Malta’s Grand Harbor – The Backdrop to a Fascinating History

Taxi Boats and sail boats Vittoriosa MaltaMalta’s massively fortified Grand Harbor, once home to the Knights of St. John and with a legacy dating back to Phoenician times, serves as the backdrop to Malta’s fascinating history. Traditional, colorful fishing boats, water taxis and mega yachts make up an alluring mix of old and new amidst historical and architectural treasures.

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With majestic views of the Three Cities (Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua) and Fort St. Angelo, the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta is a peaceful retreat that boasts sprawling panoramic views of the Grand Harbor.

Visitors can hire a water taxi (which run from 5 EUR to 20 EUR depending on your route) for a unique perspective from the water. The are also a number of harbor cruises available for tourists.

My favorite way to view the Grand Harbor was to simply wander along the marina in Vittoriosa and down the streets of the adjacent Senglea as it offered an up close and in-person view of life on Malta’s Grand Harbor.

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