Retaining its 16th-century elegance, Valletta is a World Heritage Site packed full of timeless cultural attractions. From the Renzo Piano-designed City Gate and prehistoric temples to the stone fortresses and quaint shops and cafes, Valletta is “a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen”.
Things to do in Valletta
Start your journey at the Grand Master’s Palace, which sits in the city centre on Palace Square. Here grandiose hallways lead to State Rooms adorned with 18th-century Baroque ceiling paintings. Admire the beautiful facade of Saint John’s Co-Cathedral, where the opulent interior features gilded walls, marble tombstones and stunning ceiling paintings.
For a dose of culture, visit the National Museum of Fine Arts, where you can browse a collection of rare antique maps and works of art that date back to the 16th century. The National War Museum is another highlight, with halls dedicated to Malta’s role in World War I and II.
Take a self-guided tour of Manoel Theater, one of the oldest theatres in Europe. You can attend live performances between September and May and watch classical music concerts and traditional opera from plush velvet chairs.
Walk along the picturesque Grand Harbour or ride on a traditional dghajsa, a wooden boat that was used to ferry sailors from ship to shore. Looking for an underwater adventure? Malta has some of the best diving opportunities in the Mediterranean, where you’ll discover a colourful landscape of sea life and shipwrecks.
Getting around Valletta
The Valletta peninsula is only a couple of kilometres in length, so the most convenient way of getting around is on foot. The city also has a bus route that travels through the area, while horse carts offer an atmospheric way to see the sights.