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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
    • 1 hour ago
    • Dougie2

    I found a photo online of the race start. Subject to Skyline approval I will submit it for upload.

  • avatar
    • 1 hour ago
    • Dougie2

    Ah, that's the race Mary-Anne told us about. No tall ships in that challenge -- but did you see the four-master at all? The Star Clipper? Or any other tall ships?

  • avatar
    • 3 hours ago
    • John Henry

    Dougie,it was the start of the Rollex Challenge last Saturday,it was a struggle to get photo's,as the place was packed with people.

  • avatar
    • 3 hours ago
    • John Henry

    Sorry for the typo,Barrakka Lift.

  • avatar
    • 4 hours ago
    • John Henry

    Thanks Dougie and P.L. for your diligence.

  • avatar
    • 4 hours ago
    • John Henry

    Well after several attempts with a multitude of camera's,finally made it,had a great day out in Valletta,was there for the noon salute,went down and up the Barraka Lift,a bite to eat and some shopping,only a couple of days left and then home but we will be back here next May.

  • avatar
    • 6 hours ago
    • P.L.

    7 weeks ago since I was down on the waterfront waving. Friday must be a good day.

  • avatar
    • 6 hours ago
    • P.L.

    There was a lot of waving Mary-Anne and with no one else about John Henry was easy to spot. Cannot wait to see the screen grab you have Dougie2 of the two armed wave, I hit the wrong button to do the screen grab. Going to have to look at the time lapse tomorrow. So pleased we have caught him at last.

    Alan said he would be in Malta this week has anyone heard from him as he also said he was going to wave at this webcam?

  • avatar
    • 6 hours ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Well done PL and Dougie2 for grabbing some photos, I was waiting to try and see them, then the phone rang and I had to leave, so I missed the show again!!

  • avatar
    • 6 hours ago
    • Dougie2

    P.L. : Only managed two usable grabs but yes, one is of the two-arm wave. Not entirely happy with my grabs, they're somewhat blurred. I'm sure JH will recognise himself though.
    Will upload shortly.
    Yeah, I got the timing wrong for the Saluting Battery, I was confusing it with a gun somewhere else -- Edinburgh Castle? -- which is 13:00 UK time.

  • avatar
    • 6 hours ago
    • P.L.

    Just finished uploading 4 screen grabs hope they will be accepted.
    Dougie2 did you get the double arm wave as I missed it?

  • avatar
    • 6 hours ago
    • P.L.

    Dougie2; I think he has already heard the Saluting Battery as it was at 11.00BST/12.00MLT. I have also got several screen shots which I am going to upload.

    Welcome to the club John Henry

  • avatar
    • 6 hours ago
    • Dougie2

    11:15 BST ~ Grabbed at least 3 possibly 4 photos of John Henry. They're heading back towards, I assume, the lift up to Upper Barrakka Gardens. About 40 minutes to the Salute Battery.

  • avatar
    • 7 hours ago
    • P.L.

    Was that Jon Henry?