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

Comments

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    • 2 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Morning Ann, yes, time is going past very quickly. We now have less than 4 months before we are back in Malta......I've already been having a look to see which ships will be visiting when we are there. Hubby thinks I am really sad!

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    • 2 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Fellow cruise ship fans, we're halfway there ! 2 months from today the new cruise ship season gets underway with CMV Marco Polo arriving. Seems like just yesterday that the last one came to an end !

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Thank you for the information P.L. Always nice to know these things !

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • P.L.

    Hi Ann
    The Chiquinho BL was built in South Korea and is on route to Cape Verde were she will operate between the islands of São Vicente - Santo Antão. She has a capacity of 430 passengers and 50 vehicles

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    To the left we can see passenger vessel Chiquinho which arrived at 17:30. Missed it coming in so no pics unfortunately :(

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • pat

    Thank you Dee! That makes total sense!

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Dee

    Pat, sorry for the late reply! The tankers are at Hurd's Bank, some 18 miles off Malta. The vessels are awaiting orders, waiting for the price of oil to go up or crew changes. Sometimes it's also cheaper, for shipping companies, to leave the tankers at sea as they're not paying anchorage charges.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • debbie morris

    I can identify with that when my grandson comes for a visit I wouldn't be able to use my pc Eunice!

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Eunice

    It’ll have to be a day without the grandchildren lol x

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • debbie morris

    Eunice let me know if you find her !

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Eunice

    Thanks Debbie, got it now.... May take a while but it’s lovely to see the various ships coming and going.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • debbie morris

    Eunice you can scroll back I just have if you click on a photo it will take a few seconds to load then you will see arrows halfway down on the edge of each side of the pic click on the arrow and it will scroll across either left or right whichever way you want to go and you can eventually get to everything.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • debbie morris

    I dont have the premium sorry i didnt realise you can only go so far back.

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • Eunice

    Thank you Pat, Debbie and pL. Have you upgraded to the premium package, as I can only scroll back to the last 28 pics? I know things changed a bit when they introduced a premium charge some time ago, as I used to post pics when they had that wonderful underwater cam. I don’t seem to have that facility now.

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • debbie morris

    hi,P,L. yes ive looked right back to 2014 some great pics and ships on there indeed!

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • P.L.

    Debbie,the photos on this webcam go back to 2014, and Eunice a date for the diary, Marella Celebration is due in on the 21st March.