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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.

Webcam on-line since: 09/17/2013

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  • avatar
    • 2 hours ago
    • Dougie2

    Mary-Anne: A couple of super photos from your vantage point on the Upper Barakka. In particular that's a fine shot of the 3 ships along the Valletta moorings and it shows what a marvellous location that would be for another Skyline camera. Where Oriana was berthed is where, from the main Grand Harbour /Valletta Waterfront camera, we can see just the stern of other large cruise ships and many naval vessels. Is that Quarry wharf or is it one of the Pinto wharves? I get a bit confused sometimes!
    Anyway, well done and I hope you enjoyed your visit to those beautiful gardens.

  • avatar
    • 10 hours ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Dougie2, PL and all, today we went to Valletta and we visited the upper Barakka as I had to see the full Harbour with 4 cruises ships. It's such a nice feeling when one see the view of the Harbour!! I downloaded 2 photos of the ships.

  • avatar
    • 14 hours ago
    • Dougie2

    Azamara Journey appears to have had a new paint job. If my memory serves me correctly, last time I saw her she was all over white. Could that be a fleet-wide change of livery I wonder? I must keep a lookout for her sister ships.

  • avatar
    • 15 hours ago
    • Jim Rafferty

    Full house today with 3 cruise liners in harbour at the same time.
    We really could do with a camera at Upper Barracca Gardens, looking down towards the ships.

  • avatar
    • 16 hours ago
    • P.L.

    There are in fact 4 cruise ships as MSC Lirica is on Senglea Quay as is visible on the Senglea webcam between the bows of Celebrity Silhoutte and Azamara Journey.

  • avatar
    • 16 hours ago
    • P.L.

    We Have 3 cruise ships in today. Blocking the view of the harbour today is the Azamara Club Cruises ship, Azamara Journey one of six R Class cruise ships. On Pinto wharf is Oriana. and Celebrity Silhouette is on the Senglea webcam.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Veda Lapham

    Thank you Dougie 2 it's a brilliant webcam.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • sheilamay

    Hi does anyone know what happened to the"events" buttons which were on some of these camera sites?

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Hi Veda. Yes, it's temporarily off line.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Veda Lapham

    Hi does anyone know what has happened to the underwater webcam?

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    The sleek super-yacht Flying Fox tied up here was originally named Graffiti.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • P.L.

    Hi Dougie2
    As Mary-Anne says she is moored on Deep Water Quay to the rear of the cruise ship. Our old friend Go Pegasus is also to the rear of the cruise ship on Wine Wharf.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Thanks Mary-Anne. And hey! the proud and friendly Maltese people don't need snide comments like a read this morning. That "person" is the one who needs straightening out. Who does he [surely not a she] he is? I'm gob-smacked!

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    • 3 days ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Dougie 2, the FGS LUEBECK Is moored behind the cruise liner but further down on the same side! We cannot see it on the web cams!