Valletta, the capital city of Malta, is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its rich history and architectural beauty. Located on a narrow peninsula between two harbours, Valletta offers a captivating mix of ancient grandeur and modern vitality.
The city is adorned with stunning Baroque buildings, fortified walls, and narrow cobblestone streets, creating a unique and charming atmosphere. Visitors can explore attractions such as St. John's Cathedral, a magnificent church showcasing masterpieces by Caravaggio. There’s also a beautiful harbour and waterfront lined with restaurants, cafes, and shops.
Valletta is a captivating city and offers the chance for visitors to immerse themselves in Malta’s rich heritage.
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Valletta Travel Guide
At a Glance
Founded in 1566 Valetta is a genuine museum city, in fact it's recognised by UNESCO for its historical and architectural significance. Its main streets have been built straight and wide to allow the sea breezes to keep the city cool during the hot Mediterranean summer.
A holiday spent in Valetta really does the offer the best of both worlds. There are plenty of hotels to suit most budgets. Because you're in a city there is much to do so you can take a day off from sunbathing and take a tour of Valetta on a 'hop-on-hop-off' bus, enjoy a boat tour of the harbour or lots of other things. Please see 'Things to see and do' below for more inspiration.
You can sure that should you choose Valetta for your holiday you'll be rewarded with wonderful weather and lots to see and do.
Getting around Malta is easy, mainly due to the fact it's a small island but also because of the excellent bus services that serve all the major tourist areas and are inexpensive and efficient.In terms of public transport in Valetta, this is not a problem as all roads in Malta lead to Valetta. There is a large bus terminus where you can catch a bus to almost anywhere on the island. There is almost a ferry terminal with regular ferries to Gozo and Sliema. Taxis are also plentiful in Valetta. Driving is good in Malta, especially as the driving is on the left, but the issue is finding a parking space, so before you commit to car hire do ensure you have somewhere to park.
Eating and Drinking
Eating out is a must as it gives you the chance to sample the delicious local food with influences from across the Mediterranean to North Africa that creates a unique fusion of tastes.
Valetta has plenty of restaurants, most of them are reasonably priced and serve delicious food. The waterfront is very popular due to its vibrant atmosphere and while enjoying your meal you can also enjoy the breath taking views across the harbour and the Mediterranean.
If you have your eye on a particular restaurant its best to book a table, especially at the weekend.
Things to See and Do
There's lots to see and do in and around Valetta. Firstly, The Malta Experience is like a cinema where you take your seat and a film tells you all about the history of Malta. It gets really interesting when your seat starts shaking and tipping backwards and forwards! Great fun.
Valletta's waterfront, known as Pinto Wharf, features a picturesque promenade lined with restaurants, cafes, and shops. From the city's bastions, visitors can enjoy breath taking panoramic views of the Grand Harbour, with its historical significance, cultural treasures, and scenic vistas.
The harbour tour is good fun, it's called the Traditional Harbour Cruise and it takes in the two natural harbours either side of Valetta and of course Malta's history as it repelled various aggressors over the centuries. You can't miss the boat as its big and red and looks like the tour buses!
The city also boasts numerous museums including the National War Museum, this provides a fascinating insight into Malta's past. Finally there is Valetta's stunning Baroque Cathedral, St John's Cathedral, with its extremely valuable works of art.
Valetta isn't known for its clubs, for this it's best to head over to St Julian's for a a night of bars and clubs.
Every day at noon and 4pm a cannon is fired from Upper Barrakka Gardens that look out across over the Grand Harbour, this is worth experiencing at least once while you visit Valetta.
There are many different events in Valetta throughout the year, including folklore events, classical music events and recitals, parades celebrating Malta's history, far too many to list here. You can be sure that if you name an activity there's probably a festival for it in Valetta or Malta!
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