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

Comments

  • avatar
    • 1 minute ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    I might try and watch some of the Tattoo, I've also got some more photos to sort through. Brian has some lovely ones, he might eventually get round to doing.

  • avatar
    • 20 minutes ago
    • carol mumford

    Yes Margaret. There's Aresthusa, but they stay for a couple of days anyway. I do miss the pan. cam. could see parts of the harbour other cams. couldn't reach. lol. Have a lovely night though, whatever you are doing.

  • avatar
    • 36 minutes ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Is Seven Seas Voyager the last one to go Carol, with the "moving" camera being off-line, you can't see much of the other side?

  • avatar
    • 40 minutes ago
    • carol mumford

    How could Cloudbreak do that? Not even an inkling. Yes, we are so sad after all this time. Missed Marella too, as I suspected I would. Thank goodness there are Ann's photo's. Should be a good night though at St. Georges square. Look forward to that.

  • avatar
    • 2 hours ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Oh no, I've just realised Cloudbreak has sailed without us!!!!! Apparently it's heading for Antalya.

  • avatar
    • 2 hours ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Was that Marella Explorer that I have just missed going out?

  • avatar
    • 4 hours ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Thank you carol, I certainly think you are right about it being crowded there today, last Wednesday when there were 3 ships in, you could tell there were loads of extra people. The island was full of the open topped buses doing the round the island tours.

  • avatar
    • 6 hours ago
    • debbie morris

    wow what a birdseye view of a ship!

  • avatar
    • 6 hours ago
    • carol mumford

    Margaret. Another fantastic set of photo's. Thank you. Almost feels as though I'm there, although it would be a bit crowded today? Do hope PMM can get to see them

  • avatar
    • 9 hours ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Just to let you know that my second set of pics have now been approved by Skyline.

  • avatar
    • 10 hours ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Apologies Ann, I've just read your comments on the other camera!

  • avatar
    • 10 hours ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    So pleased you were able to see the photos, I've posted another batch but they are still currently waiting approval. Now I'm totally confused about what's happening today, according to my list we should have Seven Seas Voyager, Mein Schiff 5, Celebrity Infinity, Marella Exployer 2 and Arethusa, are the others actually here... you can't see a thing!!

  • avatar
    • 11 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    So glad it worked for you Carol. You're lucky to have been on Oceana 3 times. Can just imagine how lovely that must have been. PMM, hope you get to see the photos too !

  • avatar
    • 11 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    Celebrity Infinity arrived at 06:45. She is docked in front of Seven Seas Voyager but you would never know it ! She did her turn in front of the Birgu cam. Have taken pics on the various cams.

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    • 11 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    Here we have Seven Seas Voyager completely blocking our view ! She arrived at 06:30, went past the Senglea cam to do her turn and then came back here. Have taken pics on the various cams.

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    • 19 hours ago
    • PMM

    Ann and Margaret - thanks again for your comments - I will take a look tomorrow! :)