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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    • 18 hours ago
    • "DEREK JAMES BEVAN"

    Pat that ferry is being refitted ,I think

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    • 5 days ago
    • "Jon"

    Lovely clear skies and very long shadows. Wonder if we'll be able to visit Malta this summer. Hope so, but there are far more important things in life aren't there?

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • "pat"

    Wow. How long is that boat going to be in the harbour? I haven't been on here in quite a while and it was there back then too.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • "DaveS"

    Malta recorded the highest temperature on record for January. The highest temperature of 25.8C - more than 10.2C above the monthly average - was recorded on January 9, the Met Office has said. Media are also reporting that there is going to be seriously cold weather over the coming days. They are reporting strong winds up to gale force and temperatures feeling like 0°C. big temp’ changes!!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "P.L."

    Cruise ship Enchanted Princess just of the Harbour Entrance and looks to be heading in to the harbour.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Dee"

    ...and coming in very, very late... A Happy New Year to you PMM and all Skyline viewers! Just watching a Kinnie truck being unloaded....

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "P.L."

    Hi Debbie
    You can watch it on playback, Google Questtv scroll down till you find Quest freeview and click this will take you to the quest, Scroll down to quest website and click this will take you to Discovery+ then at the top of the page click on shows, scroll down to the M section and you will find Mighty Cruise Ships and you will find all the programmes about the ships i mentioned. Hope this helps. I did like the one on NCL Joy as she has a go cart track on her upper deck.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "debbie morris"

    Happy new year to you PMM and the same to all of our fellow skyliners! PL I catch the programme now and again I would have like to have seen the NCL joy.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • "P.L."

    On Tuesday night Quest tv has there latest series of Mighty cruise ships and last night it featured the Hurtigruten ship "Roald Amundson" as she sailed to Antarctica and the Falkland Islands.
    Other ships which have appeared on this series include, Seven Seas Explorer, AIDAnova, Diamond Princess, Nieuw Statendam, Costa Diadema, Norwegian Joy and next week it will feature Sky Princess.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • "Derek05"

    PMM, never too late for good wishes, thank you.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • "PMM"

    05.01.21. Hope it’s not considered too late to wish all the Skyline viewers a Happy New Year - Margaret, Dee, Debbie and DJB! ;)

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • "Jan K"

    Thank you David, hope everyone had a lovely Christmas if a little different Wishing everyone a Happy New Yea

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "David Phillips"

    A Very Happy Christmas Everybody wherever you are and Keep Safe...

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "debbie morris"

    ooh a ponte Ferry.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "Jan K"

    Great info again thank you x

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    • 1 month ago
    • "P.L."

    Hi Dee
    HSC Artemis is due mid morning and is currently just north west of Gozo.