In 1528, Charles V of Spain granted the island of Malta to the Knights of the Order of St John. Many impressive 16th-century limestone buildings and fortifications from the Knights have endured, helping to make the city of Valetta simply magnificent to experience today. Valletta can be visited on one of our many Europe cruisesFind Cruises Sailing to This Port
Explore the city's main square and pass many of its ancient buildings. Then head to St John's Cathedral, founded by the Knights of the Order of St John during the 16th century. The cathedral was the final resting place for many of the knights – their headstones line the cathedral floor.
Maltese food is rustic and is based on seasonal produce and the fishermen's catch. Pastry is commonly used to encase vegetables, cheese, fish, meat, rice and pasta, producing tasty and filling dishes. Try the stronger taste of Lampuki pie - filleted bream mixed with spinach, cauliflower, olives and capers in a shortcrust pastry. It has an unusual yet delicious taste. Spinach and anchovy pies have a distinctive taste and are very popular, as is timpana, an everyday concoction of pasta in a meat sauce topped with a layer of pastry. Rabbit is the most popular dish in Malta, usually served stewed or fried in wine and garlic.
The Euro (EUR), the currency of the European Union, is the official currency of Malta. Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate.
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