Valletta Grand Harbour Entrance live cam
View 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

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    • 1 day ago
    • Ann Galea

    It's 06:00 and there's been a very bright light in the distance for the past hour. At first I thought it was a ship due to its brightness but since it hasn't moved I'm wondering what it could be. Maybe a ship that's just idling in the middle of the sea?

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    • 4 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Ann, just looked the Malta Experience have a live webchat facility, currently offline, if I have time I have another look later on.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Hi Ann, Maybe I have been lucky with the Birgu camera, if they both freeze then it would make more sense that it is something to do with positioning. I'm going to have a look and see if they have contact details, it's always worth a try. We must have been in the shop a bit early this morning as I actually caught Celebrity Infinity coming in - not on this camera though!

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    • 4 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Margaret, I find that both this cam and the Birgu one, which is also hosted by The Malta Experience, are freezing quite regularly. I don't know if has to do with where the cams are positioned. I've never seen any comments on here or the Birgu cam from anyone at The Malta Experience so I'm not sure if they're even aware that this is happening.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Well what a surprise, it froze AGAIN!!

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    • 5 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    This has to be the most frustrating camera!! When Marella Discovery was leaving this evening, as soon as it got near the camera froze, then went off-line. I find it strange that whatever causes it, doesn't seem to effect the other camera on "The Malta Experience". Has anyone from "The Malta Experience" ever commented/looked at the problem?

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    The cameras certainly didn't do too well this evening when Bellissima was leaving, not only did this one freeze (not that unusual), but the harbour entrance from the British Hotel went as well, and that is unusual!!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Ann Galea

    Hi Margaret, unfortunately I missed both Vision Of The Seas and Oceana leaving. I'm not sure what's up with this cam though as the fishing boat "Crystal Starlight" just left and it froze again ! So, it's not just the cruise ships that cause it to freeze. In this case I don't think it's satellite signals from the boat interfering with the cam. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't so I'm not sure what it could be. Maybe sometimes the cam senses a ship in its vicinity and sometimes it doesn't.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Just caught Oceana on here, missed her on all the other cameras.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Ann, Did you see Vision of the Seas leaving, I just caught it and the camera didn't freeze again!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Ann Galea

    Good job Margaret ! Looks like tomorrow's going to be another busy day with 3 more ships coming in. Happy viewing to all ! :)

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Ann, I actually managed to see Koningsdam going tonight on Birgu and this camera (it only briefly froze once). I googled the Malta Experience to see exactly where it was!!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Ann Galea

    Not a daft question at all Margaret. The harbour entrance and Birgu cams are quite close cause within seconds of the ship passing the entrance cam you can see it on the Birgu cam and vice versa.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Hi Ann, I always forget to look at the Birgu camera, but this doesn't look very clear either. Really daft question but as they are both hosted by the Malta Experience are they quite near to each other?

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Ann Galea

    Hi Margaret ! Since this cam and the Birgu one regularly freeze upon ships arriving and departing I find that they're not as clear as they should be when they are operational. At least you managed to see both Celebrity Infinity and Mein Schiff Herz departing !

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Wow....Mein Schiff Herz left this evening and the camera was fine. Apart from the fact that I have become totally obsessed that the camera angle misses the top of the larger ships!