Upper Barrakka Gardens
Few people associate Valletta with green spaces, and yet the city boasts some beautiful gardens surrounding the baroque architecture. Besides Hastings Gardens, which overlook the western side of the fortifications, and the Lower Barrakka Gardens, at the other end of the city, the Upper Barrakka Gardens offer a gorgeous break from the faster pace of the centre.
The Upper Barrakka is typically the very first port of call, especially with cruise line travellers, as within the grounds is a massive elevator that conveniently connects Valletta’s harbour with the inner city.
The Barrakka Lift is quite an attraction within itself, as it’s built inside the ditch of St Peter and St Paul Bastion, offering quite the interesting ride. The original lift started operating in 1905, but was then shut down for safety reasons, until the new construction was inaugurated in 2012.
Upper Barrakka Gardens – views and history
The Upper Barrakka Gardens are also famed for the noon salut that takes place on the Saluting Battery – this tends to attract a lot of people, so if you want to take your best photo shot make sure you get there 15 minutes early. But there’s a lot more to enjoy among the landscaped flower beds and the palm trees, not least a replica of the famous Les Gavroches statue by Antonio Sciortino and a breathtaking terrace with views that extend all the way to the Breakwater.