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

    Chris, I just remembered about Empress and you beat me with a pic!!

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    • 2 days ago
    • Chris

    I see Empress of the Seas is due in at Heraklion at around 12 noon.today. 11 August.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Derek05

    Cheers Dee, very helpful thank you.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Dee

    Just went to take a look, Margaret.. thank you. Speaking of Ferries, there is one just about to come in the Grand Harbour.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Dee, have you seen the new(ish) Heraklion Marina camera? You can see where the ferries dock, I would think that the cruise ships will dock just out of sight of the camera, but might be visible entering/leaving.

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    • 3 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Thanks Dee, I was curious!

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    • 3 days ago
    • Dee

    Margaret.. the Empress of the Seas did call in. You could see only part of her though, on the other webcam.

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    P.L. Did Empress of the Seas come into Valletta today? I've just remembered to have a look and according to Cruise Ship Tracker, she is currently on the way to Heraklion, but her route shows that she called at Valletta.......no-one has any mention in the comments and I'm sure someone would have seen her.

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    • 4 days ago
    • Dee

    Derek05.. you can't upload your own photos, but you can take a screenshot via the webcam itself. Just hover your mouse over the webcam and look in the bottom right corner of it and you'll see a red camera symbol. If you click on that a screenshot of what's happening, on the webcam, will pop up. You may add a description to the screenshot, then click on 'Submit'. Basically, it allows you to take a screenshot of what you can see on the webcam itself. Hope that helps?

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Derek05

    Margaret, please excuse my ignorance, but how do I upload any photos??

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Isn't it odd that photos are being uploaded on a Saturday, just checked and last night's fireworks are on, shame the camera went off-line in the middle of them.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Jeffrey Hemingway

    MSC has approval to start cruises in August , MSC Grandiosa is booked for Valletta end of August.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Marion King

    I believe it's the fireworks festival.

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    • 5 days ago
    • pat

    Why are all these small boats in the harbour? They are everywhere!

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    • 7 days ago
    • P.L.

    I have been following the cruise ship Empress of the Seas which for the past couple of months has been at anchor at various places on the south coast of the UK. She left on the 20th July and according to Vessel finder has a destination of Valletta, but on Marine Traffic she is down as heading for Marsaxlokk, both with arrival dates of the 9th August. She may be heading to the anchorage just of the coast.

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    • 1 week ago
    • William Clarke

    Paul, yes the gun was made by them, 100 ton, they used to have a raffle at one time for the honour of firing it, once a year I think, plenty of info on line about it. First time I went, four of us in fact, we paid to go down to the saluting battery for the noon day gun, they asked if we would like to go and see the Armstrong gun and took us in a mini van, it had no proper rear seats, 5 of us in and the ones in the back looked like they were doing the dying fly and laughing hysterically, a trip we still talk about to this day, happy times.