When Unesco granted World Heritage listing to Valletta, it called Malta’s wee capital ‘one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world’, and the city is certainly renowned for its massive fortifications and architectural excellence. Activity bustles around Triq ir-Repubblika and Triq il-Merkanti, but walk the quiet, narrow back streets to get a feel for everyday life. The city overlooks the impressive Grand Harbour to the southeast and Marsamxett Harbour to the northwest.
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Valletta destination guides
Malta Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Historic Palaces and Noble Homes
Discover Malta’s luxurious side while you’re in port on this shore excursion to the palaces and noble houses around Valletta. Malta has a long history with varied influences, including Roman, Greek, Arab, French and British, which has led to some beautiful architecture and sophisticated residences.
Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta and Mdina
While you’re in port in Malta, get to know its two capitals – Mdina, the ancient one, and Valletta, the current one – on this shore excursion that will introduce you to Malta’s history and architecture.