Grand Harbour Valletta Reviews
One word - AMAZING Jun 02, 2010
So where do I begin, the name says it all 'Grand Harbour'. Apparently it is one of the most spectacular ports of the world and I have to agree. The immense stretch of water separates the capital Valletta from the smaller historic towns of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua.
To experience the full magnitude of the Grand Harbour I would suggest that you take the opportunity to admire the views from one of the many boat trips/cruises that are on offer at very reasonable prices.
The entrance to the Grand Harbour is guarded by Fort St Elmo to the right and Ricasoli Fort to the left, the cruise/boat trip will then take you around the many creeks and dockyards within the Grand Harbour itself.
At the head of Msida Creek you will find the Black Pearl which was a Swedish brigantine which caught fire in the Suez canal and ended up abandoned in Marsamxett Harbour - it has since been restored and was seen on the big screen in the film 'Popeye' before being turned into a floating restaurant.
Other sights that you will come across during a trip around the Grand Harbour are French Creek, Dockyard Creek, Fort St Angelo, the Church of St Lawrence, and the remains of a building that was once that of a hospital. The semi derelict Ricasoli Fort has been the setting for the more recent blockbuster films Troy and Gladiator.
With it's imposing fortifications the Grand Harbour is Malta's main gateway and is a popular port of call for the many cruise ships that cruise the Mediterranean.
I have graded this as free given that it a natural attraction, however, should you decide to take a boat trip around the harbour these can be found relatively cheaply if you look around.
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