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Valletta
Travel Guide

Valletta showing a sunset, heritage architecture and a city

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.

De Vilhena Boutique Hotel
De Vilhena Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
55 Old Theatre Street, Valletta
The price is £82 per night from 2 Jul to 2 Jul
Located in the heart of Valletta, this hotel is steps away from Carmelite Church, Grand Harbour and Sliema Ferry. Lower Barrakka Gardens and Malta Experience ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (319 reviews)
Great staff, superb room, and central location
"De Vilhena Boutique Hotel offers a great location to see Valletta and Malta. It is close to St. John’s Co Cathedral, the ferry ports, cafes, restaurants, and retail. The property provided a well-lit, efficiently designed, and comfortable room with effective AC. The balcony view, well-equipped bathroom, ..."

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2020

De Vilhena Boutique Hotel
The Embassy Valletta Hotel
The Embassy Valletta Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Strait street 173, Valletta
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £110 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Located in the heart of Valletta, this luxury hotel is steps away from Grand Harbour, Manoel Theatre and St. Johns Co - Cathedral. Sliema Ferry and Upper Barrakka ...
4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)
Fab Stay!
"Such a lovely hotel with the stunning rooftop pool. Great timing when we went there weren’t many visitors to Malta. Staff are so caring and nice, absolutely love the deco of our room and bathroom too. Fab central location. Nothing to complain at all."

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2021

The Embassy Valletta Hotel
La Falconeria Hotel
La Falconeria Hotel
4 out of 5
62 Melita Street, Valletta
The price is £97 per night from 26 Jun to 26 Jun
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! (669 reviews)
Excellent hotel
"An excellent hotel. The staff are very kind welcoming and helpful."

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2020

La Falconeria Hotel
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Sally Port Suites
Sally Port Suites
3.5 out of 5
190 Melita Street, Valletta
The price is £108 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
Located in the heart of Valletta, this apartment building is steps away from Quarry Wharf, Grand Harbour and Upper Barrakka Gardens. Lower Barrakka Gardens and ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Brilliant pad in the heart of Valletta
"We absolutely loved the location. Just far enough away from the noisy Cathedral bells that many other places are plagued by in the centre of Valletta. The excellent "Illy" coffee was topped up on request, which we thought was brilliant. The view from the living room was amazing, and the bed super ..."

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020

Sally Port Suites
Barrakka Suites
Barrakka Suites
3 out of 5
4 Battery Street, Valletta, Malta
Situated in Valletta, this apartment building is steps away from Upper Barrakka Gardens and Lascaris War Rooms. Monti Shopping Centre is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (85 reviews)
"Very nice flat with all amenities you may need during your stay in Malta. Most of all very clean Close to bus station and to the nightlife of Valletta but still very quiet! Cliff has always been very responsive in all our communication. Definitely a place to stay"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Barrakka Suites
The House in Old Mint Street
The House in Old Mint Street
3 out of 5
73, Old Mint Street, Valletta
Located in the heart of Valletta, this apartment building is steps away from Manoel Theatre, Grand Harbour and Sliema Ferry. Malta Experience and Lower Barrakka ...
4.4/5Excellent! (31 reviews)
"Location is spot on central, which is the biggest advantage of the property. The apartment was stylishly furnished, good sized comfy bed, tv with Netflix and high speed internet. It is also well equipped with hair dryer, ironing board, basic cooking utensils, kettle and fridge. However, the ground ..."

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2019

The House in Old Mint Street
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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