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The Grand Harbour and Valletta Live Webcam

Beautiful view of the Grand Harbour and the Valletta seaside promenade from Valletta Waterfront

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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 suggestive 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.


Webcam on-line from: 09/17/2013
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    Valletta seaside promenade
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    The port entrance of the Valletta Grand Harbour
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Chris Bowen
1 day ago
My best friend has been working on the Azamara Quest today.Can even see him collecting tools from his lorry, parked alongside. Such great webcams, I never feel far away from Malta.
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Paul Litwin
1 day ago
Wow indeed Dougie2, to the stern of Noordam is Saga Sapphire. A good day for the taxis
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Dougie2
1 day ago
Wow! are we in luck today. Azamara Quest and Costa Neoriviera on this camera, Noordam and the stern of Azamara Quest the next one.
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alan
2 days ago
As fantastic as they look, I would hate to have to leave Malta after a few hours! think I'd jump ship..Gimme a pint of Hopleaf blue label and a plate of pea cakes any day.(everyday!)
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Dougie2
2 weeks ago
Hi Sandy and Jim. Not boasting, but the past 2 years I've cruised on two Princess Cruises ships, both carrying >3,000 passengers. Yes, they're huge but I never felt like 'just a number', on the contrary I quickly became known to many crew members -- stewards, waiters, bar staff, even deck-cleaners(!), greeted me as I walked around the ship. And it was amazing how many fellow passengers I met over and over agin in the public areas. O.K. Sandy, there were hordes of us at ports-of-call but my daughter and I simply avoided organised excursions. And, in June this year, I'll be on Emerald Princess, on our third cruise, when she docks in my beloved Malta.Only 10 weeks to go!
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Jim Rafferty
2 weeks ago
I have to agree with Sandy, that this vessel barely resembles a cruise ship - more like a floating hotel.
Now, Saga Pearl was in yesterday, and she looks like a "proper" cruise ship, and one that I would love to sail on. Just the right size to retain some individuality, and to retain that personal touch that would be impossible on a ship the size of MSC Preziosa with it's 3,500 passengers!
Compare that to Saga Pearl's 449 capacity, with a ratio of 1 crew member to less than 2 passengers!
At the very least, your stewards should at least remember your name!!
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sandy
2 weeks ago
Very true Dougie - but when we were in Malta last month we kept clear of Valetta on cruise days as we didn't want to compete with the crush. We were then able to wander around and admire the beautiful place without it being at all busy.
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Dougie2
2 weeks ago
These cruise ships are marvellous for Malta's tourist economy. An island that deserves to thrive on tourism. I have such fond memories of Malta, and her people, from my time as a regular Royal Air Force visitor in the 1950s/60s -- with the V-bombers at Luqa.
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Dougie2
2 weeks ago
You're right Sandy. MSC Preziosa, 133,000 tons, 18 decks (14 for passengers), 3500 happy people here to enjoy Malta. Envy!!
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sandy
2 weeks ago
OMG that isn't a cruise liner that has arrived this morning, it's a block of flats.
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Jim Rafferty
2 weeks ago
Thanks Dougie. As you say, the pointy bit is furthest from the camera ;)
Nice position, able to observe all the comings and goings for a change.
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Dougie2
2 weeks ago
Saga Pearl, another jewel of a cruise ship! A superb picture today. The pointy bit is along there on the left Jim :)
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