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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 lavishly displaying the wealth of artwork donated by the Knights of St John.

Attractions in Valletta include the Palace of the Grand Master, 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. 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, 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 within the city itself, the docks and harbour fronts are pleasant areas to stroll along.

But beyond the city lie sandy coves if one wants to feel the beach between their toes. Lastly, St George's Square puts on an evening show with jumping fountains and coloured lights, making a perfect ending to a day of sightseeing.

View of St John's Cathedral

St John's Co-Cathedral

Valletta's magnificent medieval cathedral is famous for the painting by Caravaggio, which hangs in its oratory, and the 369 inlaid mosaic marble tombstones that cover the floor. Each tombstone depicts the lives of the Grand Masters of the Order of St John, buried...  see full details

Throne Room

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. When parliament is not in session, the palace and its State Rooms are open to the public. The palace is a treasure trove of...  see full details

Sleeping Lady at the National Museum of Archaeology

National Museum of Archaeology

The National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta houses one of the inns of the Knights of St John: the Auburge de Provence. The establishment's focus on Malta's prehistory includes displays such as the reconstruction of prehistoric remains found at the Hypogeum. Pottery, sculptures, statuettes, stone...  see full details

Lascaris War Rooms

Lascaris War Rooms

Valletta suffered great damage during World War II bombing raids. The war defence of Malta took place in the Lascaris War Rooms, with the island always holding a strategic military importance far out of proportion to its size,

Some of the most...  see full details


Malta Experience

The Malta Experience is a dramatic presentation that illustrates the history of Malta, from Neolithic to modern times. Shown at the Mediterranean Conference Centre at St Elmo's bastion in Valletta, the building originally served as a hospital by the Knights of St John in...  see full details


Three Cities

Malta's main maritime towns have merged into a fortified conglomerate known as the Three Cities, resting on the promontories opposite Valletta. Vittoriosa is the oldest town in Malta after Mdina, featuring plenty of historical architecture, including several of the Inns of the Knights...  see full details

Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

Just southwest of the Three Cities in the suburb of Paolo, the Hypogeum is a labyrinthine limestone complex of man-made chambers extending some 36 feet (11m) below the surface. Experts believe it was a burial site and temple for Neolithic humans who used...  see full details

Hagar Qim

Hagar Qim

Haqar Qim is a prehistoric temple complex located in western Malta. Discovered in 1839, it dates back to around 3,000 BC and boast some of the oldest human structures on the planet. The Hagar Qim and nearby Mnajdra ruins are close to the...  see full details