Last updated on July 10th, 2024 at 09:23 am

UNESCO-listed Valletta is a beyond-words beautiful city and this list of the best things to do in Valletta is here to inspire you to plan a trip to the Maltese capital soon. In this article, you’ll also find all the information you need about what to do in Valletta.

More often than not, people tend to squeeze Valletta into Malta itineraries as a day trip. Should you do that too? Definitely not. With its stunning architecture and insanely rich history, Valletta is worth a multi-day trip in its own right, either as part of a longer Malta itinerary or as a standalone city break.

There are many things to do in Valletta to keep you busy and amazed for a few days. If you’re wondering what to do in Valletta or if the tantalising Is Valletta worth visiting? question is echoing in your heads, read on and all your questions will be answered.

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A couple sits at a table at the start of Street San Gwann. The street has steps and offers views to the Grand Harbour. Several bars line the street. Most of the buildings on this street feature a traditional Maltese balcony.
Speechless before Valletta’s charm

Valletta Travel Tips

Before moving on to our list of the best things to do in Valletta, here are some tips that you may find useful when planning your trip to Valletta:

  • Where is Valletta? Valletta is the capital of Malta, an island country situated in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily and north of Libya. Malta consists of three islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino. There are also two uninhabited islets in the Maltese Archipelago, Cominotto and Filfla.
  • What is the best time to visit Valletta? To avoid the excessive summer heat – and crowds – while not missing out on Malta’s unique swimming opportunities, the best time to visit Valletta is from March to June and from September to November.
  • How many days in Valletta? You need three days to fully appreciate Valletta and everything it has to offer.
  • How to get to Valletta? You can get to Malta by plane. Malta’s Airport lies just 10 kilometres from Valletta. You can get to Valletta from the airport either by public transport (bus) or taxi. Alternatively, you can book a private transfer or a shuttle bus that will take you to your hotel in Valletta.
  • How to get around Valletta? When in Valletta, you can walk, use public transport, take the ferry or hop on a traditional dgħajsa boat. You will find suggestions on how to get to specific places in Valletta in the list of the best things to do in Valletta below.
  • Where to stay in Valletta? Valletta is a small city with great options for a special stay. For example, some of the best hotels in Valletta are housed in historic buildings. You should opt for a room inside a palazzo offering panoramic views of the Grand Harbour or a stay at one of the finest boutique hotels in Valletta. Have a look at some of the best accommodation options in Valletta here. Another option is to stay in Sliema, just a short ferry ride from Valletta.
Three traditional wooden boats in the Grand Harbour. The yellow boat has moored at the dock of Valletta waterfront whereas the blue and the white one are waiting behind. The Three Cities are in the background.
Don’t miss the chance to take a ride on a traditional dgħajsa boat in Valletta

Travel Resources To Help You Plan Your Valletta Trip

Before Going Into What To Do in Valletta, Here’s a Brief History of Valletta & Malta

At first glance, a history section isn’t an essential part of an article listing the best things to do in Valletta or any other city for that matter. Yet, in Valletta’s case, it is. Valletta is one of the best places to visit in Malta, not only for the city’s indisputable beauty but also for its incredibly rich history.

During your trip to Valletta – and while you’re reading this guide on what to do in Valletta – you’ll keep stumbling upon this history. It happened to us and we often found ourselves struggling to put things in a logical order as we went about sightseeing in Valletta.

If only someone had put together a brief timeline for us, we often thought. As it turns out, we did. For you. This way, you can always come back to this section if you get lost in the sea of historical information.

  • 1048: The Order of St John was founded in Jerusalem. The mission of the Knights of the Order was to care for pilgrims, regardless of their religion or nationality.
  • 1310: The Order of St John moved to the island of Rhodes in Greece. By then, the Knights had assumed military duties, defending the Christian world. The Order was ruled by its Grand Master. The Knights who came to Rhodes from all over Europe were grouped according to the language (Langue) they spoke.
  • 1522 – 1523: The Order of St John was defeated by Suleiman the Magnificent during the Siege of Rhodes. The Ottomans established their presence in the eastern Mediterranean and the Knights were forced out of Rhodes.
  • 1530: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V gave Malta to the Order of St John. The Knights settled in Birgu, the de facto capital of Malta until 1571.
  • 1565: The Great Siege of Malta ended with the Knights’ victory over the Ottomans.
  • 1566: Following their victory, the Knights founded a glorious new city and named it after Jean de Valette, their Grand Master. Valletta, the new capital of Malta, was born.
  • 1798: Napoleon brought Malta under French rule and expelled the Order of St John.
  • 1800: Malta fell under British rule.
  • 1914: During WWI, Malta was dubbed the Nurse of the Mediterranean. As the island was far from the battlefields, it served as the perfect place for soldiers to recover from their wounds.
  • 1940 – 1942: Valletta was heavily bombed by the Nazis during the WWII Siege of Malta. The latter was instrumental in the defeat of the Axis powers.
  • 1964: Malta gained its independence.
  • 1974: Malta became a republic.
  • 1979: The British Royal Navy departed from Malta.
  • 1989: A historic meeting between George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev took place in Malta, marking the beginning of the end of the Cold War.
A man fishing on a rock in Vittoriosa. Senglea with the Gardjola Gardens and the watchtower are in the background.
Valletta’s architecture has the city’s history written all over it

25 Fantastic Things To Do in Valletta Malta

1. Marvel At Valletta’s Architecture

Built on a narrow peninsula by the Order of St John after the siege of 1565, Valletta features 320 historic monuments in a surprisingly small area. The prominent architectural style in Valletta is Baroque. The latter flourished during the 17th century when the Order ruled the islands of Malta.

Later, Neoclassical buildings emerged across the city when Malta was under British rule. In the last few decades, contemporary constructions, such as the city’s Parliament House designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, left their mark on the city’s architecture.

Three people climb the staircase in front of the parliament.
If you’re wondering what to see in Valletta, the impressive Parliament House is a must

While strolling around Valletta, you will notice the typical wooden Maltese balconies. This type of balcony is called a gallarija. Often forming a colourful grid on a building’s facade, these ornate balconies have an Arabic influence. Another typical element of Valletta’s architecture is the use of statues to decorate the corners of the buildings, a requirement set by the Order of St John.

Check out this Valletta walking tour that offers a quick introduction to the city’s history.

A typical building in Valletta with a statue at the corner and traditional balconies on the facade.
Quintessentially Maltese statues and balconies in Valletta

2. Stroll Along Republic Street

Pedestrianised for almost its entire length, the one-kilometre Republic Street is one of Valletta’s main streets. It starts from the City Gate and goes all the way to Fort St. Elmo. The Parliament of Malta, Teatru Rjal, the National Museum of Archaeology and the Grand Master’s Palace are only a few of the imposing constructions that line Republic Street.

A walk along Republic Street, past splendid palazzi and quaint squares, is the best way to take in Valletta’s unique charm.

People walking along Republic street. The building in the photo has ornate green Maltese balconies.
The beautiful Palazzo Ferreria is one of several notable buildings along Republic Street

3. Admire The Tritons’ Fountain & The City Gate

One of Valletta’s landmarks, the Tritons’ Fountain was constructed in the 1950s and restored in 2018. It symbolises Malta’s strong connection to the sea. A few steps from the Tritons’ Fountain, the magnificent City Gate – one of the city’s three gates – awaits. Dating back to 1569, the City Gate has been reconstructed five times since then. Its current version is the work of Italian architect Renzo Piano.

A man walks in front of the Tritons' Fountain. The fountain consists of three Triton statues holding a big plate. The man is wearing a black hat, sunglasses and is carrying a black backpack.
The Tritons’ Fountain, one of the most iconic Valletta attractions, can’t go unnoticed

4. Step Inside St John’s Co-Cathedral

Built between 1573 and 1578, St John’s Co-Cathedral replaced St Lawrence Church in Birgu, the Knights’ main site of worship before the Great Siege of 1565. Designed by the Maltese architect and military engineer Girolamo Cassar, St John’s Co-Cathedral features a plain exterior compared to its elaborate Baroque interior.

The plain facade of St John's Co-Cathedral, one of the best things to see in Valletta.
St John’s Co-Cathedral is one of the main attractions in Valletta

One century after the Co-Cathedral’s construction, its interior was redecorated in Baroque style by Mattia Preti. The vaulted ceiling represents scenes from John the Baptist’s life.

One of the church’s nine chapels is dedicated to Our Lady of Philermos and the rest to the patron saints of the Order. In the Oratory, there are two masterpieces by Caravaggio: The Beheading of Saint John The Baptist and Saint Jerome Writing.

Moreover, several Grand Masters are buried in the Co-Cathedral’s Crypt. Among them, is Jean de Valette, the Grand Master who ordered the construction of Valletta. St John’s Co-Cathedral shares the bishop’s seat with St Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina since 1816, hence the name Co-Cathedral.

For more information about admission fees and opening hours, click here.
Alternatively, book this guided tour of St John’s Co-Cathedral with a walking tour of Valletta.

The elaborate interior of St John's Co-Cathedral. The vaulted ceiling is decorated with frescoes and the arched entrances to the chapels are adorned with golden details.
The impressive interior of St John’s Co-Cathedral

5. Have a Look at The Grand Master’s Palace

Located in the heart of Valletta on St George Square, the Grand Master’s Palace was the headquarters of the Order when they moved to Valletta from Birgu after the Great Siege. It was the seat of the Order until 1798 when Napoleon ruled the island. The British took over the Palace in 1800.

In 1921, the Grand Master’s Palace became the seat of the first Parliament of Malta until 2015 when the new Parliament House was built. Today, the Palace houses the office of the President of Malta.

With a collection of armours – including those of several Grand Masters such as La Valette and Alof de Wignacourt – weapons, and swords, the Armoury is one of the Palace’s highlights. What’s more, the paintings that represent scenes of the Great Siege in the Palace State Rooms stand out.

For more information about admission fees and opening hours, click here.

The facade of the Grand Master's Palace on St George Square. The facade of the massive palace occupies the whole side of the square. The two-floor building is symmetrical with two green gates and two green traditional balconies at the corners.
Unfortunately, during our recent trip to Valletta, the Grand Master’s Palace was closed for restoration works

6. Get in The Depths of The Lascaris War Rooms, One of The Best Things To Do in Valletta

Situated below the Upper Barrakka Gardens and the Saluting Battery, the Lascaris War Rooms is an underground complex of tunnels and chambers where the British headquarters were located during WWII. The British expanded the existing tunnels that the Order used as slave quarters to coordinate naval and air operations from there.

One of the most critical operations that were conducted in the Lascaris War Rooms was Operation Husky in 1943. Thanks to this operation, the Allies invaded Sicily with amphibious and airborne units and took the island from the Italian Fascists and German Nazis.

The entrance to the tunnel that leads to the Lascaris War Rooms. This visit is one of the best things to do in Valletta.
Stepping inside the Lascaris War Rooms, one of the best tourist attractions in Valletta

After WWII, the Lascaris War Rooms continued to operate until 1977. In 2009, the complex was restored and it’s open as a museum since then. Among the highlights are the RAF Sector Fighter Control Room, the Filter Room, the Anti-Aircraft Gun Operations Room, and the Combined Room.

For more information about admission fees and opening hours, click here.

One of the Lascaris War rooms. There is a big table with the map of Malta and Sicily at the centre of the room and blackboards on the surrounding walls.
Breathing WWII history inside the Lascaris War Rooms

7. Discover The Upper Barrakka Gardens & The Barrakka Lift

Perched atop Saints Peter & Paul Bastion, the Upper Barrakka Gardens is a public garden with fantastic panoramic views of the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities.

Originally, the arched terrace and the garden were only available to the Knights of the Order’s Italian Langue. The garden opened to the public in 1800 after the French occupation. It’s the ideal place for some relaxation, while you can also grab a refreshment at the on-site kiosk.

A couple strolling along the paved path of the Upper Barrakka Gardens. People are sitting in the gardens' café in the background.
The Upper Barrakka Gardens look lovely on a sunny day

From the Upper Barrakka Gardens, you can take the lift down to the ditch. It’s the best way to get to the Grand Harbour quickly. From there, you can take the ferry to the Three Cities. This lift was constructed in 2012 to replace the first one that was built in 1905. Most importantly, though, the Barrakka Lift is life-saving on your way up to the gardens.

The Barrakka Lift as seen from the outside.
The imposing Barrakka Lift

8. Go To The Saluting Battery

Situated one tier lower from the Upper Barraka Gardens, the Saluting Battery replaced a nearby Ottoman battery. After the Great Siege, the Order of St John used it for saluting vessels and military operations. Later, the battery was in use for military purposes during the French occupation and the Second World War until 1954.

Today, the battery is restored with replicas of the original cannons. Every day at noon, a grand ceremony with gun fires takes place. It’s worth timing your visit so that you don’t miss this special moment at one of the best places to visit in Valletta.

For more information about admission fees and opening hours, click here.

View of the saluting battery overlooking the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities. On the platform, there are eight replica cannons and a red cross made of flowers.
The Saluting Battery with the emblematic Maltese Cross made of flowers

9. Take in The Charm of Valletta Waterfront

Few snapshots of Valletta can be as iconic as the strikingly pretty facades of the buildings that line Valletta’s Waterfront. The latter is one of the best places in Valletta to enjoy a long stroll before sitting at a quaint café along the promenade to take in the splendid views.

10. Catch Breathtaking Views From The Lower Barrakka Gardens

Located atop Saint Christopher Bastion, a short distance from the Upper Barrakka Gardens, the Lower Barrakka Gardens is its twin public garden. Similar to the Upper Barrakka Gardens, the Lower Barrakka Gardens are ideal for a relaxing stroll with panoramic views of the Grand Harbour.

The Doric temple that dominates the garden is a memorial to Sir Alexander Ball, a British Royal Navy officer who helped the Maltese take Malta back from the French in 1800. Sir Alexander Ball became the Civil Commissioner of Malta as he was very popular among the Maltese people.

A couple is sitting on one of the benches in the Lower Barrakka Gardens enjoying the view of the Grand Harbour. This is one of the best things to do in Valletta.
One of our favourite viewpoints in Valletta

11. Visit The Siege Bell War Memorial

A few steps from the Lower Barrakka Gardens, the Siege Bell War Memorial commemorates the 7000 soldiers and civilians who died in the Siege of Malta during the Second World War. The memorial was constructed in 1992, 50 years after Malta received the George Cross Award in honour of the heroism and bravery of its people. The bell rings every day in the victims’ memory.

The Siege Bell War Memorial overlooking the Grand Harbour. A cruise ship is about to exit the port in the background.
Yet another photogenic spot in Valletta

12. Explore Fort St. Elmo & The National War Museum

Built at the tip of Valletta’s peninsula, Fort St. Elmo occupies a strategic location between the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta’s two main ports. The star-shaped fortress was built in 1552 by the Knights of the Order of St John as a defence against Ottoman invasions.

During the Great Siege of Malta in 1565, Fort St. Elmo was captured by the Ottomans after almost a month of resistance. However, the Knights gained the needed time to reinforce their defence in Birgu where their headquarters were. Although the Knights were kicked out of Rhodes by the Ottomans in 1522, the Great Siege of 1565 in Malta had a happy ending for the Order who ruled the Maltese Islands until 1798.

View of the fortification of Fort St Elmo. In the background, at Tigné Point, there is a cluster of modern buildings.
View of Sliema – and more specifically Tigné Point – from Fort St. Elmo

Fort St. Elmo is also home to the National War Museum, an exceptional display of WWI and WWII history. Among the museum’s highlights are Faith, a Gloster Gladiator, the only surviving British fighter plane of the three that defended the island during WWII, and the replica of the George Cross Award that was given to the Maltese people in 1942.

For more information about admission fees and opening hours, click here.

The inner courtyard in Fort St Elmo.
Inside Fort St Elmo Valletta

13. Be Enchanted By Casa Rocca Piccola, One of The Best Things To See in Valletta

Situated along Republic Street, Casa Rocca Piccola is one of many prestigious palazzi built after the Great Siege of 1565. Originally, it was the house of a Knight called Don Pietro La Rocca. Nowadays, it’s the family home of the 9th Marquis de Piro.

The house features a lovely garden and a private museum with collections of furniture, costumes and Maltese lace. However, the highlight for us was the underground World War II air raid shelter that was added in 1918.

Check out availability and ticket prices for Casa Rocca Piccola here.

Some of the palazzo’s rooms are available to stay if you’re looking for the once-in-a-lifetime experience to sleep within the same walls as a real-life noble family. You can check them out here.

The atrium in Casa Rocca Piccola. There is a sofa with a table and a statue on the tiled floor.
A building that screams history at every turn

14. Look For The Church of St. Paul’s Shipwreck

On his way to Rome for his trial, Saint Paul was shipwrecked in Malta in 60 AD. Hidden in plain sight, the Church of St. Paul’s Shipwreck was built in the 16th century and has a gorgeous 19th-century facade. The church’s highlights are the wrist bones of Saint Paul and the part of the column where the Saint was beheaded.

If you happen to be in Malta on the 10th of February, don’t miss the Saint’s celebration day when a wooden statue of Saint Paul is paraded through Valletta’s streets. This is definitely one of the best things to see in Valletta.

A stone’s throw from the Church of St. Paul’s Shipwreck, you can find some of Valletta’s quaintest alleys, lined with cosy cafés, bars and restaurants overlooking the Grand Harbour. St Lucia’s Street is our favourite.

The facade of St Paul's Shipwreck Church.
The Church of St. Paul’s Shipwreck, one of the prettiest churches in Valletta

15. Try Delicious Pastizzi

Similar to neighbouring Italy, Malta has no shortage of mouthwatering treats. What we liked most were the pastizzi (singular: pastizz).

This staple Maltese treat is made with pastry traditionally filled with ricotta or peas. Besides those two traditional flavours, you can try other variations, too. Pastizzi are inexpensive and ideal for a quick lunch. You can find them almost everywhere, from the best restaurants in Valletta to historic cafés like Caffe Cordina.

Check out this Street Food and Culture Walking Tour in Valletta to discover all of the city’s delicious corners.

Two pastizzi on a plate with a napkin. Trying pastizzi is one of the best things to do in Valletta.
You can’t have enough pastizzi in Valletta

16. Have Lunch At Valletta’s Food Market

Located in the heart of Valletta, the city’s food market – also called Is-Suq Tal-Belt – dates back to the 19th century. After being damaged during World War II, the market lost its glory until it was restored and reopened in 2018.

The covered market now hosts a food court with plenty of eateries featuring international cuisines, from Maltese to Asian. There’s also an on-site supermarket, ideal for those staying in Valletta.

The exterior of the food market in Valletta. The market has outdoor seating with tents. Over the old structure on the ground floor, there is a smaller modern structure.
Always a busy spot

17. Book a Tour of The Manoel Theatre

Inspired by the theatre of Palermo, Manoel Theatre was built in 1732. It’s named after the Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena who commissioned its construction. Manoel Theatre is considered one of the oldest theatres in Europe.

The theatre holds performances and organises guided tours. The hours of the guided tours vary because of the rehearsals. Therefore, it’s better to contact the theatre to make your booking.

For more information, click here.

18. Walk Along Strait Street

Regardless of the strict Catholic character of Valletta, Strait Street was the heart of nightlife for British and American sailors during the 19th and 20th centuries. The narrow street was lined with hole-in-the-wall bars filled with drunks and prostitutes. After the British navy left Malta, the street was abandoned.

Nowadays, though, it’s more vibrant than ever. One of the best things to do in Valletta is to take an evening walk along Strait Street to explore its fantastic bars and restaurants.

The sign of Carmen Bar on Strait Street. The sign is hanging from the buildings on both sides of the street.
Probably our favourite bar in Valletta

19. See The Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Situated close to Strait Street, the imposing Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel with its distinct oval dome was built between 1958 and 1980 on the site of a church built by Carmelite monks in 1570. The latter was destroyed during a WWII air raid.

The interior of the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The basilica’s imposing interior

20. Spend a Day Exploring The Three Cities, One of Our Favourite Things To Do in Valletta

Usually under the tourist radar, the Three Cities are right opposite Valletta. Visiting them is one of the off-the-beaten-path things to do in Valletta. The Three Cities are Vittoriosa (former Birgu), Senglea (former L’Isla) and Cospicua (former Bormla).

Among the three, Birgu is the oldest one. It used to be the capital of Malta since 1530 when the Order of Saint John came to the island. After the Order’s victory over the Ottomans in 1565, Birgu was renamed Vittoriosa (Victorious). The other two cities were founded by the Order at a later time.

Panoramic view of the harbour between Birgu and Senglea. There are a lot of yachts docked in the harbour.
Breathtaking views at the Three Cities

The Three Cities were destroyed during the Second World War. They were rebuilt a few decades later. Situated at the tips of two peninsulas, Vittoriosa and Senglea offer breathtaking views of Valletta. Most of the Three Cities highlights are in Vittoriosa since Senglea was almost totally flattened by the World War II bombings.

Start your walk from Victory Square in Vittoriosa where the Victory Monument stands. Take your time having a coffee or lunch at one of the cafés there. Wander around the city’s quaint streets and discover some of the buildings that used to be Auberges of the Order. Step inside Norman House, which dates back to the 13th century.

If you have time, you can visit Fort Sant Angelo, the headquarters of the Order during the Great Siege.

A pedestrianised alley with flower pots adorning the building entrances in Vittoriosa, one of the best places to visit in Valletta.
Birgu is utterly beautiful

After Vittoriosa, take a relaxing stroll to the tip of Senglea for the best views of Valletta. Once there, you can visit the Gardjola Gardens with their historic watchtower, the iconic Vedette.

You can get to the Three Cities by bus from Valletta. However, the best way to get to the Three Cities is the Valletta Ferry. Even better, for an authentic experience, opt for the traditional Maltese wooden boat, the dgħajsa. You can find both the ferry and the traditional boats at the Valletta Waterfront, close to the Barrakka Lift.

Check out this fantastic guided tour with a boat trip to the Three Cities.

The view from inside the traditional boat. The gondolier paddles the boat while approaching the dock in Vittoriosa.
On board the dgħajsa, an unforgettable experience

21. Jump On The Ferry To Sliema

Given that Malta is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and traffic can be horrendous, the best way to get around Valletta is the ferry. There are two ferry terminals in Valletta, one in the Grand Harbour, which connects Valletta to the Three Cities, and one on Marsamxett Harbour, which connects Valletta to Sliema.

This photo was taken on board the ferry from Sliema to Valletta. People are sitting on the ferry's upper deck. The ferry approaches the dock. The city's fortification and buildings are in the background.
On board the ferry to Valletta from Sliema

Sliema is a residential area with a promenade, the Sliema Front, that’s lined with bars and restaurants. The closer to the sea you are, the more modern the architecture of Sliema is. However, if you climb uphill to Sliema’s old centre, the architectural landscape changes and you can see mostly charming old buildings there.

Get lost in Sliema’s maze of streets and discover small treasures like Simler’s Bakery for delicious pastizzi and the Hole In The Wall Bar for a glass or three of local beer.

What’s more, for fantastic views of Valletta, it’s worth taking the seaside stroll to Tigne Point, the tip of the peninsula from where the Ottomans attacked Fort St Elmo during the Great Siege.

A man is walking with his head down on a street in Sliema. The buildings on the street have the traditional Maltese balconies in different colours.
The upper part of Sliema is worth the climb

22. Wander Around Manoel Island, One of The Lesser-Known Places To Visit in Valletta

The tiny island at the entrance of Marsamxett Harbour is Manoel Island. It’s home to Fort Manoel, a star-shaped 18th-century fort, and a 17th-century isolation hospital for knights, the Lazzaretto. You can get to Manoel Island from Sliema via a short bridge. The island is ideal for a relaxing long walk, past the ruins of the aforementioned hospital and other structures.

An abandoned building on Manoel Island. It's a two-floor building with dilapidated windows and doors.
Abandoned buildings with many tales to tell

23. Join a Day Trip To The Blue Lagoon, One of The Best Activities in Valletta

Located between Comino Island and Cominotto, the Blue Lagoon is one of Malta’s highlights. As Comino is uninhabited, the best way to take in the beauty of the island is on a day trip. If you’re staying in Valletta, it’s more convenient to choose a day trip from Sliema like this one.

If you’re interested in more details, we’ve published a thorough guide on how to get to Comino and the Blue Lagoon.

This image shows a panoramic view of the Blue Lagoon with the Gozo Channel in the background.
The colour of the sea is almost unreal

24. Be Amazed By The Tarxien Temples

The islands of Malta and Gozo are home to seven complexes of megalithic temples. If your trip to Malta is a short one and you’re only spending time in Valletta, it’s worth visiting one of the temples closest to the Maltese capital.

Along with the famous temples of the Hypogeum, the UNESCO complex of the Tarxien Temples is situated near Valletta and it’s the largest prehistoric site in Malta. The complex consists of four megalithic temples that were built between 3600 and 2500 BC. You can get to the Tarxien Temples from Valletta by bus.

For more information about admission fees and opening hours, click here.

One of the Tarxien Temples. There is a massive white tent over the temple offering shade and protection.
The remains of the Tarxien Temples

25. Enjoy a Brewery Experience, One of The Most Unusual Things To Do in Valletta

You haven’t been to Malta if you haven’t enjoyed CISK, the local beer. Housed in the Old Farsons Brewery, a detailed exhibition tells the story behind CISK beer and how it managed to replace wine in the locals’ hearts. The Brewhouse rooftop offers panoramic views of the city and it’s ideal for one or three pints of Malta’s finest beer.

For more information about admission fees and opening hours of the Farsons Brewery Experience, click here.

Several Cisk Excel beer bottles on a wall in the Brewhouse exhibition area.
CISK Excel is our favourite beer in Malta

We hope that you enjoyed this list of the best things to do in Valletta and that reading our guide made you dream of a trip to Malta’s fascinating capital. We’re sure you’ll enjoy Valletta as much as we did!

WORDS & IMAGES: Katerina


  1. Lisa | Waves and Cobblestones Reply

    St John’s Co-Cathedral was the highlight of my trip to Valletta! Simply incredible from floor to ceiling. It’s one of the must-see attractions in Malta!

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