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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 Harbour Hotel
Grand Harbour Hotel
2 out of 5
47, Battery Street, Valletta, MALTA
The price is £53 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Located in the heart of Valletta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Harbour and Malta Experience. Upper Barrakka Gardens and Sliema Ferry are also ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (783 reviews)
Stunning views.....
"Amazing view from bedroom window - week worth up-grading to harbour view. Quiet and comfortable and spotlessly clean. Great value for money and, most of all, great location in the town. All staff were helpful and polite."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2021

Grand Harbour Hotel
The Embassy Valletta Hotel
The Embassy Valletta Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Strait street 173, Valletta
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £92 per night from 11 Feb to 12 Feb
Located in the heart of Valletta, this luxury hotel is steps away from Grand Harbour, Manoel Theatre and St. Johns Co - Cathedral. Sliema Ferry and Upper Barrakka ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (68 reviews)
"The staff was very kind and professional but there were loud music from the street and you can hear the other rooms very well. The bathroom took very long to dry and the air in the room where you sleep got stale."

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2022

The Embassy Valletta Hotel
The Gomerino Hotel
The Gomerino Hotel
4.5 out of 5
247 St Paul St, Valletta
The price is £98 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan
Located in the heart of Valletta, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Harbour and Malta Experience. Upper Barrakka Gardens and Sliema Ferry ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
"Clean, modern, excellent location with very helpful and friendly staff."

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2021

The Gomerino Hotel
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Grand Harbour Hotel
Grand Harbour Hotel
2 out of 5
47, Battery Street, Valletta, MALTA
The price is £53 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Grand Harbour Hotel
The Embassy Valletta Hotel
The Embassy Valletta Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Strait street 173, Valletta
The price is £92 per night from 11 Feb to 12 Feb
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The Gomerino Hotel
The Gomerino Hotel
4.5 out of 5
247 St Paul St, Valletta
The price is £98 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan
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Cugo Gran Macina Grand Harbour
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Superb medieval townhouse with great Valletta sea views
Superb medieval townhouse with great Valletta sea views
Superb medieval townhouse with great Valletta sea views
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Traditional Maltese Townhouse, Roof Terrace and Views
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Senglea Studio Penthouse with the summer pool with sea view
Senglea Studio Penthouse with the summer pool with sea view
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