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

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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

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Ann Galea

    Oops...photo I just uploaded was of MSC Bellissima, not Riviera...sorry !!!

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Ian Armstrong

    Grand Harbour Entrance from the British Hotel live cam. This Camera situated on the Balcony wall of the British Hotel has been raised , as previous comments you miss the top of the Historic Victoria Gate and street view as mentioned previously . Can it be corrected? This camera has been in position for some 10 years I believe.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • debbie morris

    great photos from this morning,glad to see the camera back in position.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • tom taylor

    It is a pity that this camera has changed its original position and loses some of the street scene directly below.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • debbie morris

    superb pics dee and carol,infact all the pics are great this cam doesn't seem to get many pics and its one of the best x

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Dee

    HMS ECHO just arrived

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Dee

    Nautica is calling into Valletta shortly..

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Ann Galea

    Just saw Marella Discovery pulling in very slowly at 07:00 with MSC Bellissima right behind her. Such a lovely ship that Bellissima !

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Dee

    I've also submitted quite a lot of photos under various webcams of MSC Bellissima arriving..

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Dee

    I've submitted quite a lot of photos under various webcams of the Marella Discovery arriving...

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Ann Galea

    A big thank you to both Dee and Chris for looking into it and getting it fixed. You've made a lot of people happy ! :) :) :)

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • PRINC180

    Missing camera - Grand Harbour - Valletta , Senglea Cottonera

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Dee

    I emailed the Hotel, who have been brilliant in getting back to me regarding this issue. Many thanks to Chris for answering so quickly and putting the correct view up for us. Much appreciated! :-)

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Victor

    Jean, yes this camera has moved and no one at the hotel noticed it.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Jean

    This is not the Grand Harbour entrance

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • PMM

    @Ian - you’re welcome - just happened to be checking this cam as it was all happening!