Upper Barrakka in Valletta City

Is it Better to Stay in St. Julian’s or Valletta?

  • Dec 10, 2022

...when planning a holiday in Malta

Malta has dozens of different villages and towns that combine the quintessential Mediterranean experience with the hustle and bustle of European cities. Undoubtedly, when planning a holiday in Malta, one of the most difficult decisions is to decide where to stay. 

Two of the most popular options are St. Julian’s and Valletta, both of which have their own unique quirks. The question is: Should you stay in the capital, Valletta, or in the nightlife area St Julian’s? In this article, we aim to help make this decision easier. 

St Julians: Malta’s nightlife capital

St Julian’s is a bustling, modern town located on the east coast of Malta. It is known for its lively nightlife – with various bars, clubs, and restaurants lining the main street. In addition, it is also home to the popular Spinola Bay, which offers various water sports and activities, as well as the bustling St George’s Bay, a popular swimming spot.

St Julian’s is a great option for travellers who want a more lively vacation. As Malta’s nightlife capital, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to bars, nightclubs, casinos, restaurants, shopping complexes and the like. Therefore, if you are a devout clubber, St Julian’s is, hands down, the better choice.

Valletta: The islands’ capital city

Valletta, on the other hand, is the capital of Malta and is located on the eastern coast of the island. It is a much smaller and more compact city than St Julian’s, with a population of just over 6,000 people. 

What makes it unique is its rich history. The city was founded in the 1500s by the Order of St John, and has since been Malta’s capital and the second southernmost capital of Europe.

Stepping into Valletta is like starring in your own Templar Knight-themed film, as its stunning architecture is a feast for the eyes. 

In addition to its architecture and history, Valletta is also home to a number of excellent restaurants, cafes and bars, making it a great option for foodies. It is enough to mention the fact that there are a number of Michelin-starred and recommended restaurants in the city, as well as dozens of under-the-radar eateries that will keep you coming back for more.

Which one should you choose?

Both St Julian’s and Valletta have their own unique charm, and the right choice depends on your personal preferences. If you are looking for a more laid-back, cultural holiday, then Valletta may be the better option. On the other hand, if you want a more energetic, party-centric holiday, St. Julian’s could be a great fit.

Staying in Valletta, however, offers a more rounded holiday experience. Although St Julian’s is certainly fun and lively, Valletta offers a more authentic Maltese experience. It is a city rich in history and culture, which means that there is so much to see and do. The narrow streets and winding alleys of Valletta are full of charming boutiques, galleries and restaurants, making it a great place to explore and wander.

Staying in Valletta

If you decide to stay in Valletta, staying at Casa Ellul is a must. Located in the heart of Valletta, this charming guesthouse offers a comfortable and welcoming place to call home during your stay on the island. 

One of the standout features of Casa Ellul is its prime location. It is situated just a few steps away from some of Valletta’s most iconic landmarks, including St John’s Co-Cathedral and the Upper Barrakka Gardens. This makes it an ideal base for exploring the city and all it has to offer.