5. Valletta: History and Food Walking Tour with Lunch
Join a walking tour to explore historical landmarks such as St. John's Cathedral, Auberge de Castille, Grandmaster's Palace, and more. Admire breathtaking views and taste local street food before ending with a Maltese lunch in an atmospheric restaurant in the center of Valletta.
Start the tour in the historic center of Valletta, with a visit to the Barrakka Gardens. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Grand Harbor. Then, stop at the Auberge de Castille, the old building that housed the knights coming from Spain which is now the residence of the Prime Minister.
Be led by your guide through the center’s most characteristic streets like Republic and Merchant Street before arriving in front of St. John's Cathedral. Discover Caravaggio's masterpieces such as The Beheading of St. John the Baptist. Enter the Co-Cathedral to marvel at exuberant Maltese Baroque style.
Next, make a stop at an ancient cafe in the city center for a tasting of the local street food, qassata and the famous pastizzi (puff pastry stuffed with cheese or a curried pea mash.) Try a typical food that is simply called "Malta", accompanied by Malta's national drink, Kinnie.
Then, head towards the Grandmaster's Palace, a majestic complex that now houses the Maltese Parliament. See its rooms adorned with Baroque decorations and ancient tapestries. In case of Parliament reunion, the tour is carried out externally and replaced with Casa Rocca Piccola, a noble palace from the 16th century.
At the end of the walking tour, treat yourself to a traditional Maltese lunch. Visit a restaurant located in a typical bakery, combining traditional Maltese cuisine, history, memorabilia in a relaxed environment right in the center of Valletta.
Savor a 3-course tasting menu to try traditional Maltese cuisine, including dishes like Gozo Cheeselets and Bigilla, Stew Rabbit, Bragjoli, and Imqaret. Learn how Maltese cuisine has been influenced by the dominations on the island over the centuries but has maintained a unique character in its approach to fresh ingredients.