If blue waters, golden, sandy beaches, awe inspiring historic structures, and incredible Mediterranean cuisine sounds good to you then pack your bags and make your way to Valletta, Malta! Valletta is the capital city of Malta and a stunning destination to spend a few days in. We’ve made your vacation planning easy for you and put together this four-day Valletta itinerary.
Pro-Tip: Before your trip to Valletta, pick up a SIM card to make traveling around the city or coffee and snack-finding a little easier.
Here’s how to spend four days in Valletta, Malta:
Valletta Itinerary: Day 1
On day one of your Valletta itinerary, start getting acquainted with your the city. Travel days are jam-packed and can be exhausting, so we’ve put together leisurely activities to help you unwind and get into the Malta atmosphere.
- Arrive at Malta International Airport and make your way to downtown Valletta
After arriving at the airport, hop off the plane and head to city center of Valletta. It’s pretty easy to travel downtown from the airport by bus, or you can opt to travel by taxi. For a full description of how to get from the airport to Valletta, check out our Valletta Transportation Guide.
- Check in to your accommodations in Valletta
Malta is a small city, and Valletta a small city, which means it’s very easy to journey around the town, though when it comes to accommodation choices, it can be limiting- and pricey as well. Because Valletta is on the smaller side, you don’t really need to worry about choosing the right neighborhood to stay in, since everything is so accessible.
Hotels in Valletta are quite luxurious and can run you up to $200 a night, so it’s recommended to check out hostels or Airbnbs for those on a budget. Some travelers also choose to stay in the surrounding cities and make their way into Valletta via bus or ferry. It’s a cheaper option and offers more choice while still being convenient.
Here are a few spots we suggest checking out while you figure out where to stay:
Sliema: Sliema is a resort town on the east coast of Malta and a popular place for tourists to stay. It’s close to Valletta (where you will do most of your sightseeing), as well as St. Julian’s, known for its bustling nightlife. The city was once a fishing village and is now home to charming architecture, restaurants and cafes, and about 17,000 inhabitants.
St. Julian’s Bay: St. Julian’s Bay caters to tourists; if you’re looking for a hotspot getaway, this might be the place for you. You won’t find museums but you will find restaurant chains, casinos, shopping, and contains a clubbing district called Paceville.
Three Cities: Three Cities itself is a popular attraction, so it makes for a good option when looking for where to stay in Malta. It’s a fairly easy and quick bus ride in Valletta and features enchanting buildings as well as delicious local cuisine. The Three Cities are: Birgu, Senglea, and Bormla and the areas are steeped in history. Birgu is the oldest of the three and existed before the arrival of the Knights of St John.
- Get a pick-me-up of pastries and coffee
First things first, time for coffee. Before venturing out to sightsee, it’s time to grab a pastry and coffee at a local cafe. We suggest hitting up Caffe Cordina. The cafe was founded in 1837 and has been serving Maltese delicacies in a stunning environment, since then. The enchanting facade houses a grand and elaborate interior. Order cakes, tarts, or savory bites as well.
Address: 244 Republic, Il-Belt Valletta VLT 1114, Malta
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Explore the Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens
After a long flight and the hustle of traveling and airports, give yourself a moment of peace and quiet at the Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, Malta. The Upper Gardens were created in 1661 as a private garden for the Knights of St. John and were opened up to the public in 1824.
The Upper Gardens offer up one of the best views of Valletta. From the gardens, you can catch a panoramic of the sea and nearby cities. Then make your way down to the Saluting Battery where cannons were once fired as a salute to visiting navals. If you’re there at 12:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m., you can even witness a cannon being fired off. From the Valletta city center, you can quickly and easy make your way to the Upper Barrakka Gardens by using the Upper Barrakka Lift, which stands at a remarkable 58 meters high.
The Lower Gardens serve up a delightful view of the Grand Harbor and Mediterranean sea. You can bring your coffee with you and spend a delightful afternoon watching the boats drift along the water. The gardens are open until 10:00 p.m., so take your time and see the city become illuminated in the night sky. Spot the nearby Siege Bell Memorial, a belfry containing a large, bronze bell that appears in the neoclassical temple style.
Open daily, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Treat yourself to a decadent seven-course Mediterranean dinner
After a restful afternoon and evening, indulge in a set menu dinner at renowned Legligin Wine Bar. This intimate wine bar is quaint and unassuming. Sample delectable European wines paired with fine, Mediterranean cuisine for a quintessential Maltese experience.
Address: 117, Triq Santa Lucia, Valletta, Malta
Monday: 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sunday: 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Valletta Itinerary: Day 2
Day two in Valletta demands that you ramp things up with an adventure to Mdina for a day tour to admire filming locations featured in Game of Thrones! You’ll learn about the history of the city and culture while you see landmarks from the famed TV show.
- 8:00 a.m. Start with a delicious breakfast
Begin day two in Valletta with an Instaperfect brekkie. Walk over to Kingsway Bar & Cafe in Valletta for their signature croissant with ricotta, dark chocolate, and orange zest, or order the waffles with banana, Nutella and biscotti pieces. Those looking to try something truly Maltese should taste one of their filled breads. Kingsway serves up a traditional ftira biz zejt stuffed with tomato, tuna, capers, and olives.
Address: 57 Republic St, Valletta, Malta
Monday – Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Leave Valletta for Mdina and discover GoT filming locations as you hear stories of Malta’s past and present. As you drive along the coast, take in Malta’s Mtahleb Cliffs, also known as the “Shadow Cliffs,” from GoT and gaze out into the dazzling blue sea. Trace the intense journey of Daenerys, Khal Drogo, and the Dothraki along the jagged terrain.
Your tour will bring you next to the walled city of Mdina, the first capital of Malta. Enter the city through Greek’s Gate and relive the touching farewell between Ned and Catelyn Stark. Wander the winding alleyways until you reach Mesquita Square, where they filmed Jaime Lannister’s ruthless capture of Ned Stark. Head on to the Rabat catacombs, and recognize the Red Keep fortress. At the end of the day, your tour will bring you back to Valletta
- 7:00 p.m. Return to downtown Valletta
- 7:30 p.m. Splurge on Mediterranean food in an elaborate setting
On your second day in Valletta, treat yourself to a meal at Guze Bistro. This restaurant is located in a 400-year-old palazzo, built by the Knights of Malta. They serve up classic dishes with a local flair. Try prawns, rabbit, calamari, or seafood soup. Pair your dish with a wine from their extensive wine list.
Address: 22 Old Bakery Street, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
Monday – Saturday: 12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. (lunch), 5:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (dinner)
- Sip on a cocktail while you admire the ocean view
After dinner, grab a drink (or two) ar Bedouin Bar at The Westin Dragonara Resort in St. Julian’s Bay. This outdoor bar features a large patio that overlooks the water. Catch sight of the rolling waves and see the sparkling lights in the distance. Enjoy the lush surroundings with a glass of wine or cocktail, in hand.
Address: Dragonara Road, Saint Julian’s, Malta
Valletta Itinerary: Day 3
On day three, witness some of Valletta and Malta’s most incredible attractions and landmarks on a day tour. Get to know Malta’s stunning, natural beauty as you traverse to Gozo and check out the Azure Window and Ggantija Temples- two of the most significant sights in Malta.
- 7:30 a.m. Keep your energy up with a big breakfast
Before you make your way out to Gozo, be sure to eat a big breakfast for the day ahead. You’ll also need to get up fairly early, so we suggest packing a few extra snacks too! Head over to Piadina Caffe where you can find piadina (Italian flatbreads), sandwiches, soups, croissants and more.
Address: 24, St.Lucia Street, Il-Belt Valletta VLT 1186, Malta
Monday – Wednesday, Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
At 8:50 a.m., meet your group to venture out to Gozo and explore some of Malta’s most famed sights. Your first stop is Xaghra Bay where you’ll catch sight of the majestic Ggantija Temples.
This temple complex outdates both the pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge! This UNESCO World Heritage site was probably once used for ceremonial gatherings and religious services. Delve into the history of Malta as you gain insight from your tour guide.
Next on the schedule is a trip to Dwerja Bay to witness the Azure Window. The limestone rock formation collapsed during a storm but the seascape views are still striking against the blue sky. Your tour continues to the hilltop Citadella of Victoria, an ancient, fortified city. Wander along the alleyways and check out the enchanting buildings and churches. Pass by the Citadella Cathedral and Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu.
- 4:30 p.m. Arrive in Valletta city center
- 6:00 p.m. Have a cozy evening at Il Horza restaurant
Once you’ve taken a quick rest, make your way out for a cozy and intimate dinner at Il Horza restaurant. They dish out Maltese delicacies here in a warm and friendly environment. Delight in perfectly seasoned meats, fish, and duck. This lavish feast with leave you full and happy!
Address: 6 St. Christopher’s Street, Il-Belt Valletta VLT 1468, Malta
Monday – Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
- 9:00 p.m. Keep the romance going at Bridge Bar
Traveling with a special someone? After your dinner at Il Horza, make your way to Bridge Bar to continue your evening. The bar is known for its collection of wines and entrancing surroundings. Sit outside on the patio to people watch and take in the historic buildings, or head inside for privacy while you nibble on apps and sip on cocktails.
Address: 258, Saint Ursula Street, Valletta, Malta
Open daily, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Valletta Itinerary: Day 4
Cap off your Valletta vacation by admiring two of Valletta’s relics of the past: St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the Grandmaster’s Palace on a walking tour. Then, before your flight, stop at Casa Rocca Piccola.
- 8:00 a.m. Dine like a local at Prego
Prego is an old-school cafe with a funky, 1960s aesthetic. Step back in time at this cafe for a truly retro experience. Grab a pastry, pie, or baguette along with a coffee at this vintage time machine.
Address 58 South St, Valletta, Malta
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- 10:00 a.m. Walking tour of St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the Grandmaster’s Palace
Meet at the city gate for a walking tour of St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the Grandmaster’s Palace, two of Valletta’s most notable attractions. Witness the impressive baroque cathedral built in the 16th century. Step inside and take in a work of art. Look above to catch gilded rooms of gold, marble, and silver. There are nine chapels in total; check out the Oratory, an opulent room decorated with ornate gilded moldings, where you’ll find one of Caravaggio’s most important works, ‘The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist’.
Your tour guide will then bring you to the Grandmaster’s Palace. The palace was originally built between the 16th and 18th century and today, it houses the Office of the President of Malta. The Palace is lavishly decorated and features the Palace Armoury and the Palace State Rooms- both are open to public viewing.
The Palace Armoury houses firearms, artillery, armor, and other weapons that once belonged to the knights and were used for military and sport purposes. The Palace State Rooms are a feast for the eyes. Look around to appreciate tapestries and magnificent works of art. Along your journey, you’ll take note of important structures and spots like the Parliament building, ruins of the Royal Opera House, Fort St. Elmo and the Plazza Regina.
- 1:00 p.m. Lunch at The Submarine
Make your tummy and wallet happy with lunch at The Submarine. This cheerful, little sandwich shop lets you design your own or pick from their menu of tasty bites featuring fresh ingredients. It’s pretty affordable so pick one up and dine al fresco!
Address: Triq il-merkanti 42, Il-Belt Valletta VLT 1173, Malta
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- 3:00 p.m. Live like a royal at Casa Rocca Piccola
Step inside this 16th-century aristocratic home built by Admiral Don Pietro la Rocca. Take a tour of the palatial house and find collections of furniture, silver and paintings from Malta and Europe. Casa Rocca Piccola houses Malta’s largest private collection of antique costumes as well as the largest private collection of Maltese lace. The house is elaborately decorated, embrace the opulence and learn about some of Malta’s noble families.
Address: 74 Republic St, Valletta, Malta
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays and public holidays
Tours take place every hour, last tour starts at 4:00 p.m.
Free admission for children under 14
- 5:00 p.m. Head out to the airport and head home
Head over to our Transportation Guide for all the details and necessary info you need to make your way from Valletta to the airport.
Valletta is steeped in history, and has a thrilling past- so don’t skimp out on the museums, landmarks and historical points of interest while visiting. Malta’s landscape of turquoise waters, rocky peaks and charming buildings stacked on hillsides is nothing to scoff at either! Add to this combination incredible Mediterranean food with Italian and French influence and it’s clear- Valletta, Malta is a must-see destination. Visit and get the most out of your time with our full, four-day itinerary.