Whenever Malta comes up, despite the fact that I’ve never been there, I always automatically think of the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea. And this week, we’re going to Valletta, the capital city of Malta, to see how we can explore the city that is also listed as a UNESCO Heritage in the country.
In case you missed it, I also featured Stellar Cosmetics Glitter Eyeshadow, a Maltese beauty product, a couple of years ago. And now, after having her cover Vienna last year, it’s time for Or of My Path in the World to show how much you could see around the capital on the budget.
So, what could you get in Valletta for $10?
8 Affordable Things To Do in the Capital City of Malta
The UNESCO city of Valletta is an incredibly fascinating destination. Valletta was founded by the Knights of the Order of Saint John in the 16th century, and wandering through this city definitely makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
Not only is it packed with landmarks, museums, and beautiful streets, but it’s also one of the best places to stay in Malta because it is well-connected to the other parts of the islands.
Trying to make the most of $10 (a little more than €8) in Valletta can be a bit tricky because its main sights are not so budget-friendly, but here are some suggestions you’ll hopefully like.
Did you know?
Valletta is the smallest capital city in Europe, only second to Vatican City. With an area of just 0.55 km² and just over 7,000 in population, it has extraordinary charms with its wealth of civil, religious, and military treasures around the city.
1. The Palace Armory
It’s not every day that you get a chance to admire a collection of armors and weapons that were used by knights (Order of Saint John), so this museum is a must-visit in Valletta. From swords to cannons, you can even see the armor of the order’s Grand Masters – Alof de Wignacourt and Jean de La Valette.
A visit to the armory is usually combined with a visit to the Grandmaster’s Palace (the official residence of the order’s Grand Masters), but that alone will go over our $10. Visiting the Palace Armory itself will cost you €6.
Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday: 10:00 – 16:30 | Address: St George’s Square.
2. Saluting Battery
Constructed in the 16th century by the Order of Saint John, this artillery battery is located in the Upper Barrakka Gardens and overlooks the Grand Harbour. At certain times, it was used for military purposes, but its main use was firing ceremonial gun salutes.
Today, you can locate yourself on the balcony in the Upper Barrakka Gardens to see it firing every day at noon and 4 PM (for free). That said, you can also pay a small fee of €3 for a guided tour and a closer position to the cannons while they fire.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00
3. 6 Free Things to do in Valletta
Valletta is home to many other important sites like Casa Rocca Piccola and National War Museum (Fort St Elmo), but each costs €10 or more to visit, so luckily, this city also offers quite a few free things to do and see, including:
- Seeing the remains of the 19th-century Royal Opera House, which was bombed during World War II.
- Relaxing at the Lower Barrakka Gardens and enjoying the views of the Three Cities (Birgu, Senglea, and Cospicua).
- Strolling through the city’s streets and admiring the colorful Maltese balconies.
- Passing through the City Gate.
- Walking alongside the Valletta Waterfront.
- Seeing some of the city’s most beautiful cathedrals and churches (on the outside), including the Church of Saint Catherine of Italy, Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, and St John’s Co-Cathedral.
Contributor: Or from My Path in the World
Or is a blogger with a big passion for traveling in Europe. She loves finding hidden gems in every place she visits and sharing tips for making the most out of each destination.