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About Valletta
World Heritage City

A city packed with attractions and landmarks

Despite its small size, the capital city of Malta is packed with attractions and landmarks. Valletta was founded in the 16th century by the Grandmaster of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, whose intention was to build a fortress city. The military outpost is now a honey-coloured baroque gem and one of Europe’s favourite holiday destinations.
Walking Around Valletta

Valletta’s Top Attractions

Walking through Valletta is the best way to discover its many attractions and stories. Take a stroll through the city centre and look up at the gallariji, coloured wooden balconies popping out of the traditional limestone houses.

Head to the Valletta waterfront for a relaxing stroll and get inspired by the many shops, restaurants and bars. The waterfront is a scenic promenade with baroque warehouses facing the harbour, revived with coloured doors representing the many goods stored here in the past.

Heritage Highlights

St John’s Co-Cathedral holds a stunning collection of rich Maltese baroque decorations, Flemish tapestries and paintings by Mattia Preti and Caravaggio.

The National Museum of Archaeology, renowned for its Prehistoric Collection of artefacts dating back to 6,000-7,000 years ago, which tell the story of the first inhabitants of Malta.

Upper Barrakka Gardens offer an impressive view over the Grand Harbour of Valletta and the three cities of Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua. The garden terrace is also a great place if you’re looking for a peaceful spot.

Fort Sant’Elmo is a star-shaped fortress facing the Mediterranean, where you can learn more about Malta’s history and enjoy the view over the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett. Here you will certainly find the perfect background for your photos.

Make sure you don’t miss other famous landmarks in Valletta such as Grand Master’s Palace, the Siege Bell War Memorial, the Manoel Theatre and Casa Rocca Piccola.