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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  • Lovely staff and a cannon show worth waiting for. Worth the additional 3 euros to watch from close by. Try the Anzac biscuits they’re to die for!  more »
  • Paid 24 euros for 2 adults for saluting battery and trip to fort rinela. Noon day fin was good and informative. However FREE transport to fort was crammed and they dump you at the fort and you make ow...  more »
  • If you want to look at cannons and some of the history of why they are there then it really is worth a look especially considering the price. I had a thoroughly enjoyable time there and the views are ...  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.
  • Stunning views and peaceful when kids aren't running around like feral cats
  • At 4pm they will shoot the battery for a show for those present for free. To get the best views, try arrive a bit earlier.
  • Stunning views and good food with proper service, and a smile.
  • A perfect place to enjoy the beautiful view toward Vittoriosa and the harbour
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