Grand Harbour Valletta

There are some truly memorable urban sea kayaking destinations such as the Hudson River in New York and the Thames in London.  Today we experienced a third, the Grand Harbour Valletta.  A paddle steeped in history and geography.
Once again we were the guests of the Malta Sea Kayak Club.  They have really convenient premises close to the Sliema – Valletta ferry, with a good selection of sea kayaks.  Once we were kitted out what followed was 3 hours of memorable sea kayaking, explore the various areas of the Grand Harbour.  Clearly paddling in such a busy commercial environment requires care and knowledge.  Our local guides were, yet again, Ian and Andrea and it was a pleasure to be on the water with them again.
The history of the various locations around the harbour is well documented, ranging from the Great Siege of Malta in 1565 when the Ottoman’s tried to evict the Knights of St John, and the blockade of 1800 as a result of which, the French surrendered, enabling the British to establish rule over the islands.  Possibly the most memorable military event was the relentless bombing of the island by the Italians and Germans during the Second World War.
It is possible to read about the history and to visit some of the excellent museums, but what we had today was a totally unique perspective on one of the great natural harbours in the world.

Grand Harbour Valletta
Getting ready to leave from in front the Malta Sea Kayak Club in Marsamxett Harbour.
Grand Harbour Valletta
Passing the bow of a ship moored the the Grand Harbour.  It makes you realize just how vulnerable you are in a sea kayak,when you are so close to such a vessel.
Grand Harbour Valletta
Passing in front of some oil rigs which were in French Creek.
Grand Harbour Valletta
Passing the stern of a huge cruise ship alongside the quay in the Grand Harbour.
Grand Harbour Valletta
Nicky inside Laguna Marina, with the colourful Valletta waterfront behind.
Grand Harbour Valletta
Ian passing in front of Fort St Angelo.
Grand Harbour Valletta
Nicky paddling underneath Ricasoli Fort, just to the south of Grand Harbour.
Grand Harbour Valletta
Returning to Marsamxett Harbour from the south of Grand Harbour at the last light of day.

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