Spires and city walls
Holidays in Valletta give you the chance to explore Malta’s bustling cosmopolitan capital. This tiny city sits on a peninsula on the east side of the island, facing out into the Mediterranean. Founded by the Catholic order of the Knights of St John in the 16th Century, it’s home to some of the finest churches in southern Europe. The city was UNESCO World Heritage listed in 1980.
The majority of Valletta is constructed from limestone which glows red in the evening light. Walking is a joy, with the city’s quaint neighbourhoods revealing themselves slowly. Everywhere are weather beaten, hand painted signs and cosy neighbourhood bars that beckon you in as the light begins to fade.
History buffs will be in raptures here. As a key strategic port in the Mediterranean, Malta has changed hands countless times over the last few thousand years. Those layers of history are preserved in the fabric of the city, where the architecture is a curious blend of Arabic and European.
Luxury holidays in Valletta allow you to lose yourself in this compact but perfectly formed city. Take a morning walk in the elegant Upper Barakka Gardens, stopping for lunch at a fine seafood restaurant and enjoying a glass of Cassar de Malte - the national answer to champagne. In the afternoon explore the rich array of local independent shops, many of which are have been operated by the same families of craftspeople for centuries. Round off your day with a meal at a local neighbourhood restaurant, serving local delicacies like lampuki pie and kawlata.
Sovereign’s Trusted Advisers are on hand to help you get under the surface of this beautiful city. Our hotels are carefully selected for their exceptional qualities. Built in 1939, the Hotel Phoenicia is one of the grandest in the city. Its rooms overlook the harbour and the city’s fortifications. On the harbour itself is The Grand Hotel Excelsior, which boasts a bar, a marina and the only private beach in the city.
Flight time from the UK to Malta is 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Transfer time from Luqa airport to Valletta is approximately 25 minutes.
Malta benefits from almost perfect weather all year round. July through to September are the hottest months perfect for sun lovers (think highs of around 30°C), while April through to June offers ideal temperatures to sightsee, with averages hovering in the early to mid-20s. The island’s less crowded then, too.
British citizens do not require a visa to visit Malta.
It is customary to tip between five and 15% in hotels and restaurants where service is not included. Taxi drivers will appreciate it if you round up the fare. Tip hotel porters one euro per bag.
The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English.