A comprehensive guide to what to see and do in Valletta

One of Britain’s prime ministers said Malta’s capital, Valletta, is a palace town built by gentlemen for gentlemen. Truly, Valletta ranks as one of the most beautiful cities in the world filled with breathtaking architectures that reflect the richness of Malta’s culture and history. If you find your way in Valletta, it’s a smart idea to have a camera with you, because you’ll definitely find yourself wanting to capture the city’s wonderful sights.

There are many places you can visit in Valletta and most of them are easily accessible by public transport. Valletta is one of the cities in the world that has something to offer anyone, no matter what their interest.

Museums and theaters

The National Museum of Archeology – all the prehistoric relics of ancient Valletta are on display at this museum. Here are collections of pottery, writings, sculptures and other works of art of the early Maltese natives. Each floor is dedicated to the different eras of Valletta: Baroque, Bronze, Byzantine, Punic, Roman and Valletta in modern times.

Grandmaster’s Palace Armory – The House of Representatives and the President of Malta can be found at Grandmaster’s Palace. The palace’s armor contains various types of armor, weapons and artillery dating back to the 15th century. The British government once tried to transfer the collection to London in the 1850s, causing public rejection.

Malta War Museum – Located at Fort Saint Elmo, the site of the bloodiest battle in Malta. The fort itself has withstood the great siege of the Ottoman Empire. The museum shows the important role of the military during the British occupation of Malta in the 19th century.

Manoel Theater – is the third oldest working theater in Europe. The Manoel Theater is the National Theater in Malta and has the Orchestra Nazzjonali, or the National Orchestra of Malta.

Royal Opera House – Designed by Edward Middleton Barry and the English architect, this opera house was built in 1866. During 1873, the interior of the opera house was burned, but was restored four years later. Before it bombed in 1942 during World War II, the Royal Opera House was the most impressive sight in Valletta.

Eat out

Gianni – serves Mediterranean cuisine with a modern atmosphere. The restaurant is located above an elevated bastion, giving patrons a fantastic view of the city and the sea.

Da Pippo Trattoria – Is a restaurant favorite of many of the locals. Da Pippo Trattoria serves a variety of Sicilian and Maltese dishes. The only problem with this restaurant is that it can only accommodate a few people, but the kitchen is worth the wait.

Chiaro Scuro – Have a great selection of wine, so if you are a wine aficionado, Chiaro Scuro is one of the places you need to visit. During the day, this restaurant serves buffets.

Events and festivals in Valleta

Malta Arts Festival – This festival starts from July 1st until the 15th. The Malta Arts Festival is packed with daily events and various art exhibitions in various media.

Malta Fireworks Festival – Is a festival boasting the invention of the fireworks factory in Malta by the Malta Tourism Authority. This festival is held during April or May.

Village Fiesta – When summer hits Malta, it’s fiesta time! This tradition has been passed down for generations since the 16th century and is a must-see in Malta. The fiesta lasts for a week and ends either Saturday or Sunday with fireworks.