Cruise Port Atlas | Valletta, Malta Map | Location

Valletta, Malta Port | Map | Locations

Cruise lines that visit Valletta: Star Clippers, Voyages to Antiquity, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Compagnie du Ponant, Crystal, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Celebrity, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Costa, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Viking River Cruises

Key Attractions: Grand Masters Palace, St. John Co-Cathedral, St. Elmo's Fortress, Casa Rocca Piccola, Barrakka Gardens, Luzzu (boats), Vittoriosa, Senglea, St. Angelo's Fortress, Malta Maritime Museum, Senglea Basilica, Mosta, Mosta Rotunda, Ta'Qali Crafts Village, Mdina, St. Pauls Cathedral, St. Pauls Catacombs, Rabat, Megalithic Temples, Hagar Qim, Mnajdra, Tarxien Temples, Gozo, Ggantija Temples, Victoria, Gozo Cathedral, San Blas Beach, Malta Beaches, Comino, Blue Grotto, Marsaxlokk, Sliema

Malta has arguably the most storied past of any Mediterranean island and has been the front line for culture classes for centuries. The two main islands in the country are Malta and Gozo and on these two are remnants of the earliest prehistoric civilization who built large temples that are still in existence. During the ancient era, the island was an outpost for Greek and Phoenician traders. During Pax Romana, it was Roman and then became part of the Eastern Roman-Byzantine sphere of influence, defining the southwestern corner of the Eastern empire. In 870, Arabs invaded the islands taking both people and wealth away. Toward the end of the Arab era, around 1000 AD, Moors and Arabs resettled the island and brought with them the roots of the Maltese language. From the end of the 11th to the beginning of the 16th centuries, the rule of Malta was tied to nearby Sicily, with Norman, Holy Roman and Aragonese Rulers following in sequence. When the Knights of St. John were expelled from Rhodes by the Ottomans in the early 16th century, the pope awarded the islands of Malta to them. In 1565, one of history's renowned sieges began with an Ottoman attack. Despite the huge numeric advantage of the Ottomans, the Maltese, led by the knights prevailed. The city of Valletta was built in honor of this struggle and named after the Knights Grand Master, Jean Vallette, who inspired the resistance. The Knights ruled for over 250 years, until Napoleon landed there in 1798. The British ruled from 1814 until 1964, when Malta became independent.

Valletta is a small city within a large urban center at the port of Malta, the largest natural harbor in the Mediterranean. Valletta's buildings are Baroque and were built after the siege. They include: the Grand Masters Palace, now the Parliament and President's Office; St. Johns Co-Cathedral; and the Auberge de Castille et Leon, where the Prime Minister has his office. Valletta is one of the nine different UNESCO sites in the small country. Valletta proper is a small portion of a much larger city that makes up the population center around the twin harbors of the capital.

Local Currency: Euro

Primary Language: Maltese and English

Secondary Languages: Italian and French

Visa requirements: Not required for US and Canadian citizens

Photo of St. Johns Co-Cathedral by Myriam Thyes

Geography and Population

Malta is one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in the world and much of the main island is a continuous urban area with a population of over 350,000. Valletta is a small part of this urban area and has a population of under 7000. The islands have a rugged, dramatic coastline and several massive bays that have long served as harbors. Greater Valletta has two large harbors and the city lies on a narrow peninsula between these harbors.

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How Far?

Malta has two kinds of taxis.  White taxis wait at taxi stands and can take fares from the side of the street.  Black taxis take pre-arranged fares.  White taxis are generally more expensive and often will not charge what the meter says though they are supposed to, so it is always best to negotiate before you get in.  Taxi companies (both white and black can provide guides if you want.  The ferry between Malta to Gozo is less than 5 Euros in each direction.

From To Distance Average Time Local Currency Fare
Valletta Cruise Terminal Airport 6 KM 10 minutes  
Valletta Cruise Terminal St. John's Co-Cathedral 1.2 KM 2 minutes  
Valletta Cruise Terminal St. Elmo's Fortress 2 KM 3 minutes  
Valletta Cruise Terminal Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni 4.5 KM 7 minutes  
Valletta Cruise Terminal Tarxien Temples 5.5 KM 10 minutes  
Valletta Cruise Terminal Sliema 6 KM 11 minutes  
Valletta Cruise Terminal Marsaxlokk 10 KM 13 minutes  
Valletta Cruise Terminal Vittoriosa (Birgu) 7 KM 12 minutes  
Valletta Cruise Terminal Mosta 9 KM 15 minutes  
Valletta Cruise Terminal Mdina 11 KM 20 minutes  
Valletta Cruise Terminal Gozo Ferry Terminal 23 (road) + 5 (ferry) KM 1 hour 15 minutes  
Valletta Cruise Terminal Hagar Qim / Mnajdra 13 KM 21 minutes  
Valletta Cruise Terminal Golden Beach 20 KM 30 minutes  

Local Services - Addresses

Hospital

Sir Paul Boffa Hospital, Sqaq Harper, Floriana, 1 KM, 2 minutes

Nearby Banks and ATMs

Mediterranean Bank, St.Barbara Bastion, Il-Belt Valletta, 1 KM, 1 minute
BOV ATM, Il-Vittimi Furjanizi, Floriana, short walk

Post Office

Sliema Post Office, Triq Rodolfu, Sliema, 7 KM, 12 minutes

Port and Berths

Valletta Waterfront, Floriana, Malta

Photo of Casa Rocca Piccola by Ori~