Though the town of Valletta was not officially founded until 1566, rather modern by European standards, today it is a prime example of old European culture. Most of the buildings are quite old, and many of those that are modern are built to blend into the historic architecture.  Luckily , Valletta didn`t go through the destruction of the beautiful buildings to be replaced by soulless apartments (like Sliema) and most of the buildings that survived the war bombing still stand today. It is now gaining in popularity as many  new residents are buying up dilapidated buildings and restoring them thus making sure that the proud Valletta culture carries on .  The streets are still lined with small cafes and restaurants that give the city a very relaxed atmosphere.  Nowadays, there are also a number of wine bars.  There are squares in front of the important sights with al fresco cafes - the Maltese still follow the Italian culture of stopping for a coffee before work , after dinner, while shopping  or on Sunday.

If you wander the narrow roads, you`ll come across artisans still carrying on the art work of their ancestors eg gilders, frame makers. There are still a couple of bakers left.

The culture of Malta is a mix of North African and European influences. Over the last few centuries, the islands have changed hands several times among the royal houses of Europe, meaning that the French, British, Italian and Spanish have all left their cultural mark on this island nation. The official languages here are English and Maltese, the latter of which is related to Arabic but written with a Latin script. Malta’s proximity to Sicily means that a good number of the local population also speaks Italian, and you may find Italian programs on TV as well. 

These last years there has been a big revival of cultural events - local and foreign.  There are frequent exhibitions and the theatres have busy seasons.  There are frequent feasts to celebrate Religious and historic events

The Maltese are a fairly conservative and very religious people. It used to be law that every residence located on a street corner had to have a shrine or religious statue of some kind, so when you wander around Valletta, you will undoubtedly see many such figures. Be respectful of the Maltese by dressing properly in public and inside churches; not wearing a shirt, even in the middle of summer, would be considered somewhat offensive by locals.