Senglea - Cottonera live camNice view on the boatyard and Senglea on the left side from Valletta Waterfront

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Senglea - Cottonera

Valletta Waterfront and Grand Harbour (Il-Port il-Kbir) are two of the most notable landmarks for people arriving at Maltese island directly from Mediterranean, they welcome millions of cruise passengers every year with a quantity of excellent services.

Valletta Waterfront, also known as Pinto's Wharf, is a very versatile center, a multi-purpose area and one of the most frequented meeting points of Valletta due to its extraordinary offer including high quality entertainment, a complete mix of retail, dining, leisure experiences and shopping, festivities and outdoor themed events all year round and much more...a dream destination become increasingly popular over the years for tourists and locals. Its origins date back to the 18th century, when was commissioned by the Knights of St. John's Grand Master Manuel Pinto de Fonseca as a simple pier and place where merchants used to unload their wares, once renovated, the old warehouses of this Baroque masterpiece were replaced with a leisure complex for locals and million cruise passengers as well as 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, whether we're looking for luxurious restaurants, events or simply a moment for a walk along the promenade, Valletta Waterfront has it all, either day or night a simple stroll while admiring all breathtaking panoramic views around, including a lovely view of Senglea (o L-Isla), can turn into a marvelous experience!

Also known as Isla, this stunning city, one of the heaviest fortified cities of Malta, belongs to Three Cities (or Cottonera Lines) also including Cospicua (Bormla) and Vittoriosa (Birgu), rightly claimed to be the cradle of Maltese history. Although its smaller dimensions, it boasts a rich historic heritage, many buildings and massive bastions and fortifications, which give spectacular views on the Grand Harbour, were built during the age of the Knights of St. John, Senglea is also nicknamed "Civitas Invicta" as unconquered during the Ottoman invasion at the Great Siege of 1565, however it was mostly destroyed by bombings during the WWII and suffered heavy losses including rare architectural masterpieces dating back to its first construction in the 16th century; originally a small island later partially connected to the mainland for strategic reasons by the Knights Hospitaller (the Maltese name "Isla" derives from the Italian "isola", island) it protrudes with its oldest part into the Grand Harbour and is still enclosed by massive fortifications guarding the harbour and the opposite side where the capital Valletta (Il-Belt Valletta) is located as they did a longtime ago.

There are a variety of activities and events taking place in Senglea throughout the year as well as tourist attractions all worth a visit, most of them still a reminder of its glorious past, through a simple stroll it is possible to reach them, just a few words to mention the most important must-sees: the look-out garden (Gnien il-Gardjola) and the stone vedette where one can enjoy a blend of history and the Mediterranean, a variety of architectural buildings in British style, Senglea Point with its magnificent views of Valletta and Grand Harbour, narrow streets still holding a number of ancient buildings, religious treasures such as the miraculous statue of Jesus Christ the Redeemer (Ir-Redentur ta `l-Isla) situated in the Basilica dedicated to The Birth of the Virgin Mary or the statue Madonna of the Middle (il-Madonna Tan-Nofs), originally placed in the main road as a sign of gratitude to the Virgin for protecting Senglea from the 1813 plague; moreover a stroll along the nearby Vittoriosa's promenade will offer magnificent views of Senglea, among the most beautiful in the world. We can't forget to mention the famous boatyard, enlarged and developed by British, it has become increasingly important over the years for its role in the economic growth of the city, it sees thousands of cruise passengers embarking and disembarking every day and offers all types of services and works to make more comfortable the stay of the big cruise ships, a real attraction for tourists and locals.

Cam on-line since: 09/17/2013

Comments

  • avatar
    • 1 hour ago
    • Dee

    I managed to capture the Celeb ship going out on this cam, the Birgu cam and entrance cam.

  • avatar
    • 1 hour ago
    • Dee

    Thanks for info, P.L!

  • avatar
    • 9 hours ago
    • debbie morris

    last summer the celebrity ships that visited were the reflection,constellation and eclipse.ive watched the edge go round florida and Bermuda etc all season I love the red restaurant as I call it on the side.

  • avatar
    • 9 hours ago
    • debbie morris

    just saw a birds head pop onto the camera lol aw so nice to see a celebrity ship in port.

  • avatar
    • 9 hours ago
    • P.L.

    Hi Dee
    I was lucky enough to see Celebrity Edge when she left Southampton on the 15th May. The lift is on the starboard side so make sure you catch her as she arrives.

  • avatar
    • 12 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    Celebrity Infinity arrived at 06:30 and what a lovely ship she is !

  • avatar
    • 13 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    Wow Dee, hope to see this "magic carpet" on Celebrity Edge that you spoke about. Sounds truly incredible and a once in a lifetime experience !

  • avatar
    • 13 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    Maria and Carol, unfortunately I haven't heard from Skyline so sadly I still can't take any photos. You're right Maria, it would be lovely to take photos that everyone could have a look at. Sorry to hear you missed both ships coming in Carol. I would've taken pics for you if I could. Hopefully soon. Maybe the fact that I'm using Apple not Android has something to do with it.

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Dee

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

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Dee

    I'm looking forward to seeing Celebrity Infinity tomorrow and also Celebrity Edge on the 27th. Edge has a 'magic carpet' lift on one side, which is worth a look. The blurb reads "The highlight of our outward-facing vision is the Magic Carpet, an extraordinary venue that changes mood, function, and even its location. This incredible engineering feat is the world’s first cantilevered, floating platform that reaches heights of 13 stories above sea level, so you can soar over the open ocean. With breathtaking views, a full bar, and space for live music performances, it truly is a destination itself"

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • debbie morris

    good morning all,lovely ships in port today,i saw the celebrity infinity is on her way to Valetta in the next few days on her translatic voyage

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    • 1 day ago
    • carol mumford

    Morning Ann, Maria and all. Missed both as usual, but I'm sure someone will have took pics.Sorry I did not say goodnight last night Maria. I switched of early as I couldn't bear to watch and do not want to know the outcome.Anyway I'm going to be plane tracking this morning as my granddaughter is flying home from Spain. Hope you can get sorted Ann.

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • maria rodgers

    Ann,I hope they can sort it for you, its nice to take photos that everyone can take a look at

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • maria rodgers

    Yes Anne, bottom right hand of the screen

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Ann Galea

    Vasco da Gama arrived at 07:30 but true to its name it looks like it did a bit of "exploring" around the Mediterranean Sea because it could be seen on the horizon for at least half an hour before it decided to enter the harbour !

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    • 2 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Thank you Carol, Maria and Debbie for your replies. It does seem that I have a problem as I don't see the photo I have taken, just a black square. Is your camera on the bottom right hand corner of the screen? I have contacted Skyline to see if they can help me figure out what's going on.