Valletta: The Capital of Malta

A UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting over 320 monuments!

Valletta, the capital of Malta is one of the tiniest capital cities in Europe but you’ll be amazed at the richness of heritage and history that you find in this 600m by 1000m magnificent city!

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The capital of Malta by night

Primarily built by the Knights of Saint John, Valletta retains its elegance and class to this day. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is believed that this city is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world!

With a population of roughly 7000 people, this bustling Malta capital city is busy by day but surprisingly very quiet at night, unless some major event is being hosted in Valletta.

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The magnificent Grand Harbour. One of the most beautiful harbours in the world!

Excellent restaurants, cafeterias and bars are scattered all around the city, not to mention countless shops, galleries and a cinema complex.

So if the capital of Malta’s rich history is too overwhelming for you, there’s still lots to do in Valletta.

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Buskers entertain passers-by in Republic Street, Valletta

The Capital of Malta: Major Sights

Most of the major attractions in Malta were built by the Knights of Saint John.

The two sights that are most popular with visitors are St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the Grand Master’s Palace. Read up on the influence and legacy that the Knights of Malta left behind them and get all the details about the Cathedral and Grand Master’s Palace here.

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St. John's Co-Cathedral ... Its impressive interior is truly awe-inspiring!

Valletta is also home to the finest museums on the Maltese islands, namely the Armoury, National Museum of Fine Arts, the War Museum, National Museum of Archaeology, the Cathedral’s Museum and Lascaris War Rooms. Click here for more info and details on these Valletta museums as well as the other major museums in Malta and Gozo.

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Siege Bell War Memorial

More things that you can do while in Valletta 

Besides exploring its museums, galleries, sampling the excellent eating and drinking outlets and maybe indulging in some shopping, checking out the views of the Grand Harbour are a definite must!

Dubbed as one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, the harbour can be admired from many points.

It’s however the view from the Upper Barrakka Gardens that is sure to take your breath away.

The gardens are also a much sought after place where visitors have a rest from the sights and simply relax over a cold drink or coffee and a light snack. At noon, there’s a daily tradition wherein a cannon is fired.

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Bastions and fortifications from the Knights of Malta period protect the city

The capital of Malta is literally an open air museum!

Even if you just wander around its streets with no particular direction, you can be sure to come across magnificent baroque buildings, monuments, fountains, piazzas, fortifications and many other “hidden” gems.

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Traditional wooden balconies adorn the city

When the Knights built Valletta, they dubbed it as the "City built by gentlemen for gentlemen". The city still retains its evocative, "old world" charm to this day.

So when you're in Malta, don't miss out on exploring all that Valletta has to offer. Valletta should indeed be at the top of your list!

With so many things to do and see, it's no surprise that many travellers choose to stay in Valletta while in Malta. There's no end to the sights that you can see, plus you'll be right at the heart of the island with many easy options to get around. 

Check out our interactive map below to see what accommodation is available in Valletta.

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