Valletta holidays 2021
Founded by the Knights of Saint John in 1566, Valletta has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s little wonder why. With architectural heritage and artworks around every corner, holidays in Valletta are bound to impress all self-respecting history buffs.
Built on a hill, Malta’s compact capital is laid out in a grid formation, with many streets commanding gorgeous views of the harbour. In addition, the city is a mere skip and a jump away from some of the country’s most scenic beaches. Away from its historical and natural attractions, Valletta is peppered with cosmopolitan coffee shops, restaurants and bars.
Nature in Valletta
Those looking for respite amid nature, won’t be disappointed. The Maltese city’s Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens command scenic views of the Grand Harbour. Plus, the beautifully-manicured grounds feature flower beds, fountains and sculptures.
Why book Valletta holidays
Top city attractions
St. John's Co-Cathedral, Grandmaster Palace and the Grand Harbour
Must-visit historical sites
Check out Malta's old medieval capital of Mdina, an ancient walled city soaked in mysticism
Fab shopping scene
Head down Republic Street for a look at impressive antiques
Sample the local food
Visit the Grand Harbour for a taste of typical Maltese food and other cuisines
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Check out the bars down by the waterfront or enjoy a bigger night out in Paceville - 20 minutes away
Art & culture
Don't miss the Malta Jazz Festival - one of the island's best festivals to experience!
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Your guide to Valletta holidays
From its scenic waterfront to historical architecture, holidays in Valletta will appeal to those who value old-world charm.
- Stroll down Valletta’s scenic waterfront promenade, which is lined with 18th-century Baroque buildings. Once used as warehouses to store grain and produce, today the buildings have been converted into chic restaurants and boutiques.
- Commissioned in 1731, Manoel Theatre is one of the oldest concert halls in Europe. The opulent auditorium, complete with gilded box seats, still stages performances in both Maltese and English.
- Feast your eyes on the lavishly-decorated St John's Co-Cathedral. Built in the 16th century, the cathedral features domed ceilings, gilded walls and the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist by Caravaggio.
- The National Museum of Fine Arts showcases Maltese and international artworks from the 12th century to the current time. The gallery displays works by such famous artists as Mattia Preti, Guido Reni and Valentin de Boulogne.
- Completed in the 18th century, the Grand Master's Palace serves as an office of the country’s president. The impressive building features richly-decorated State Rooms and a Palace Armoury, which showcases armour and weapons used by knights from the 15th to the 18th century.
Exploring history in Valletta
Malta’s UNESCO-listed capital is a jumble of defensive fortifications, splendid churches and fascinating museums.
- Malta’s majestic Grand Harbour features fortifications, bastions and defensive towers. To learn more about the island’s military history, visit the Fortifications Interpretation Centre.
- The 16th-century Church of Our Lady of Victory was restored to its former glory between 2000 and 2004. The church is home to artworks by Ermenegildo Grech, Enrico Arnaux and Francesco Zahra.
- Housed in the former base of the Knights of the Order of Saint John, the National Museum of Archaeology showcases exhibits dating back to the country’s Neolithic period. Don’t miss the prehistoric figurine of the Sleeping Lady, one of the museum’s main attractions.
- Tour the impressive 16th-century Casa Rocca Piccola. A former family home, the exquisitely-decorated estate features antique furniture and fascinating mementos.
- Discover the history of Malta’s postage from the 16th century until today at the Postal Museum. The museum has an interactive area for children.
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For moderate weather, visit Valletta in the spring and early summer months from April to June. Malta’s high season runs from July to September, when the country fills up with tourists.
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