Favorite thing 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 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 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.
Fondest memory 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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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?