Valletta Grand Harbour Entrance live camView of the lighthouse and Fort Ricasoli from the port entrance

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Valletta Grand Harbour Entrance

It is the pearl of the Mediterranean and one of the most impressive baroque cities in the world, the Maltese capital of Valletta (Il-Belt Valletta) was officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its huge cultural importance.

Valletta is a wonderful city surrounded by an incredible tradition of history and culture, here the rich heritage of the ancient mixes perfectly with the chaotic rhythm of modern life, its tourist offer includes a variety of attractions, monuments, ancient architectural treasures, churches and modern accommodation facilities, moreover it can be visited within a few hours; allowing ourselves time to relax amid the charming gardens of the city while enjoying its panoramic views, among the most beautiful in the world, will be a great experience! The gallant past of Valletta is still today represented by the imposing fortifications and bastions around it, their remains have survived both the First and the Second World War as well as a number of natural disasters; Valletta's origins date back to the early 16th century when the Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Hospitallers and later Knights of Saint John or Knights of Malta) decided to construct a new fortified city on the inhospitable Sciberras Peninsula under the guide of the Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette (after whom it was named); the Great Siege of 1565 fortified the Order's position in Malta and the 'Humilissima Civitas Valettae' (the Most Humble City of Valletta) was known as the most exclusive fortress in Europe; thanks to its strategic position in the heart of the Mediterranean Valletta became over the centuries not only a powerful fortress city but also a strongpoint of culture and economy in the world enriched by two natural and prestigious harbours, Marsamxett (Il-Port ta' Marsamxett) and the Grand Harbour (Il-Port il-Kbir) both badly damaged during the Second World War; the harbours grew and expanded quickly, improved with extensive docks and wharves they were among the most fortified and safest harbours in Europe, the British Royal Navy settled here until 1979 and undertook a number of projects to improve the harbours and dockyard facilities partially damaged during the world wars; completely restored, they are today the premier destinations for yachts, superyachts and cruise ships and give the opportunity to take a boat ride if weather permits, how romantic would be to enjoy a delightful night harbour cruise by a Maltese boat? Imposing bastions and fortifications scattered all over the city are tangible testimonies to a glorious past, Grand Harbour for example is surrounded by Fort Saint Elmo (Il-Forti Sant Iermu), Fort Ricasoli (Forti Rikazoli), the picturesque village of Kalkara (Il-Kalkara) and the fortified Three Cities, Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua (Bormla) and Senglea (L-Isla).

Cam on-line since: 07/16/2013

Comments

  • avatar
    • 15 hours ago
    • debbie morris

    awaiting the crown iris and msc bellissima...

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • pat

    I am so impressed that this camera didn't freeze when the Mein Schiff left harbour. That's awesome. They must have upgraded the camera.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • debbie morris

    thank you cam for sticking at a crucial viewing.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • PRINC180

    Missing camera - Grand Harbour - Valletta -Senglea - Cottonera

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Erika65

    Oh Sorry :-((

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Dee

    The Costa ship was yesterday Erika65

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Erika65

    Costa NeoReviera Arrivals 9:00h - Departure 18:00h ( local time) :-)

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Ann Galea

    Mein Schiff Herz arrived at 04:30 instead of the scheduled 08:00 so never got to see it unfortunately. Looks like it's going to be a pretty quiet day today with no other passenger ships scheduled to arrive. :( :( :(

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Ann Galea

    Good morning Carol. Yes, I managed to see the Neoriviera as well and she's a beauty. Now that the 2 best cams are down I find that this one and the Valletta Grand Harbour Entrance from Senglea are the 2 best ones to catch a glimpse of the ships coming in. It's when I check the arrival and departure times and find that they've arrived or departed early that gets me frustrated !

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • carol mumford

    Another. Neoriviera more by good luck than good management. Getting fed up with cams now, Much as I love seeing the cruise ships.... I ask myself is it worth the hassle of checking arrival and departure times and then taking a chance of chosing a cam that might catch a glimpse?

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • carol mumford

    Managed to catch another. Albatros 12-5-2019 Great, with the two main cams still being down. Now nearly 3 days without them.

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • daddyfixit

    PRINC180; camera has always frozen as ships leave in daylight hours, they say its a security measure...been like that for years.

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • PRINC180

    Fix this camera when ???

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • PRINC180

    This camera is still freezing.

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • daddyfixit

    Pat; its a security measure....its been like that as far back as I can remember....pity as I would also like to se them negotiate the entrance/exit.

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • pat

    I really like this Harbour entrance camera but I do wish they could fix it so it didn't freeze every time a ship of considerable size comes into or leaves the Harbour.