Grand Harbour

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Grand Harbour
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Valletta, Malta

The main commercial harbour of Malta is Grand Harbour located on the south-east side of Malta's capital city of Valletta. It is a very large harbour mostly used by commercial vessels, however, within the harbour there is a privately run yacht marina as well as a boatyard specialising in yachts which also has floating pontoon berths for yachts.


See Malta.


See Malta.


Malta is 412 nM form Cythera and 383 nM from Pylos in Greece. It is also 364 nM from Cagliari, Sardinia and about 85 nM from Lampedusa in Italy.

Also see Aegean to West Mediterranean Passages.


See Malta.


While the approaches are straight forward, be aware of the many ships anchored off near the harbour entrance.


See Malta.


Yachts should proceed to one of the yacht marinas.


Camper & Nicholson's Grand Harbour
  • Grand Harbour Marina. This is primarily a floating pontoon marina in Grand Harbour. Stern to berths are available for larger vessels.
  • Kalkara Marina (Kalkara Boat Yard). In spring 2012 Kalkara Boatyard installed two rows of floating pontoons with water and electricity. The pontoons are sheltered by a wave breaker on the seaward side of the pontoons. They now refer to themselves as Kalkara Marina.

More Kalkara Boat Yard information below. Kalkara Marina monitors channel 13. See general Malta Radio Net information above.

Note: that despite a partial breakwater at the entrance to Grand Harbour, a notable amount of swell enters and is reflected around this harbour. Consequently boats berthed in these marinas may be subject to quite a bit of movement.


Water {in the marina
Electricity in the marina
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry in the marina
Garbage In bins
Fuel check with marina office
Bottled gas Give details on cooking gas (Camping Gaz, butane, propane, etc) suppliers. If there are no suppliers in the island just enter "None"
Chandlers Ask in the marina office. Most chandleries are located in Marsamxett Harbour
Kalkara Boatyard in Grand Harbour
  • Kalkara Boatyard: A small but well established and very active boatyard in Kalkara Creek, the next inlet to the northeast in Grand Harbour

See also the list of Malta boatyards on the Malta page.

Internet The Kalkara Regatta Restaurant has free WiFi
Mobile connectivity Is there mobile telephone signal such as G4, G3, GPRS on the island? How strong is the signal? Are there any blind spots?
Vehicle rentals Rental outlet/wiki/Grand_Harbour#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3ERental_outlet.3C.2Fspan.3ECar icon Rental outlet [[Grand Harbour#Rental outlet|Rental outlet]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, location, tel. +xx (xxxx) xxxxxx


Give the names and locations of supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, etc.

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Eating out

At the Kalkara Boatyard there is a restaurant called Kalkara Regatta Kalkara Regatta; right at the Marina. Contact them to confirm when they will be open, tends to be late afternoon, and the crowds don't tend to start until late. Popular with locals. Big-screen TVs and free WiFi.

There is another restaurant in the corner of the Kalkara Creek harbour entrance just off the roundabout with lots of outdoor seating, big screen, pub-like atmosphere. Sorry, can't recall the name. Popular with the locals.


  • Buses operate from nearby the marina and run to Valletta.
  • Water taxis operate between the marina and Valletta.



Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

Stairway in Birgou near the marina

The Grand Harbour Marina is close to Birgu, one of the oldest villages of Malta and worth a walkthrough. Here also will be found the Knights Hall built by the Order of St. John between 1533-57, and the Maritime Museum, housed now in the 19th-century building of the Naval Bakery.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


See Malta.


See Malta.


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