Grand Harbour - Valletta live camView 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
    • 4 hours ago
    • Dee

    I've managed to capture both VASA DA GAMA and OCEAN DREAM leaving from various webcams...

  • avatar
    • 9 hours ago
    • Dee

    Ocean Dream has called into Valletta a few times before - in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016. You can catch it going out tonight at 1800hrs (Malta) or 1700hrs (UK) time.

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    • 13 hours ago
    • debbie morris

    wow ann that is some amazing info,soon as I saw the words peace boat I had a nice warm feeling,iI bet the youNgsters on that boat will remember this trip for the rest of their lives.

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    • 15 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    Wish I could have taken a photo of this ship coming in at 06:30 but I'm still having issues. It's a "Peace Boat" called Ocean Dream and on board are youth from small island states who raise awareness of the impacts of climate change. The ship will travel from Valletta to New York City with stops in Spain, Morrocco and Portugal.

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    • 3 days ago
    • carol mumford

    Morning Ann and all. Yes, a first for me too Caught both arriving. Dave S, I do look at all of the Malta cams and find them very interesting, but cruise ships are my first love. I miss the Parliament square one and I loved the underwater fish one sadly long gone.

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    • 3 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    What an exciting morning ! MSC Bellissima pulled in just before 07:30 and Jewel Of The Seas just a few minutes later. Have taken some photos of both on the Birgu, Senglea and British Hotel cams. Enjoy !

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    • 3 days ago
    • DaveS

    No Carol, has been a very busy day all over Malta today, Lots been going on and been such a great day here.

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    • 4 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Yes, a very quiet day today Carol. Not much happening this week either but looking forward to Vasco da Gama on Friday and Infinity on Saturday as they haven't been in recently.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • carol mumford

    Well.... fortunately or unfortunately I have nothing to miss tomorrow. But thank you all for your photo's on the various cams.Goodnight and hopefully catch you all soon xxx

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Dee

    I've taken a few (from various cameras) of the Seven Seas Voyager leaving

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Monika

    Hello everyone. only 1 picture was uploaded from the sailing ship none of the driveway, only 1 from the exit, really a pity

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • debbie morris

    Cant wait to see the weekend pics,the voyager looks a lovely ship.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Seven Seas Voyager arrived at 07:30. Managed to take a couple of proper photos of it on the Birgu and British Hotel cams. What an absolutely gorgeous ship !

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • debbie morris

    iggest ship I went on was the Norwegian epic,when it was almost new,lovely ship would definitely go on her again,only time it felt crowded was waiting for the lift.

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    • 5 days ago
    • carol mumford

    Love the smaller ships too. Biggest I have been on is P&O's Azura.... 3597 passengers max. but it did not feel crowded. Got to say that Lyrial which was in last week looks superb. 132 cabins. But I would need a lottery win...…..

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    • 5 days ago
    • Chris

    Monika,wow,thank you for that,what a beautiful ship,now that i would love to go on,Stunning!!! better start doing the lottery!!