Grand Harbour from the British Hotel live camCharming view of Fort St. Angelo with the cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Birgu in background

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  • avatar
    • 8 hours ago
    • Christine

    Wow! These cruise ships are massive! What a sight!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Audrey Mason

    Hi Jim, there was a 3yr. old girl seriously injured on one of the swings in St. George's Square a few days ago so that will be why the camera is off I should think.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Golden Surabaya on her way out.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Annamarie Cloete

    where is the camera's?

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Gert

    Jim, Those 3 cameras are out again, although they did come back for awhile.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Stewart Wilson

    Jim Rafferty Hello I was just going to ask the very same question about that roving camera I only saw it a few times but thought hey this is great my wife Christine and I stood above that view point a year or so ago I forget but were going next year for sure mind you we do get to see some smashing ships etc on here and I look at the Swiss train one some times the cows are out in fields near the viaduct :)

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Jim Rafferty

    There appears to be a problem with the Valletta cameras, both of the cruise ship cameras and St Georges square have been offline for a couple of days. Any idea when they will resume broadcasting?
    Also, last year there was a moving camera on the British hotel - is that likely to return, as it was a very interesting camera?

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Gert. Unfortunately these things do brake from time to time, we just need to be patient.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Gert

    The 2 'main' cameras have been out for almost 2 days now. I wonder what's up?

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    That smoke can be seen from three cameras.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Dee

    Fort Saint Angelo is sending out smoke signals....

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Gert

    The MSC Meraviglia is due in at 08:00 local time. Although I think I'll check at 07:00 first.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Gert

    The 'Queen Victoria' is due in at 08:00, local time.

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Dee

    I see Superyacht Global came in early this morning!

Grand Harbour from the British Hotel

Undoubtedly it is one of the most beautiful natural harbours of the world, the biggest of the Mediterranean, Grand Harbour (Il-Port il-Kbir) is the jewel of Valletta (Il-Belt Valletta); its perfect position in the heart of the Mediterranean makes it the ideal holiday destination for sailing boats, motorboats, superyachts and cruise ships even longer than 300 meters, its magnificence and the enchanting Maltese capital, officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, delight every day hundreds of tourists from all over the world.

Grand Harbour has a rich heritage that led to many changes occurred during its long history, already in use since Phoenician times, small groups of fishers or merchant fleets found here ideal and safe conditions for mooring, this facilitated its progressive development, new docks and wharves were included over the centuries and fortifications built all around; after a brief and unsuccessful control by Napoleon, under the British Military Grand Harbour was massively fortified and became a strategic military base for a long time, moreover a wider entrance, harbour amenities and a greater anchorage were included, Valletta started to enjoy a new era of prosperity focusing mainly on the opportunities given by the multi-purpose Grand Harbour, unfortunately much destruction was caused by the WWII.

Today modern yachts and cruise ships have given a new maritime function to this beautiful historic harbour, safe anchorage and high quality services are guaranteed all year round, at the same time they are always surrounded by magnificent panoramic views and prestigious works of baroque architecture...really a great experience! Grand Harbour is bounded by Fort St. Elmi (Il-Forti Sant Iermu), Fort Ricasoli (Forti Rikazoli) and the Sceberras Peninsula, on which Valletta stands, the nearby and enchanting Barakka Gardens (Il-Barrakka ta' Fuq) offer unrivaled views over the entire stretch of the entrance to Grand Harbour, moreover it is enriched by a quantity of wonderful bays, by the picturesque village of Kalkara (Il-Kalkara) and by the fortified Three Cities, that is Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua (Bormla) and Senglea (L-Isla).

The Three Cities are embraced by the fortified Cottonera Lines, built to include the entire area, their tourist attractions and the rich historical and cultural heritage inside the walls are worth a visit. Already built since Phoenician times, their inlets and fortified walls provided the perfect conditions for mooring and protecting Grand Harbour, moreover a home and fortress to almost every people who settled here; rightly considered the cradle of Malta's history and culture, the origins of their palaces, churches, forts and bastions go back to time immemorable.

Something in detail: Vittoriosa has played a significant role thanks to its strategic importance as portual city and the proximity to Fort St. Angelo (Forti Sant'Anglu); as the first home of the Knights Hospitaller of St. John (later Knights of Malta) it still boasts some ancient Knights' residences (auberges) and walls dating back to the 16th century; Senglea, originally an island, was strategically joined to Cospicua, during the Second World War heavy bombardments devasted most of the city but today it still offers superb views especially from the Safe Haven Gardens; the larger but younger Cospicua was the centre of all commercial and military activity, however it suffered extensive damage during World War II that fortunately spared the famous and robust fortifications of Santa Margherita Lines, still perfectly preserved.

Cam on-line since: 06/01/2013