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What to see in Valletta

Valletta Attractions


Valletta's attractions revolve mostly around its architecture, with a number of churches, cathedrals and other sacred sites taking centre stage. There are other interesting buildings, including historical residences, palaces, and forts, some of which lavishly display the wealth of art work donated by the Knights of St John. Must-see attractions include the Palace of the Grandmaster, St John's Co-Cathedral, the Lascaris War Rooms and, just outside of the city, the remarkable ancient sites of Hagar Qim and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. Tourists should also be sure to explore the historic Three Cities. For first-time visitors who don't know much about the country, The Malta Experience is worth considering, as it provides a great overview of the country's history and culture in roughly half an hour. If you are travelling to Valletta with children there are some fun attractions and excursions to enjoy as a family, including Popeye Village and the Splash & Fun Water Park. Perched on top of Mount Sceberras and surrounded by the sea on three sides, Valletta has many beautiful views. While there are no sandy beaches, the docks and harbour fronts are pleasant areas to stroll along. St George's Square puts on an evening show with jumping fountains and coloured lights, making a perfect ending to a day of sightseeing.


Hagar Qim

The prehistoric temple complex discovered in 1839 at Hagar Qim, in western Malta, dates from about 3,800 BC, and boasts…

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Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

The Hypogeum, just southwest of the Three Cities in the suburb of Paolo, is a labyrinthine complex of man-made chambers…

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Lascaris War Rooms

Valletta suffered a great deal of damage in bombing raids during World War II and the island has always had a strategic…

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Malta Experience

A dramatic presentation that illustrates the history of Malta, from Neolithic to modern times, can be enjoyed at the…

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National Museum of Archaeology

The archaeological museum on Republic Street, Valletta, is housed in one of the inns of the Knights of St John, the Auberge…

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Palace of the Grandmaster

The Grandmaster's Palace, built around 1571, today serves as the office of the President and seat of the Maltese Parliament.…

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St John's Co-Cathedral

Valletta's magnificent medieval cathedral is famous for the painting by Caravaggio, which hangs in its oratory, and the…

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Three Cities

Malta's main maritime towns have merged into a fortified conglomerate known as the Three Cities, resting on the promontories…

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