Located on the north east coast of Malta, Valetta is the island's capital city. This traditional resort lies on the Sciberras peninsula and is home to two natural harbours - Grand Harbour and Marsamxett.
Valetta is a relatively small city, measuring only 1km square, but don't be fooled into thinking that means there's nothing to see. It's jam-packed full of 400 years of history while also being a clean modern destination.
To get a sense of the history on your Valetta holiday, wander inside the bastion walls of this fortified city, along winding streets that lead to churches, palaces and peaceful piazzas.
The best time to visit Valletta
A holiday to Valetta is a year-round destination thanks to its Mediterranean climate. July and August are the hottest months so aim for these if you want maximum sun. The sea breeze will help those who need to keep cool.
If you're looking for a cultural trip then consider the spring months of April and May or autumnal October, when the temperatures are ideal for exploring the island and discovering the sights.
Culture and history in Valletta
Valetta is seen as Malta's cultural centre and as a World Heritage site since the 1980s it's easy to understand why. Built by the Knights of Malta, this rich melting pot of Baroque architecture, magnificent fountains and landscaped gardens is an ideal location for learning more about Maltese history.
While on your holiday to Valetta be sure to pay a visit to the National War Museum, the Grand Master's Palace, St John's Co-Cathedral and the 16th century Fort St Elmo.
Eating out in Valletta
Valetta has a choice of dining option depending on which location you choose. Head to the harbour for elegant bars and restaurants offering a variety of cuisines including an abundance of freshly caught seafood. If you're looking for something more traditional then look out for local Maltese restaurants and taverns found further inland lurking within the winding streets of Valletta's centre.
- Nearest Airport
- Maltese / English