The Grand Harbour and Valletta live camBeautiful view of the Grand Harbour and the Valletta seaside promenade from Valletta Waterfront

Pin it
LIVE
Hosted by
hosted by

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

Comments


  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Robert Collier

    Tony, what you have got to think about, is the webcam still being sponsored.

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • tony

    why did you stop showing valletta please answer me

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Thank you Skyline. We see here a prime location for one of your wonderful cameras -- but I understand the need for sponsorship.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Corinthian's sister ship, Corinthian II, visited Valletta in September last year. I found a photo; if Skyline approves I'll upload it.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Dougie2

    09:36 GMT Today's visiting ship Corinthian looks more like a luxury super-yacht than a cruise ship. She can accommodate up to 100 guests in 50 luxuriously-appointed, all ocean-view suites. Small and sleek -- overall length: 290 feet; beam: 50 feet -- and with only a 12 feet draft, she can visit locations denied to larger vessels. She even carries Zodiac inflatable craft, for adventurous shore excursions. A world away from the mega-cruisers!

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Good morning Derek James, well it's always good to have a light Jacket, as with the weather you never know how it's going to turn. Now that the weather have gone cooler after a very hot and long summer!! One might still be able to wear short sleeves during the day, but in the evening you would need a Jumper, cardigan or a light jacket. But hope it will be nice weather for you.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Hi folks.I'm of to Malta next week I hope the weather settles down a bit,do I take waterproofs or not.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Dougie2

    19:10 GMT ~ I've just located Arcadia and Costa Neoromantica on a parallel NW course, about 40 miles off the northern coast of Gozo. They left Valletta within half an hour and are travelling at more or less the same speed. Arcadia is heading for Gibraltar and Costa Neoromantica for Marseille.
    Passengers on each should be able to see the other ship if they're both lit-up. Assuming they are not all at dinner.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Dougie2

    And I see it's tipping it down in Sliema.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Take heart John Henry, the forecast for Valletta today is thundery showers! Rumour has it tha Mancunians know a bit about rain! And down here in the south (Hampshire) we're due some pretty heavy rain tomorrow. I'm only about 50 miles from P.L.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • John Henry

    Hi P.L., home is sunny (not very) Manchester.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Dougie2

    The Kurikoma , nearest to the camera, is a refrigerated cargo vessel. Beyond her, tied up at Xatt Lascaris, is the regular visitor Costa Neoromantica

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • P.L.

    Welcome back home John Henry, by the way where is home? Another sunny day on the IOW today but still miss being in Malta.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • John Henry

    It was raining when we left yesterday but better there than back here in the UK,it was nice to meet some of the team at Dive Malta,looking forward to next year, with the intentions of checking out the under water world.Until then like most people,will have to make do with a daily fix of the Skyline Webcams.