Dubbed as European Capital of Culture for 2018, Valetta is small yet packed with heritage. UNESCO named Valletta a World Heritage Site and described it as one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world. Its early founder decreed that it should be a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen, and it retains its 16th-century elegance. Stroll the city and visit Upper Barrakka Gardens & Saluting Battery. This open space garden by the water is perched high above Grand Harbour and was created as a relaxing haven for the Knights. Further your travel to St John's Co-Cathedral, Malta's most impressive church. Built between 1573 and 1578, this was the place where Knights would gather for communal worship. The interior was revamped in the 17th century in exuberant Maltese baroque style. With all these promising attractions, one thing is most important for pondering travelers: it is not packed with tourists.