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

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    • 1 day ago
    • Ann Galea

    Mein Schiff Herz is surprisingly docked out of view of this cam. I guess that's because it had to make room for Wind Surf and Celebrity Infinity's arrivals in a couple of hours.

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    • 1 day ago
    • Ann Galea

    Mein Schiff Herz arrived at 03:15. Didn't do a turn. I've taken some photos on the various cams as she was lit up reasonably well.

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    • 3 days ago
    • carol mumford

    Well, missed all 3 arriving ...too early for me. Only just caught Celebration leaving on the entrance cam.
    Missed Aida Stella totally. But I do have your photo's to look forward to. Thank you. At least I have had good views of Azamara all day.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • carol mumford

    Morning all. Some good views from Aida Stellas cams. Great shot from the port side one of our hosts FXDD offices.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • debbie morris

    well nice to see a ship split over two cams lol

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Well that was quite the race to see who would make it into the harbour first: Azamara Pursuit or Aidastella ! Azamara got in at 06:45, Aidastella at 07:00. Azamara did her turn in front of the cam next to this one and Aidastella turned in front of the Birgu cam. Have taken some photos on both the Birgu and British Hotel cams.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Oceana arrived at 05:15. It was still dark outside when she entered the harbour so it was lovely to see her so well lit up. I have taken a photo on both the Harbour Entrance and British Hotel cams so you can see for yourselves. The one I've taken on this cam isn't quite as impressive.

  • avatar
    • 7 days ago
    • DaveS

    Today, Liverpool is hosting the worlds largest ocean liner ever built (149,215 GT), RMS Queen Mary 2

  • avatar
    • 7 days ago
    • Dee

    Thanks, Ann. :-) One other thing to think about..... we don't actually get vessels coming in or out of the dry dock on a daily basis, which obviously means a long period of no activity. With the cruise ships only partially blocking the webcam you still see the vessels going past to go in or out of it. However, even if the webcam were pointing at the dry dock, chances are you'd just be looking at the side of a cruise ship blocking the entire view.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Ann Galea

    You make a valid point as well Dee in regards to the positioning of the cam.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Ann Galea

    You're welcome Carol and PMM ! Looks like the messages I couldn't post yesterday have magically appeared today !

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Dee

    I'm afraid I'll have to disagree with your comments about the position of the webcam. Yes, we should jolly well be thankful we have a webcam at all. However, although I 'get it' and you'd rather just see the side of a cruise ship and the passengers, it means you cannot see anything else and miss all the other marine traffic coming and going from this webcam. Some of us like to see them, too. It can get very interesting. For example, just now I've captured a close-up of the Eurocargo Venezia going out.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • carol mumford

    Ann, thanks. Seabourn Odyssey in daylight for me. I'm not an early bird....so if I cannot see the ships in daylight I rely on everyones photo's.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • PMM

    Ann Galea - thank you for posting! Well done on being up and about!

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • carol mumford

    Thanks Ann. Right in all parts. Also Jean, It was a lovely view , that one.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Ann Galea

    I suppose we should just be grateful that the cam is on-line ! I had taken a couple of photos of Seabourn Odyssey on this cam as well as the British Hotel cam so they should probably be available for you to view later on today.(Part 3)THE END !