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The impressive capital city of Valetta has a rich and turbulent past largely free of cars, it is a joy to discover with its wealth of historical buildings and unusual streets. Construction of the city by the Knights of St John was started in 1566 following the Turkish invasion of Malta the previous year. The new city, laid out in a basic grid pattern, was named after Grand Master La Vallette, and soon acquired streets lined with ornate churches and palaces. You also cannot miss the `silent city' of Mdina, Malta's beautiful medieval walled city.
St. Julian's Bay is located on the northern coast of Malta. It starting out as a small fishing community in the area of Spinola Bay and Balutta Bay. Today, St. Julian's is one of the most popular resorts on the island. The area has wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants and the Paceville area of the resort is renowned for its nightlife. The Dragonara peninsula is home to a popular casino, while the newer Portomaso development has brought a different touch of glamour with its yacht marina.
The St. George's Bay area offers a shopping centre, bars and restaurants, a multiplex cinema and a charming little sandy cove lapped by the Mediterranean. Mellieha Bay boasts the largest sandy beach on the island and the town of Mellieha, bursting with local colour and dominated by its impressive church.
Marfa is peacefully situated on the north-eastern tip of the island and boasting excellent views of the islands of Comino and Gozo, Marfa is the perfect choice for a relaxing holiday. The Marfa peninsula is dotted with deserted watch-towers constructed in the 17th century to guard against invading corsairs, but today's visitors can hop aboard a ferry from nearby Cirkewwa and sail across the channel to Gozo.