The Valletta Bus Terminal can be reached from the main entrance of Valletta just outside the city walls of Valletta. The bus terminal is the island's main transport hub, as there are a variety of routes that run all over the island. Just choose your destination, find your route and you are on your way! Alternatively, you can take a taxi from a dedicated stand to reach your destination more conveniently. Move around the island effortlessly!
The 'Bieb il-Belt', or as it is also known, the City Gate, was historically the main entrance to the capital. Originally, the gate was built in 1569 by order of the Grand Master Jean Parisot de Valette. It was rebuilt four times before being completely redesigned in 2014 by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano.
Guarding the entrance to Valletta, the Triton Fountain portraits three bronze Tritons holding a plate. Malta's connection with the sea is represented by this fountain, whose name comes from the sea god Triton. The landmark was restored and re-inaugurated in January 2018, whereby the fountain transformed into a sprawling piazza.
St John’s Cathedral
St John's Co-Cathedral is a prominent building in the heart of the capital. It is one of Europe's finest examples of Baroque art, completed in 1577 and dedicated to St John the Baptist, one of the Order's patron saints. Among the beautiful features of the Co-Cathedral are the vaulted ceilings decorated by the renowned Italian artist Mattia Preti and one of Michelangelo's most recognized works, the Beheading of St John the Baptist (1608).
Upper Barrakka Gardens
Upper Barrakka Gardens is located on one of the City's defensive bastions and offers spectacular views of the Grand Harbor. These gardens were built in the 1560s and are the most notable public space in Valletta. There is also the Barrakka Lift, located inside the ditch of the fortifications of Valletta, which descends 56 meters in just 23 seconds to the Lascaris Wharf by the Grand Harbor.
The neoclassical courthouses were built on the foundation of Auberge d'Auvergne, which was destroyed during WWII. The Law Courts are located in Republic Street, the principal street of the capital city. The Maltese Judiciary consists of serving Judges and Magistrates who are appointed to sit in the Superior and Inferior Courts.
Fort St. Elmo played an important role in helping the Knights secure victory during the Great Siege of 1565. The National War Museum is located within Fort St. Elmo, where you can see the original George Cross (the little symbol on the top left of the Maltese flag) and a letter from King George VI himself praising the people of Malta.
Historically also referred to as Marsamuscetto, is a natural harbour on the island. During World War II, the British used Marsamxett, specifically Manoel Island, as a submarine base. The harbour is generally more dedicated to recreational use than the Grand Harbour.