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The Grand Harbour and 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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  • avatar
    • 18 hours ago
    • Andrew Meikle

    Rather be there in the rain than here in the rain. lol

  • avatar
    • 19 hours ago
    • Dougie2

    Further to my last comment. I hope that Amadea's on-board entertainment is good because I have to say that, weatherwise, her passengers might not have experienced the ideal Mediterranean cruise. Since she sailed from Villefranche (France) a fortnight ago I doubt it's been sunbeds on deck! The weather in the Med this time of the year can be rather cruel.
    But hey! cruising isn't just about weather. Spectacular scenery, visiting new countries, more than made up for several cold wet days when I cruised Norway and the North Cape. And wonderful, colourful Valletta doesn't rely only on sunshine to gladden the heart. I'm sure the visitors will take away very happy memories of Malta and its people.

  • avatar
    • 20 hours ago
    • Dougie2

    I have to agree John Henry, but I'm having to put up with not only wet but cold -- <10 deg C. In Valletta it's probably 19 - 20 deg C at the moment. Mind you, there could be thunderstorms. All in all though, I would like to be there!

  • avatar
    • 22 hours ago
    • John Henry

    I feel sorry for all the people in Valletta today,the rain must spoil their visit to the beautiful City.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Hi Dougie 2.with reference to the British Hotel,when I called in a couple of weeks ago the gent on the desk said that the hotel was to close for a few months,I think he said three months in all, over the winter for refurbishment,this may explain why the cameras are down.I was able to go up to the restaurant balcony to take in the view and what a view it is.Derek.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Yes Robert, it's a shame we keep losing the British Hotel pair, and the other harbour one. But as we know, equipment fails occasionally and also needs regular routine maintenance. At present the camera I miss the most is the underwater one in St Julian's bay.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Robert Collier

    Can't help you with the with the pleasure boat Dougie but I see both British Hotel cams are now offline again.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Nick

    There was another departure earlier on this morning. I saw an oil rig being towed out at around 8.00 MLT. I have tried to upload a screenshot of it to the Grand Harbour from British Hotel photo section but must have done something wrong as it didn't appear. It was quite spectacular with the sun rising behind creating a very memorable image.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Quelle horreure! I can't identify the little pleasure craft which has tied up at Pinto-3. Dougie2 has failed :=( Anyone help?

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Hazel

    Dougie2 :-( ....boo hoo.....i knew she would leave while i was at work!! It would have been lovely to watch her go....but thanks anyway Dougie x

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • alan slade

    Small world Dougie 2 i use to live up the road from that guest house Lodmore hill by the shops my mother had a guest house ,its my home town still go back for visits as have family there

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Dougie2

    alan slade: Yes, I'm well over 30 (!) but no, not from Weymouth. It was my mother's home town, and I love it, but I was merely a regular summer visitor staying with David at St John's Guesthouse in Dorchester Road. Afraid I'm no longer in touch with Victoria on Condor either. Many thanks anyway.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Andrew Meikle: Yes, he was Lt commander and fairly certain yes, it was dippers. Remember now him describing holding the chopper steady at almost zero feet above the waves, at night, before lowering the sonar. "Getting our feet wet" was not something he liked to think about! Great chats we used to have about aircraft, despite my being ex pale-blue against his navy blue. My chopper familiarity was towards the end of my service, on Wessex, Puma and Chinook, after many years on the V-Force.

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    • 3 days ago
    • alan slade

    Hi Dougie 2 have you tried to get in touch with the lady on Condor Ferry as i have two sites which are very good at putting people in touch, with people from Weymouth they are weymouth uk.expats Your over 30 and from Weymouth ,i am on the admin of the Expats just ask to join and i will put you onto it Alan