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BLUE GROTTO

The Blue Grotto is one of a number of sea caverns on the west coast of Malta, beside the quaint little villages of Qrendi and Zurrieq, overlooking the sheer cliffs of the rugged western coastline. Just across is the small islet of Filfla, which is uninhabited but is now a bird sanctuary. It is one of the most visited beauty spots on Malta because of its idyllic location, its mesmerising clear waters and the brilliant blue and emerald light flooding into the Blue Grotto cave.

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Every day from sunrise until about 1 pm a unique sight can be observed here. The location of the caves combined with the sunlight leads to the water mirroring, showing numerous shades of blue. Several caverns mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora; other caverns show a deep dark shade of blue. There are six caves in all and the best way to view those intriguing caves and surrounding cliffs is to take the short boat trip that is available in the little harbour.

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The 25 minute trip takes you into the Blue Grotto, which is about 30 metres high and in through the other caves. I have had this amazing experience and for me, the most fascinating aspect was the spectrum of shades of blue that the sea absorbs, depending on the light entering the caves and its reflection from the seabed. The beautiful turquoise shades contrasts sharply with the coral colours of the surrounding rocks.

The Blue Grotto is one of the most popular destinations for tourists on the island of Malta and throughout the year it is busy welcoming scores of coaches, ferrying visitors to this must-see attraction.  Scuba diving, snorkelling and rock climbing are also very popular activities here. It also has some typical local restaurants that offer good food with stunning views. This unique and beautiful location has been used many times by filmmakers, including a scene of the 2004 film ‘Troy.’

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The best time of the year to visit the Blue Grotto is in the spring or autumn as the site can get extremely busy during summer. To enjoy the caves at their best, it is better to go early in the morning when the sun is lower in the sky and the sea is calmer. In case that the water may be too rough, or you don’t have enough time for a boat trip, there is a viewing platform on the road leading to site, where you can also enjoy this unique natural wonder.

 

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From ‘In Love With Malta’ (The Hidden Treasures)

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