Blue Grotto

Bluest Pearl of the Mediterranean


Blue Grotto, named after the place of the same name on Italy, was named by a British soldier. Thus, one can easily imagine what kind of sway this place would actually hold over tourists. The soldier, in his day would not have been disappointed to find out today that the Blue Grotto in Malta is indeed one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe with over a 100,000 visitors every year.

Bask in the Natural Beauty
The source of the place’s beauty, and indeed the reason why it got its name are the wonderful cave systems that adorn the place. These caves were created by thousands of years of erosion by the sea and now form a chain of caves that are beautiful to warrant tourists from all over the world. The sunlight enters the sea water around these areas and provides a beautiful blue phosphorescent colour from the submerged fauna contrasting with the clear blue colour of the sea water all around. Besides these, the caves by themselves are a natural wonder as well. There is a central arch at the beginning of the cave which measures well over 30 metres and on the insides; there are natural minerals present which provide beautiful reflections when the sunlight enters the water inside the cave system. The colours can be as varied as orange green and blue and accentuate the overall beauty of a ride through the caves. Photographs are a must if you visit this place, so do not forget to bring the camera.

How to reach
The place overlooks a road, so you can always drive down to the parking spot and then go down to get the boat rides which cost 8 Euros per head. Alternatively, you can also take a boat from the nearby Gnejna Bay fishing village to reach the spot directly by boat. Be ready to reach by early morning if possible, to avoid the rush hours and see some unique shades of blue as the sun climbs up. The best time is till about 1 in the afternoon, after which the colours start dimming.

Besides basking in the different shades of blue in the pristinely clear water, there are also a host of other underwater activities including scuba diving and snorkelling that goes on here. The sea water is so clear that you can see till the sea bed. Also, since the caves extend about 30 metres inside, there are ample opportunities to spend some quality time under water, exploring interesting things, including purple jelly fish (which we do not recommend touching).

Malta is an island. So what else to eat here but sea food? And talking of sea food, do try out the King’s Own Band Club Bar & Restaurant. This is not exactly in Blue Grotto, but about 2 km inland, in Valletta. The food is delicious and the ambience is well worth visiting the place. Music is mainly Jazz. Definitely try out the desserts and the pasta, besides the fish dishes. It opens at about 9 in the morning and continues quite late into the night.
All in all, if you would like your trip to Malta to be complete, then try not to miss visiting the Blue Grotto.

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