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How to Spend 1 Day in Valletta

How to Spend 1 Day in Valletta

Valletta, the UNESCO-listed Maltese capital, may be small but it’s packed with attractions. This compactness means you can see plenty in a single day; attractions encompass Baroque architecture, natural attractions, and landmarks related to the legacy of the Knights of St. John. Here are a few ways to spend one day in Valletta.

Morning: Take in the City’s Sights

The cobbled streets of Valletta Old Town lend themselves well to wandering so a walking tour a great way to see the sights. Most tours cover landmarks such as St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the Auberge de Castille, the Church of St Paul's Shipwreck, and the opulent Grand Master’s Palace. Tours by Segway follow a similar itinerary but allow you to cover more ground in less time, while hop-on hop-off bus tours have the added benefit of allowing you to set your own itinerary and disembark at only the attractions that interest you. 

Afternoon: Get Out onto the Water

The small island of Malta is surrounded by calm, clear, and easily-accessible water, making an afternoon cruise a must. You can choose between a short cruise to the Grand Harbour and Three Cities—the collective name given to the ancient fortress cities of Senglea, Cospicua, and Vittoriosa— or a longer excursion to the unspoilt island of Comino and the Blue Lagoon; this option generally allows time for swimming and snorkeling, with some staying on the water until sunset.

Night: Soak Up the Atmosphere After Dark

A nighttime tour of Valletta, Mosta, and Mdina offers the opportunity to see three historic cities at their most atmospheric,. Most evening excursions include tickets to Malta 5D, a multimedia show about Maltese history and culture, and allow time to stroll through the car-free streets of Mdina, the former Maltese capital also known as the Silent City.

Alternatively, immerse yourself in traditional Maltese culture at a folklore dinner show or soak up the nightlife of Paceville and St. Julian’s by joining a bar crawl that reveals local haunts. 

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The Traditional Harbour Cruise

The Traditional Harbour Cruise

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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.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Valletta Private Walking Tour

Valletta Private Walking Tour

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See the sights of Valletta on a 3-hour private walking tour with a guide who provides insight into the history and architecture of Malta's capital. Explore both the top attractions and less-visited locations in the city, hearing interesting facts as you go. Enjoy the personalized service of a private guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$155.11
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Comino and Blue Lagoon Cruise including Food & Drinks

Comino and Blue Lagoon Cruise including Food & Drinks

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Sandwiched between Malta and Gozo, Comino is a small, unspoiled islet and a relaxing day trip destination. While many boat tours make short stops at Comino, this one allows you to maximize your time on the island, traveling directly there and dropping anchor in the Blue Lagoon for the day. The day is yours to swim, snorkel, or sun yourself on the beach or boat deck.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.47
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Malta by Night Open Top Bus Tour

Malta by Night Open Top Bus Tour

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See Malta’s historic streets and landmarks light up after dark, on an immersive evening tour of the island in an open-top bus. Hear stories about island history and culture throughout the tour, and enjoy an hour of free time to explore the city of Mdina, the former capital of Malta. This bus tour includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in select towns.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.98
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