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Welcome to Valletta


Cheap Flights, Holidays and City Breaks to Valletta, Malta from Ireland

Valletta is definitely a city you have to visit either on holiday or on a quick city break. If you haven’t visited this Mediterranean city, make sure to visit Valleta soon, as you are missing all that Valletta has to offer.

Valletta is Malta’s capital and it is colloquially known as Il-Belt in Maltese. It is located on the central-eastern portion of the island of Malta and it is definitely worth a visit on your holiday or city break.  

Valletta as a holiday destination is a world heritage site and it is a living experience of baroque architecture.

Valletta is a city dotted with quaint cafés and wine bars. Valletta is one of Malta’s main tourist attractions and it houses the stunning St. John’s Co-Cathedral, imposing bastions and a treasure chest of priceless paintings.

Malta's Grand Harbour is a very popular Valletta attraction that you certainly have to visit. It is often described as the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. For your chance to see this stunning harbour, check out our great deals on flights, city breaks and holidays to Valletta from Ireland.

The Valletta Peninsula has two natural harbours; Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour. When out exploring all that Valletta has to offer, you will find architecture ranging from early 16th Century Baroque to Modernism on Valletta’s streets and piazzas.

Valletta serves as Malta’s principal cultural centre and its unique collection of churches, palaces and museums attract visitors from all parts of the world, so if you want to join them, we can offer you great deals on flights, city breaks and holidays to Valletta from Ireland at the lowest available rates.

The former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli who visited Valletta in 1830 described the city as ‘’a city of palaces built by gentlemen for gentlemen,’’ and he noted  that Valletta equals in its noble architecture, if it does not excel, any capital in Europe''. In letters he called Valletta, ‘’comparable to Venice and Cadiz’ and full of palaces worthy of Palladio.’’

Buildings of historic importance that you have to visit, include St. John’s Co-Cathedral formerly the Conventual Church of the Knights of Malta. 

Valletta is noted for its super museums and its palaces and the National War Museum and the palace of Auberge de Castille are must-see attractions, so check out our deals on flights, city breaks and holidays to Valletta from Ireland. The National War Museum that is located at Fort Saint Elmo, was a focal point during the Great Siege and it steadily rose to prominence during the Second World War. This museum delves into the highlights of Malta’s military role in the post-1800 period under British rule, and it memorialises the suffering and the heroism portrayed by the Maltese during WWII.

The palace of Auberge de Castille is the official seat of the Knights of the Langue of Castille, Leon and Portugal and one of the most powerful of the Order. The Knights of this Langue were responsible for defence of part of the fortifications of Valletta known as the St. Barbara Bastion. The renowned Maltese architect Girolama Cassar built the original Auberge 1574). It is now the office of the Maltese Prime Minister. The Magisterial Palace, which was built between 1571-1574 and formerly the seat of the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta, now houses the Maltese Parliament and the offices of the President of Malta. Casa Rocca Piccola is one of the last remaining unconverted palaces currently inhabited by nobility. The palace is open to the public. These palaces are very interesting places to visit, and you can experience them with a cheap city break, holiday or flight to Valletta from Ireland, available year round at the lowest rates available.

During your thorough exploration of Valletta, you are sure to come across the Triton Fountain, which is located in the centre of Valletta’s main bus terminus. The fountain is surrounded by numerous shops and cafes. For the opportunity to see this historic fountain, why don’t you check out our great deals on flights and all-inclusive holidays to Valletta from Ireland.

Why not walk along Valletta’s breathtaking waterfront. Valletta’s Waterfront is a combination of contemporary spaces and the city’s historical architecture.

If you’d like to visit other parts of Malta, we also offer cheap Gozo flights and holidays, or you could plan a Rome holiday during your stay in Valletta.

For cheap flights, holidays and city breaks to Valletta from Dublin, Cork and Shannon, call us today.

Information & Facts


Grand Harbour Tour

Malta Sightseeing

Malta Hop On - Hop Off Tour


Valletta enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Valletta experiences a lack of precipitation during the summer months and heavier precipitation during the winter months. Winter temperatures are moderated by the city’s proximity to the sea. As a result, Valletta enjoys mild winters. Average high temperatures range from around 15 °C in January to about 30 °C in August, while average low temperatures range from around 10 °C in January to 22 °C in August.

Eating Out

Eating out in Valletta is a dream. Valletta is the best place to sample Maltese cooking. The Maltese capital has a large number of taverns, pubs, restaurants and cafés, all of which serve traditional Maltese delicacies.

In addition, largely because of the number of international tourists who visit the city, there are also plenty of restaurants serving foreign foods. Continental food- especially French and Italian, and to a lesser extent, English- tends to be the most readily available, but American fast food- of the burger-and-fries genre is fast catching up. The city also has an Indian restaurant and some Oriental eateries, just in case you  feel like a change.

Getting Around

By Foot

Walking is the best way to explore Valletta's narrow streets andits pedestrianised squares.


By Bus

Malta's buses are run by the ATP (tel: 2125 0007). Malta's Public Transport Association. The island is famous for its much photographed antiquated fleet (many dating back to the 1950s) but it includes many modern vehicles too. You can pick up a map and timetable of all routes from the ATP kiosk at the main terminus outside City Gate Valletta. A list of all routes and timings (though not a full timetable) is available on the ATP's website.

Regular services connect all parts of Malta, though the majority use Valletta as the island hub. There are a few 'direct route buses' linking the resorts with attractions and areas of tourist interest without having to route via the capital. Fares are cheap so have small change to hand.

You can buy one-, three-, five- and seven-day saver tickets at the termini at Valletta, Buggiba and Sliema Ferries, or from any branch of the Bank of Valletta. The only late buses are those which operate out of the nightlife enclave of St Julian's/Paceville.

Within the walls of Valletta, roads and streets are steep and narrow and there is very little parking space. There is no bus service. A way of getting about is the CT Cabs fleet of battery powered, chauffeur-driven golf-buggy-style cars (tel: 2133 3321).

Conventional taxis (see below) and horse-drawn karrozin (carriages) are expensive, so always haggle on the price.


By comparison to other transport costs, taxis in Valletta (always white) are relatively expensive (roughly on a par with western European fares). They rarely work on the meter so it is vital that you agree a fare before you set off. Wembley's Taxis (tel: 2137 4141) is a reputable company.

Car hire: 

Car hire on Malta is among the cheapest in Europe but beware that the standard of driving is poor, parking is often very difficult and roads are frequently congested.

Recommended car hire agencies include Avis (tel: 2567 7550; and Europcar (tel: 2576 1000;,

Kids Attractions

Toy Museum

Valletta Living Experience

The Malta Experience


Maltese, English




Valletta’s city centre becomes very quiet after the 9 to 5 workers and shopkeepers have departed for the evening. The only prominent nightlife spots to speak of are the weekly events that take place at the Manoel Theatre and the St. James Centre as well as a handful of bars.

A buzzing new scene has arrived in Valletta. On the Valletta Waterfront close to the Cruise Passenger Terminal just below the walls of this historic city, there are warehouses and façades, which have been artfully renovated and they are now the home to striking bars, fashionable restaurants, a number of high quality shops and two lively clubs. You will also find large outdoor seating areas, which are facing out onto the harbour.


Valletta has a collection of top notch restaurants that you have to experience during your Valletta city break.  

When in Valletta a trip is to the Valletta Waterfront is a must for any food connoisseur. You will be able to choose from Sicilian to Oriental cuisine, for that special occasion or a well-deserved city break, the Valletta Waterfront offers visitors to the Maltese capital an astonishing choice of quality value-for-money dining experiences that the entire family will definitely enjoy.

Rampila Restaurant and Wine bar, St John's Cavalier, Valletta, Malta

Tel:  0035621226625

Rampila Restaurant and Wine Bar is one restaurant you have to dine in during your Maltese vacation. It is a Fine Maltese/Mediterranean Fusion Restaurant and Wine Bar in Valletta were the food is as magical as the ambiance. It is situated in the impressive bastions of Valletta; a UNESCO World Heritage Site one can enjoy a fine plate of fresh seafood, meat, game, pasta or risotto. Alternatively one can indulge in an exquisite platter and/or dips accompanied by wine from an extensive selection.

La Mere Restaurant, Merchant Street, Valletta, Tel:

00356 21 223 256; [email protected]

La Mere Restaurant offers guests a fusion of Mediterranean, Maltese, Indian and Arabian cuisine in a cosy and homely atmosphere and at budget friendly prices aswell. It is open for both lunch and dinner. This is one restaurant that you have to visit.


For those of you who wish to shop in Valletta, you are sure to experience a modest affair. However, in the last few years, more and more stylish boutique and art and craft shops have opened in renovated premises around the Maltese capital.

During your thorough inspection of Valletta, you will discover that there are many independent family-owned shops. Many of these shops seem to specialise in gold and silver filigree jewellery. And they also make the intricate pieces on the premises too.

The Silversmith's Shop at 218 Republic Street is a very good example where you can watch the proprietor at work. Leather items, particularly Italian-styled shoes are also good value, and are on sale throughout the city of Valletta. At Valletta Waterfront is where you will find a large number of island craft shops (pottery and glass) and the Forni Shopping Complex, which is the home to a host of designer names.

Malta’s largest shopping event is the weekly Sunday morning market, which takes place at St. James Ditch. It is held outside the city walls of Valletta. Busloads of international and local visitors come from all over, to sift through the endless amounts of items being sold including clothing, replica football kits and pirated brand-name clothing, an antique flea market, old books, bits of car engines, sweets, live birds and whatever else is deemed to be sellable. It is definitely not to be missed. That is for sure.

Most of Valletta’s shops open at nine in the morning, close for a siesta at one in the afternoon, reopen at four and work until seven. Not all of Valletta’s shops re-open on Saturday afternoon and Sunday is a day of rest.



Manoel Theatre

National War Museum

Casa Rocca Piccola - It is a 16th Century Palace and the home of the noble de Piro family

Fort St. Angelo - It is a large fortification in Birgu, right at the centre of the Grand Harbour

Victoria Lines - Are a line of fortifications flanked by defensive towers that span twelve kilometres along the width of Malta, dividing the north of the island from the more heavily populated south

National Museum of Fine Arts

National Museum of Archaeology

Grandmaster's Palace - Currently houses the Office of the President of Malta and the House of Representatives, as being a Heritage Site run by Heritage Malta

St. John's Cathedral - It was built by the Knights of Malta between 1573 and 1578

City Gate Valletta - City Gate Valletta is also known as Putirjal in Maltese. It is the main entrance to Malta's capital city of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is most commonly referred to as Bieb il-Belt, which means '' Door to the City.''

Valletta Waterfront

Strait Street

Lascaris War Rooms


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Valletta, the Fortress City

Valletta is a world heritage site and it is a living experience of baroque architecture. It is one of Malta's main tourist attractions and it houses the stunning St. John's Co-Cathedral, imposing bastions and a treasure chest of priceless paintings. When out exploring all that Valletta has to offer, you will find architecture ranging from early 16th Century Baroque to Modernism on Valletta's streets and piazzas. Valletta serves as Malta's principal cultural centre and its unique collection of churches, palaces and museums attract visitors from all parts of the world. Why not walk along Valletta's breathtaking waterfront, a combination of contemporary spaces and the city's historical architecture. Club Travel -- Irish travel agents specialising in holidays and city breaks to Valletta and cheap flights. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for competitions, updates and last minute holiday deals to Valletta.




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