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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.

Top Hotels in Valletta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Cumberland
The Cumberland
4.5 out of 5
Triq San Gwann, Valletta
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$109
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in the heart of Valletta, this luxury hotel is steps from Strait Street and Grand Harbour. Upper Barrakka Gardens and Sliema Ferry are also within 10 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (214 reviews)

"Beautiful small boutique hotel in the center of historic Valletta. Very friendly and helpful staff. Very good breakfast buffet. Only complaint is the shower temperature can be temperamental going from a normal hot to scalding hot without notice."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

The Cumberland
Palazzo Rosaria Boutique Hotel
Palazzo Rosaria Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
152 Melita Street, Valletta
$106
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

Located in the heart of Valletta, this hotel is steps from National Museum of Archaeology and Grand Harbour. Upper Barrakka Gardens and Sliema Ferry are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)

"Great location which was the most important to us. The hotel is newer and very clean. We definitely would stay again."…"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2020

Palazzo Rosaria Boutique Hotel
Grand Harbour Hotel
Grand Harbour Hotel
2 out of 5
47, Battery Street, Valletta, MALTA
$81
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

Located in the heart of Valletta, this hotel is steps from Quarry Wharf, Grand Harbour, and Upper Barrakka Gardens. Malta Experience and Sliema Ferry are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (736 reviews)

"Very nice location. Very clean Friendly personnel Close to city"…"

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

Grand Harbour Hotel

Popular things to do in Valletta

Upper Barrakka Gardens
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Upper Barrakka Gardens

4.5/5(79 reviews)

Perched above Valletta's Grand Harbour is an exquisite park of flowers and statues, from where a cannon salute is fired every day.

Sliema Ferry
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Sliema Ferry

4.5/5(79 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Valletta with a trip to Sliema Ferry. Wander the area's seaside or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Fort St. Elmo
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Fort St. Elmo

4.5/5(123 reviews)

This battle-scared fortress has stood watch over Malta’s capital city for more than 400 hundred years. Learn about the historic sieges that took place here through dramatic reenactments.

Lower Barrakka Gardens
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Lower Barrakka Gardens

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Flowers, monuments and a magnificent sea view make this open space one of the most attractive spots in Valletta.

Royal Opera House
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Royal Opera House

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Enjoy a performance at Royal Opera House, a storied theater in Valletta. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this romantic area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Manoel Theatre
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Manoel Theatre

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Tour this theater’s museum to familiarize yourself with more than 250 years of performances. Then sit back and enjoy a memorable opera or play.

Top activities in Valletta

The Second World War in Malta & its British History
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The Second World War in Malta & its British History

90% of travellers recommend
$60
Per adult
The Tour of Valletta - half day tour with licensed guide
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The Tour of Valletta - half day tour with licensed guide

$46
Per adult
Malta Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Malta Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$22
Per adult
The Malta Experience & La Sacra Infermeria Tour
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The Malta Experience & La Sacra Infermeria Tour

84% of travellers recommend
$17
Per adult
Palazzo Parisio, Buskett Gardens & Dingli Cliffs Tour
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Palazzo Parisio, Buskett Gardens & Dingli Cliffs Tour

86% of travellers recommend
$44
Per adult
Fort Rinella animated tour
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Fort Rinella animated tour

$26
Per adult

Reviews of Valletta

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 3, 2020

Wonderful places to eat. Lots to do and see. People are friendly and speak English well.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 28, 2019

Valletta is a modern city, a vibrant urban center, with a long and interesting history.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 15, 2019

People in valetta are rude. Most of them No open to help or talk. They are not kind with tourists and drivers drive crazy, so bad...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 1, 2019

Bucket list place to visit!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 26, 2019

Very touristy. Don't get any sense of real life.

5/5 - Excellent

CM

Oct 22, 2019

Lovely people and to walk around at night