Malta Valletta

Visitor's Guide to help you explore the capital city

Many foreigners call it 'Valletta Malta'. It is Malta's capital city 'the smallest city' from all European cities.

On this page you will find everything you need to know about Malta Valletta, the places you have to visit, cultural attractions, important streets and where to shop

People having a snack at Pjazza Regina La Valletta Malta

The Gardens within Valletta

Upper Barrakka Gardens

Visit the Upper Barakka Gardens. Meet tourists and locals all enjoying the spectacular view of the Grand Harbour. This is a definite must do when visiting Valletta.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 - 22:00 daily
  • Entrance: Free
  • Barraka Lift
  • Saluting Battery
  • Grand Harbour view
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Snack Bar

lower Barrakka Gardens

You can also visit the Lower Barakka Gardens and others positioned along the fortifications with a splendid perspective of the island.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00 all week
  • Entrance: Free
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Siege Bell memorial
  • Grand Harbour view
  • The Malta Experience close by

hastings garden

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 - 22:00 daily
  • Entrance: Free
  • Views of Triton Fountain square, Manoel Island, Gzira, Sliema to Mdina
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Marsovin wine festival

Malta Valletta - The Museums at the Capital

Popular museums very much visited by tourists at the capital. Go back many many years where it shows how ancient people lived in Malta with their incredible culture which we can now admire. 

Fort St. Elmo - National War Museum

  • Opening Hours: All Days 09:00 - 18:00 (17:00 November to May) 
  • Artefacts from the Bronze Age to WWI and WWII

Casa Rocca Piccola the 16th Century Palace

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 daily. Sunday's and Public Holidays closed
  • 16th Century Palace of a Maltese nobile family

Palace State Rooms and Armoury

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00 daily
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Forming part of Grandmasters Palace
The famous fountain found outside Valletta Malta city gate

They can be seen with tourist book in their hand reading and walking along the many main secondary roads observing and taking photos. Selfies of streets landscapes with the sea view at the background.

The National Museum of Archaeology

At the National Museum of Archaeology you see the artefacts of the Neolithic period 5000 BC up to the Phoenician Period 400 BC. The Sleeping Lady from the Hypogeum, and the Venus of Malta.

  • Opening Hours: All Days 09:00 - 18:00 (17:00 January to September) 
  • Located at Auberge de Provence at Republic Street

The National Museum of Art in Malta - MUZA

The MUZA the national-community art museum holding the national collection of old and contemporary works of art. It is located at the splendid Knights of St. John Auberge d'Italie.

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00. Saturday 10:00 - 14:00
  • Location: Auberge D'Italie, Merchants Street

The Fortifications Interpretation Center

Valletta is surrounded by massive high bastions, deep moats designed by the best military engineer of the time. Get to know about them by visiting the Fortifications Interpretation Centre for free.

  • See details of opening hours
  • Open Monday to Saturday
  • Located in St. Mark's Street close to the Valletta Sliema Ferry Service

The Maltese Toy Museum in Valletta

A vast collection of old toys. This is the place that will keep your children happy.

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 - 15:00
  • Entrance: Fee (Kids free)
  • Toys that have been collected over several decades

Currency Museum Central Bank of Malta

  • Entrance: Free
  • 16th Century Palace of a Maltese nobile family

The Malta Postal Museum

  • Location: Archbishop Street
  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00. Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

La Valletta Malta - The Main Streets at the Capital

Malta's best shopping streets running straight from the main Valetta gate down to fort St. Elmo cutting Valletta in half. This is Republic Street. Merchants Street is parallel to it with plenty of shops to visit.

A varied international blend of high street fashion from clothing, shoes, cosmetics and households. You will stumble at eateries, cafes, bars and good restaurants to spoil yourself.

Republic Street

Republic Street is the main street that cross the whole capital. Along the street you will find various establishments including Museums and other historical sites.

  • National Museum of Archaeology
  • Shops
  • Restaurants and Cafes
  • Boutique Hotels
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Law Courts
  • Entrance to St. John's Co-Cathedral
  • The Grandmaster's palace
  • Casa Rocca Piccola

Merchant Street

  • MUZA - National Museum of Art in Malta
  • Shops
  • Restaurants and Cafes
  • Street Market
  • Old University
  • St. Catherine of Italy Church
  • Valletta Food Market
  • Side flank of Auberge De Castille
  • Palazzo Parisio

Strait Street

  • See details of opening hours
  • Entrance: Free

Old Bakery Street

  • On the side of the road see St. Andrew's Scots Church
  • An exciting Malta 5D show giving an insight into Malta's history.

Malta Valletta - The Squares at the Capital

We suggest you come over to enjoy the squares in Valletta. With it's squared grid design squares were planned for the public to enjoy open spaces. This fabric is still the same since the knights of St. John. 

Today you find many cafes with tables to enjoy the surround buildings with a lot of history, enjoying your time in a peaceful pedestrianised areas.

St. George's Square

  • President Palace (Grandmasters Palace)
  • Spoil yourself to a meal at a restaurant
  • Sit on a bench and the enjoy the surroundings

Pjazza Regina

  • Casino Maltese
  • National Library of Malta
  • Queen Victoria statue
  • Treat yourself to a coffee or a meal at the open air restaurants

Castille Square

  • Auberge de Castille
  • The office of the Prime Minister of Malta
  • Formidable views of the island
  • St. James Cavalier 

St. John's Square

  • St. John's Co-Cathedral. Entrance to church
  • Cafes, restaurants and shops

Freedom Square

  • Parliament building
  • Valletta city entrance
  • The beginning of Republic street as the main central road

Jean De Vallete Square

  • St. Catherine of Italy church
  • Our Lady of Victories chapel
  • Teatru Rjal The open air Royal Theatre

Valletta hotels and accommodation ranges from simple rooms to nicely decorated hotels. They have flourished in recent years located in old buildings and prestigious palaces, very nicely refurbished and decorated. Splendid views of the harbours, quiet locations, hostels, bed and breakfast and luxury hotels.

People enjoying Maltese food at Merchant street Valletta

La Valletta Malta - Boutiques

La Valletta Malta - Hotels

It is the place where most tourists do not miss a visit during their holiday in Malta.

Guided tours are available everyday to the most important and popular sites. Places to go, the locations that tours take you the tours that include them.....

La Valletta Malta - The Theaters within the Capital

Manoel Theatre

  • The oldest theatre in Europe that is still functioning
  • Location: Old Theatre Street
  • To visit the teatre: Monday to Friday 09:30 - 16:30 and Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

Malta Conference Centre

  • Location: Adjacent to Fort St. Elmo
  • Daily shows of The Malta Experience
  • It is used as a theatre, venues and conferences.

Spazju Kreattiv

  • Theatre is located in St Jame's Cavalier building. It is also called Spazju Kreattiv
  • Cultural activites like theatre, cinema and exhibitions

Other theaters in Valletta:

- Teatru Rjal
- Valletta Campus Theatre (Ex MITP)

La Valletta Malta - Movie Theatres

Malta 5D

  • "When in Valletta worth seeing it" - 4 Star Trip Advisor Review
  • Feel the real emotions of Malta's history.
  • Available in 17 languages
  • Brings history back to life.

The Malta Experience

  • Location: Mediterranean Conference Centre adjacent to Fort St. Elmo
  • 7 shows during the week
  • 5 shows during the weekend and public holidays

Embassy Cinema

  • A newly refurbished cinema opened in 2020.

International Shopping Brands

At the capital city you will find the following shopping brands from where you can purchase clothes and other accessories.

  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Pull & Bear
  • Brooks brothers
  • Solaris
  • Vodafone
  • Orsay
  • Diesel
  • Holland & Barrett
  • Clarks
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Dorothy Perkins
  • Wallis
  • Peacocks
  • Karen Millen
  • The Body Shop
  • Timberland
  • Scholl
  • Urban Jungle
  • Parfois
  • Fred Perry
  • Mint Sparrow

Valletta today is still a living city which was built in 1566. It is the centre for Maltese politics, government departments, law courts and many local and international businesses.

Valletta Shopping

  • Roseberry Cosmetics
  • Bortex Fine Tailoring
  • George Zammit Herbs
  • 202 Jewellry
  • Agenda Bookshop
  • Mdina Glass
  • Sterling Jewellry
  • The Wembley Store
  • Darmanin Footwear

La Valletta Malta - Monuments at the Capital

Can you imagine yourself visiting an open-air museum with 320 monuments? These are some highlights of what you can see.

  • Siege Bell War Memorial
  • Sir Alexander Ball
  • George Zammit Herbs
  • War Memorial
  • Agenda Bookshop
  • Mdina Glass
  • Jean de La Valette
  • The Wembley Store
  • Darmanin Footwear

Malta Valletta Night Life

  • Mediterranean Conference Center
  • Teatru Rjal
  • Restaurants
  • Embassy Cinema 
  • Manoel Theatre
  • Bars & Wine Bars
  • Valletta Campus Theatre
  • St. James Cavalier
  • Live Music

La Valletta Malta other related pages:

The Making of Valletta | In-Guardia Parade | Valletta Churches and Mass Times | Valletta 2018 | Photos of the Capital City

Read about Mdina, the old capital. Today it is called the Silent city of Malta. An old medieval town.

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