Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Valletta

Grand Master's Palace

The stern exterior of the 16th-century Grand Master's Palace conceals a sumptuous interior. This was once the residence of the Grand Masters of the Knights of St John. From Malta's independence until 2015 the buildi…
Top Choice Church in Valletta

St John's Co-Cathedral

St John's Co-Cathedral, Malta's most impressive church, was designed by the architect Gerolamo Cassar. It was built between 1573 and 1578, taking over from the Church of St Lawrence in Vittoriosa as the place where …
Top Choice Museum in Valletta

National Museum of Archaeology

The National Museum of Archaeology is housed in the impressive Auberge de Provence.Exhibits include delicate stone tools dating from 5200 BC and Phoenician amulets, and there's an amazing temple model from Ta' Haġra…
Top Choice Notable Building in Valletta

Parliament Building

Renzo Piano's breathtaking new Parliament Building was completed in 2014. Its design includes two massive volumes of stone that look suspended in air, but are supported by stilts. The blocks have been machine-cut to…
Top Choice Museum in Valletta

National War Museum

This fabulous museum reopened in 2015 in the renovated Fort St Elmo. It covers Malta's wartime history, from the Great Siege and the country's ordeal during WWII, right up to Malta's role in the Cold War and today's…
Top Choice Park in Valletta

Upper Barrakka Gardens & Saluting Battery

These colonnaded gardens perched high above Grand Harbour were created in the late 16th century as a relaxing haven for the Knights from the nearby Auberge d'Italie. They provide a shady retreat from the bustle of t…
Top Choice Monument in Valletta

City Gate

The Renzo Piano–designed City Gate forms part of the architect's dramatic and harmonious new development. It echoes the dimensions of the original 1633 entrance, rather than the 1960s gate that it replaced, allowing…
Fortress in Valletta

Fort St Elmo

Guarding the entrance to both Marsamxett and Grand Harbours is Fort St Elmo, named after the patron saint of mariners. Although now much altered, this fort was built by the Knights in 1552 in a mere four months to g…
Church in Valletta

Church of St Paul's Shipwreck

In AD 60 St Paul was shipwrecked on Malta and brought Christianity to the population. This church has a 19th-century facade, but the interior dates from the 16th century and houses many treasures, including a dazzli…
Museum in Valletta

Lascaris War Rooms

A mechanically ventilated underground tunnel complex that lies 40m beneath the Upper Barrakka Gardens, it housed Britain's top secret command in Malta during WWII and remained in use until 1977. Lovingly restored in…