Grand Harbour - Three Cities, Valletta
In 1531 Grand Master l’Isle Adam set up two stone gallows on Gallow's Point in order to hang two Turks and 10 slaves who planned a revolt while the Grandmaster and the knights were expected to be in Mdina. Between 1536 and 1560, more met their death here. In later years, these gallows were also used to hang galley slaves who tried to escape. The corpses were left hanging in plain view of all incoming and outgoing Ships to deter visitors to the island from committing unlawful acts.
It later was turned into a Fort, and re-named Fort Riscoli.
Address: Fort Ricoli - Grand Harbour entrance
The Valletta Waterfront pier is so lovely, I am sure you will like it!
There are nineteen beautifully restored 16th century warehouses and bastions, built during the Baroque period, stretching along the water's edge. These buildings were originally built as stores by the Knights of St. John, and now have been restored and revived. They look lovely with their brightly coloured painted doors. A clue, a blue door is for fish, green for produce, yellow for wheat and red for wine. There were lots of restaurants, clubs, retail outlets and some offices.
Lots of the restaurant's have alfresco dining, so nice when being beside the water on a warm evening.
The Valletta Waterfront is located within walking distance from the city of Valletta.
Address: Grand Harbour Valletta waterfront
Grand Harbour in Maltese: Il-Port il-Kbir is the natural harbour of Valletta and Mata. It has been used as a harbour since at least Phoenician times. The natural harbour has been greatly improved with extensive docks and wharves, and has been massively fortified. The harbour mouth faces north east and is bounded to the north by St Elmo's Point and further sheltered by an isolated breakwater and is bounded to the south by Ricasoli Point. Its north west shore is formed by the Scebarras peninsula, which is largely covered by the city of Valletta and its suburb Floriana.
Historically whoever commanded the thin promontory of Vittoriosa effectively controlled the creeks of the Grand Harbour and over the centuries all invaders hostile or peaceful have established themselves there. This is one of the Three Cities to explore and many attractive historical buildings can also be found here.
Directions: To reach it you can take a boat - or a local dghajsa to cross the Grand Harbour from Valletta to Vittoriosa
The Saluting Battery occupies one of the most strategic locations in Valletta from where the whole of the Grand Harbour can be seen. It stands on the lower part of the St. eter & St. Paul's Bastion, at the foot of the wind swept Upper Barracca Gardens. (see previous tip on the gardens), and o verlooking Fort St. Angelo. This battery was originally built by the Order of St. John on the 16th Century as part of the main defences of Valletta. It remained in continuous use right through the French and British periods up to just 40 years ago.
It's excellent position at the heart of the Grand Harbour was meant to provide crucial inner-harbour defence in case of attack. Throughout its long service life spanning some three centuries, this battery had seen 21 different types of cannon mounted in it representing all major periods in the evolution of artillery.
Entrance Fee Euro5.00
Guided tours available 11-00am & 12.15pm. The 11.00 am tour allows you to stay in the Battery through-out the Noon-day gun firing, and will offer a unique opportunity for close up viewing of the drill and picture taking.
It also fired ceremonial gun salutes for visiting dignataries and vessels and on national occasions and festivities. You can watch the gun being fired from the balcony then descent to the battery and try loading one of the old cannons yourself.
In one of the photo's you can see the gun that will be fired slightly tilted up, and the two volunteer soldiers are waiting instruction from the other volunteer who has been talking us through the whole procedure.
Address: Upper Barraka Gardens
Phone: 21 800992
Whilst waiting for the noon day firing of the cannon at the Saluting Battery in the upper Barraka Gardens Valetta, I took the photo of the Seaplane that had just taken off from the Grand Harbour for a scenic tour round Malta.
Although I have not experienced this flight at all, I thought I would post the information for those of you who would like to take advantage of this trip whilst in Malta.
There is also a service between Malta and Gozo, plus there is a terminal if you are staying in Gozo that does the same trip, the address for this is the Mgarr Marina, Pontoon F., Mgarr Harbour , Gozo
Please click onto the website for the seaplane and watch the short video which shows take off, views over Malta and Gozo, and the landing, just to give you a birds eye view of what you can expect.
Directions: Sea Passenger Terminal. Valletta Waterfront, Grand Harbour
Phone: Freephone 800702214
Positioned in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, Valetta is at the crossroads of many major maritime routes and occupies a strategic position. Valletta's architecture is inspired by the Italian Renaissance and the city has many magnificent monuments, the most famous of which is the Co-Cathedral of Saint John. There is a rich repository of ancient archeological artifacts dating back to 3000 BC in the Museum of Archeology.
This picture was taken from the sun deck of the Legends of the Sea when it stopped over at Valletta. Such an impressive view of the Grand Harbour!
Directions: Grand Harbour of Valletta
Down by the quayside just past Victoria Gate are some shabby buildings, some used as workshops, some as storage and some as cafes (some of which looked quite nice). I like this kind of decaying building, I think they have some character. Dunno if it's the place to be at night though ;-)
When I visit Malta in 1975, I was in the Military service of the Dutch Marines and we stay for a month on this island for exersises. When we arrived in Malta by ship was the first thing we see the Grand Harbour, A beautifull place to see.
Valletta is the Capital of Malta, it is the only town in the world what is under the UNESCO protections of monuments. It is a nice old town with fortres, churges, shops and a lot more to see. Here a fortres and the grand Harbour.
TIme to stop for more refreshments. The Gun Post Cafe was just the sort of place we love: set by the Marsamxett Harbour with views over to Sliema and run by a Maltese family that seemed to range from grandparents to grandchildren. More about this place in the Restaurants section.
Directions: In the top most (nothern most) corner of Valletta, by the Marsamxett Harbour.
Well, what can I say? They don’t call it the Grand Harbour for nothing. At any given day several massive cruise ships lie anchored on this huge natural harbour on top of all the other ships and boats that regularly come in and out of Malta. It’s quite an impressive sight and can best be viewed from the Barracca gardens that are just at the right of you after entering Valletta through the city gate at the bus terminus.
The three cities: Senglea, Vittoriosa and Cospicua.
When the Knights first came to Malta in 1530 they made the small fortified town of Birgu, later renamed Vittoriosa, their base and soon after built Senglea and Cospicua.
PICTURE: Sengle offers a spectacular view of Grand Harbour and Valletta from the look-out point, La Gordiola, sculpted with an eye, an ear and a bird and situated in the small Safe Haven Garden atL'isla Point.
nice place to take photografs
YOU CANNOT AVOID A BOAT RIDE BECAUSE EVERY TIME YOU GO NEAR THE SEA......A BOY WILL SAY TO YOU.......WANTA RENTA BOATA......WANTA RENTA BOAT !