3+1 best photography spots in Valletta, Malta

Let’s get this straight – walking around Valletta, Malta’s capital is pretty much like walking through a very big and very colorful open-air museum. The city was also chosen for the European Capital of Culture 2018 and I can totally understand why. So choosing only 3 best locations for photography is, let’s say, quite minimalist (and of course very subjective). But let’s give it a try!

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I took this (very:)) short timelapse video just to give you a flavor of what Valletta feels like

 
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1. Triq Zekka Street

Triq Zekka is a long street finding its way from the west to the east through the entire Old Town of Valletta, Malta. It creates a nice effect as it starts on a hill in the western part, goes down in the middle and then rises again. The street creates a perfect leading line to the point of interest – the Dome of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, symbol of the city. That is really the cherry on top!
There is one tiny drawback – the street is relatively dark in comparison to the sky, so a good dynamic range or post-processing will be necessary (see my previous article, where I talked about Dynamic Range). My MacGyver-quality solution was a polarizer, which did surprisingly well and darkened the sky OK. 

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Triq Zekka Street in Valletta, Malta in the morning

In the evening, you may get some really amazing sky in the background.

Triq Zekka Street in Valletta, Malta, in the evening - sky bursting with colors! Dalibro.com
Triq Zekka Street in Valletta, Malta, in the evening – sky bursting with colors!

 

2. Parking lot in the northwest of the Old Town

Yes, that’s right. One of the best spots in Valletta for photography is a parking lot. I can assure you that not much is going on in terms of tourists and just look at that view! Perfect location for sunset.

As it might be a bit tricky to find, here’s the Google StreetView:

Plus, there is a restaurant called Giannini right there, which is supposed to be really good.

View from the above mentioned parking lot belongs to the best ones of the city
View from the above mentioned parking lot belongs to the best ones of Valletta

 

3. Cute balconies – pretty much everywhere

Grab a ‘ftira’ (traditional, sandwich-like or pizza-like street food) and take a random stroll through the old town. Always look up – there are so many of these beautifully vintage colorful cool balconies around! From the photography equipment – having a wide lens with you is definitely a good idea, as there is usually not much space in the streets. And as usual – a tripod is useful if you want to keep your images noise-free.

Balconies, balconies, they are all over the place and give unique character to the city!
Balconies, balconies, they are all over the place and give unique character to the city!

Would you believe this one below is actually a bar in the southern part of the Old Town? It’s called Bridge Bar, it has quite a vibe, people often stand or sit outside enjoying their drinks and it seems to be on a bar bucket list (is there such thing?) of everyone visiting the city. Still – seriously cool location.

This one is not only a beautiful building covered with cute little red balconies but also a bar called Bridge bar.
This one is not only a beautiful building covered with cute little red balconies but also a bar called Bridge bar.

 

+1. Hotel room La Falconeria, Valletta

Alright, I realize, this one is not for everyone. Which is why I marked it as +1. But! If you’re lucky enough to get a room with a balcony at hotel La Falconeria, you won’t regret a penny.

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I enjoyed sunrises from the room in particular. Normally, photographing a sunrise somewhere involves getting up really early, travelling and hiking in the dark and so on. Here, I only had to get out of my decadently comfortable bed, set up my tripod on the balcony and enjoy the luxurious view.

Luxurious view from a hotel room balcony at La Falconeria
Luxurious view from a hotel room balcony at La Falconeria

I also took this image below from inside of the room and included the window for framing my subject in the shot (the Dome of Our Lady of Mount Carmel). By the way, if you’d like to know more about framing, leading lines and other useful photography stuff, make sure you subscribe and get my free ebook. 🙂

View from inside of a hotel room at La Falconeria
View from inside of a hotel room at La Falconeria

One last tip. Unless you want to go for a swim, Malta is a year-round destination. It can get really hot in summer but winters are mild and moist. So don’t be afraid of going in winter. All my pictures were actually taken in January!



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28 thoughts on “3+1 best photography spots in Valletta, Malta

  1. All the pictures seems unreal!! I’ve not ever heard of this place so was great to dicover a new place for my travel list

  2. I always wanted to visit this place so badly! Now I can’t wait! All the spots are gorgeous, so many stunning views! I loved the balconies! This place is so magical and dreamy!

  3. I loooved the short time lapse video and got an amazing flavor Valletta. The place looks fabulous and so arty in its own way! The colors so vibrant would be an immediate mood up-lifter. While I love the pictures a lot, can you share some tips on making such a wonderful video 🙂 ?

    1. Yes, Valletta is such a mood-booster, especially in winter! Time-lapse setting is available on many modern cameras, action cams and even smartphones. For the GIF, I used ezgif.com, it’s very simple. 🙂 I might be writing an article on this topic soon! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Lovely spots, views are beautiful. And I really liked the timlapse at the start. What was it shot with? I consider punting some of timelapces to my blog, but my camera doesn’t do them well.

  5. I absolutely adore Malta on the whole, Valletta in particular! The architecture is incredible, I love all the balconies and the mix of histories going back through the centuries. I only got to spend one day in Valletta and it certainly was not enough, must go back!

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