Senglea - Cottonera live cam
Nice view on the boatyard and Senglea on the left side from Valletta Waterfront

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.

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Comments

  • avatar
    • 18 hours 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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    • 23 hours 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 .

  • avatar
    • 1 day 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!

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • userAlan

    that's good news so we will be able to look at the these wonderful views of Malta instead of the view being blocked most of the time

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Hi folks it looks as though we won't be seeing any cruise ships until maybe the winter at the earliest ,some operators are hoping to get going late summer or into autumn ,I suppose it all depends on further spikes in infections and people confidence .gan canny

  • avatar
    • 3 days ago
    • Dee

    Curved, Pat...curved! lol Take a look at the Ferry pic I posted. I'm missing all the vessels coming and going, too.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • pat

    I wish the ships would come back to Valletta. I'd love to see what a ship looks like docked here now with this camera angle.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Avril Bailey

    The first time we holidayed in Malta we stayed at yhe Mehellia Bay hotel, it was a lovely experience and that was it, we fell in love with Malta.

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Hi folks isn't it wonderful to have this view across the Grand harbour toward the three cities uninterrupted by those god awful cruise ships .

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Stewart Wilson

    Christine and I got to here last year I have a week bladder and don't know where all the toilets are it was a very quick long walk to the gardens where I knew I could spend a penny ( it's very embarrassing having to ask at a shop to use there toilet and they say No :) other than that we love Malta and like most folks on here miss not going this year nice to see the other side clearly thank you SKYLINE

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Mary R

    Derek James Bevan .I agree with you ,most of my holidays were spent in Mellieha at the Mellieha bay hotel Sadly now closed making was for a new very large complex in 3 years time .As you can imagine the journey to valletta was so long .

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Mary R. I came to the same decision last October after visiting twice a year for the last few years, the place was getting far too busy even in March and October, November time with up to five or six cruise ships in at one time, on one occasion it took as long to travel from Bugibba to Fort Rinella by bus as it did to fly from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Malta. There are far too many larger hotels being built turning the place into Benidorm,

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Mary R

    Pat i do feel sad not to be going to Malta again.But i have many happy memories of wonderful holidays with my family.But it has changed so much roads very congested and building work everywhere and some of the resorts are looking very neglected .

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • pat

    Mary R, that sounds so sad. Kind of like you're leaving a long time friend. What changes are happening there that are not good? I have never been but really want to go at least once before I die.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • pat

    If the camera was maybe a little less pavement this would be an awesome view!!! I can't wait to see a ship dock there!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • pat

    Well now, this is certainly a different view............