WATCH: Discover why Valetta is Europe's capital of culture

Valletta, Malta's capital, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980 because of its many cultural treasures.

Now, it has been dubbed the 2018 European Capital of Culture as well.

The island state of Malta has a total population of less than 450 000. The locals who are here tend to spend most of their time outdoors in their niche capital's bustling streets - courtesy of the mild Mediterranean climate.

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Rich in history, classic architecture and scenic water landscapes to behold - it is no wonder why Europe's smallest capital earned its 2018 title.

In honour of its achievement, Valletta will be hosting more than 400 cultural events in 2018 to showcase to the world just why it has earned the title as the European Capital of Culture.

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