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.

The Gomerino Hotel
The Gomerino Hotel
4.5 out of 5
247 St Paul St, Valletta
The price is £130 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Valletta. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 2 restaurants. Popular attractions Malta Experience and Tower Road are located ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (72 reviews)
"The beauty and quality of the hotel is only exceeded by the attentiveness and graciousness of the staff. The rooftop pool and bar is such a boon, the view is marvelous. This is a perfect place, it has it all."

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2022

The Gomerino Hotel
The Embassy Valletta Hotel
The Embassy Valletta Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Strait street 173, Valletta
The price is £164 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Valletta. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and breakfast. Popular attractions Malta Experience and Tower Road are located ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (104 reviews)
"Great hotel- great location, lovely breakfast, beautiful pool and terrace. Staff fun and helpful. Air conditioning- quiet and efficient."

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2022

The Embassy Valletta Hotel
Palais Le Brun
Palais Le Brun
4.5 out of 5
101 old bakery street, Valletta
The price is £167 per night from 23 Jul to 24 Jul
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Valletta. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (270 reviews)
"Friendly, helpful staff, and lovely quiet room. Wonderful breakfasts !!"

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Palais Le Brun
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Jean De Valette Boutique Living
Jean De Valette Boutique Living
4 out of 5
42 St Zachary St, Valletta
The price is £104 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Valletta. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and Netflix. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (69 reviews)
"Fantastic communication, comfortable and a great central location."

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2022

Jean De Valette Boutique Living
Vallettastay Apartments
Vallettastay Apartments
3 out of 5
VBL Ltd.54 Marsamxett Road, (Office Address), Valletta, VLT1853
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Valletta. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle and babysitting services. Our guests praise the overall value ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (97 reviews)
"The apartament is perfect because not only is comfortable, wide and clean, but also it is located close to all Valletta's interesting places. The girls at the rental office were extremely courteous and professional. We amply reccommend it!!!"

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2019

Vallettastay Apartments
Independence Boutique Apartments
Independence Boutique Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Misrah L-Indipendenza, Valletta
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Valletta. Enjoy free WiFi, airport transport and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Malta Experience and Tower Road are ...
2.5/5 (2 reviews)
Would not recommend booking this apt
"The apt cancelled the night before were to stay Hotels.com handled the situation well which I appreciated"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2019

Independence Boutique Apartments
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