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

  • avatar
    • 17 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    You're welcome Debbie !

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    • 1 day ago
    • debbie morris

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

  • avatar
    • 1 day 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.

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • carol mumford

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

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Mary R

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

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Margaret Taylor

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

  • avatar
    • 2 days 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.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • debbie morris

    yes its a shame I didn't get to view her up closer than normal but safety comes first! ive been watching the Norwegian encore and grandiosa on their voyages,the grandiosa has a lot of glitter and silvetone in its interior.the encore has a race track I hope there are no cabins underneath!

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Dee

    I think the Captain took a very wise decision in making for Piraeus, considering how bad the weather is in Malta at the moment!

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Debbie, when I logged on this morning I was so disappointed for you when she hadn't arrived. It's a shame she wasn't due in at the end of the week as the weather looks to be a bit better by then. Just out of curiosity does anyone know if the water taxis still operate in the winter......I'm know the 3 cities ferry and the Sliema/Valletta ferry both have winter timetables, but I can't imagine the water taxis can.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Ray

    Stormy and wet, never seen it so glum on this camera.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • debbie morris

    I got up in the early hours and tracked the Norwegian epic I could see she was no longer on her way to Malta I bet the passengers were disappointed as she normally frequents france Italy and spain when in Europe,I suppose time is money to the cruise lines and they were at risk of being stuck here in bad weather fingers crossed she will pay another visit!

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    I was wondering what was pulling into port in this weather ! Only a ship of this calibre could handle it !

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Dee I'm wondering if she will stop in Valletta before she heads to Naples on the 17th since it's not that out of the way. We will see I guess !

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Dee

    Amazon Conqueror (a Research/Survey vessel) will be well equipped to deal with Malta's weather this morning....

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Dee

    She was due to go to arrive at Santorini Island, (Greece) straight after Malta (on the 14th)