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When you move to a new country, it can be easier to get connected and to meet new people in an urban environment. If you’re moving to Malta, Valletta might seem like the ideal place for you. Living in Valletta is certainly enjoyable as it’s easy to hang out with friends or family, grab a bite, have a drink, or simply relax. In short, Valletta is a lively place to be for you to enjoy your expat experience in Malta.

Besides its historical and magnificent architecture, the Maltese capital city is a dynamic and vibrant place thanks to many festivals, cultural activities, and parades, as well as concerts, exhibitions, carnivals, religious processions, and more that are held there all year round.

Features of Valletta

Stretching over a mere 80 hectares of land, Valletta is Malta's capital city since the 16th century. It is a dynamic city, not only for its diverse inhabitants but also for the multitude of tourists who visit Valletta annually.

The city boasts many activities and facilities, including restaurants and shopping malls, as well as businesses and organisations. Valletta is a charming destination with a good variety of amenities for new residents.

Valletta is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been selected as one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2018. The history of the city is intriguing in its variety of rulers and inhabitants, where stories of both war and cultural accomplishments abound.

Contemporary Valletta also boasts chic coffee shops, wine bars, and several museums featuring everything from Neolithic carvings to modern art.

Theatre and art are prominent in the capital city, with shows throughout the year attracting internationally acclaimed performers and artists. You will never run out of events to attend in Valletta.

Neighbourhoods of Valletta

Valletta can be an ideal place to live, work, learn, and to settle, as it provides a range of accommodation options. According to real estate professionals, living in Valletta's city centre can be quite different from being in its adjacent roads.

Each part of the city, whether Upper or Lower Valletta, has its own characteristics. Keep in mind the small scale of the city, however, and don’t worry that you’ll end up far from a desirable neighbourhood since everything is easily accessible by foot.

Find accommodation in Valletta

For your accommodation search in Valletta, it might be more productive to utilise the services of real estate professionals. The capital city's rental market is far from being restricted, but a real estate agent can definitely help you find what best suits your needs and budget as offers are quite scarce online.

As is the case throughout Malta, online listings for rental accommodations are rarely up-to-date. While an online search can give you a general sense of the types of accommodations that could be available, contacting a real estate agency directly will allow you to see what’s currently available.

Note that, like elsewhere in the country, you are likely to find both furnished and unfurnished accommodation. It all depends on your preferences.

Rent prices in Valletta

In general, housing prices in Valletta have increased dramatically in recent years as interest in Malta has increased for both tourists and expats. City centre flats are – universally – more expensive than areas outside the main city. So, just remember that moving to Valletta comes with a higher price tag than you might find elsewhere in Malta.

That being said, life in Valletta can be worth the extra cost. To live in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, especially during its time as the European Capital of Culture, can be a true treat and a unique experience.

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