A country’s capital city is usually an urban metropolis bustling with frenzied energy. Not so in Valletta. The authors of Let’s Go Europe claim you can explore Malta‘s capital in only an hour–and they’re right. Sandstone buildings line quiet, narrow streets that lead downhill to the sea. Old haberdasheries and family silversmiths snuggle in with modern stores on the island where Italian, Arabic, and American influences combine to make the perfect escape. In Valletta, the views are breathtaking, the people friendly, and the traditions strong. So take just an hour to meander. You’re sure to feel right at home.