The views  from these gardens are magnificent - a superb panorama of Grand Harbour and the medieval Three Cities of Vittoriosa (Birgu) Cospicua (Bormla) and Senglea (Isla) across the water with their majestic bastions. You will also see part of Valletta and Floriana and the breakwater with the open sea behind.

They also offer a pefect stop for refreshments while you take in the view of the splendid Grand Harbour from the parapet.These 18th century gardens are the best vantage point to view the fortifications round the harbour.

They are an area of calm and quiet in the hectic city where one can sit in the shade and relax a while. The gardens have recently been restored.

The Grand Harbour is one of the finest natural harbours in the world with it`s creeks and sheltered waters. It was what decided the Knights to take over Malta. Much of Malta`s history is centred round the Grand Harbour. The Knights built the fortifications and settled in Birgu as their main city instead of the previous capital Mdina as it was to be part of the fortifications.

At the other end of 'Valletta is the Lower Barrakka - maybe leafier but the view is not as superb.

SALUTING  BATTERY   -   You could make it a point of being in the Barrakka Gardens at about 11.00  and 12.15 for a guided tour of the Saluting Battery where the centuries old guns are still fired at noon by historical re-enactors dressed in 19th century military uniforms.. It is open till 1.00.   After the guns are fired  there is free transport to Vittoriosa (Birgu) and Fort Rinella and the Malta at War Musuem and Shelters.  The firing of the guns evokes the days when the cannon firings took place at sunrise, midday and sunset.

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It is also worth a visit in the evenings as the bastions are flood lit and give the view another aspect.

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