Valletta Holidays

"Home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malta's Capital city Valletta is a must when visiting this fascinating island..."

This small city is a showcase of baroque architecture and is officially recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With fascinating buildings and historical points of interest at every turn, Valletta is a treasure chest of a city for those with an interest in history and architecture on their city break. Some of the most famous landmarks of the city include St John’s Cathedral and the views of one of Europe’s most beautiful harbours. Valletta plays host to a plethora of cultural events and concerts.This makes it ideal for anyone and everyone, with sights and experiences to suit every imaginable taste. Perched on the stunning sapphire waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Valletta will provide an unforgettable holiday, rich in history, culture, nature, delicious cuisine and anything else that you could possibly ask for.

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Valletta Travel Guide

At A Glance:

  • Airports: Malta International Airport (MLA)
  • Avg. Flight Time: 3 Hours
  • Avg. Temperature: 26°C
  • Avg. Transfer Time: 45 Minutes
  • Time Zone: GMT +1
  • Currency: Euros
  • Language: Maltese
  • Population: 430,000

Location

The fortified capital of Malta, which gazes out across the Mediterranean Sea. It was built in the late 16th century, following the Grand Siege of Malta, by the Ottoman Empire and is famous for its magnificent Baroque architecture, rich history and many museums. The inner city is fairly small with a population of just 7,000, although the metropolitan area that surrounds the city has a population of close to 400,000.

History and Culture

Created after the ‘Great Siege of 1565’, when the Order of the Knights of Saint John fought off the might of the Ottoman empire. Upon this great victory for Christianity, Pope Pius IV sent his most respected engineer, to construct a fortress to both defend Christendom and demonstrate its glory to the world. The result was the magnificent fortified city that we see today, nestled between two natural harbours, it is perfectly located to repel attacks. By the 16th century it had grown into a large city, with many of Malta’s other residents coming to live in the safety of the fortified city. This meant that Valletta quickly became more opulent, with the aesthetic quality of the buildings significantly improving. Valletta continued to be a rich trading point right up until World War II, when it was frequently attacked by German troops. In more modern times it has grown into a large financial and commercial centre.

Family Activities

With a host of family friendly activities younger visitors are bound to enjoy their time in the capital city. Slightly older children will appreciate the Game of Thrones tour, which is usually delivered by actors who played minor roles in HBO’s iconic series and takes you to several recognisable sets. The toy museum depicts the history of toys through the ages, making it both educational and fun for children. While the Malta experience teaches visitors about the island’s 7000-year history, using interactive exhibits, making it both educational and fun for their family holiday.

Tours and Attractions

An architectural wonderland, it is steeped in history, making it ideal for people who love to explore, sightsee and get to know a place. The first stop on every itinerary should be the city’s magnificent fortified harbour, which is watched over by the Fort of St Elmo and has a number of old baroque warehouses. Then visitors should head for the Auberges of the Knights, which offers a fascinating insight into how the Knights lived on Valletta. The Grandmaster’s Palace is the jewel in Valletta’s crown, a magnificent example of Baroque architecture it was the seat of power in the city, when the Knight’s ruled it.

Entertainment

The city’s nightlife largely centres around the areas of Paceville and St. Julian’s which are covered in cocktail bars, discos, clubs and restaurants. They offer something for everyone from people who want to relax and have a quiet drink, all the way to those who want to stay out and party all night. Valletta also has a number of casinos, for people who want to enjoy a small wager, along with a plethora of other things that ensure it will cater to every taste.

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The city’s nightlife largely centres around the areas of Paceville and St. Julian’s which are covered in cocktail bars, discos, clubs and restaurants. They offer something for everyone from people who want to relax and have a quiet drink, all the way to those who want to stay out and party all night. Valletta also has a number of casinos, for people who want to enjoy a small wager, along with a plethora of other things that ensure it will cater to every taste.

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