Perfect for exploring the island

Valletta Malta

Malta’s small but elegant capital, Valletta, is filled with narrow historic streets and surrounded by dramatic fortifications. It is a world heritage site with a wealth of culture and history. Getting around is relatively easy, bus services are excellent and very cheap.

Prestige Holidays offers two lovely five star hotels in Valetta, the well known traditional  Hotel Phoenicia and the newer more contemporary  Grand Hotel Excelsior. Both in great locations for exploring this historic city.

A World Heritage Site - History Abounds

Valetta  is one of the smallest most concentrated historic areas in the world. The magnificent city of Valetta grew on the Mount Sceberras peninsula, which rises steeply from two deep harbours, Marsamxett and Grand Harbour. It is a lovely city to explore on foot, apart from historical sites you will also find quaint shops and cafés, perfect for people watching, and the main streets of Valetta are lined with larger more well known shops. There is plenty to keep you busy in this lively city.

Dining Out

Eating out in Malta is fun and there are restaurants to suit every taste. Do try the fish, especially the Lampuki Pie, or Fenek, rabbit cooked in wine. Maltese wine is inexpensive and improving every year. Night life abounds and some more contemporary bars have opened in recent years.  You can always win (or lose) your fortune at the Casinos in nearby St Julians.

Exploring the island of Malta

There are so many places to visit whilst in Malta – all easily accessible from Valletta. In Valetta itself St Johns Co Cathedral with its sumptuous interior, and the nearby Grand Master’s Palace are both worth a visit.

To venture outside of Valletta, the Blue Grotto beckons, here you will discover spectacular caves where legend has it sirens spell-bound seafarers with their songs. You must also visit the Mdina, the medieval walled city, ancient capital and citadel perched on a plateau and known as the Silent City. The views over the island are wonderful from here. To go a bit farther a field Comino is Malta’s third and smallest island, it is a car free island and virtually uninhabited.  The main attraction of the island is the fabulous Blue Lagoon, a sheltered inlet of shimmering aquamarine water over white sand.


Reached by ferry, Gozo, only nine miles by six, is greener than Malta with several sandy beaches. Victoria, the Capital is charming and the Ta’ Pinu church and pilgrimage site is worth a visit. A hire car is necessary to really enjoy the villages, history, restaurants and scenery. It is well worth spending a day in Gozo as it is so close and yet so different from Malta.