Valletta, Malta Where is Valletta
Valletta is the southernmost capital of Europe. At just 0.8 square kilometres, it is the European Union's smallest capital city. Located in the south east of the island, between two deep & large natural harbours - Marsamxett Harbour to the west and the Grand Harbour to the east.
Valletta is just 9.5 km from Malta’s airport. It takes under 20 minutes by taxi and about 25 minutes by the X4 bus to reach Valletta. Click here
for the latest bus route information.
Valletta's 16th-century buildings were constructed by the Knights of the order of St. John – ‘’ a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen’’.
Valletta was named after, the Grand Master, Jean Parisot de la Valette, who succeeded in defending the island from an Ottoman invasion in 1565.
The city is a masterpiece of Baroque, with elements of Mannerist, Neo-Classical and Modern architecture, though the Second World War left major scars on the city, particularly the destruction of the Royal Opera House. The city is officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a European Art City.
Valletta fortifications, consisting of bastions, curtains and cavaliers, along with the beauty of its palaces, gardens and churches, led the ruling houses of Europe to give the city its nickname ‘Umillissima’ - "Proudest".
The best way to discover the city is on foot - it is lavishly loaded in places to see and explore, fascinating historical buildings around every corner: votive statues, niches, fountains and coats of arms high up on parapets. Narrow side streets are packed with quaint shops and cafés. While Valletta's main streets are lined with larger international branded shops for most requirements.
Things to do & see are abundant - a scenic start and definitely not to be missed is The Upper Barrakka Gardens, The Saluting Battery is also located here as well as the lift down the bastions to sea level and the ferry service across the Grand Harbour to the Three Cities.
St John's co-Cathedral & museum are a big must visit, this extravagantly decorated church is amazing and home to world famous master works.
Other significant places to visit include The Grandmaster’s Palace, Fort St. Elmo, the National War Museum and the National Museum of Archaeology.
Valletta – Good to know
Population is about 6,500.
Main public transport hub (bus terminus) for Malta sits outside Valletta’s City Gate.
An interesting and convenient way to reach Sliema and the Three Cities is by ferry.
The ‘Hop on & off’ open top buses are a great way to explore Malta and visit the most interesting places. Buses leave from various locations around the city every half hour.
Locals also call the capital, il-Belt (‘The City’).
With such a high intensity of historic sites, Valletta feels like one huge open-air museum.
While Valletta is small, it still retains over 25 churches and chapels.
Parliament and several ministries are in the city.
Streets are aligned in a straight grid-like layout and is supposed to have been designed to facilitate the sea breeze to offer respite from warm weather.Click here
for weather in Valletta Malta.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel – mid July
St. Dominic – early August
Our Lady of Consolation – late August/early September
St. Paul’s Shipwreck – Mid February Valletta Hotels
We have a wide varity of hotels including the popular 5 star hotels Phonecia Hotel
& Grand Hotel Excelsior
and a host of boutique hotels such as the St Johns Boutique