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A capital crammed full of history

As the capital of Malta, Valletta holidays offer insight into the island’s colourful history, taking you back as far as the 1500s, when the walled city started to be built. Valletta is one of Europe’s smallest cities, with a population of less than 6,000, meaning it’s easy to get around and has a cosy, intimate feel. It’s also a photographer’s dream – there are lots of historic buildings and architecture, from the humbling site of St John’s Co-Cathedral to the Grandmaster’s Palace.

Elsewhere, you can take in the sights from the Grand Harbour or the Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta’s highest point. There’s lots to do by night and day on holidays to Valletta. Investigate the local food scene – there are plenty of restaurants serving local and international cuisine – or head to the coast for a variety of water-based pursuits. For a well-rounded visit to Malta, Valletta is an ideal base for exploring the island’s vast range of sights and activities.

Your Valletta questions, answered

Yes, there are plenty of family-oriented sites and activities, from the Fun Train and Toy Museum to lots of free entertainment down at the waterfront.

Scenes from ‘Game of Thrones’ were filmed here, and it’s one of the best places for historic sightseeing on the whole island, no mean feat given Malta’s riotous history.

Yes – grab a taxi or hire a car and explore the rest of the island, or jump on a bus. Ferries also take you to other bays and islands in the area.

Best things to do in Valletta

Walk through Porta Reale

The ornate City Gate is the beginning of your journey through this wonderful city – it has an air of majesty about it that sets the tone for the rest of your stay.

Take a harbour cruise

A great way to see the walled city from the sea, and a fun expedition in itself, it’s always worth taking a boat trip across the harbour.

Hear cannon fire

Just below the Upper Barraka Gardens is the Saluting Battery, where daily midday cannon-fire displays take place – one way to make your days here go with a bang.


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