Grand Harbour - Valletta live camView of the Grand Harbour and Saint Angelo Fort in Birgu as seen from Valletta's waterfront

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Grand Harbour - Valletta

The stunning Maltese capital of Valletta (Il-Belt Valletta), gem of Mediterranean and one of the most beautiful Baroque jewels of the world, was considered one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in Malta for its extraordinary heritage conservation.

A visit to Valletta is a real trip to the past, exactly when the Knights of St. John (later Knights of Malta) started its construction in 1566 on the rocky Mount Sciberras under Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette who founded this fortress city that bears his name; thanks to their fortifications and massive bastions the knights won the bloody siege of 1565, part of this architectural treasure had fortunately survived World War II and natural disasters, today it is the main tourist attraction of a city with a large concentration of historic areas and magnificent views. As a charming open-air museum, Valletta is rich in ancient masterpieces that can be experienced while enjoying simultaneously the rhythm of a modern life, among its chaotic attractions, one of the safest and largest natural harbours in Europe, Grand Harbour (Il-Port il-Kbir), a great economic development opportunity; thanks to its very favourable position in the heart of Mediterranean, it originally represented an ideal place of refuge with waters deep enough to anchor, firstly occupied by Phoenicians who landed here, and later unsuccessfully controlled by Napoleon, under the British Military was massively fortified and improved with dockyard facilities, a wider entrance, harbour amenities and a greater anchorage partially destroyed during the world wars; completely restored, the multi-purpose Grand Harbour is today the center of the maritime activity of the whole island, a prestigious landmark of Malta and the premier destination for yachts, superyachts and cruise ships coming from all over the world.

Grand Harbour offers spectacular panoramic views as surrounded by a quantity of stunning inlets and ancient treasures such as Fort Saint Elmo (Il-Forti Sant Iermu), Fort Ricasoli (Forti Rikazoli), the picturesque village of Kalkara (Il-Kalkara), the fortified Three Cities of Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua (Bormla) and Senglea (L-Isla) and not so far the stunning Barakka Gardens (Il-Barrakka ta' Fuq); it welcomes million cruise passengers every year and give them at their arrival a first glimpse of a very versatile center known as Valletta Waterfront; as a multi-purpose area, it is a real landmark, one of the most frequented meeting points of Valletta, a high quality entertainment destination become increasingly popular for tourists and locals, a complete mix of retail, dining, leisure experiences and shopping along the water's edge where also festivities and outdoor themed events take place all year round. Originally a simple pier and a place where merchants used to unload their wares, this wonderful Baroque masterpiece was built by the Knights of St. John's Grand Master Manuel Pinto de Fonseca in the 18th century, over the years it was fortunately renovated and today is moreover a famous cruise and ferry terminal also providing efficient and affordable transport services within the Grand Harbour and neighbouring areas; Valletta Waterfront is certainly worth a visit, a simple stroll along the promenade either day or night with a view on its panoramic beauties we'll be a marvelous experience.

Cam on-line since: 09/17/2013

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    • 10 hours ago
    • PMM

    19.07.19. No cruise ships scheduled today however MV AIDA STELLA, MARELLA CELEBRATION and AZAMARA PURSUIT arriving Saturday! Happy Days. :)

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    • 2 days ago
    • PMM

    Norwegian Jade is on her way into Valletta port due in at 12pm local.

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    • 4 days ago
    • carol mumford

    No Dee, The one I saw was Anna I managed a photo alongside Azamara Journey. $250 million, owner Russian. I wrote his name down Dmitry … but the paper with his name is in another room. I'll post details later. Thanks for looking.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Dee

    Carol, the Superyacht you saw is Latitude. Well spotted! :-)

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • carol mumford

    Managed to catch sight of another superyacht today in Bergen. Worth A Journey there to see it.

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    • 4 days ago
    • debbie morris

    aw I was too slow some-one was waving at the camera,another glorious day in Valetta.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Carol, I totally agree with you in regards to the positioning of the Senglea cam. I had previously mentioned that if it was pointing more to the right we would have a better view of the ship and we would be able to see passengers embarking and disembarking instead of just the tip of a ship if at all. Much more exciting ! I guess we should just be content that it's on-line ! I had taken a couple of photos of Seabourn Odyssey on the Senglea cam and the British Hotel cams so you can have a look at her there. I think they should be there at some point today.

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    • 5 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Vision Of The Seas arrived at 06:15. Have taken some photos on the various cams including one of her in full view on the British Hotel cam and one of her turning on the Birgu cam.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • PMM

    14.07.19. Le Bougainville- Companie Des Iles Du Ponant - due to depart at 18:00 hrs today local time.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • PMM

    Those who have posted recently - give yourselves a pat on the back - fantastic shots!

  • avatar
    • 7 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Azamara Pursuit arrived at 07:15. Nice to see another ship that we rarely get to see and what a beauty ! It's only been operational for a year. She did a turn in full view of the Senglea cam. There was a great view of her there so have uploaded a couple of photos on that cam.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Ann Galea

    Celebrity Infinity arrived at 07:30. Have uploaded a couple of photos on the Birgu and British Hotel cams.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Ann Galea

    Carol, I also thought it was another Ponant at first glance...an even fancier one than Le Bougainville !
    Jean, thank you for all that great info on Al Lusail. If the Emir ever needs a travelling companion I'm available...ha ha !

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Ann Galea

    You're welcome Jon ! Margaret, with those prices you just re-affirmed that Le Bougainville will sadly remain just a dream for most of us :( :( :(

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • PMM

    US$300 m? I’ll have two!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Jean

    All You Need to Know About The Emir of Qatar and his Yacht Al Lusail
    Yacht Length: 123 m (404 ft) - Guests: 36 in 18 cabins - Crew: 56 in 28 cabins (Est) - IMO 9772929 - Displacement: 8,489 t - Lurssen - 2017 - Yacht Price: US$ 300 million -

    Owners Name: Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani - Emir of Qatar - Al Thani Net Worth: US$ 2.5 billion - Owners Country: Qatar- We were told that the yacht Al Lusail is owned by the Emir of Qatar.