stunning coastal scenery
very windy and no boats running :-(
I like it alot ! as one can go for walks in the countryside and also be by the sea at the same time !
The Blue Grotto is located near Zurrieq and is one of Zurrieq's highlights. The grotto actually consists of several sea caverns. Each day from sunrise to about 13:00 hours you can admire water reflections in various shades of blue. Several caverns reflect the fantastic fluorescent colors of the underwater flora, whereas other caverns just show...more
This natural picturesque grotto and its neighbouring system of caverns mirrors the brilliant phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora. The Blue Grotto is located near "Wied iz-Zurrieq" south of the town of Zurrieq. A number of caves, including the Blue Grotto, which is the biggest one, can be reached by boat from Wied iz-Zurrieq.If you go to...more
Take a boat trip to the caves and don t forget to ask the boat man so that you can take a short swim in one of the caves.Try to visit the caves in the morning. The sun s rays enlighten more and you can observe better reflections.Combine this visit with that of the Neolitic temples which are found close to this area and can be reached with the same...more
One of the caves visited is a small cave with a sandy bottom and usually people are given the opportunity to have a refreshing swim in the turqoise, emerald and blue water of this cave. When exiting the Grotto you can see the deep blue Mediterranean in front of you and then the small island of Filfla appears straight ahead. Filfla is uninhabited...more
The Blue Grotto is a natural rock formation which has been carved out of the rock by the relentless pounding of the sea. A number of caves can be reached by boat from Wied iz-Zurrieq, the main one being the Blue Grotto. This cave is quite deep. The sea in this area tends to be rough at times but the fishermen who ferry tourists and Maltese alike to...more
There are several cafes at Zurrieq - and surprisingly most of them were open.W were still full from pudding at Paparazzi's the night before so we shared a chunky chicken baguette which was served with crisps and a cofee. Can't remember the name but it was towards the top of the hill - on the right as you go down to the bay area.Friendly cats here...more
The bus companies are very helpful at leaving timtables in boxes at main pick up points so get hold of one as sometimes the timetables at the bus stops cannot be read!!
Maybe somebody was fed up waiting for a bus here and punched it out. Bus to here is not frequent - an hourly service from Valletta and there is also the new tourist bus route 506 which serves the southern part of the island, calling at San Anton Gardens, the neolithic temples up the road, here, Rabat and Dingli. Tjis service tends to stop for lunch too - so you could be stuck here for a couple of hours if you don't time it right.
The Xarolla Windmill is the most famous windmill that was constructed by the Knights of Malta. Many similar windmills were built all over Malta, but this is the coolest. It was built by Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena in 1724.
In 1992 the windmill was restored and it is now the only functioning windmill in Malta. The Xarolla Windmill proudly represents local Maltese culture and heritage and it is definitely a beautiful construction to visit, even on a day without wind although on a windy day it's more fun. The windmill still possesses parts of its original mechanism and and is still able to grain wheat. So I was told. I didn't have a chance to verify that fact, but it sure sounds impressive.
Anway down the hill we walked to the inlet, passing all the cafes and souvenir shops - surprisingly open as no boat trips were running due to the windy weather. Having seen the waves here no way was I going to get into one of those little luzzi fishing boats!The boats were all pulled up in the boat yard and all covered up - I guess they rarely...more