Grand Harbour – Valletta live camView over Grand Harbour and Fort Saint Angelo in Birgu from Valletta Waterfront

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    • 1 week ago
    • Kernow Lad

    Dougie2, thank you for your help, I found your site/url, what a superb collection of photographs, and found more sites with great pics, also history of which I thought I was aware of, but I knew so little.
    Yes I am a Cornishman, but at 80 I think Kernow Codger would be more appropriate. lol
    Thank you again for your guidance.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Dougie2

    Hi Kernow Lad (that's Cornwall isn't it?) Try this website as a starting point:
    https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEVjnQ_69VIG8AtiknnIlQ?p=grand+harbour+malta+19th+century+ships+images&fr=ytff1-&fr2=piv-web&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-006&type=
    You'll need to copy all that exactly, then paste it into your Search box.
    There are other search engines of course, but I use "Yahoo!".

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    • 1 week ago
    • Kernow Lad

    Hello everyone, can anyone advise me please, where can I find old pictures of sailing ships in Grand Harbour, it must have been a fantastic sight.

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    • 1 week ago
    • P.L.

    Zenith just departing

    Hi Gary. I have been to visit Sliema on many occasions, it is always busy, and if you are staying on the waterfront you get a fantastic view of Valletta. It is also the place to get The Grand Harbour cruise from, just make sure you haggle for the best price if you do it.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Dougie2

    kevin mason Hi! As you're a "newbie", have you let Mary-Anne, our Members Location Recorder, know where you are viewing from? Town, Region/County, Country ... not address details. Have a great holiday in the wonderful Maltese Islands.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Dougie2

    enbeejay ~ loved your "horse-racing style" commentary on the 5-ship race! Did you by any chance take a screengrab of their positions at that time? I was asleep until 08:00 MLT, I'm afraid.

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    • 1 week ago
    • enbeejay

    Hi PL - Looking on www.vesselfinder.com/ it looks like a race to see which ship will get to Valletta first. At the moment (0315 hrs MLT) Equinox will be last as it is about 250 km out East of Valletta. In prime location is Fantastia at about 110 km NE, doing 13 kts closely followed by Zenith in the NW at about 120 km doing 12 kts. Closing in fast from behind in the NW is Neoriviera at 140 m doing 15 kts, but coming faster on the inside, and just about to pass it, is Jade doing 17 kts and about 150 kms out. Who will get to the finishing line first?

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    • 1 week ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    hi Gary.you'll enjoy Malta get a seven day bus ticket its 21 euros now and play bus roulette around the island until you get your bearings .I've been five times in 25 months going back in late September.And like P.L I stay in Bugibba its has a bus terminus and I can get to most places the south via Valletta .Marascala Marsaxlokk etc .visit the Dingli cliffs as well.such a lot to see.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Gary Coldwell

    Hi P.L , I'm staying in Sliema , heard its quiet except for the church bells .

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    • 1 week ago
    • P.L.

    enbeejay, the five cruise ships due in are the MSC Fantasia (133500gt / 3959 passengers }, Zenith ( 17255gt / 1789 passengers ), Celebrity Equinox ( 122000gt / 3000 passengers ), Norwegian Jade ( 93500gt / 2800 passengers ), Costa Neoriviera ( 48200gt / 1700 passengers ). That's a massive 444455gt of ship, carrying a maximum of 13248 passengers , its going to be very busy for everyone.

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    • 1 week ago
    • P.L.

    Hi Gary
    I am sure you are going to have a wonderful time. I have been four times, staying in Bugibba each time, and still have a lot to see. Everyone is very friendly, plenty of very good bars for food and drink and very easy to get around. Valletta is wonderful and the view from the Upper Barrakka gardens looking out over the Grand Harbour is one of my favourite places on Malta. where are you staying?

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    • 1 week ago
    • Gary Coldwell

    Looking forward to being in Malta on August 1st for 2 weeks . Never been before so not sure what to expect .

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    • 1 week ago
    • enbeejay

    Hi Kevin
    It should be interesting tomorrow morning as there are 5 cruise ships due in, all within 3 hours of each other. Some are quite large so I wonder where they will all 'park'.

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    • 1 week ago
    • P.L.

    Is it your first visit Kevin? I have been several times and have always stayed in Bugibba, where will you be staying?

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.

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