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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
    • 16 hours ago
    • Dougie2

    For me, the main focus of attention has to be a classic liner built 55 years ago. An unexpected visitor -- she's not listed on Valletta Waterfront's scedule. Few ships of this generation are still cruising and MS "SERENISSIMA" (ex.Harald Jarl, ex Andrea) is a great tribute to her present and previous owners.
    "Harald Jarl" was built for the Nordenfjeldkses Dampskipsselskap in Trondheim (NFDS). The order to build the ship was signed in February 1959, and 11 months later, on the 29th of January 1960 the newly built ship was launched. She was the penultimate ship to be built for Hurtigruten in Trondheim. (The last, in 1982 was the "Narvik"). She not only plied Norwegian coastal waters: the Shetland Isles also saw this beautiful cruise ship.
    In 2002, Hurtigruten sold her to American company, Elegant Cruises. After a substantial refit in Sweden she began her new worldwide cruising life as "Andrea", around Britain, Greenland, Norway, the Baltic and Mediterranean and as far away as Antarctica.
    In spring 2012 she was sold again to Serenissima Cruises and was christened MS "SERENISSIMA".

  • avatar
    • 17 hours ago
    • Dougie2

    Robert Collier: Thanks for your appreciation, but all I do is a tiny bit of research on ships I see -- either Wikipedia or, my old faithful, a well-thumbed copy of "Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships". I get a lot of pleasure out of it, and from sharing the info. I was in the teaching profession for about 8 years (an R.A.F. Technical Instructor) so passing on info is "in my blood"!

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • enbeejay

    Good Evening Skyline - The webcams around Grand Harbour are great. Can you tell us when the two webcams at the harbour entrance will make a reappearance? It has been a long while since they were last operating.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Robert Collier

    Thank you for that Dougie2 very interesting, it's nice when someone can give out this sort of information, again thank you.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Hi Robert The smaller vessel, seen from this cam, is Louis Aura, a 16,000-ton cruise ship built in 1968. A medium-size ship, she can accommodate between 600 and 850 passengers.
    Interestingly, back in July 2006, she was used to help evacuate American citizens from Lebanon because of the ongoing conflict with Israel.
    Louis Aura has had an interesting "career", originally with Norwegian Cruise Lines, then by Greek line Festival Cruises, until that company folded in 2004 when she was purchased by Abou Merhi Lines. After a $10–$15 million renovation she was eventually sold to Louis Cruise Lines of Cyprus. She sails under the flag of Malta.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Robert Collier

    Looks like there are 2 smallish cruise liners in this morning, hope the weather is kind to them while they are ashore.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Robert Collier

    Oh my, the weather doesn't look very nice out at sea, looks like a storm passing by.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Aida Mar here today, paying an additional visit to its schedule. Pity we can't see that distinctive bow 'logo'.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Dougie2

    A classic cruise ship from one of the older lines -- Swan Hellenic. O.K., Minerva only takes 350 pax but they travel in style. Reminds me of the older Fred.Olsen ships.

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • P.L.

    3 cruise ships in today, in view today is the Swan Hellenic ship Minerva, which carries 350 passengers and is 12449gt, but she is dwarfed by the two Costa ships the Costa Neoromantica at 57100gt and carries 1800 passengers and the Costa Favolosa at 114500gt and can take up to 3800 passengers.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Alan

    Thanks Dougie 2.Those photos are very enlightening.I had it in my head that people were going in to the local Spar shop! I haven't got a when and where plan yet but I'm taking my tablet so,internet access permitting,I will attempt updates.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • P.L.

    MSC Lirica paying her weekly visit today. Her sister ship MSC Magnifica is in Southampton today along with 3 other cruise ships which includes the worlds largest Oasis of the Seas. Oasis of the Seas is currently sailing up the Solent past Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Dougie2

    Alan: If I know when and at which cams, I'll keep a lookout for your waves and try to get screengrab photos. But above all, have a great holiday on a wonderful island.
    If you look at the two photos of the buiding with the FXDD sign [my conventional camera not screengrabs] on this page you'll see where the 2 cameras are.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • P.L.

    The buses can get very busy,but a 7 day unlimited travel ticket is 6.5 euros