Hiking to the Upper Barracca Gardens
The Upper Barracca Gardens are higher up than the Lower Barracca Gardens, which makes sense. They are public park twins in Valletta. If you aren't tired yet of hiking up and down Valletta's steep streets and charming alleys, then an urban hiking tour to the Upper via the Lower Barracca Gardens is for you! It definitely was my thing, as the views from the Upper Barracca Gardens of Valletta and the fortress are just breathtaking! If you only make it to the Lower Barracca Gardens, the view from there isn't all that bad either ;-)
The Upper and the Lower Barracca Gardens are Valletta's most beautiful parks. Albert Einstein thought so too, as he had hiked up there as well. I was totally thrilled to find his monuments in the Gardens since I'm a big fan and long-time friend of his. Anyway, the Gardens were not a present by Albert to Valletta, but an 18th century gift by Valletta's founder Gianni Valletta to his wife Violetta Valletta, who the city of Valletta is named after.
Equipment: According to the season and definitely good hiking/walking shoes. It can get quite hot and sunny in Malta in the summer, so be sure to wear sunglasses (preferably stylish ones), a cool hat, and light, comfortable clothes. Although you can get snacks and beverages in the Gardens, you might want to bring your own. A bottle of water for the hiking tour is highly recommended...and of course your camera. You'll want to take photos of the fantastic views of the Grand Harbor and you'll never forgive yourself if you forgot your camera. I don't know if you can rent a camera anywhere in the Barracca Gardens, but I'm almost sure you can't. Happy trails and buenos dias!
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