Blue Grotto: From The Land & Sea
It’s been a while since I visited the Blue Grotto. Unless I have friends visiting, it's not one of those places you drive on regular bases. I think the last time was more than 1 years ago. But you know, some places you see, you tick them off your list and that’s it, but some places you can see again and again because they just never stop impressing you. And Blue Grotto is one of them.
The Blue Grotto is located on the southern coast of Malta, just next to Wied Iz-Zurriq. It is a very popular tourist attraction and for a good reason. Once you reach the destination and before you start your descent to the sea, take a minute to admire the beautiful natural arch of Blue Grotto.
In the distance you can also see a small inhabited islet of Fifla located approx. 5km south of Malta. The only known permanent structure was a small chapel built inside a cave in 1343, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1856 that also sank part of the island. Until 1971 the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force used the island for target practice. In 1980 it became a bird reserve and in 1988 The Filfla Natural Reserve Act was enacted.
The Blue Grotto & caves boat trip is also a must. The price for an adult is €8 and we didn’t have to wait a lot (in March) as there weren’t too many people and there are several boats operating in the same time. But even if you wait a bit, it’s worth the time (and money). The boat trip lasts about 20 mins and you get to see beautiful cliffs, number of caves and most importantly the gorgeous Blue Grotto.
And off we go! Visiting Blue Grotto was part of out Hop on Hop off bus tour, which is a great way to go around the island and see as much as you can in one day, without the hassle of driving or finding parking. This boat ride is, however, adventure in itself! Everyone is provided with a life vest and explained basic safety instructions. If you are not usually getting terribly sea sick, you got to do this trip!
Apart from visiting the Blue Grotto you will be taken around to see some jaw-dropping cliffs and caves with unbelievably blue water! Even when you see it yourself you cannot believe that this is the actual colour of the water, never mind on the photo!
And here it is! The absolutely stunning Blue Grotto from every possible angle. These photos really don't do any justice to this natural jewel of the Maltese Islands. You really have to be on that small fishing boat, breaking your neck by trying to look up to see the Blue Grotto in its full glory. Have a look at these beautiful pictures and enjoy the boat ride. :)
And this is the end of our Blue Grotto experience. Time to get back and continue our tour. We couldn't resist to stop and look back at this gorgeous natural arch once again, you really cannot get enough of it, especially after we've lost the Azure Window in Gozo.
If you prefer to rather see it in a video form than looking at images or reading about it, no problem! Here is my video documenting the entire experience. Here is what you see & do from the very beginning till the end.
And let's not forget the GoogleMap with the exact location! :) I hope that you enjoyed this blog once again. Please leave me a comment if you did, even if you have some suggestions, how to make this photo blog even better. Thank you very much!