Grand Harbour - Valletta live cam
View of the Grand Harbour and Saint Angelo Fort in Birgu as seen from Valletta's waterfront

Grand Harbour - Valletta

The stunning Maltese capital of Valletta (Il-Belt Valletta), gem of Mediterranean and one of the most beautiful Baroque jewels of the world, was considered one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in Malta for its extraordinary heritage conservation.

A visit to Valletta is a real trip to the past, exactly when the Knights of St. John (later Knights of Malta) started its construction in 1566 on the rocky Mount Sciberras under Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette who founded this fortress city that bears his name; thanks to their fortifications and massive bastions the knights won the bloody siege of 1565, part of this architectural treasure had fortunately survived World War II and natural disasters, today it is the main tourist attraction of a city with a large concentration of historic areas and magnificent views. As a charming open-air museum, Valletta is rich in ancient masterpieces that can be experienced while enjoying simultaneously the rhythm of a modern life, among its chaotic attractions, one of the safest and largest natural harbours in Europe, Grand Harbour (Il-Port il-Kbir), a great economic development opportunity; thanks to its very favourable position in the heart of Mediterranean, it originally represented an ideal place of refuge with waters deep enough to anchor, firstly occupied by Phoenicians who landed here, and later unsuccessfully controlled by Napoleon, under the British Military was massively fortified and improved with dockyard facilities, a wider entrance, harbour amenities and a greater anchorage partially destroyed during the world wars; completely restored, the multi-purpose Grand Harbour is today the center of the maritime activity of the whole island, a prestigious landmark of Malta and the premier destination for yachts, superyachts and cruise ships coming from all over the world.

Grand Harbour offers spectacular panoramic views as surrounded by a quantity of stunning inlets and ancient treasures such as Fort Saint Elmo (Il-Forti Sant Iermu), Fort Ricasoli (Forti Rikazoli), the picturesque village of Kalkara (Il-Kalkara), the fortified Three Cities of Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua (Bormla) and Senglea (L-Isla) and not so far the stunning Barakka Gardens (Il-Barrakka ta' Fuq); it welcomes million cruise passengers every year and give them at their arrival a first glimpse of a very versatile center known as Valletta Waterfront; as a multi-purpose area, it is a real landmark, one of the most frequented meeting points of Valletta, a high quality entertainment destination become increasingly popular for tourists and locals, a complete mix of retail, dining, leisure experiences and shopping along the water's edge where also festivities and outdoor themed events take place all year round. Originally a simple pier and a place where merchants used to unload their wares, this wonderful Baroque masterpiece was built by the Knights of St. John's Grand Master Manuel Pinto de Fonseca in the 18th century, over the years it was fortunately renovated and today is moreover 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, a simple stroll along the promenade either day or night with a view on its panoramic beauties we'll be a marvelous experience.

Cam on-line since: 09/17/2013

Comments

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Dee

    There are two weird vessels in today...a passenger ship called Theologos Eleni (you can just see her stern behind Artemis - the one in front of this webcam) and a yacht called 'We Make You A Ghost A' which they clearly have, because although it can be seen on the map... it's not there when you look on the webcam... at least I can't see it.

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    • 4 days ago
    • debbie morris

    Ive seen pictures of the scarlet lady she is very red or virgin red as they say I wonder if she will ever grace valetta.the two ships i want to cruise on has to be our friend oceana and the queen Victoria.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • JCC

    I ask the same question Mariella. She is 34 grand lady on in years of Holland America Line and had owner changes and names. I sailed on her 6 years ago then under a different name and Cypriot owners owners Thomson Spirit. Still got the grace of a wooden deck and hull design streamlines. Hope she will have a longer life with more care and attention. Hence more need for a Palumbo inspection.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Eunice

    I understand Marella Dream will be arriving in port on the 26th Feb, at 2.30. She’s just come out of dry dock following a bit of an uplift. Just wondering if she’s having more work done in Valletta before starting off on her first cruise of the season at the beginning of March.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • JCC

    Not only that but many times more

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • debbie morris

    Margaret for that price id want the rock star too lol but no doubt some people will be big fans of that suite.

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • James McIntosh

    An old Tilbury ferry called Rose(1962) moved to the Firth of Clyde and sailed there till 1995 as the Keppel and then moved to Buggiba on Malta as an excursion boat to Gozo. Still called the Keppel and run by Hornblower cruises in the summer.

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    • 6 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    I've been having a look at the Mega Rock Star cabins on Scarlett Lady, wow......what prices!! Maybe it's me or just too old, and it's not just sour grapes (as we certainly couldn't afford to spend that amount of money on a few days holiday), but I don't think I would want to go. Maybe the "Rock Star" name, but they look a bit....dare I say "tacky".

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • debbie morris

    ouch that much for the cruise dont think il be going lol would rather a few b2b cruises on a cheaper ship for that.

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • Derek05

    PL. $10,000 per cabin???? Wont be going on that one too often then !!

  • avatar
    • 7 days ago
    • P.L.

    Hi Debbie, looked at some prices on Scarlett Lady for this summer, and on the 4 and 5 night cruises the top cabins which are called Mega Rock Star Suites start from $10,000 per cabin depending on cruise.

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    • 7 days ago
    • debbie morris

    I saw the beautiful queen Victoria on the Ushuaia cam and the scarlet lady on the dover cam I took pics as it panned in close but sadly they didn't appear never mind she looks a very futuristic ship I wonder what a cruise would cost in her finest suite lol more than I earn in a year most prob lol,

  • avatar
    • 7 days ago
    • Derek05

    Ann, only from the comfort of my office at home, and Im very happy with that. Good to speak with you Ann.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Ann Galea

    Good morning Derek. What? No Brazil planned for any of your holidays?

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Ann Galea

    You're welcome P.L. Unfortunately I missed Queen Victoria arriving and departing :(

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Derek05

    Margaret, if we are not away, we will visit for Graduations.