Valletta’s Beautiful Balconies

Covered balconies in Valletta, Malta

They are called gallarija and line the walls of Malta’s streets. These covered balconies are an exquisite feature of Valletta and other Maltese towns and villages. The origins of the gallarija are not fully known but they first appeared in Valletta in 1675 when the Grandmaster’s Palace got one. That meant everyone else wanted one too.

Covered balconies, Valletta

These covered balconies were often used by the ladies to talk, do crafts, and meet friends without going out in the harsh noon day sun.You could keep an eye on the goings on in the street below too. Today they are a unique feature, giving character to the streets of Malta.

Want to read more about my Malta journey? Check out the article on the War Museum here and Grand Harbour here.

Covered balconies, Vittorosia, Malta


One Comment Add yours

  1. Mel & Suan says:

    They sure are beautiful balconies. We can imagine neighbours perched over the railings talking to each other while watching what’s going on the streets below!

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