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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
    • 7 days ago
    • Dougie2

    I saw on the news today [BBC South Today, 08:30 GMT] that "HMS Defender" (D 36) -- in Valletta a week ago -- has just returned to Pompey, her home port. Did you, Jim Rafferty or PL. see her arriving this morning?
    Incidentally PL, how was last night's storm for you?

  • avatar
    • 7 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Today, SE England, 7-to-9 deg C, overcast and strong winds. Today, Scotland, blizzards! Today, Valletta. up to 17 deg C, mainly blue sky, light breeze. Brrr! I'm envious.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Dougie2

    I forgot to mention yesterday that "OOC Cougar" has been a regular visitor to Scotland's famed offshore-oil city, Aberdeen. Servicing the needs of our own North Sea oil rigs.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Dougie2

    What appears to be a naval vessel behind "OOC Cougar", and berthed at Pinto-4, is in fact an Icelandic Coast Guard offshore-patrol vessel, the "Tyr".

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Dougie2

    It's a shame we can't see much of OOC Cougar moored at Lascaris Wharf. O.K. she's only an offshore supply ship, but she features an amazing paintjob on her bow -- a dramatic representation of a cougar [also known as a panther].
    If Skyline permits, I'll upload a photograph. If that's not approved, for anyone interested there is a photo on the following webpage:
    http://www.vesseltracker.com/en/Ships/Ooc-Cougar-9395410.html?show=berth_history

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • John Henry

    Good to see the Camera back on.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    John Henry, it could have been them, I wonder what age are Alan Griffen and partner, as the couple I have seen where youngish!!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • John Henry

    Mary-Anne, alan griffen and partner were due to be in Malta on the 4th,it could have been them waving,if so, they did not waste much time getting to the grand harbour,pity they could not give any warning.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Dougie2, I am sure the navy personnel enjoyed themselves all around MALTA. There is a lot where to go! Weather was not that bad either.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    19.35 MLT. There where two people just now waving and waving to the camera, just wondered if anyone knows who they are?? Came and think of it, it's not that couple from Scotland that had to come to MALTA today? Cannot remember the name.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Dougie2

    Thank you Mary-Anne for a great shot, it's so good seeing ships of our Royal Navy (and other navies' ships) in Grand Harbour. As Jim Rafferty reminded me, time was when there were British warships wherever you looked in Malta's Grand Harbour.
    O.K. those days are gone but, fortunately, the island's loss of income following the closure of the Royal Navy shipyards has been offset by a thriving commercial dockyard and, in recent years, the dramatic increase in cruise-ship business.
    I hope those naval personnel enjoyed Valletta as much as I did!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Hi all, I uploaded a photo of the two Navy Ships that are at the Harbour, taken from the Barrakka this morning.
    Lots of navy personal in Valletta, enjoying the spender of the city.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Mr. M

    A good article.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Mr. M

    http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20141202/local/On-board-HMS-Bulwark.546518