Valletta Grand Harbour Entrance live cam
View of the lighthouse and Fort Ricasoli from the port entrance

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Valletta Grand Harbour Entrance

It is the pearl of the Mediterranean and one of the most impressive baroque cities in the world, the Maltese capital of Valletta (Il-Belt Valletta) was officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its huge cultural importance.

Valletta is a wonderful city surrounded by an incredible tradition of history and culture, here the rich heritage of the ancient mixes perfectly with the chaotic rhythm of modern life, its tourist offer includes a variety of attractions, monuments, ancient architectural treasures, churches and modern accommodation facilities, moreover it can be visited within a few hours; allowing ourselves time to relax amid the charming gardens of the city while enjoying its panoramic views, among the most beautiful in the world, will be a great experience! The gallant past of Valletta is still today represented by the imposing fortifications and bastions around it, their remains have survived both the First and the Second World War as well as a number of natural disasters; Valletta's origins date back to the early 16th century when the Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Hospitallers and later Knights of Saint John or Knights of Malta) decided to construct a new fortified city on the inhospitable Sciberras Peninsula under the guide of the Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette (after whom it was named); the Great Siege of 1565 fortified the Order's position in Malta and the 'Humilissima Civitas Valettae' (the Most Humble City of Valletta) was known as the most exclusive fortress in Europe; thanks to its strategic position in the heart of the Mediterranean Valletta became over the centuries not only a powerful fortress city but also a strongpoint of culture and economy in the world enriched by two natural and prestigious harbours, Marsamxett (Il-Port ta' Marsamxett) and the Grand Harbour (Il-Port il-Kbir) both badly damaged during the Second World War; the harbours grew and expanded quickly, improved with extensive docks and wharves they were among the most fortified and safest harbours in Europe, the British Royal Navy settled here until 1979 and undertook a number of projects to improve the harbours and dockyard facilities partially damaged during the world wars; completely restored, they are today the premier destinations for yachts, superyachts and cruise ships and give the opportunity to take a boat ride if weather permits, how romantic would be to enjoy a delightful night harbour cruise by a Maltese boat? Imposing bastions and fortifications scattered all over the city are tangible testimonies to a glorious past, Grand Harbour for example is surrounded by Fort Saint Elmo (Il-Forti Sant Iermu), Fort Ricasoli (Forti Rikazoli), the picturesque village of Kalkara (Il-Kalkara) and the fortified Three Cities, Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua (Bormla) and Senglea (L-Isla).

Cam on-line since: 07/16/2013

Comments

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Bellissima approaching.... unusual for me to see it coming in!

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Ann, I've just seen your comment as I haven't been on this camera much, as I just get annoyed with it. I thought you had been on Skyline for ages!!
    This afternoon both of those ships went out and the camera wasn't a problem, obviously doesn't like the big ones!

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • carol mumford

    It did Debbie! I only managed one pic. on the Birgu cam. I nearly missed her altogether.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • debbie morris

    hope the camera doesn't freeze when aida stella passes.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Ann Galea

    I joined in March as well so I'm also a newbie, Carol and Margaret !

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Hi Carol, apologies I've just seen your comment, well you have still been on here a bit longer than me! I really like the site, it just becomes a bit obsessive! I've just come upstairs thinking I might see Jade leaving, I had in my head that she was leaving at 9....forgot however that this was 9 Malta time, she was long gone! I'll go and check out the elephants (I am supposed to be ironing!) Good night.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • carol mumford

    Morning Margaret. I am watching too. More reasonable time to look in,. Also just to let you know in relation to you thinking I had been on a fair while, I joined in March of this year. Still feel a newcomer compared to some x.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Norwegian Jade approaching

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Defender on her way out of the harbour at 16.30 Malta time.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Ann Galea

    It's 06:00 and there's been a very bright light in the distance for the past hour. At first I thought it was a ship due to its brightness but since it hasn't moved I'm wondering what it could be. Maybe a ship that's just idling in the middle of the sea?

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Ann, just looked the Malta Experience have a live webchat facility, currently offline, if I have time I have another look later on.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Hi Ann, Maybe I have been lucky with the Birgu camera, if they both freeze then it would make more sense that it is something to do with positioning. I'm going to have a look and see if they have contact details, it's always worth a try. We must have been in the shop a bit early this morning as I actually caught Celebrity Infinity coming in - not on this camera though!

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Ann Galea

    Margaret, I find that both this cam and the Birgu one, which is also hosted by The Malta Experience, are freezing quite regularly. I don't know if has to do with where the cams are positioned. I've never seen any comments on here or the Birgu cam from anyone at The Malta Experience so I'm not sure if they're even aware that this is happening.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Well what a surprise, it froze AGAIN!!

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    This has to be the most frustrating camera!! When Marella Discovery was leaving this evening, as soon as it got near the camera froze, then went off-line. I find it strange that whatever causes it, doesn't seem to effect the other camera on "The Malta Experience". Has anyone from "The Malta Experience" ever commented/looked at the problem?

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    • 1 month ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    The cameras certainly didn't do too well this evening when Bellissima was leaving, not only did this one freeze (not that unusual), but the harbour entrance from the British Hotel went as well, and that is unusual!!