Art In Malta

The Maltese islands have a long line of artists who left their mark within the local heritage, a true testament to the islands’ rich history. Standing in front of a work of art, one can experience the artist’s subconscious, manifesting itself through the magnificent pieces created. Looking back throughout history, one can see a shift in styles and mediums, which the contemporary artist manipulates to continue envisioning and conceiving. 

Art needs to be experienced in person to be truly appreciated, and we have selected some spaces where you can visit the hottest exhibitions the island has to offer.


This visual arts project was conceived back in 2018 as part of the ‘Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture’ project. The art collection is grouped into four main themes, where contemporary and classical works are displayed together, complementing each other. This prestigious collection can be appreciated at the Auberge d’Italie, a building dating back to the Order of the Knights of St. John. It has been lately restored to its original splendor after over 500 years of history.

Auberge D’Italie, Merchant Street, Valletta VLT 1170
Tel: +356 21 220 006

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Spazju Kreattiv

Spazju Kreattiv is a culmination of creative arts and cultural events taking place around the Maltese islands, with the main venue being St. James Cavalier in Valletta. They represent the whole gamut of artistic expression, from visual to performance, while hosting a community-based artist-in-residence program to develop Malta’s creative scene by fostering encounters and exchanges between artists, communities, and environments. With an extensive calendar of events, Spazju Kreattiv ensures intriguing and engaging events all year round.

Spazju Kreattiv, Pjazza Kastilja, Valletta, VLT 1030 – Malta
Tel: +356 2122 3200

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Blitz is a project space, exhibition gallery, and an in-house artist residency founded by Alexandra Pace in 2013. This contemporary art space is located in a quintessential Valletta townhouse that has been undergoing renovations. Blitz has been vital to the contemporary art scene through exhibitions, conferences, and workshops. They collaborate with prestigious international art universities and welcome artists from all around Europe through their art exchange program. Through their comprehensive partnerships, Blitz is becoming notable in creating a place for the Maltese art scene in the international art community.

Blitz, 68 St Lucia Street, Valletta VLT1181

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Valletta Contemporary

Valletta Contemporary is an exhibition space located in a 400-year-old former warehouse in Valletta. This project showcases contemporary artists who experiment with various media and techniques in creating compelling, innovative works. These established and emerging artists are given exposure through a range of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Valletta Contemporary collaborates with local and international institutions and implements outreach programs together with knowledge sharing activities.

15, 16, 17, Triq Lvant (East Street), Valletta, VLT1253, Malta
Tel: +356 21241667

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Christine X Art Gallery

Christine X Art Gallery (open since 2004) is situated in the heart of the shopping central Sliema. The medium-sized gallery space serves as a commercial art gallery with works by both local and foreign artists, upcoming and established. They also help in finding out the right artworks for any kind of project. ‘Paperworks Gallery’; a contemporary art on paper and original intaglio prints section has also recently been added. Occasional shows and exhibitions are also held in this space.

17, Tigne Street, Sliema, Malta SLM 3141
Tel: +356 21316708

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Lily Agius Gallery

Lily Agius Gallery, founded in Malta in 2011, has nurtured the careers of rising artists and exhibits established Maltese and international artists of all mediums. Lily Agius also produces the only art and design publication in Malta called Artpaper, established in 2018, discussing global issues and ideas and promoting local and international artists and exhibitions.

54 Cathedral Street, Sliema, Malta
Tel: +356 99292488

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Important Information To Know Before Your First Trip To Malta

Is this the first time visiting the Maltese islands? Below you can find some essential information, making your upcoming trip to Malta easier, so you will be able to enjoy our beautiful islands.


The Maltese climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters. The average yearly rainfall is low, enjoying dry days in winter, perfect for exploring the local heritage and beautiful landscapes. If you cannot fathom the heat, we do not suggest visiting in Summer as temperatures are high and the air is humid. Hence the reason why the local beaches are swarmed with locals and tourists, refreshing themselves in the beautiful blue seas. The transitionary seasons of Autumn and Spring are usually accompanied by blue skies, a slight breeze, and pleasant weather.


Driving is one of the best ways to explore the Maltese islands and their remote beaches. In Malta and Gozo, driving is on the left, and the general speed limit is 80km/h. The roads’ speed limits vary, depending on the area. Parking around the islands is mostly free of charge. In saturated cities like Sliema, which is one of the main shopping hubs, you can find dedicated, private car parks where parking is against a fee, depending on the duration.



The national language of Malta is Maltese, very unique due to its Semitic and Latin origins. In the past, the Arabs had inhabited the Maltese islands for close to 4 centuries, heavily influencing the Maltese dialect. Italy has also left its mark, where the Maltese have altered some essentially Italian words to fit their vocabulary. Being one of the island’s official languages, English is widely spoken and understood by the local population. Italian is also a well-known language however is not as spoken as fluently as English.


As of the 1st of January 2008, the Maltese islands adopted the Euro as the only legal currency. Before the Euro, the Maltese islands used to have the Maltese lira, a currency exclusive to the country. Banks are located in almost all towns and cities over the island, and there are a couple of Exchange bureaux, with the one at the Malta International Airport, open 24 hours. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) can be found in each locality, some also available in all major hotels and establishments. The majority of outlets and shops accept international cards.



The Malta Public Transport operates all bus services in Malta and Gozo. These generally run daily between 5:30 and 23:00hrs. There are various routes linking localities to the major hotspots in Malta, mainly Valletta, Mater Dei (main hospital), and Airport.

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There are also a variety of taxi services that transport passengers from one place to another. These include the white taxi service and companies like Bolt and ecabs. The latter two provide an instant service through their respective mobile applications, downloadable for free.


Traveling to Malta’s sister islands, Comino and Gozo, is available by ferry or boat. These ferry services offer transport to and from each island separately. The ferry between Malta and Gozo also allows cars onboard, and people visiting the other island can explore freely using their own transportation. There are also water taxis between Valletta and The Three Cities, and Valletta and Sliema.


6 Places You Should Visit In Malta

Do you have an upcoming trip to Malta? These are the places you should visit to experience the true essence of the Maltese islands.


The fortified city of Mdina was the capital city of Malta before Valletta was built. Also known as ‘Citta Vecchia’, it is considered the prime source of cultural heritage and is the home of many noble families. Get lost in beautiful quaint streets and marvel at the beautiful palaces and houses that inhabit the silent city. Since Mdina is located on a high plateau, one can experience exquisite views of the Maltese islands, otherwise not visible from any other point. The Roman Villa and St. Paul’s Catacombs are located nearby, both of essential historical importance.


Valletta is the capital city of Malta, built by the Order of St. John to serve as the capital city instead of Mdina. This fortified city is surrounded by beautiful bastions, all overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Throughout the past years, it has undergone renovations where it has been restored to its former glory. Modern architecture has been incorporated into the new design, and now one can experience the amalgamation of the old with the new into a fully functioning, aesthetically pleasing space. One of the most significant buildings in Valletta is the new parliament, which was designed by the magnificent architect Renzo Piano. Rich in history and culture, one can find various cultural sights, together with museums, shops, restaurants, bars, and cafeterias. It is spectacular, especially in the evening!


Marsaxlokk is a small village on the South Eastern side of Malta. Mostly known as the home of the traditional fisherman, it has a picturesque promenade full of fishing boats and colorful luzzus. Restaurants line up along the sea, offering peaceful views and promising the freshest fish in Malta. Marsaxlokk is also famous for its market on Sunday morning, where vendors meet up, selling various goods from fresh fruit and vegetables to electronics. Away from the promenade, in the warm months of Summer, locals hightail to St. Peter’s pool to enjoy the clear aquamarine seas and the beautiful shoreline.


Gozo, the second-largest island of the Maltese archipelago, is only 25 minutes away from Malta by ferry. A haven of peace and tranquility this beautiful island contrasts profusely with the hustle and bustle of Malta. With its picturesque landscape, magnificent coastline, and charming rural villages, Gozo is rooted in tradition. Having a population of fewer than 32,000 people benefits Gozo in retaining its natural beauty and lovely countryside. Progress is directed towards quality, not quantity, targeted at improving sustainable development and agri-tourism, amongst other sectors. Rabat, the capital city of Gozo, provides all the amenities of a modern city.

The Three Cities

Standing at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, one is most likely looking at the famous three cities. Isla, Birgu, and Bormla have provided a home and shelter to many people inhabiting the island throughout the years, with Birgu being built before the founding of Valletta and Isla and Bormla around the same time as the capital city. These cities served as the first home for the Knights of St John when they inhabited the island, and their bastions, forts, and palaces are older than those in Valletta. The three cities are located in the vicinity of the Grand Harbour and they were of considerable strategic importance during the world war. The three cities provide an insight into authentic Maltese life. The narrow winding roads and traditional Maltese houses retain their original character, making them stand out from other localities.


The small island of Comino is situated in the stretch of sea between Malta and Gozo. Comino is accessible by boat, and due to its small size, is a car-free island. This island is generally uninhabited, and there are no urban areas apart from one hotel. During the Roman era, Comino was inhabited by people. It served a larger purpose under the Knights of St. John as hunting grounds and staging post. The island is famous mostly known for its magical, clear aquamarine seas, with the main attraction being Blue Lagoon.