Valletta is Malta’s capital city, a minuscule capital measuring only 0.8 km2 (0.3 sq mi). This city was built by the Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Vallette, the Knight who gave the city its name, and it was built as a fortification in case of further attack by the Ottoman Empire in the 16th Century. The city was built on a promontory jutting out into the sea, surrounded by water on three sides. It is now one of the chicest locations to visit in Malta, aided by the fact that it will hold the title of European Capital of Culture in 2018. The city has undergone a revival in recent years, with a variety of new eateries and bars dotting its linear streets, most notably in Strait Street, which was once considered to be the capital’s Red Light District. Valletta is the city to visit in 2018, thus we’ve compiled a practical list of swoon-worthy accommodation properties in this city of wonders.
With views this gorgeous, we wouldn’t even want to leave the house! This modern two-bedroom apartment is located just above Valletta’s old entrance – Victoria Gate. This advantageous location provides this apartment with picturesque views of Malta’s most beautiful natural harbour (although the 270-degree views of this apartment extend further than just the harbour). This apartment is located in one of the most quintessential streets of Valletta – and it is practically next door to the famed Upper Barracca Gardens.
The apartment itself is decorated in contemporary tones throughout and comprises of a kitchen/living and dining area, two bedrooms and a family bathroom. If you want to stay in one of Valletta’s most visually striking locations, this apartment is just what you’re looking for. Learn more
Finding accommodation with a private pool in Valletta is nigh impossible – unless you’re staying at our very own Valletta House! This captivating property was built in the 16th Century by the Knights of St John (the very Knights who built our capital), and it was converted into a laboratory during Malta’s British rule. The house has now been renovated into a one of a kind villa, a huge vacation rental boasting the rarity of a private pool in the city. The house is located on the water – you can almost touch the Mediterranean from the dining room windows – and enjoys unobstructed views of Sliema and its harbour.
This four bedroom historic masterpiece is perfect for large families or groups of friends, and grants you the best seat in the house – 5 minutes walk from Valletta’s city centre, and 7 minutes ferry ride to Sliema. The decor is modern yet all the traditional features of the building have been retained, marrying the old and new in a fantastic combination. Learn more
This sleek three bedroom penthouse is located on the fourth floor of what was once a 17th Century mansion. The property has since been remodelled into 6 stylish apartments, located mere minutes away from the striking (and lesser known) Lower Barracca Gardens. This penthouse enjoys a vast terrace area, fully decked with hot tub and outdoor dining facilities, which looks over the outer area of the Grand Harbour.
Two floors grace this property – the lower floor housing the three bedrooms, with the upper floor being home to the kitchen/living and dining area, as well as the spectacular terrace. Ideal for friends’ or couples’ holidays (although kids have ample play space too), this penthouse puts you close enough to the centre of the action, without being overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle. Learn more
Forming part of the aforementioned renovated 17th-century mansion, this quaint one bedroom apartment is the city break accommodation of your dreams. What it lacks in size, it makes up in character – the original Maltese tiles in this property have been maintained, and the traditional high windows and the emblematic Maltese wooden balcony have been kept as well.
This apartment is the perfect abode for travelling couples or solo travellers – offering a pleasant spot where you can rest after a day of exploring. The property’s location also makes it an optimal choice, being only 10 minutes walk from the city centre, yet having an abundance of amenities nearby. Learn more
This two bedroom apartment is cutely compact, yet it has a homely feel that makes you feel right at ease. Adorned with bright colours which make the modern decor pop out, this particular property would make a fine holiday home to friends and couples alike. What makes this apartment stand out, is its loft. Reminiscent of the lofts found in big cities like New York, this feature pragmatically houses the apartment’s two bedrooms.
A classic Maltese wooden balcony provides copious light, while also serving as a charming outdoor/indoor area where you can enjoy your morning coffee or a sip of wine. The apartment is located just minutes away from the stately Fort St Elmo, and is approximately 10 minutes walk from the city centre.