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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.

Valletta Lucente
Valletta Lucente
4 out of 5
20A, Saint Lucia's Street, Valletta, Malta
The price is Rs10,388 per night from 9 Aug to 9 Aug
Situated in Valletta, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Merchant Street Market and Grand Harbour. Upper Barrakka Gardens and Lower Barrakka Gardens are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (90 reviews)
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Reviewed on 11 Jul 2021

Valletta Lucente
The Embassy Valletta Hotel
The Embassy Valletta Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Strait street 173, Valletta
The price is Rs15,553 per night from 27 Jul to 27 Jul
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
"Excellent stay , very relaxing comfortabile and clean. Staff and service was exceptional!"

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2021

The Embassy Valletta Hotel
De Vilhena Boutique Hotel
De Vilhena Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
55 Old Theatre Street, Valletta
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! (322 reviews)
"Location is great. Very central and nice staff"

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2021

De Vilhena Boutique Hotel
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Sally Port Suites
Sally Port Suites
3.5 out of 5
190 Melita Street, Valletta
The price is Rs10,429 per night from 27 Jul to 27 Jul
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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