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VallettaMalta

Tour the capital of the Mediterranean island of Malta. This medieval fortified citadel has spectacular churches, palaces and religious art. 

Valletta is the ancient fortified capital of Malta and one of the smallest capitals in Europe. The city is bounded on three sides by the sea. Behind its ancient walls, find palaces, churches, forts, monuments and museums. See art treasures, domed churches and historic fortifications.

Walk along Republic Street, Valletta’s main thoroughfare, a pedestrianized avenue running the entire length of the capital. Browse the shops and stop at a café for a pastizzi, a popular Maltese savory pastry snack.

The city was founded in 1566 by the Knights of St. John, a Christian military order. Learn about the history by touring some of Valletta’s old buildings. Visit the 16th-century St. John’s Co-Cathedral, one of Valletta’s most popular attractions. The interior is a lavish display of baroque art and architecture with frescoes, gilded arches and columns. See the Beheading of St. John the Baptist by Caravaggio. The painting was completed in 1608 and is signed by the artist.

Go to the Grand Master’s Palace, the seat of the island’s president and the Maltese parliament. The rooms and passages are furnished with tapestries, coats of arms and suits of armor. Look around the 16th-century Fort St. Elmo which also houses the National War Museum.

Spend hours exploring the artifacts in the National Museum of Archaeology and the paintings of the National Museum of Fine Arts. The collection features artworks from the early Renaissance to modern times.

The best way to see Valletta is on foot because all the main sights are close to each other. However, the city is built on a ridge and some of the steep streets can be tiring. Alternatively, rent a scooter or bike. If you want to rent a car, be aware that parking spaces are very limited.

While visiting Valletta, explore some of Malta’s other main attractions. The shops and restaurants of Sliema are just across the bay and the Blue Grotto cave system is less than an hour away by car or bus.

Top hotels in Valletta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Palais Le Brun
Palais Le Brun
4.5 out of 5
101 old bakery street, Valletta
The price is £110 per night

Located in the heart of Valletta, this luxury hotel is steps from Mediterranean Sea and Grand Harbour. Lower Barrakka Gardens and Malta Experience are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (201 reviews)

"When we can all travel again, do try this lovely small hotel, close to centre of Valletta. Staff couldn't have been more helpful: the breakfast was great, freshly cooked or ample buffet. It's a steep but short climb to Republic Street and a popular pizza place is a few metres from the hotel, as well ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

Palais Le Brun
Palazzo Paolina Boutique Hotel
Palazzo Paolina Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
101, St.Pauls Street, Valletta
The price is £118 per night

Located in the heart of Valletta, this hotel is steps away from Church of St. Paul the Shipwrecked and Grand Harbour. Lower Barrakka Gardens and Malta Experience ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (161 reviews)

"Very good. Receptionists very helpful. Good breakfasts. Thank you."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Palazzo Paolina Boutique Hotel
La Falconeria Hotel
La Falconeria Hotel
4 out of 5
62 Melita Street, Valletta
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £71 per night

Located in the heart of Valletta, this hotel is steps away from National Museum of Fine Arts, St Francis Church and National Museum of Archaeology. Fortifications ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (625 reviews)

"an excellent hotel, close to the centre of Valetta. It has really great staff, especially helplful during the Covid-19 outbreak. the food was also very high quality. the rooms were not huge, but big enough and comfortable. I would definitely stay there again!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

La Falconeria Hotel

Popular places to visit in Valletta

Upper Barrakka Gardens
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Upper Barrakka Gardens

4.5/5(460 reviews)

Perched above Valletta's Grand Harbour is an exquisite park of flowers and statues, from where a cannon salute is fired every day.

Sliema Ferry
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Sliema Ferry

4.5/5(393 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Valletta with a trip to Sliema Ferry. Wander the area's seaside or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Fort St. Elmo
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Fort St. Elmo

4.5/5(352 reviews)

This battle-scared fortress has stood watch over Malta’s capital city for more than 400 hundred years. Learn about the historic sieges that took place here through dramatic reenactments.

Lower Barrakka Gardens
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Lower Barrakka Gardens

4/5(255 reviews)

Flowers, monuments and a magnificent sea view make this open space one of the most attractive spots in Valletta.

St. Johns Co - Cathedral
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St. Johns Co - Cathedral

4.5/5(119 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Valletta when you take a trip to St. Johns Co - Cathedral. Stroll along the area's seaside or simply savour its top-notch restaurants.

Auberge de Castille
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Auberge de Castille

Learn about the local history of Valletta when you spend time at Auberge de Castille. Stroll along the seaside in this culturally rich area or visit its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Valletta

Nighttime Tour of Valletta, Mdina & Mosta with Malta 5D Show
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Nighttime Tour of Valletta, Mdina & Mosta with Malta 5D Show

£27
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
3 Cities Guided Tour & Wine Tasting
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3 Cities Guided Tour & Wine Tasting

£31
Per adult
The Dark Side of Valletta Legends, Murders & Mysteries
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The Dark Side of Valletta Legends, Murders & Mysteries

£22
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Full Day tour to Mosta, Ta'Qali crafts, Mdina, Valletta
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Full Day tour to Mosta, Ta'Qali crafts, Mdina, Valletta

£47
Per adult
Shore Excursion: Malta Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Tour
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Shore Excursion: Malta Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Tour

£22
Per adult
Malta Full Day Tour
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Malta Full Day Tour

£326
Per adult

Reviews of Valletta

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 25.2%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Feb 2020

My visit coincided with the pre Lent Carnival and the whole of Valletta was alive and active. A fantastic time - procession between 6 and 10pm over 3 days.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Feb 2020

Lovely city, lots of history and pleasant people and nightlife

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Feb 2020

Fish and general market in Marsasloxx. Nice boat trips too. Good restaurants.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Feb 2020

Great winter weather - temperature was over 16 degrees every day we were there. Such a friendly and cosmopolitan city steeped in history

5/5 - Excellent

AnneH

18 Jan 2020

Valletta is very beautiful and historic. There are many interesting places to visit like St John Co Cathedral, the Grandmaster Palace, the art museum, as well as the fortifications and gardens, and many good bars and restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Jan 2020

Domus Zamittello was a fabulous place to stay. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The breakfast was fantastic. We also ate in the hotel restaurant which was great. Lots of interesting things to see and do within easy walking distance.

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