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
The Gardens within Valletta

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.

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

Upper Barraka Gardens
  • Opening Hours: 07:00 - 22:00 daily
  • Entrance: Free
  • Barraka Lift
  • Saluting Battery
  • Grand Harbour view
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Snack Bar
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
Lower Barraka Gardens
  • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00 all week
  • Entrance: Free
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Siege Bell memorial
  • Grand Harbour view
  • The Malta Experience close by
Upper Barraka Gardens
  • Opening Hours: 07:00 - 22:00 daily
  • Entrance: Free
  • Barraka Lift
  • Saluting Battery
  • Grand Harbour view
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Snack Bar
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
Lower Barraka Gardens
  • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00 all week
  • Entrance: Free
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Siege Bell memorial
  • Grand Harbour view
  • The Malta Experience close by
La Valletta Malta - The Museums at the Capital
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
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

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.

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.

The famous fountain found outside Valletta Malta city gate

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.

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
  • 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
  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00. Saturday 10:00 - 14:00
  • Location: Auberge D'Italie, Merchants Street
The Fortifications Interpretation Center
  • See details of opening hours
  • Open Monday to Saturday
  • Located in St. Mark's Street close to the Valletta Sliema Ferry Service
The National Museum of Archaeology
  • 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
  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00. Saturday 10:00 - 14:00
  • Location: Auberge D'Italie, Merchants Street
The Fortifications Interpretation Center
  • See details of opening hours
  • Open Monday to Saturday
  • Located in St. Mark's Street close to the Valletta Sliema Ferry Service

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

The Maltese Toy Museum in Valletta
  • 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
  • Opening Hours: Click here  
  • 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
The Maltese Toy Museum in Valletta
  • 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
  • Opening Hours: Click here  
  • 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 Valletta - 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
  • 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.
Republic Street
  • 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
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. 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
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
Malta Valletta - Boutiques
La Valletta Malta - Hotels
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 Theatres within the Capital
Malta Valletta - The Theatres 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
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 Valletta - 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 holdiays
Embassy Cinema
  • Temporarily closed for refurbishment
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 holdiays
Embassy Cinema
  • Temporarily closed for refurbishment
International Shopping Brands
International Shopping Brands
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
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 1546. It is the centre for Maltese politics, government departments, law courts and many local and international businesses.

Valletta Shopping
Valletta Shopping
Roseberry Cosmetics
Bortex Fine Tailoring
George Zammit Herbs
202 Jewellry
Agenda Bookshop
Mdina Glass
Sterling Jewellry
The Wembley Store
Darmanin Footwear
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
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
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
Malta Valletta Night Life
Meditteranean Conference Center
Teatru Rjal
Restaurants
Embassy Cinema (temporarily closed)
Manoel Theatre
Bars & Wine Bars
Valletta Campus Theatre
St. James Cavalier
Live Music
Meditteranean Conference Center
Teatru Rjal
Restaurants
Embassy Cinema (temporarily closed)
Live Music
Manoel Theatre
Bars & Wine Bars
Valletta Campus Theatre
St. James Cavalier

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.