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European Capital of Culture 2018, Valletta, the smallest capital of Europe with a population of just under 7,000 inhabitants, is also the commercial heart of Malta. Its name comes from Jean Parisot de la Valette, a French knight of the Order of Malta who initiated the construction of the city's fortifications. It is this ancient charm as much as the Renaissance splendours of the old town - which the Maltese call Il-Belt, "The City" - that earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. The tourist guide of Valletta proposes to take you, carried by the sweetness of a Mediterranean wind, into the corridors of this legendary city where the traces of a glorious past left by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs but also French and English can be read everywhere. From the gardens of Upper Barraca overlooking the Grand Port, one can contemplate the ballet of tourists and locals alike as they watch the boats come and go. At nightfall, when the temperatures are more pleasant, we will eat some Maltese specialities before heading to Republic Street, the high point of the festival which never seems to stop: Merħba lejn Malta ! Welcome to Malta!

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When to go to Valette?

When to go to Valletta? All year round! The climate is Mediterranean, i.e. mild in winter and hot and dry in summer. However, the sea winds and the alleys of the city make the heat sometimes a little more bearable. In general, there is very little disappointment with its climate and it may be ideal for most people, of all ages, making it its most beautiful asset. The high season runs from July to mid-September. During this month, the prices of hotel and restaurant nights double compared to those charged in winter. The low season lasts from April to June and from late September to late November. If you want to avoid the summer tourist crowd, it's the perfect season! Prices are then much lower and temperatures are still mild (about twenty degrees on average). You can even go swimming if you visit Malta between May and October. When to go to Valletta? Ideally in May-June or from mid-September to the end of October

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To satisfy the desire for idleness, Valletta is perfect: beaches and coves bordered by the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, sunshine and mild temperatures almost all year round, low cost airline tickets. Thus, half-board or full board stays are offered by many specialists. Valletta is also a popular destination for language stays for children, teenagers or adults, housed in university residences, apartments (shared apartments) or total immersion with a teacher or family. Many specialists offer stays to prepare English language competitions and perfect the language, as the setting is so pleasant to combine holidays, entertainment and language learning.

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Everything depends on the season, but generally speaking, from Europe, air tickets to Valletta are quite cheap, especially if you opt for a low-cost airline. If you are planning to travel to Malta next summer, you will find very affordable or even discounted tickets if you do so in advance. Anticipation also means savings in terms of housing.

To get around the old centre of Valletta, nothing beats walking. If you nevertheless wish to use transport (buses, cars or rental scooters) to reach out to outlying areas of the city or even the island, be aware that traffic is very dense and should not be underestimated: traffic jams can drag on around Valletta as you leave the offices (around 2pm...). Overall, taxi fares are rather cheap, thanks to the low price of gasoline.

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La Valette vu du ciel. - BDLM - Iconotec
Vue de la ville depuis les jardins d'Upper Barraca. - Stéphan SZEREMETA
Façades de la ville de Birgu. - Conejota - iStockphoto
La Valette depuis le clocher de Saint-Jean. - Ettore Venturini - Iconotec

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When to travel?

When to go to Valletta? All year round! The climate is Mediterranean, i.e. mild in winter and hot and dry in summer....
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Weather forecast
Valletta's weather, like that of the rest of the island, depends on a Mediterranean climate: winters are mild and s...
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Budget

Since 2008, the euro has been the currency used in Valletta and Malta. Life is not particularly cheap, but prices are...
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Formalities

Nationals of France or EU Member States only need a valid identity card or passport for a tourist stay in Vall...
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Health

No vaccination required to travel to Valletta. Malta is an island without dangerous fish or poisonous animals. Tap wa...
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How to travel by yourself?

Everything depends on the season, but generally speaking, from Europe, air tickets to Valletta are quite cheap, espec...
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How to get organized?

To satisfy the desire for idleness, Valletta is perfect: beaches and coves bordered by the turquoise waters of the Me...
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Getting around

To get around the old centre of Valletta, nothing beats walking. If you nevertheless wish to use transport (buses, ca...
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