5 Things to do in Valletta
Hi guys, I am Ines from locally abroad, a travel blog about slow travel and discovering places like a local. At the moment I am locally abroad in Malta and I want to take you on a little journey through Valletta, the capital of Malta and the smallest one in Europe.
Even though it is that small (just around 7k people live here) it has a lot to offer, but I managed to gather my top 5 things to do in Valletta. Enjoy discovering them with me.
5–St. Johns Co-Cathedral
This is one of the most iconic sights in Valletta and Malta in general and also one of my top things to do in capital. Especially if you are here for the first time it is worth visiting. The cathedral is located just in the heart of Valletta and impressive, even if you are not religious. Every inch is decorated with complicated artwork and has its own history. It is full of 16th and 17th century art and a must-see for every culture-enthusiast.
It is worth the 10€ entrance fee, as you will be provided with an audio guide that takes you through the history of the church and Malta. There are around 17 stops and the guide is available in many different languages. The island’s history is rich and this walk through is very interesting. If you don’t want to go into it very deep, no problem just skip a few stops.
The St. Johns Cathedral opens on weekdays from 9.30am until 4.30pm, Saturday’s from 9.30 am until 12.30 om and is closed on Sundays.
If you look for a really authentic lunch spot in Valletta, you have to visit Museum Café. It is tucked away in Melita Street, just two blocks from the main road called Republic Street and offers the best traditional Sandwich (Ftira) in Valletta. The classic Tuna one just costs around 2.50€ and is prepared freshly for you. There are many other options and you can create your own sandwich. The decoration is unique as well and they offer other traditional Maltese dishes such as ravioli or pies. It is always a good option get a Ftira for takeaway and eat it in one of the beautiful gardens in Valletta. The Museum Café opens every day (except Sundays) from 7am until ca. 5pm.
3–The Barrakka Gardens & Hasting Gardens
Speaking of beautiful Gardens, you can find gardens with stunning views around Valletta. There are the famous Upper Barrakka Gardens with views on the scenic three cities, and the saluting battery. But you should not skip the lower Barrakka Gardens a little bit further down in the city or Hasting Gardens, close to the city gate. All three come with stunning views and while the Upper Barrakka Gardens are very popular, the other two are great to catch a breath and enjoy a quiet moment during your stroll through Valletta, or eat your Ftira.
2–National Museum of Archaeology
Malta is very old and there is so much to learn about its history, so the Museum of Archaeology is worth a visit. It is great to learn more about the island and the history dating back to 5000 BC. The building in which the museum is located is reason to visit on its own. It is located on Republic Street and was built in 1571, it used to be the main house for the knights of the Order of St. Johns.
The museum opens everyday (also on Sundays) from 9 AM until 6 PM. The entrance is 5€.
After a long walk and discovering the sights of Valletta you deserve a drink or snack. And for that you should go to Café Society in Triq San Gwann. This Bar has the best drinks in town, including some of their own creations and stunning views. They also organize events with live music and movie nights in the summer. You will love it here, and it is the best way to close a day in Valletta.
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