Why choose a cruise to Valletta?
Malta’s diminutive capital city occupies less than a square kilometre. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in beauty, with crumbling walls, domed basilicas and honey-coloured houses surrounded by the glimmering waters of the Mediterranean. Malta has been invaded by the Romans, the Moors, French and British, and Valletta bears traces of all these cultures.
Valletta is more than just a pretty face. It was named European Capital of Culture for 2018, and there are some amazing cultural attractions, art galleries and live shows to watch. There’s never a dull moment on a Valletta cruise.
A guide to Valletta’s hotspots
Visit Valletta’s historic centre, which was built in the 16th century by the Knights of Saint John. Walk down narrow streets past houses with brightly painted balconies, marvelling at the amazing examples of Baroque architecture. One iconic attraction is St John’s Co-Cathedral, which is ornately decorated and houses two Caravaggio masterpieces.
Take a stroll through the Upper Barrakka Gardens, a well-landscaped park of green lawns, fountains and marble arches. It offers a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding ocean.
Valletta has some fascinating museums. Children and adults will enjoy a visit to The Toy Museum, where you discover how toys have changed over the years. Another landmark is the National Museum of Archaeology, where you can find out more about Malta’s vibrant history – inside are objects in the museum dating to 5,000BC.
Only a 15-minute drive from the centre of Valletta is the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, one of the only Neolithic necropolises in the world. You’ll be enthralled by this immense underground structure, which includes a funeral hall, temple and series of chambers, all carved into soft limestone.
Cruise lines that sail to Valletta
The best time to visit Valletta
Valletta really heats up during the summer, with temperatures averaging 26°C-27°C throughout July and August. This is a great time to visit, as the city is surrounded by beautiful beaches where you can refresh yourself with a dip in the sea.
But Malta’s temperature is pleasant year-round. From December through to March the temperature stays between 13°C-14°C. A Valletta cruise makes for a perfect Christmas holiday, when the streets are illuminated with lights and you’ll find parades, markets and carol services throughout the city.
Did you know?
- Valletta is the smallest capital city in the EU
- Valletta boasts 320 historical monuments, all within walking distance
- One of the oldest theatres in Europe, Teatru Manoel, is housed in Valletta
- Fenek, a rabbit stew, is Malta’s most well-known dish