Valletta Waterfront (Pinto Wharf) Tours

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Valletta Waterfront (Pinto Wharf)
Stretching along Grand Harbour, below the fortified city and opposite the Three Cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Cospicua, the beautifully restored Valletta Waterfront (Pinto Wharf) is the grand frontage of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Right next to the cruise port, it’s the gateway to Valletta and the rest of Malta.
 
The Basics
Cruise passengers stroll along Valletta Waterfront as soon as they arrive in port. The scenic promenade is home to gourmet restaurants, ocean-view bars, and the Forni Shopping Complex. Most Valletta city tours include a walk along the seafront promenade, and hop-on hop-off bus tours stop right outside. For the best views, take a cruise across Grand Harbour to the Three Cities and admire the wharf from the water.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is a Tourist Information Center along Valletta Waterfront, which opens to coincide with cruise ship arrivals.
  • City tours by horse-drawn carriage (karozzini) leave from along the waterfront.
  • The Valletta Waterfront is wheelchair accessible, and an elevator runs up to Barrakka Gardens in the historic city.
 
How to Get There
Valletta Waterfront is in the pedestrianized part of the city and can be reached on foot in 10 minutes from the Valletta bus terminus. An elevator runs between Barrakka Gardens and the waterfront, offering direct access to the fortified city. Ferryboats also cross Grand Harbour for tours of Vittoriosa and the Three Cities. There is plenty of parking around the gateway to the old city.
 
When to Get There
The waterfront can be unbearably busy when cruise liners are in port, especially at arrival and departure times. The waterfront hosts free children's activities (face painting, balloon modelling, puppet shows) on weekends, and Maltese music and dancing performances Thursday evenings during the summer (July to September). The waterfront is also the center of numerous local events, including the Malta Fireworks Festival in April, the Jazz Festival in July, and the Global Run Valletta race in October.
 
History of the Valletta Waterfront
Once a series of 19 baroque bonded warehouses, the waterfront is now a leisure complex for locals, tourists, and cruise passengers. Manuel Pinto da Fonseca, Portuguese Grand Master of the Knights of St. John, commissioned the original buildings. He was also responsible for Auberge de Castille and the present offices of the prime minister. Damaged during World War II, the waterfront is part of an award-winning landscape renovation project, mixing old-style facades with modern buildings.

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Valletta Sightseeing Cruise

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Valletta: Two Harbors Cruise by Night

See Valletta light up after dark on a 1.5-hour cruise through the city’s two natural harbors, passing the ten creeks that flow into the Mediterranean on either side of the capital city. You’ll see historic forts and battlements from the water, with a guide on board to point out interesting landmarks along the way. This 1.5-hour Valletta harbor cruise includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in select locations.
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Private 4 hour walking tour of Valleta with official tour guide

The private official tour guide will pick you up in your hotel in the center of the city, in the cruise port or in the meeting point we have in the center of Valleta.During your tour you will enjoy getting to know the most emblematic and historical sites of Valleta. Valleta is the actual capital city of Malta. The city was built by the Knights of St. John in 1566. You will enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the harbour while you stroll around the Barracca Gardens and look out over the Grand Harbor. You will then walk across the historical buildings of the city, including the church of the Order, home of a Caravaggio masterpiece. Amongst other sites you will discover:- The New Parliament building and the ruins of the Royal Opera House- The Auberges of Castille and Italy - St. John’s Co-cathedral  Church of St Paul's Shipwreck - St. George’s Square- The Grand Master’s Palace- Much more!Your private official tour guide will be at your full disposition during the 4h of the tour.
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Join us on board the Hera for the most spectacular way to watch and enjoy the Malta Fireworks Festival 2019! Treat yourself to an amazing night of fire, colour and dancing reflections during this year’s festival. We will cruise out for these spectacular show on the 30th April . As in the previous years we expect a huge success… so book your place on deck aboard our luxury boat now!2019 sees the 18th edition of the Malta International Fireworks Festival, organised by the Ministry for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority. The Gran Finale will be taking place at the Grand Harbour on Tuesday 30th April 2019. Year after year, the festival a guaranteed time of excitement for locals, tourists, as well as the fireworks factories around the island that get the chance to show off their skills with more gusto than ever. International pyrotechnic companies also make their way to Maltese shores to participate.
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