Holidays to Valletta take you to Malta’s capital city. This place really lays on the history and culture, but you’ve got excellent shopping and eating, too.
A World Heritage Site
Malta’s capital might be Europe’s smallest – it covers just one square kilometre – but it sure packs a lot in. This place wears its history on its sleeve, and you’ll see Medieval and Baroque architecture all over town, together with some amazing palaces, museums and churches. The tiny, narrow streets are packed full of charm, and you’ve got 2 harbours on hand, one of them the island’s main port.
Beaches to explore
Valletta might not have sandy beaches, but you can sunbathe on the rocks between the Sliema ferry and the Jews’ Sally Port. And if only a proper beach will do, you can always try Mellieha. It’s Malta’s biggest sandy beach, just a half-hour bus ride away. It’s also worth remembering that this is a small island, so even the furthest-flung bays are easily accessible.
Daytrips to Mdina Old City
Malta’s Medieval capital, Mdina, is one of Europe’s best examples of an ancient walled city. Walking through its cobbled streets, past perfectly preserved churches and palaces, it’s easy to imagine yourself in another century. It’s a straightforward 20-minute bus ride from Valletta – if you can come at sunset, when it’s cool and quiet. There are some excellent restaurants and cafés here, so you won’t be stuck for somewhere to eat, either.