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

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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    • 3 days ago
    • carol mumford

    Nirvana, another superyacht just docking. Very dark clouds again today. 15.09

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    • 3 days ago
    • James McIntosh

    Celebrity Constellation passinv through Straits of Messina on on Reggio de Calabria cam.

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    • 3 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Carol, so as we expected "La Belle" didn't leave on time!! I also thought that was the last we would see of her for a while, but according to her "schedule" , she's doing the same cruise next week before heading off to Cyprus & the Holy Land for a few months.

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    • 4 days ago
    • carol mumford

    Larissa multi purpose off-shore vessel now in and of course La belle has gone.

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    • 6 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    That's what I have too Pat but I bet she won't be leaving at 20:00 on the 19th !

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    • 6 days ago
    • pat

    This is the schedule I have for La Belle: 16/11/2019-arrive19/11/2019-departLa Belle de l'Adriatique21:00:0020:00:00

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    • 6 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    You're right Margaret, my schedule also has "La Belle" arriving this evening not yesterday !

  • avatar
    • 7 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    She never seems to arrive on the right day, I'm sure she's supposed to arrive tomorrow.

  • avatar
    • 7 days ago
    • carol mumford

    'La Belle' is back, she obviously loves Valletta.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Ann Galea

    You're welcome Debbie !

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    • 1 week ago
    • debbie morris

    fab two ships I haven't seen in port before the navy ship and the amera.Thanks everyone for the pics!

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    • 1 week ago
    • JCC

    GH as calm as a millpond while the the waves are crashing against the rocks. Explains why the Island has a history of sea power nations domination.

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    • 1 week ago
    • carol mumford

    A visit by the Spanish navy's frigate ESPS Canarias today.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Mary R

    Thank you Margaret.Yes i love Malta whatever the weather.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Hi Mary, hope the weather improves for you, but I'm sure you'll have a good time anyway.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Mary R

    Another wet day in Vallletta.Really hope it gets a bit brighter soon as will be visiting for a week starting sunday Staying in Mellieha but sadly not mellieha bay hotel as it has closed now.