Taking a relaxing cruise round Malta’s majestic, historic and natural harbours provides a break from the sometimes hectic routine sight-seeing. Indeed, taking a Valletta Grand Harbour tour (which lies to the East of Malta’s capital city Valletta) has today become an integral part of the tourist itinerary for thousands of visitors to these islands.
What could be a better way to see the sights than from an exceptional vantage point, with the refreshing sea breeze caressing your face? Although the average harbour cruise lasts about an hour, many visitors to Malta regard this experience as one of the highlights of their holiday. Indeed, taking a cruise around the island’s harbours can be an exhilarating experience!
Undoubtedly, the main attraction of any harbour cruise is Valletta Grand Harbour. The imposing bastions of the fortified cities of Valletta and The Three Cities, together with the skyline of their baroque churches, provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable cruise around one of the world’s deepest natural harbours.
Once inside Grand Harbour, one can appreciate better the vital role this port still plays in Malta’s economy, with a constant flow of cargo ships coming in to load and unload, while others wait to be repaired at the local dockyard.
Apart from Valletta Grand Harbour, these tours take visitors around the various creeks which make up Malta’s harbour area, where amongst others one can admire a vast array of yachts and other sea-crafts berthed at the island’s popular marinas. Other attractions in the vicinity include Fort Manoel, a star-shaped fort situated on Manoel Island and built by the Knights of St. John, as well as the gardens of Sa Maison, located on top of the bastions in Pieta Creek.