The Perfect 4-Day Itinerary in Valletta, Malta
Are you considering taking a trip to Valletta? Or perhaps you have already booked a trip, but, don’t know much about the city? Well, your worrying stops here. As you will see, despite Valletta, Malta is full of attractions, once you arrange them properly, you’ll find that it is easy to plan your stay in this Maltese Beauty. To help out, we’ve compiled four days worth of attractions for you and arranged them according to their nature. That way you won’t feel like you’re wasting your time there, and at the same time, you won’t feel too drained from running between attractions.
Day 1: Churches
When in Malta, you must take the time to visit Valletta’s churches. Saint John’s co-cathedral is one of the most beautiful sights you could ever see. In addition to history exuding out of every crack, the chapel is characterized for being the definition of inner beauty. Built by The Knights of Malta, the contrast between the plain outer design of the Church and the glorious interior is believed to reflect Christian values.
After that, you won’t be disappointed if you check out St. Francis of Assisi Church which happens to be included in the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands.
Day 2: Beaches and Bars
Following a day filled with marveling at art and church-hopping, there is nothing better than taking a day to relax. Because no one wants to feel self-conscious on a holiday, we recommend that you experience the Maltese waters first, then head out to Valletta restaurants and bars, many of which you can find in Valletta’s hotels. There is plenty that boasts the local cuisine as well as high-end cuisines from all over the world- and it’s never too early for a drink either at one of the many bars that you can find in Valletta!
However, keep in mind that while there are no “official” sandy beaches in Valletta, just ask the locals and they’ll point you to the best place for a dip. After that, be sure to try the unique Maltese cuisine; the island’s location has resulted in it being a melting pot combining the best qualities of all Mediterranean cuisines.
Day 3: History
If you feel rested enough after a beach day, it is time for a brush up on your history lessons. Fortunately, Valletta is well-known for its forts, harbors, and museums. First, you can plan a trip to Valletta’s pride, the Grand Harbor, where the Ottoman invaders were defeated; not only that but, also several other invaders. The port was actually the main setting for several battles in the country’s history.
Then, you can always follow by taking a stroll in the Upper Barracca Gardens where you’ll get to see a panoramic view of the Grand Harbor. In addition to that, in the Barracca Gardens, every day at noon and again at 4 in the afternoon, eight canons are fired as part of a military ceremony. Not to mention, you can end with a visit to WWII bomb shelters in the area. After all, the island was in the literal heart of World War II so, there’s no doubt that it is saturated with history.
Day 4: The Arts
It is only fair that you end your visit to Malta with a day dedicated to the arts. Starting with the National Museum of Archaeology. There, you’ll find not only paintings and sculptures that have survived the test of time. Even the building’s architectural style itself will captivate you.
Then, if you were lucky enough to book a ticket to a performance in the legendary Manoel Theater, you’ll be guaranteed a memorable evening. Keep in mind that if you want to book a ticket, you need to make sure you’ll be going on theater season, and also make sure you book as early as possible.
As the cherry on top, you can schedule a visit to the National Museum of Fine Arts, where you can marvel at a huge number of baroque paintings, as well as, some of the greatest works by local and international artists from different eras.
While planning your stay has a lot of benefits, and can save you a lot of trouble later on in the trip, you need to make sure of one thing. The vacation you’re taking is for you to have fun, and relax so, make sure that you keep this in mind if you ever start to stress out on keeping up with a stuffy itinerary. Feel free to skip an activity, add another, flip the day around; anything really as long as you’re enjoying yourself.
Last but not least, try to take as many pictures as you can because when you go back home, and when your life gets hard, you’ll get to look at these pictures and remember all the good times.