Grand Harbour - Valletta live cam
View of the Grand Harbour and Saint Angelo Fort in Birgu as seen from Valletta's waterfront

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Grand Harbour - 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
    • Margaret Taylor

    If anyone would like to have a look at my Malta "Ships & Yachts" album, they are now on the Skyline Webcam Fans Page.

  • avatar
    • 3 hours ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Hi Ann, is this the Skylines Webcams Official Fan Group? If it is I didn't realise that you could view this without being "on Facebook". I put the first album of pics on there last night, these are the ones with the ships and yachts - you have to wait until they approve them, so hopefully they will and I'll let you know.

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    • 13 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    Hi Margaret. I have an idea. I see that Skyline has an "Official Fan Group" on Facebook and it's a public group so even those who aren't on Facebook can access it. I see a lot of photos are being posted there so maybe you could post yours there as well? Just a suggestion !

  • avatar
    • 15 hours ago
    • carol mumford

    Safe journey home Stewart. Enjoyed reading about your visit..... Thanks! and Congratulations to you and your wife on 45 years.

  • avatar
    • 17 hours ago
    • Capture Sam

    18sep19--From our host's location to >>St.George's Square<< is less than one mile. EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 18 hours ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Hope you have a good flight back Stewart, weather here not too bad, but certainly not as hot as Malta!

  • avatar
    • 19 hours ago
    • Stewart Wilson

    Leaving tomorrow should be home
    Langley Park by 1700hrsI am a Skyline Facebook member they have shown me all sorts of interesting buildings and animals

  • avatar
    • 21 hours ago
    • debbie morris

    Margaret I cant wait to see your pics from the other side,I will keep my beady eye out x Thanks for the info on the msc bellissima.Im missing the skyline camera from Dubrovnik cruise port it has been stuck for the last 2 months,i cant add any ships to my list unless ive seen them.

  • avatar
    • 23 hours ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Did anyone notice the "pontoons" being towed over to the berth near Upper Barakka Gardens?

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Dee, the husband chats to anybody, his dream would be to have a yacht - which reminds me I haven't checked yesterday's lottery which is the only way he is likely to get one!! Debbie, I can see Bellissima is in the Middle East over the winter, but I can't see anything for next summer. I'll let you know when I'm going to put the pics on the Facebook group - just need to think of something for Carol and Ann. I have some really close up of Cloudbreak and Eos, and some quite nice ones of Alexander coming in and docked. Totally messed up when it went out early, but I think Brian got one - although he hasn't even started to look at his. We also saw Oceana, Le Ponant and Seabourn Encore - so photos of them from "the other side".

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    • 1 day ago
    • debbie morris

    Margaret im on the skyline facebook group it has 16k members and there are some lovely pics on there.looks like another lovely day in malta great to see the msc bellissima in port I wonder where she will reposition to after her first seasonal stint in Europe,

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    • 1 day ago
    • Dee

    I'm jealous, Margaret! I'd have loved a chat with the crew member of Cloudbreak myself. I love seeing the Superyachts over at Birgu and taking photos. Did you see the t.v documentary recently, about life on board one? It was fascinating. They charter them out to off set the running costs, which can run to a million pounds a year.

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Hi Stewart, Just noticed that a message I sent to you which included the Skyline FaceBook address - provided by Skyline - has not deleted. They've obviously got some sort of software that scans messages. However if you go on FB and search for Skyline you can become a member of their group (if you're not already). Must come off here now as hubby has gone to do a photography job in Catterick and Freddie (dog) and I have to get the bus into Durham to open the shop!

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Hi Ann, I thought you might not be on FB, I tried to send a message with an email address but as suspected I don't think it's been allowed. I'll think of something!

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Ann Galea

    Debbie, you're welcome.
    Margaret, I'm not on Facebook either unfortunately.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Carol, I thought I remembered that you didn't have a FB account, to be honest it was never something that I had until we got the shop, it is useful for keeping in touch with people though. Your daughter could join the Skyline group with the link I have given to Stewart, or she could add me as a friend and when I post some on my page you could see them then. We have finally got little Freddie back home, we were so tired yesterday he stayed with his doggy sitter!