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.
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.