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The capital city of Valletta is a beautifully planned city utilising the natural landscape of the Sceberras Peninsula it was built upon. The streets are designed in a proper grid format, with outer streets running along the entire perimeter of the peninsula as well.

Built by the Knights of St. John beginning in 1566, Valletta is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a European Capital of Culture for 2018. Stretching to about only one square kilometre, Valletta is the smallest capital in the European Union. But there is much to see within this tiny city. Here are some tips for getting around the city of Valletta as either a tourist or a resident.

Travelling in Valletta on foot

Valletta is best wandered on foot. With the grid-like pattern of streets, it’s easy to navigate and – quite frankly – difficult to get lost in such a small city!

Keep in mind, however, that the peninsula is quite hilly, so there are lots of uphills and downhills, plus several staircases along streets. If you’re not comfortably able to do these terrain differences, keep that in mind for your visit.

Travelling in Valletta by cycling

Many roads here have a very steep slope, some requiring stairs, rather than smooth pavement. You can still cycle around if you are careful enough, but it’s not really recommended throughout the city. Also, bear in mind that Valletta does not host any cycle trails. The pedestrian congestion in busy tourist seasons makes it basically impassable as well.

Travelling in Valletta by car

You are likely to find many sharp bends and one-way roads in Valletta. This can be quite tricky if you have chosen to drive before becoming familiar with the city layout.

It can also be very difficult to find parking spaces in Valletta, as the city is rather busy with foreign professionals and locals on weekdays, with limited street parking at any time of day. But if you still wish to drive, you can find underground parking lots around the capital city, and street parking is a possibility, just be patient, and be willing to squeeze into tiny spaces.

 Good to know:

There are car parks at the city entrance, as well as a few parking options along the outer roads along the water.

Travelling in Valletta by public transport

Valletta has a bus terminal just outside the main city gate, which is a hub for lines from throughout the country. If you’re travelling along a north-south route, you will very likely need to change buses at Valletta before continuing on your way.

Within the city itself, there are few options for buses as most of the city is not compatible with the size of buses. However, there are options along the outer roads along the water.

 Useful links:

Valletta Official Portal
Malta Public Transport

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