument here is a memorial to Alexander J Ball, the first British Government representative in Malta.
Favorite thing: The Bastions are prominent high walls that surround Valletta forming part of its defence. The different sections of the bastions are named after saints St Michael's Bastion, St Salvatore Bastion, St Sebastian Bastion, St Barbara Bastion, and so on. These high fortifications house various secret passages, some still in use. I think this one in the pic is St Barbara's Bastion - taken on a harbour cruise trip. Clearly seen too are the arches of the Upper Barrakka Gardens, whilst bottom left hand side of the picture is the customs house.
Favorite thing: Visitors will mainly arrive by bus at the terminus just outside the city and enter Valletta through the City Gate - here it is decorated ready for the coming carnival celebrations. It had several names in the past - Porta San Giorgio, Porta Reale and Kingsgate to name a few.
Fondest memory: The views from Upper Barrakka Garden over the Grand Harbour and the bays and creeks of Senglea, Vittoriosa and Kalkara were lovely - we sat here for ages just taking it all in - in fact we found ourselves here a couple of times - either end of the day to see it in different light conditions - its better in the late afternoon IMHO.
The view from the lower Barrakka Gardens overlooking the Grand Harbour entrance and over to Fort Ricasol in Rinella Bay - the film studios are located here. Malta has been used for many films.
if tou get to Rinella Bay and the fortess on another visit then tou can vieww the 100ton RML gun which could fire a 17.72 inch shell weighing 2000lbs to a distance of 7000 yards....unfortunately it used to shatter the nearby windows too :-S
Favorite thing: An ornamental pond occupies the centre of the Upper Barrakka Gardens and there are some delightful sculptures too - this was a favourite , a piece called Les Gavroches by the Maltese artist Sciortino. The gardens were also used by the British administrators to put up monuments to various prominent people.
Favorite thing: This street is on the other side of Valletta to St Ursula St and looked even steepr. I think this ws Strait St. This was towards the end of the day and I had no inclination to climb yet more steps by then...but if you want to you will reach Hastings Gardens and enjoy views over Valleta's other harbour - Marsamxett Harbour - in one direction and over the Valletta suburb of Floriana in another.
Favorite thing: There are some lovely viewpoints around the city of Valletta - one of my favourites was from the Upper Barrakka Gardens, built for an Italian Knight. This was originally a covered archway - which today provides some lovely photo opportunities.
Favorite thing: There are some nice gardens in Valletta too - amongst them Hastings Gardens, Upper Barakka Gardens and Lower Barakka Gardens. The latter two are my favourites as they give spectacular views over the Grand harbour and the bastions of the city. They're nice places to sit and relax too, but unfortunately don't give much in the way of shade.
Visit Baracca Upper Gardens. In reality it is just a small park on a high hill, but there is a wonderful view over Grand Harbour from there. This view can't be compared to anything - the blue sea and the yellow stone. Over the bay you'll see the so-called Three Cities united by fortifications - Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa. On the left there are several forts. On one of them is Fort Angelo, like in Italy, with a prison (although Malta almost lacks criminality), on the other - Sindbad Studio where the old film about Titanic was shot.
Fondest memory: I can't forget the night when we arrived in Valletta on board a ship in summer. We decided to have a walk. At 9 p.m. it was already dark - but it is not late time, is it? The thing is that we were practically alone downtown! There were few people in the open air bar, and that is all! The streets were empty, and I would not have been surprised if I had seen a knight on horseback in armour and holding a spear. I may sound romantic, but the atmosphere of the town pushed me to romanticism!
The Upper Barrakka Gardens for its scenic properties. A number of restaurants including chinese are to be found. Cafe Cordina in Republic street is a very popular rendevouz as well as Cafe Premiere in front of the Bibliotheca which dates from the time of the Knights and houses alot of archives about the Order of St.John of Jerusalem.
Fondest memory: My days at the Old University which was founded by the Jesuits in 1492. The hustle and bustle of a town thronged by tourists (some 1 million a year, mostly British, German,Italian, and American) and visitors from all over Malta
Favorite thing: Visit Valletta´s beautiful Upper and Lower Baracca Gardens where the elderly chat with each other, tomcats are lounging and the lovers dreaming ... They are places to escape the rush of the Republic Street and relax one´s feet. When you are peeking the sceneries from the Upper Baracca Gardens, the bushes down below say "Merhba", that means "Welcome" :)
Favorite thing: Go to Hastings Gardens, and you will find another perspective to the bus terminus. You might also see a soccer game going on the field nearby. On the other side of the Marsamxett harbour you will notice a port with the elegant boats and the Manoel Island. But can you find tiny lizzards?
Favorite thing: The Siege Bell memorial can be viewed from the Lower Barrakka gardens too. This commemorates all the dead of the Second World War. It is rung everyday at Midday.