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Grand Harbour

Ancient peoples were beguiled by the spectacular Grand Harbour, with huge natural cliffs, forts and villages overlooking the shining Mediterranean Sea. 


See Malta’s beauty as it has existed for centuries along Grand Harbour, a natural wonder and one of the country’s premier landmarks. It’s now a huge commercial center, both on and out of the water.

Grand Harbour is an enormous, breathtaking sight, with timeless ports, buildings, churches, roads and forts stretching into the distance, bordered by the bright blue ocean. Enjoy this hive of activity, very densely populated along the shoreline and also a hub for cruise ships traversing the Mediterranean. Grand Harbour, also known as the Port of Valletta, has been used since the first ancient societies took command of Malta.

Wander through antique villages, climb the cliffs, relax in the manicured gardens, sail on the blue-green sea or step back in time at one of several forts around the harbor. Grand Harbour is the gateway to the ancient city of Valletta and its neighboring settlements Floriana and Marsa. Valletta is a UNESCO-listed site with the scale and beauty of Grand Harbour contributing to this recognition. The pretty boating village of Kalkara is just across the water from Valletta, near Senglea and the double-fortified city of Cospicua

The edges of Grand Harbour were fortified many centuries ago by forts that remain huge and notable attractions. In the middle of the harbor is Fort St. Angelo. At the entrance is Fort St. Elmo, across the blue water from it, Fort Ricasoli, and in Kalkara Fort Rinella with its famous 100-ton (90-metric-ton) gun. Enjoy the serenity of a lush oasis at the public Barrakka Gardens, divided into Upper and Lower, with beautiful monuments and scenic views. Visit historic towns including Paola, with ruins of ancient Kordin temples and the Hypogeum labyrinth. Bighi has an old military hospital. The Grand Harbour Marina in Vittoriosa is the heart of the harbor, home to restaurants and bars.

Grand Harbour is separated from its sister port, Marsamxett Harbour, by the Sciberras peninsula. Arrive by boat to appreciate the full scope of this magical place.

 


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Grand Hotel Excelsior CA $141
Grand Hotel Excelsior

Grand Hotel Excelsior

Great Siege Road, Floriana, Malta
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Floriana, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Grand Harbour and Upper Barrakka Gardens. Mediterranean Conference Centre and Fort St. Elmo are also within 1 mile (2 km).

    Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour CA $201
    Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour

    Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour

       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Senglea, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Harbour, Malta at War Museum and Inquisitor's Palace. Malta Maritime Museum and Norman House are also within 15 minutes.

      Hotel Phoenicia Malta CA $172
      Hotel Phoenicia Malta

      Hotel Phoenicia Malta

      The Mall, Floriana, Malta
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Floriana hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Grand Harbour and Upper Barrakka Gardens. Mediterranean Conference Centre and Sliema Ferry are also within 15 minutes.

        Grand Harbour Hotel CA $96
        Grand Harbour Hotel

        Grand Harbour Hotel

        47, Battery Street, Valletta, MALTA
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Valletta, this hotel is steps away from Quarry Wharf, Grand Harbour and Upper Barrakka Gardens. Mediterranean Conference Centre and Malta Experience are also within 10 minutes.

          55 Senglea
          55 Senglea

          55 Senglea

             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Senglea, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Malta at War Museum and Grand Harbour. Inquisitor's Palace and Malta Maritime Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            La Falconeria Hotel CA $187
            La Falconeria Hotel

            La Falconeria Hotel

            62 Melita Street, Valletta
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Valletta, this hotel is steps away from National Museum of Fine Arts, St Francis Church and National Museum of Archaeology. Fortifications Interpretation Centre and Royal Opera House are also within 5 minutes.

              Sally Port Senglea CA $161
              Sally Port Senglea

              Sally Port Senglea

                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gardjola Gardens, Vittoriosa Yacht Marina and Fort St. Angelo. Royal Opera House and Fort St. Elmo are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Senglea Fabolous Suite With Sea View
                Senglea Fabolous Suite With Sea View

                Senglea Fabolous Suite With Sea View

                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Senglea, this historic aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Malta at War Museum and Grand Harbour. Mediterranean Conference Centre and Upper Barrakka Gardens are also within 2 miles (3 km).