Senglea - Cottonera live cam
Nice view on the boatyard and Senglea on the left side from Valletta Waterfront

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Senglea - Cottonera

Valletta Waterfront and Grand Harbour (Il-Port il-Kbir) are two of the most notable landmarks for people arriving at Maltese island directly from Mediterranean, they welcome millions of cruise passengers every year with a quantity of excellent services.

Valletta Waterfront, also known as Pinto's Wharf, is a very versatile center, a multi-purpose area and one of the most frequented meeting points of Valletta due to its extraordinary offer including high quality entertainment, a complete mix of retail, dining, leisure experiences and shopping, festivities and outdoor themed events all year round and much more...a dream destination become increasingly popular over the years for tourists and locals. Its origins date back to the 18th century, when was commissioned by the Knights of St. John's Grand Master Manuel Pinto de Fonseca as a simple pier and place where merchants used to unload their wares, once renovated, the old warehouses of this Baroque masterpiece were replaced with a leisure complex for locals and million cruise passengers as well as 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, whether we're looking for luxurious restaurants, events or simply a moment for a walk along the promenade, Valletta Waterfront has it all, either day or night a simple stroll while admiring all breathtaking panoramic views around, including a lovely view of Senglea (o L-Isla), can turn into a marvelous experience!

Also known as Isla, this stunning city, one of the heaviest fortified cities of Malta, belongs to Three Cities (or Cottonera Lines) also including Cospicua (Bormla) and Vittoriosa (Birgu), rightly claimed to be the cradle of Maltese history. Although its smaller dimensions, it boasts a rich historic heritage, many buildings and massive bastions and fortifications, which give spectacular views on the Grand Harbour, were built during the age of the Knights of St. John, Senglea is also nicknamed "Civitas Invicta" as unconquered during the Ottoman invasion at the Great Siege of 1565, however it was mostly destroyed by bombings during the WWII and suffered heavy losses including rare architectural masterpieces dating back to its first construction in the 16th century; originally a small island later partially connected to the mainland for strategic reasons by the Knights Hospitaller (the Maltese name "Isla" derives from the Italian "isola", island) it protrudes with its oldest part into the Grand Harbour and is still enclosed by massive fortifications guarding the harbour and the opposite side where the capital Valletta (Il-Belt Valletta) is located as they did a longtime ago.

There are a variety of activities and events taking place in Senglea throughout the year as well as tourist attractions all worth a visit, most of them still a reminder of its glorious past, through a simple stroll it is possible to reach them, just a few words to mention the most important must-sees: the look-out garden (Gnien il-Gardjola) and the stone vedette where one can enjoy a blend of history and the Mediterranean, a variety of architectural buildings in British style, Senglea Point with its magnificent views of Valletta and Grand Harbour, narrow streets still holding a number of ancient buildings, religious treasures such as the miraculous statue of Jesus Christ the Redeemer (Ir-Redentur ta `l-Isla) situated in the Basilica dedicated to The Birth of the Virgin Mary or the statue Madonna of the Middle (il-Madonna Tan-Nofs), originally placed in the main road as a sign of gratitude to the Virgin for protecting Senglea from the 1813 plague; moreover a stroll along the nearby Vittoriosa's promenade will offer magnificent views of Senglea, among the most beautiful in the world. We can't forget to mention the famous boatyard, enlarged and developed by British, it has become increasingly important over the years for its role in the economic growth of the city, it sees thousands of cruise passengers embarking and disembarking every day and offers all types of services and works to make more comfortable the stay of the big cruise ships, a real attraction for tourists and locals.

Cam on-line since: 09/17/2013

Comments

  • avatar
    • 10 hours ago
    • Stewart Wilson

    just to let you know were back home in Langley Park had a smashing time in Malta
    on Wednesday afternoon it was close on 35%+

  • avatar
    • 16 hours ago
    • carol mumford

    Job well done as usual Ann. Going to be tricky to see any ships go apart from this one as she is the last to leave. Oh well! cam. flitting to try and catch them.

  • avatar
    • 17 hours ago
    • debbie morris

    gutted now why didn't I get up early,valetta must be jam packed today,we were docked by the regent ship in Barcelona I think the wealthy clientele uses it.

  • avatar
    • 21 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    Wow, that was totally exhausting...5 cruise ships arrived between 06:00-07:45 ! In 6 months of viewing these cams I have never seen a morning quite like this one. Even managed to take pics of oil tankers Balluta Bay and Salina Bay arriving on a couple of the cams ! I need a break now...

  • avatar
    • 21 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    Arethusa arrived at 07:45 and went right past this cam. Not sure where she ended up as harbour is jam-packed today ! Have taken pics on the various cams.

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    • 21 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    Marella Explorer 2 arrived at 07:30. Lovely looking ship. Have taken pics on the various cams. Could see her do her turn in the little bit of space visible on this cam and it looks like she has docked in Senglea. Surprised she had any room to turn with Mein Schiff 5 and Seven Seas Voyager here.

  • avatar
    • 22 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    How rude...Seven Seas Voyager is taking up both cams !

  • avatar
    • 22 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    Mein Schiff 5 arrived at 06:00. Was nice to see a different Mein Schiff although not as esthetically pleasing as 2, 6 or Herz in my opinjon. Have taken pics on the various cams. She's docked to the right of this cam.

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • PMM

    I like the ‘accidental‘ photo of the elephant on this cam!

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    The "Rolex Middle Sea Race" will take place in the Grand Harbour on October 19th. This classic annual event is a must-do for any sailing fanatic. The races are impressive to watch from the bastions of Valletta and it draws in thousands of visitors who watch from both sides of the harbour. It all begins beneath the Saluting Battery.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Oceana arrived at 05:15. Have taken pics on the various cams. We do not get to see much of her at all today and again it's the back of her.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Just managed to catch Maria Grazia Onorato arriving on this cam at 05:00. Have taken a pic.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • PMM

    Bellisima moving off 18:17 hrs.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • PMM

    Sorry - Debbie

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • PMM

    Hi Dee - yes I watch it too - a lot - especially the Grand Harbour one next door! :)

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • debbie morris

    does anyone else watch the time lapse?I love to watch the sun going over the port and the shadows its a great way to watch any ship you have missed from the day before even if its just for a nano second!