Saluting Battery, Valletta

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Witness one of the country's most famous traditions at Saluting Battery. For centuries, the battery overlooking the Grand Harbor served as the first line of defense against invaders. Salutes were fired to mark important occasions and holidays, and to welcome foreign dignitaries. Additionally, at exactly noon each day, a shot was fired so captains could calibrate their ship chronographs. The tradition of a noon shot still continues and today is joined with a shot in the evening. Tour the battery, see the preserved cannons, and attend the salute ceremony. Multilingual audio tours are available, as are guided tours in English. You can also book an exclusive after-hours tour via e-mail. Use our Valletta vacation planner to visit Saluting Battery on your trip to Valletta, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • A tradition to see, either at 12: 00 to 16: 00. You can see the shot from the top of the balcony, or pay in order to be closer to the scene (small photograph with the cannons :)).
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  • It is a very good experience. For 3 euro you can see this tradition. After the ceremony there is an interesting guided tour (included in the price). Our guide, Alfred, was very funny and prepared.  more »
  • We mainly went to watch the gun being fired at midday, this you can do without having to pay, but we decided to pay and for this you get to go close to the gun as its fired to feel the concussion and ...  more »
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  • Enjoy the excellent panoramic views across the harbour to the three cities whilst you wait for the cannon to be fired. Arrive 20 minutes early to get a good advantage point. Then watch a reminder of days gone bye. For a small charitable €6 donation you can go down to the battery for a closer more dramatic view.
  • Nice view! Check the schedule of canons' firing and visit the Upper Barracks Garden at that time to observe firing. The entrance to the Saluting Battery area is a little downhill, through the Cafe - Bar - Restaurants Deux Baronnes (unscheduled closing of it was announced in May 2017, so it is possible it does not exists at the time you are reading this). Also visit the Lascaris War Rooms, the entrance from the park. Bring your own earplugs!
  • Very friendly staff, stunning view and great to see the cannon fired. The small tour provided gave a little extra insight but it's well worth wandering around by yourself as well.
  • BUUM!!! everyday at 16.00 :) Thank you guys for preserving this unusual tradition.
  • Great experience lovely for a little look around. At 12 oclock each day they fire a cannon to signal the time of day

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Where to stay in Valletta

The small city of Valetta offers fewer lodging options than some of Malta's larger cities, but accommodations include everything from upscale hotels to less-expensive guesthouses. Stay in the city center at one of several old-fashioned hotels to be in close proximity to sights like St. Johns Co-Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, multiple museums, and a wide variety of restaurants. One fun option involves renting traditional Valletta houses that have been converted into rental properties and date back to the time of the Knights of Malta. Smaller bed and breakfasts are dispersed throughout the city. Book well in advance to avoid high prices.
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