The Lower Barrakka gardens is situated at the lower end of Valletta on the bastions overlooking the entrance to the Grand Harbour. Located strategically so, from there one can see a superb view from the very mouth of the harbour.
The garden overlooks the break water, Fort Ricasoli, Rinella, Kalkara,
the original Bighi Hospital now is the head office of Heritage Malta, Fort St. Angelo
and the creeks and Senglea.
Located in a position to observe the Grand Harbour from another angle, the Lower Barrakka gardens is the place where you can sit down and relax looking at the splendid panoramic view. It is a nicely decorated garden with pathways and greenery.
Sitting down on a bench in the shade of a tree, watching the ships entering or leaving port especially the cruise liners like the Costa Concordia, Costa Delizionsa or MV Grand Celebration.
A snack bar is located just outside the Lower Barakka gardens. Adjacent there are many important buildings which form part of the Valletta attraction. Not to be missed is the Malta Experience viewed daily in the adjacent building which used to house the Knights of Malta hospital better known as ‘Sacra Infermeria’.
The siege bells monument is located just across and a must to visit and also a perfect location for photos.
Lower Barrakka Gardens is located at the bottom of Valletta. It is situated near the Siege Bell. It is around 750 meters away from Upper Barrakka.
The Valletta Cruise Port also known as the The Waterfront
The Grand Harbour inlet spreading in up to the village of Marsa
The break water spreading across the harbour entrance
Fort Ricasoli beside the break water built by the Knights of St. John as a fortification opposit the Valletta bastions to protect the harbour from the other side of the inlet.
Opposite on the other side of the harbour on top of the hill there is the head office of Heritage Malta which was previously Bighi hospital used by the British forces when they were stationed in Malta to accommodate injured troops during any conflict in the Mediterranean.
It is worth having a detailed book in order to be able to ready about the many interesting features of Valletta.
This garden hosts the monument of Vice Admiral Sir F Alexander John Ball delegated by Lord Nelson to command the blockading squadron and subsequently, chosen by the Maltese Insurgents to lead them against the French in 1798.
It was erected by public subscription in 1810 to honour the ﬁrst British Commissioner and later Governor of Malta who had directed the blockade of Valletta in 1798-1800 by the allied British and Maltese forces which led to the Maltese islands being annexed to Great Britain under King George III. His monument is a cenotaph in the style of a Doric Temple.
Lower Barrakka gardens is an enjoyable location within Valletta.