Welcome to Valletta

Extremely photogenic, Valletta is a very easy place to explore and its honey-coloured, Baroque architecture certainly creates a stunning first impression. Malta’s compact capital is little short of an openair museum, it is recognised by UNESCO as one of the most prized historic areas in the world and was honoured to become the European Capital of Culture in 2018.

When to visit

One of the most popular times to visit Valletta is during the spring and early summer. It’s pleasantly warm with cooler nights and it’s not so crowded. Swimming is possible albeit in cooler waters. Temperatures can remain balmy into October for Notte Bianca, when museums and galleries open for free until late and live music rings throughout the city. Colourful Carnival celebrates the end of the winter months in February. Winter may bring sporadic heavy downpours, summer is hot and dry.

Festival Decorations, Valletta

Festival Decorations, Valletta

Experience Valletta

We’re delighted to highlight a few holiday experiences to enhance your visit to Valletta. Simply confirm at the time of booking or prior to travelling.
For further details and prices of private excursions and small group escorted tours, to visit some or all of these places of interest, please ask our Personalised Travel Team about pre-bookable experiences and excursions on 0800 008 7288.

We highly recommend…

Night and day

By day, the city is bustling and busy, by night the atmosphere changes dramatically
as Valletta comes alive with a wide choice of chic restaurants,
and squares with open-air bars and live music.

The three cities, Marsaxlokk and Blue Grotto (half day)

A private guided tour visiting the three fortified cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea, followed by Marsaxlokk, a picturesque fishing village. An optional boat trip to the Blue Grotto is available.

From £133 per person

San Anton Gardens, Rabat and Mdina (half day)

The official residence of the President of Malta, San Anton Palace, in Attard, is surrounded by extensive gardens. Located in the Northern Region of Malta, Rabat   is home to the famous Catacombs of St. Paul whilst Mdina is one of Malta’s most visited attractions.

From £31 per person

Valletta walking tour (2 hours)

Explore the main landmarks of this medieval gem whilst listening to your private guide’s stories of crusades, knights and cloak and dagger thrills. Learn about the Knights of St John, local legends, Valletta’s UNESCO status, WWII and daily life.

From £87 per person

Comino sunset cruise (full day)

Situated between Malta and Gozo, Comino is a paradise for snorkellers, divers, windsurfers, and ramblers. The island’s main attraction is the Blue Lagoon. This all-inclusive cruise ends with a gorgeous sunset view.

From £27 per person

Three cities and wine tasting (half day)

The three cities are the fortified settlements of Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea. Walk through the narrow streets shaded by many historic churches and buildings before a historical wine tasting tour amongst original artefacts.

From £31 per person

Gozo and Comino Blue Lagoon cruise (full day)

A relaxing cruise travels along the coast towards the island of Gozo. Prepare for an exciting day filled with the most prominent landmarks and enjoy free time to take a dip in the Blue Lagoon or to explore Comino.

 

From £36 per person

Out and about

Wander along streets, through squares and alleyways, to glimpse commanding views over the Grand Harbour, sights of stunning architecture, and shop fronts straight out of pre-war Britain. Valletta offers the majestic beauty of St John’s Co-Cathedral, complete with a splendid Caravaggio, the imposing bastion walls and a treasure trove of priceless works of art at the sumptuous Grand Master’s Palace. The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it shows with an abundance of beautiful buildings including the ultra-modern stone Parliament building. Stroll past the colourful balconies that line Valletta’s characterful streets and head for the harbour where 16th century Fort St Elmo houses the National War Museum. Taking place in Fort St Elmo’s centre square on Sunday is the In Guardia parade: re-enactors dressed in authentic uniforms and armour carry out military drills and sparring fights to demonstrate their readiness for battle.

Quaint cafés, wine bars and cosy restaurants adorn each corner of this worn-limestone city. Valletta’s fine selection of restaurants reflects its multi-cultural past, with Maltese, Italian and British influences. All year through the city’s unique setting plays host to cultural events, concerts and exhibitions. A hive of activity during the day, the city is much quieter at night and particularly charming.

Good to know

Long famed for its architecture, Valletta has seen a welcome surge in boutique hotel options thanks to a glittering array of crowd-pleasing arts events hosted in beautifully renovated spaces. Even though it’s one of the smallest capital cities in the world, there’s enough to see and do on a city break. Many points of interest can be found within a short walking distance of each other such as St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the Palace State Rooms. There’s a good number of fine restaurants with great food and drink to sample.

Luxury hotels in Valletta

Rosselli

Valletta

  • Boutique Hotel
  • Central Location
  • Rooftop Pool and Terrace

Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta

Valletta

  • Private Beach
  • Indoor and Outdoor Pool
  • Eco-Friendly Hotel

The Phoenicia Malta

Valletta

  • Leading Hotels of the World
  • Stunning Views
  • Indoor and Outdoor Pool

Valletta musts

Upper Barrakka Gardens

One of Valletta’s most beautiful parks, it offers a panoramic view of the Grand Harbour, features several notable statues and the firing of the Saluting Battery every day at noon.

St John's Co-Cathedral

On an island of churches, this is the most impressive. The colourful Baroque interior is of particular note and belies the plain façade. The cathedral museum houses works by Caravaggio.

National Museum of Fine Arts

A fine art collection which features masterpieces from the 15th to 20th centuries including Turner’s watercolour depicting the Grand Harbour, and, curiously a painting of Gozo Harbour by poet Edward Lear

National War Museum

Commemorating the islands’ ordeal during World War II, pride of place goes to the replica George Cross medal that was awarded to the entire population of Malta in 1942.

Grand Master’s Palace

Once the residence of the Grand Masters of the Knights of St John, and the seat of Malta’s parliament until 2015, today the magnificent 16th century Grand Master’s Palace houses sumptuous state rooms and an extensive armoury collection.

Isle of MTV Music Festival and Fireworks Festival

Between April and May is the time of the Malta International Fireworks Festival in Valletta’s Grand Harbour. One of the biggest festivals in Europe, the Isle of MTV Malta Music Week takes place in late June or early July, alongside the Malta Arts Festival.

Twin centre

Ask our travel consultants about combining a stay in Valletta by flying over to the Mediterranean’s largest island, beautiful Sicily.
See our dedicated Italy brochure for further details.