"Valletta Waterfront" Waterfront Tip by starship

Waterfront, Valletta: 6 reviews and 14 photos


If you arrive in Malta by cruise ship, you most likely will sail into the deep natural harbor named Grand Harbor and dock at Pinto Wharf at the beautifully restored "Valletta Waterfront."

The area now known as the "Valletta Waterfront" was originally built by Knights of St. John's Grand Master Manoel Pinto de Fonseca. In 1752, Pinto financed the building of warehouses where merchants would unload ships and store goods, but also muntions. The "Pinto Stores" curved along the waterfront and against the Quay Wall. The Baroque architectural style of the warehouses is quite beautifully revealed through the ornamental relief sculpture above colorful street-level doors, symmetrical 2nd-story loading doors with graceful balconies just above. Look for the large bronze bust of Grand Master Pinto which was placed on one of the middle warehouses.

These beautifully restored, historic structures are now home to shops, local restaurants and even a Hard Rock Cafe, in addition to a welcome center/check-point through which the many cruiseship visitors pass. Restaurants have added shaded pavillions waterside where you can stop for refreshing drinks, snacks during the day and take a break from the sun...guests may dine nightly or enjoy cocktails, beer or wine---day or night, the views are marvelous!!

For the those wishing to dip their toes into the Mediterranean, find the spot where long, wide steps lead right down to that incredibly blue/green sea water!

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  • Updated Feb 21, 2009
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