Valletta Travel Guide

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Valletta Highlights

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     Quiet, Friendly Ambience; Lots To See & Do 

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     very quiet on a Sunday, almost eerie 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great Place To Spend A Day Or Two 

Valletta Things to Do

  • Walls, gateways & gardens

    Whilst wandering around central Valletta, actually looking for the Palace Stae Rooms (see seperate tip), I came upon this delightful little courtyard and learned a bit about it's quite interesting history. It really is like walking into a bit of an oasis of calm here as it is merely feet from the bustling main thoroughfare of Republic Street. I...

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  • Grand Master's Palace

    In the New Testament Jesus said that "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God", and yet the leader of the pious Knights of Malta lived in luxury within the Grandmaster's Palace. A 19th century travel writer noted that the Grandmaster was "more comfortably and commodiously lodged...

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  • Streets and squares

    I hav mentioned elsewhere on my Valletta page that the city was named for Fra' Jean Parisot de Valette, the 49th Grand Master of the Order of Malta, from 1557 to 1568. The Knights Hospitaller were a Christian crusading Order, although they were more involved in care of the sick than their more military minded contemporaries the Knights Templar. The...

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Valletta Hotels

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Valletta Restaurants

  • Caffe Cordina

    The restaurant is conveniently located on Republic Street and is handy for a snack or meal. The desserts are rich and tempting although the meals I had there didn't stand out as good or bad. Coffee is also decent but not great, but don't order tea--like too many restaurants, they bring out hot water and a teabag, so you get vaguely tea-flavored...

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  • Cafe Ranieri

    Visited first time November 2013. Could not fault the restaurant, the staff were exceptional and the meal we ordered was, well superb, excellent, wonderful, tasty, delicious, cooked to perfection. If you haven't been to Ranieri's yet, GO, you will enjoy every mouthful. Try having the Rabbit you will be in for a surprise. We will certainly be having...

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  • Eddie's

    We tried to find to eat out, even if it was quite cold wind at the moment, but when we had just came from snow and ice day before, we wanted to eat out. There were some places at the squere by the Republic street/main street, and this one seemd to have best choise of salty snack food, and friendly looking weithresses, so we choosed it. They had...

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Valletta Nightlife

  • The Pub

    Having seen that the info and tips already contained here are now quite outdated, please note that The Pub changed hands 3-4 years ago and is run by an English / Maltese couple and is now open much more regularly, with a larger selection of Draughts and Spirits.

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  • Nightlife? What nightlife!? :)

    As Valetta is mainly cafe bars, we were looking for something a bit more lively being a mixture of army, navy and mod civilians. We jumped in a cab to St Julian's from Valletta City Centre, this was around 25 Euros. It was the same again back to Valletta. Music differed from bar to bar, we spent most of our time in a bar called plush. There is...

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  • Tico Tico Bar

    Tico Tico is a cosy little typical local Maltese bar that only serves bottled beer, though you can never go wrong with a nice cool bottle of Cisk anyway. It is also pretty much the only bar in town that does actually stay open until about midnight… no matter how much the proprietors of Oliver Reed’s The Pub may want to convince you otherwise....

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Valletta Transportation

  • By bus

    The Valletta bus terminal is an ever busy roundabout around the Triton Fountain exclusive to the buses in front of the Valletta City Gate. There are 66 different bus routes going from here. You better get yourself a free copy of the ATP Main Bus Routes for free at one of the four information Offices at the outer edges. 2011 Update: The Malta bus...

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  • Boats & ferries

    We were planning to go one day from Sliema to Valletta or other way around with the ferry. BUt at those 8 days we spent at the Malta, we only saw the ferry going coupple of times. Even if it seemd very calm, and it should be going according the timetable, it didn´t! So don´t count on it, it it isn´t very very calm!! We waited many times at the...

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  • Horse carriage

    We visited Malta and agreed for the horse drawn carriage to take us up to the Valetta bus station. 20 euros was agreed from the bottom harbour to the top. Half way up the driver said we had to walk the rest of the way,. We told him of our agreement and so he went a little further, stopped and told us we would have to walk. Malta needs more tourists...

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Valletta Shopping

  • Missing tastes of the UK

    Having been away from home for some months on a Navy Deployment, it was nice to find a small Marks & Spencers Food Concession down a side street in the City Centre, managed to pick up some wine and chocolate biscuits for the long journey home. Glassware, Liqueurs, Jewellery M&S prices in line with the UK

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  • Sweets and more.

    Camilleri and Sons is a nice shop opened since 1843. It is a small shop, but full of items. Her you can buy bombons, chocolates, various kinds of pastries and also alchoolic beverages. At Camilleri's you can find some typical Maltese sweets, as honey rings, figolli and kwarezimal.

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  • Freedom Square

    Just inside Valletta's main gate (Bieb il-Belt in Maltese), lies Freedom Square. All around the square you will find small shops and people selling souvenirs of Malta. Maltese lace is very popular. I think the lace is beautiful. In the Square as you enter the gate the wall continues to the left and is attached to large buildings supported by large...

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Valletta Local Customs

  • MALTA'S ENCLOSED BALCONIES

    The enclosed Balconies intriqued and enchanted me!I loved viewing them! Many were still in their original state, and others had been restored beautifully. More will probably be restored with financial help that is forthcoming when wishing to do this. There doesn't seem to be any "sure" answer on where they originated from. Some think they are from...

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  • Churches in La Valletta

    Valletta is quite a diminuitive city – being 900 metres long and 630 metres wide. It had just under 6100 inhabitants but when it comes to churches, they are plentiful: the cities has 28 churches, which means 1 every 217 inhabitants.One interesting fact is that the first building that went up in the city to commemorate the lifting of the Great Siege...

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  • the Three Cities

    The Three Cities is name which is given to the three fortified cities of Cospicua (Bormla), Vittoriosa (Birgu), and Senglea (Isla) on the Island of Malta, right opposite La Valletta, across the waters of the Grand hrabour. They are enclosed by thefortification created by the Knights of St John, these fortifications are known as the Cottonera Lines....

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Valletta Warnings and Dangers

  • Infants

    The Maltese are very kind towards children, especially the smallest ones. We would constantly have strangers entertaining our son, even teenagers on the bus. He was rarely bored. Our son attracted a lot of attention, and it was always welcome. People were very helpful when they saw us struggling, and the restaurants all had baby chairs and the...

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  • Steep Hills

    For what is a relatively flat island, Malta sure has its share of steep hills. The problem is that it seems almost every town is built on some kind of hill. Valletta is the worst, with some of the steepest, scariest streets I've ever experienced, but Sliema and the Three Cities are also challenging. Riding a bike down some of them would be an...

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  • HILLY VALLETTA

    Valletta is built on the side and to the top of a hill. For people with trouble breathing, try to start at the top, and zig-zag your way to the bottom as much as possible and catch a Bus back to the top. I found some streets had steps all the way to the top, not the best for people with walking problems.Remember your asthma spray!

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Valletta Tourist Traps

  • Where NOT to have a lunch or a coffee

    During your stay in Valletta, you will have many, many things to see, mostly by walking and sightseeing. This means that from time to time you'll have to stop and have a lunch or a cup of coffee. Here is a catch. Never, but never have a coffee at the Central square (Republic street), cos it is 4 times more expensive than any other place in...

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  • The Grand Master's Palace.

    This was the official residence of the Grand Master of the Knights of S. John. It was built between 1571 and 1574. Later it was the British Grovernor's residence and amministrative office. Today it houses the Parliament and also serves as the President of Malta' office.Here you can see only five rooms and there is no guided tour offered. If you...

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  • Beware of taxis

    Most white taxis do not have meters - they will often quote you a rate to where you wnat to go and the rate is not that realiable. Similarly hotels have their own tame cab firms which are also not the cheapest. From personal experience I found that Wembley cabs were not a rip off - the MTL 8 fare suggested by other companies to Valletta from my...

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Valletta What to Pack

  • In the winter period

    In winter, especially the coldest month i.e. January, be sure to pack warm clothes, gloves, and a hat - but beware, not one that is prone to being blown off your head by the wind -Have no fear, the sun does shine, and it is marginally warmer than some parts of England, but never-the-less the tourist spots are less crowded. no campsites on Malta

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  • Packing List

    If you go to Valletta in winter, don't forget an umbrella and a warm jacket, because winds may be strong. At the same time don't forget a bathing suit, because there is a chance to sunbathe.

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Valletta Off The Beaten Path

  • Sadly not for public consumption.

    This was another place I encountered on my travels round the Floriana District of Valletta (i.e. that area outside the city walls) and I mention it briefly here as the reader will not be able to enter it (as far as I know) but it is worthy of a little observation as you pass by.This is the Robert Samut Hall, formerly a Wesleyan Church and now named...

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  • It's not what you might think.

    Many people who visit Valletta briefly are hustled round the obvious attractions of the old walled city and possibly a couple of places slightly outside but they really are missing out on a lot of intersting thngs. Take, for example, the subject of this tip, which most people will whizz past on the bus on the way into or out of Valletta to spend...

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  • Shall we cage the nurses?

    I was on one of my pretty random rambles round Valletta one day and walking round a fairly unsalubrious part of the Barracca Gardens I stumbled upon the "creation" you see in the image. Excusing myself to the young teenage couple who obviously had other things on their mind than a grey-haired old man with a camera, I set about examingin the thing....

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Valletta Sports & Outdoors

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    View from the Upper Barracca Gardens

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    The Upper Barracca Gardens are higher up than the Lower Barracca Gardens, which makes sense. They are public park twins in Valletta. If you aren't tired yet of hiking up and down Valletta's steep streets and charming alleys, then an urban hiking tour to the Upper via the Lower Barracca Gardens is for you! It definitely was my thing, as the views from the Upper Barracca Gardens of Valletta and the fortress are just breathtaking! If you only make it to the Lower Barracca Gardens, the view from there isn't all that bad either ;-)

    The Upper and the Lower Barracca Gardens are Valletta's most beautiful parks. Albert Einstein thought so too, as he had hiked up there as well. I was totally thrilled to find his monuments in the Gardens since I'm a big fan and long-time friend of his. Anyway, the Gardens were not a present by Albert to Valletta, but an 18th century gift by Valletta's founder Gianni Valletta to his wife Violetta Valletta, who the city of Valletta is named after.

    Equipment: According to the season and definitely good hiking/walking shoes. It can get quite hot and sunny in Malta in the summer, so be sure to wear sunglasses (preferably stylish ones), a cool hat, and light, comfortable clothes. Although you can get snacks and beverages in the Gardens, you might want to bring your own. A bottle of water for the hiking tour is highly recommended...and of course your camera. You'll want to take photos of the fantastic views of the Grand Harbor and you'll never forgive yourself if you forgot your camera. I don't know if you can rent a camera anywhere in the Barracca Gardens, but I'm almost sure you can't. Happy trails and buenos dias!

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Valletta Favorites

  • Streets & squares

    Republic Street is the main street in Valletta. It starts at the City Gate and goes to Fort Sant Elmo. Here you can see lots of shops and cafes. One of the things I liked most on this street was this florist stall. It is opened only in the morning. Unfortunately this pic doesn't do justice to this treat for the eyes.

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  • Walls, gateways & gardens

    They were built as a private garden of the Italian knights. From these gardens you can enjoy great views of the Grand Harbour and of the Three Cities (Senglea Vittoriosa and Cospicua). Here you can sit on a bench; have a drink (there is a kiosk) and rest. The Saluting Battery. It is an area located one level below these gardens. Every day at...

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  • Grand Harbour

    Arriving by Cruise Ship at Valletta is a wonderful experience! Some ports are "just" a Port, and others are spectacular, and for me, the latter is Valletta. You must be on deck so you don't miss seeing the old town which is the colour of honeycomb and blends into the landscape from the wharf to the top of the hill. You will see the city walls,...

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