Valletta has many titles, all recalling its rich historical past. It is the “modern” city built by the Knights of St John; a masterpiece of the Baroque; a European Art City and a World Heritage City. Today, it is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.
The city is busy by day, yet retains a timeless atmosphere by night, that gives the feeling that you are walking back in time. The grid of narrow streets boasts some of Europe’s finest art works, churches and palaces.
Valletta is abundantly rich in sites to see and explore, intriguing historical buildings around every corner: votive statues, niches, fountains and coats of arms high up on parapets. Narrow side streets are full of tiny quaint shops and cafés, while Valletta’s main streets are lined with larger international branded shops for fashion, music, jewelry and much more. For all the Valletta Malta travel information you need, keep reading 🙂
Valletta Weather (When to Visit)
With more than 300 sunny days each year, Valletta has lots to offer as a sun-and-sea destination. Peak beach season can last until mid- to late-October and sunshine is likely even in winter. Just before the peak-summer season is a great time to nab a bargain to Valletta. You can expect good weather (average temperatures are around 62°F) and fewer crowds, while all the main attractions are open. The sea is warm enough to swim in from April.
During the summer, the average temperature is roughly 79°F, peaking at around the 91°F mark in July. The island can get quite crowded at this time and it’s likely to be very dry, although the sea breeze cools things down.
Best Valletta Beaches
Golden Bay is a lovely sandy beach on the west coast of Malta with Blue Flag certification (a status that indicates the availability of amenities, lifeguards, nature conservation, etc.).
Għajn Tuffieħa is a beach largely untouched by man with clay slopes and lovely natural surroundings and is located just south of Golden Bay. It can be reached with the same bus route 44 (and similar travel time) and is the last stop before reaching the latter beach.
Mellieħa Bay is Malta’s largest sandy beach and is located north of the village of Mellieħa. Being the most popular beach the island knows, it does tend to get pretty busy there but it’s a great beach to go to with kids, having a shallow surf and amenities and lifeguards present.
Daħlet Qorrot is a small, rocky beach that is the perfect place for snorkeling. There is a small snack bar during the summer months and during the winter this is a peaceful spot to relax and watch the waves. If you find you spend most of the time in the water when you visit the beach, this is the perfect place for you.
With one of Malta’s most famous geological locations, the impressive, imposing and beautiful Azure Window, Dwejra Bay in Gozo is a beautiful and small bay with natural pools created by erosion of the rocks. There are also some amazing cave diving sites in the area, perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. Swimmers should always keep to the smaller pools as the waves around the Azure Window can get very rough in high winds.
Valletta Recommended Experiences & Tours by Viator
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The Original Valletta Walking Tour
Malta’s UNESCO-listed capital is best explored on a walking tour. This small-group tour of Valletta is limited to 30 participants, and has plenty of time to take in all the highlights. Learn more about The Original Valletta Walking Tour.
Valletta and The Three Cities Harbor Cruise
Take a boat cruise that shares the highlights of Valletta’s two natural harbors and ten creeks. Includes informative commentary about the region from its history to the present. Learn more about Valletta & The Three Cities Harbor Cruise.
Valletta Segway Tour and The Malta Experience
The ideal introduction to Valletta, this two-part experience includes a guided Segway tour of Malta’s capital and admission to the Malta Experience. Save energy as you roll around town by Segway, viewing the city’s top attractions without breaking a sweat. Then get familiar with the city’s rich history at the Malta Experience, a show that gives an overview of Malta’s story, from prehistoric times to the present. Learn more about the Valletta Segway Tour.
Private Game of Thrones Tour of Malta
Indulge yourself in all things ‘Game of Thrones’ in Malta on this guided tour. Follow around two guides, actors who were on the show, as they lead your group to all the filming locations around the island. Make your way from location to location in a luxurious sedan or SUV. Learn about the key characters and even some gossip about the show. Tour is private for groups of four; smaller groups may share with up to three other guests. Learn more about the Private Game of Thrones Tour.
Gozo Gocar Tour 02
Want to experience the sites most visitors never see in Gozo? Fold up your map, put away the guidebook and jump into a GoCar and prepare yourself for a sightseeing Gozo adventure you won’t soon forget. Zip all over Gozo while one of our cool cars takes you on a GPS-guided tour. Whether you are the driver or the passenger it takes you to all the best sites. The GoCar offers a unique side by side seating position so that both driver and passenger can enjoy the sights at all times. Our safety officer will lead the tour. This all-inclusive tour is available every day and all year round. Learn more about the Gozo Gocar Tour.
Best Valletta Restaurants
Guzé Bistro $11 – 30
Guzé Bistro consistently impresses as an all-around excellent dining experience and are a personal favorite, with an interesting variety of dishes and flavors. This is probably one of the favorites in Valletta. Telephone: 356 2123 9686 Web: Guzé Bistro
Sciacca Grill $11 – 30
Sciacca Grill is THE best choice for meat lovers looking for a tasty cut of aged steak. It’s a stylish looking restaurant in the center of Valletta that’s proven to be consistently good and on the mark when it comes to the quality of their meats and the attentiveness of their staff. Telephone: 356 2133 1310 Web: Sciascca Grill
Malata $11 – 30
Malata is a well-known restaurant overlooking St. George’s Square and serving French-inspired food with a lovely little terrace outside. Great option for spring/summer, less so during the winter months. Telephone: 356 2762 2733 Web: Malata
Capistrano $11 – 30
Capistrano is a good dinner option in the central part of the city. Although the serve a variety of Mediterranean dishes, they’re known locally for their traditionally prepared Maltese rabbit loin dish. Telephone: 356 2122 5329 Web: Capistrano
Papannis $11 – 30
Papannis is a fairly new addition to the choice of restaurants in the city and is rapidly building a reputation for very flavorful food and an ever-changing menu of interesting dishes to sample. Telephone: 356 2722 0031 Web: Papannis
Best Valletta Bars
Wild Honey is located in the heart of Valletta and is an oasis for beer lovers. It has a broad selection of craft beers, Belgian beers and many other options from the bottle or of draft beers. It tops that selection with nice decor homey vibes and knowledgeable bartenders. Telephone: 356 9990 1859 Web: Wild Honey
This bar creates great events like movie screenings or live music nights and more. It is quite small, but there is plenty of room outside. They also make a fantastic Aperol Spritz. Apart from common drinks, they have their own creations. Telephone: 356 2713 7491 Web: Cafe Society
It great for a drink and a Maltese platter with local treats to escape the afternoon sun in Summer. Or just to enjoy a drink and some food at any time of the year. They have a happy hour and great Maltese food and beverages. Telephone: 356 2122 1194 Web: Loop Bar
Yard 32 Gin & Tapas
Yard 32 is THE spot for Gin lovers they offer around 200 gins and 42 tonic waters. They top this up with delicious tapas and live music on three nights a week. The decor of the bar is excellent and all in all, it is just one of the best bars in Valletta. Telephone: 356 9993 6734 Web: Yard 32
The Beer Cave
Beer Cave is a bar in an old basement that serves mainly beer. Here you will find beers from all over the world. Apart from offering a huge selection of beer the bar also holds live concerts. Telephone: 356 7932 8068 Web: The Beer Cave
I was fortunate to visit Malta in March 2019:) The weather was beautiful, sunny, sometimes a bit windy it wasn’t disturbing.
It is a mixture of English, Arabic and Italian world:) I like such combination. The same applies to food.
What I recommend – get a rabbit.
It is delicious. I had in Victoria, which is the capital city of the smaller island Gozo.
Have not had a chance to visit the pubs as you listed them here, but I will definitely be back one day. Thank you for your recommendations, will sure look at them again
Wow, sound wonderful. I will have to try the rabbit. Although I do think of it as the cute furry animal LOL Thanks for leaving me comments Michal.
Thank you so much for sharing with us such a beautiful article. This is a perfect article for those of us who want to go to the beach. I like the beach. I read the article and I know many things, such as hotels and resorts, different packages and different beaches. There is a lot of information from this article.
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed. Please come back for more wonderful beach destinations.
Thank you for your awesome post. Your writing skills so awesome. I get much information in this post. I can know about Valletta Malta Travel. It is a big historical place in the world. This is a European art city and world heritage city.The city is busy by day, yet retains a timeless atmosphere by night.With more than 300 sunny days each year, Valletta has lots to offer as a sun-and-sea destination. There are so many beaches in this area such as Best Valletta Beaches, Golden Bay, Għajn Tuffieħa, Mellieħa Bay, Daħlet Qorrot, Dwejra Bay. Every year many people visit this place.
I agree completely! You sound like a Malta expert 🙂 Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.
Wow.. I thoroughly enjoyed your post, soothing video, cool pictures and a nice description of this beautiful place. I’m a beach lover and live very close to beach (bay of Bengal)..
I always desired to go to Australian beaches and I’m glad to know about this European destination. Looking forward to land there soon and enjoy the serenity of this beautiful place.
This a lot for sharing this awesome post. Thumbs up..
You are very welcome Akshay. Malta is a wonderful beach destination and deserves to be on any beach lover’s bucket list. I hope you make it here soon! Thanks for stopping by.
It looks like a nice place to visit. I noticed in the video that at times the water appears dark blue and yet in others, it’s more aqua. How far is it from Italy? My husband and I would like to return to Italy this year. I don’t see much in terms of greenery, it looks like the whole thing is built on a rock. Nonetheless, I love visiting old cathedrals with buttresses and walking along cobblestone streets.
Malta is down at the southern end of Italy and you can get there fairly cheaply by plane with about a 3 hr. airplane ride. There is also a ferry. A must do if you are heading to Italy. Here is the
https://www.directferries.co.u… if that is a route you want to entertain. Please let me know if you need any additional information.
Wow, a historic dream destination that would be an out of this world experience. The Game of Thrones tour sounds like a fun excursion a bit of History mixed with contemporary TV Fandom makes this a sure bucket list item to cross off. Thanks for hunting down all of the fantastic information on your post.
I totally agree. Personally, Malta is right up there with Croatia for me. Both have awesome diversity, historical finds and wonderful beaches 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Andy.
Hey, looks like there’s so many nice places to visit in Malta. I like the look of the lovely sandy beaches. Makes me want to go on holiday! Also like the rocky cliffs on some of the beaches for a bit of verity.
Hope to be going on holiday this year again, I need to get away at least ones a year absolutely love it
You are very welcome Darren. Glad you enjoyed my Valletta Malta Travel guide. Please let me know if you need any additional information.
Many thanks for sharing with us such a beautiful article .I would love to travel and if that is a beach then there is no point .The beaches in your article that I have named are the most talked about in Europe .One more thing I found out after reading your article is that there is a city here .Which is very busy during the day but silent at night .I have heard the church or the paintings on the narrow streets .Most of the time or the weather is very hot so my question to you is when will it be okay to visit here ?Honestly, I really want to see Valletta Beache .And you must tell me when I get to this beach, but when I go abroad I have to adjust. But I must go .
Hi Shanta, If you go to the https://beachtraveldestination… almost at the top of the article I list the best time to visit. If you have any further questions, please let me know.
Hey, I enjoy while reading your guide on Valletta Malta Travel. I know via your article that Valletta has lots to offer as a sun-and-sea destination. Peak beach season can last until mid- to late-October and sunshine is likely even in winter. Now we are planning to visit Valletta Malta. Each Beach is awesome. While travelling we will visit Golden Bay, Mellieħa Bay and Dwejra Bay. Your guide will be very helpful for the beach travelers.
I agree Parveen 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and taking time to leave me some comments.
Malta looks like an amazing place to spend some downtime. My wife and I are always looking for new places to travel to, I think we are going to add Malta to our list. Do you think that it is kid-friendly, or is this maybe something to do with just the two of us? Thank you for the help!
I think that it is really more of a couples destination, but that is just my opinion. There is a lot more to do for adults for sure. It would be an amazing vacation for you and your wife.
You might be aware that I am a regular visitor to your site. Being a traveler I always enjoy reading your posts and I always love beach destinations.
While reading your post about Valletta I felt like I was in the city, your post is so engaging. The details you shared about Valletta history is very helpful and informative.
The images you shared are really a treat to my eyes and I enjoyed the video you embedded. Valletta is on my list now and the best thing about your posts is the in-depth and detailed information you provide. The information you shared on the Best Valletta Restaurants is going to save people time, trouble and money.
Yes Paul, and thank you so much for visiting beach travel destinations. I am glad you enjoyed reading my Valletta Malta Travel guide.
Travel is my favorite and this year I had to choose a place to travel but could not get tuition where it would be better.And in the meantime I wanted to travel to Europe countries but this article looks like it would be best to go to Europe Country, especially to travel to Valletta Malta.And I wished to go to the beach and after reading your article I thought this place would be better for me.Thanks for this guideline.
You are welcome. I am glad I could help. Please let me know if you need any additional information.
Valletta is indeed, a world heritage city. It is relatively easy to understand why it is often referred to as one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.
One of my most favorite features of Valletta is its beautiful collection of beaches. I like the Mellieħa Bay particularly. Though I’ve never been, I be read several sources listing it as the ideal destination for a family timeout.
I agree! Valletta really has a lot for everyone, whether you are looking for history, culture, great food or just laying on a beautiful beach. One of my all time favorite destinations for sure.
Valetta looks like the ideal holiday destination. Beautiful beaches, sunny skies and generally a feel good experience all round.
I would definitely take advantage of the Valetta Walking tour if I had to visit, as I love to explore on foot and walking is my favourite form of exercise. You don’t miss much when you walk. The segway tour would definitely be my second choice as I have just learn to ride one of these and it was wonderful.
Yes, when I vacation, I never rent a car. I like to explore the area by walking it. And then I use a taxi or local buses to get to places too far to walk. Great way to soak in everything, get a tan and exercise at the same time!
Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. i never knew that malta had this much beauty after reading through this article i think would have to plan a trip to valleta probably to mellieha bay. thank you for this post.
I do believe you would love Malta Benny. Malta had always been on my bucket list for a very long time. And for good reason. Just is really an oasis for those who love a gorgeous beach and history. Can’t beat Malta!
As someone who wants to branch out and go travelling to different places, I was definitely interested in reading this article, and it definitely seems that Valletta is an amazing place that can offer a lot of entertainment but also a place of senerity as well as reflected by the timeless atmosphere that you say it has by night, Will definitely look at exploring this place!
Great Jazzy. You would love a vacation to Valletta. Malta is just wonderful. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.
Many thanks to you for giving me such a beautiful article and I am a travel loving person. I love to go on holidays and I travel to different countries. Now after reading your article I have realized that there are many places we can travel around, Especially I love walking around the seaside,
You are very welcome Arzu. Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.
Hello there,thanks for this awesome article it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me.i have been to Malta a few times but it was on business trips but I have made out a vacation trip to see all the lovely beach I have been hearing about and your article has really helped me out because I was confused on how to finish my planing but I think I am ready now
Great, sounds like you are ready for a regular vacation to Valletta. What a great place for a business trip though! Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.