Grand Harbour Entrance from the British Hotel live cam
Wonderful view of the Grand Harbour entrance and Fort Ricasoli

Grand Harbour Entrance from the British Hotel

Grand Harbour (Il-Port il-Kbir) is one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world, a gem for the Mediterranean and a prestigious landmark for the Maltese capital city.

Already in use since Phoenician times when it already offered the ideal and safe conditions for mooring, this harbour has been the base for the Knights of St. John, was greatly improved over the centuries with docks and wharves and finally massively fortified during the period of the British Military, today it appears as one of the most important destinations and luxury marinas for sailing boats, motorboats, superyachts and cruise ships even longer than 300 meters.

Grand Harbour is bounded by Fort St. Elmo (Il-Forti Sant Iermu), Fort Ricasoli (Forti Rikazoli) and the Sceberras Peninsula, its predominant position in the heart of the Mediterranean made it a strategic military base for a long time but at the same time too exposed; as a consequence Napoleon and his fleet sailed into Valletta’s Grand Harbour at the end of the 18th century, after his brief and unsuccessful occupation that led to a drastic decrease of traffic, Malta became years later a British colony, tangible reminders of the British colonial rule are today many splendid fortifications, bastions and towers all around; British have truly left their mark with a wider entrance, harbour amenities, a greater anchorage, new houses, structure and churches were rebuilt, Valletta started to enjoy a new era of prosperity focusing mainly on the multi-purpose Grand Harbour; unfortunately it was savagely bombed during World War II by Italian forces that caused much destruction. Today Grand Harbour offers safe anchorage in all weathers and high quality services, it encloses the wonderful city of Valletta, officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and visited every day by a multitude of tourists from all over the world.

The southeast side is embellished by a number of inlets and promontories, the picturesque village of Kalkara (Il-Kalkara) and by the fortified Three Cities, that is Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua (Bormla) and Senglea (L-Isla); on the left side of the Grand Harbour entrance and on the opposite side of Fort St. Elmo is located the above-mentioned Fort Ricasoli, a large fortification in the promontory known as Gallows Point built by the Knights of Malta at the end of the 17th century and named after its main financier, the Italian knight Giovanni Francesco Ricasoli; originally constructed to give protection to the Grand Harbour, it was active during the British rule but suffered greatly during the Second World War, much of the entire structure was damaged, the evidence of its so fascinating remains are still visible all around, however it enjoys wonderful panoramic views over Valletta and its surroundings.

Just for curiosity: Fort Ricasoli and its walls have been chosen and used as a filming location for successful films such as Gladiator, Agora, Helen of Troy and Julius Caesar.

Cam on-line since: 06/01/2013

Comments

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    • 1 month ago
    • PMM

    11.10.19. Tall crane in street and workmen on one of the roofs (in hi-viz)!

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Dee

    Celebrity Reflection is doing a turn.. going to have to pack all these cruise ships in some how.....!

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    • 1 month ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Hi folks .is that Norwegian Jade approaching in the haze ?

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • JCC

    The Celebrity Infinity is doing a 180 at 10.41 MT with tug assistance which is not normal to use on this type of ship.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Hi Chris, If you are thinking about the camera that panned round the harbour and included the Saluting Battery, it's been off-line for at least a couple of weeks. It's a shame because sometimes you saw things on there that the other cameras missed.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Chris

    Morning all, I haven’t been here for a while, but if my memory serves me well there was a web cam that showed the Saluting Battery in Valletta. I can’t find it now, did I imagine it?

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • PMM

    Just been looking at the old pics on this cam and a THGalland posted a pic of “costa neo riviera leaving for salerno 19-06-15” - what a coincidence she has been in Valletta harbour today!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • PMM

    Oceana going out at 22.14pm. Byeee - until next week.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Ann Galea

    Thanks Margaret ! I love when ships come in just as the sun is coming up cause it makes for some pretty nice pics !

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Lovely early morning pics again Ann.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Ann Galea

    Thank you Margaret & Debbie. I did remember thinking the sky looked awfully nice as I was taking it !

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • debbie morris

    ann your photo of the seven seas voyager arriving this morning is amazing with the pink sky!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Ann, what a lovely photo of Seven Seas Voyager arriving this morning just in time for the sun starting to rise.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • PMM

    18.09.19. Debbie - have just seen MSC Bellisima leave - lovely evening for her but IMO not the most prettiest of ships!

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    • 2 months ago
    • debbie morris

    hi pmm I watched jade leaving but the camera froze,the artistry on the ncl ships is amazing,ive been lucky enough to see it first hand.but when your out to see you can see the artistry on the aida ships the best.

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    • 2 months ago
    • PMM

    Hi Debbie. Did you see Norwegian Jade leave just? Got a great pic but unable to upload it. I do like her livery.