Senglea - Cottonera live cam
Nice 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

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    • 4 hours ago
    • P.L.

    Hi JCC. For the past couple of months she has been at anchor at various places on the south coast of the UK. There are rumours that she is heading to be scrapped. Royal Caribbean Group sent two other cruise ships in its Spanish Pullmantur fleet, MS Monarch and MS Sovereign to Malta before they ended up in a Turkish scrapyard in Aliaga. Some shipping lines use Malta as an intermediary stop for offloading equipment and dismantling interiors.

  • avatar
    • 6 hours ago
    • JCC

    Good to see a cruise ship at long last in Grand Harbour. Last port of call was Southampton. Refueled by the tanker Vanna tied alongside.

  • avatar
    • 7 hours ago
    • P.L.

    Empress of the Seas arriving

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • carol mumford

    'Oceana' has been bought by the Greek SeaJets company apparently and is going to be named 'Queen of the Oceans' She is going to be a Ropax. Kind of like a car ferry come passenger overnighter. Party mini cruises? and island hopping? Oh well!

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Dee

    I've just been watching a large (250m) container ship called Skiathos 1 coming in and going into dry dock.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Terry Eastwood

    Cargo/Tanker moored called CORONA, don't want to get on that LOL

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Dee

    Superyacht Romea in front of the cam today. She was ranked No 2 Superyacht for charter in West Mediterranean by Boat International.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Dee

    Wow! A Superyacht (Symphony) and a load of Classic cars... fabulous!

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • P.L.

    Oceana left Southampton 3 days ago and is on route to Piraeus, Greece.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Dee

    The news states that it's been sold to an undisclosed buyer, PMM, so we may not find out, at least for the time being.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • PMM

    09.07.2020. Hi all. Just came on here to post the news that P & O have sold Oceana and see it’s been posted about already. Yes there is no news as to who has bought her. She was commissioned in 2000 a grand old lady and am glad to say I have sailed on her two years ago.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • carol mumford

    Hi Margaret. Oceana is now on her way to Piraeus, Greece, due to arrive 17th. July. Do not know as yet who has bought her, but maybe she will be seen again in Malta under a new name.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Paul

    Hi Margaret, oceana left North Shields last week instead of staying until September, I think we know why now considering the latest news!

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Hi Carol, well that's a surprise about Oceana! I'll have to try to make an effort to see here whilst she's in North Shields, she was supposed to be there until September, but anything is possible now if she's been sold.

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    • 1 month ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Alan there have been times when I've visited Malta in March/April and in October /November "out of season" when there have been four to five cruise ships in Grand harbour at the same time wall to wall ships .

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    • 1 month ago
    • carol mumford

    Well, we will no longer see Oceana again at least not under P&O's name as they have said today 7th. July they are selling her this month..........Many more will go i suppose!