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

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  • avatar
    • 2 minutes ago
    • PMM

    Hi Ann. Thanks for the photos. Shame we’re looking at her stern (again).

  • avatar
    • 4 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    Oceana arrived at 05:15 and I was surprised to see that she did not turn once again. She was incredibly well lit up though considering it's still so early. Have taken some pics on the various cams.

  • avatar
    • 4 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    Yes Dee, they were both about an hour earlier than usual.

  • avatar
    • 16 hours ago
    • Dee

    Bellissima is going!

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Dee

    Both cruise ships came in a lot earlier, didn't they?

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Dee

    Fab, Ann! :-)

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Ann Galea

    I'm pretty sure we got the job done Dee ! :) :) :)

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Dee

    I've also taken pics from the various webcams, so hopefully we'll have covered her, Ann.

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Ann Galea

    MSC Bellissima arrived at 07:15 and turned in front of this cam. Have taken pics on the various cams. There goes our view for the rest of the day !

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    • 3 days ago
    • PMM

    Morning all. Busy day in harbour with Celebrity Infinity, Mein Schiff Hertz and Norwegian Pearl in. They are due to depart at 18:00, 22:00 and 18:00 hrs respectively local time.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Dee

    Many times, Ann... you need ear plugs! lol

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Norwegian Pearl arrived at 07:15 and did a turn in front of this cam that was barely visible. You can just see the tip of her in front of Mein Schiff Herz. Have taken some pics on the various cams.

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    • 3 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Good morning Carol ! Glad you managed to see Norwegian Jade leaving and that it was worth your while. Looking forward to the photos. Mein Schiff Herz just arrived at 03:15 and now it's a battle between Norwegian Pearl and Celebrity Infinity to see who will get to the entrance first. Looks like Pearl has got a bit of a lead. Have taken some pics of Herz on the various cams.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • carol mumford

    Hi Ann. YES! It was worth it. super views. Got some photo's, but we'll see. Yes I'm looking forward to Pearl too. Anyway, goodnight. Catch you tomorrow.x

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    • 3 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Carol, I trust that you were able to get some pics of Norwegian Jade leaving since you were quite insistent that you weren't moving ! HA Hope so as I didn't manage to see her arrive or depart. As you said it was nice to see her close up for a change as she's usually always docked in front of the other cam. I was expecting Marella Discovery to be docking in front of this cam. Busy morning ahead of us...Mein Schiff Herz, Celebrity Infinity and Norwegian Pearl are all on their way. Looking forward to this last one as I haven't had the pleasure of seeing it before and it looks incredibly colourful !

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    • 3 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Dee, have you managed to see Mumtaz up close?