Picture Perfect Blue Grotto!
The Blue Grotto near Wied iz-Zurrieq is one of the most photographed sites on the Maltese islands.
It is also the reason why most visitors go to Wied iz-Zurrieq (meaning Zurrieq valley).
The village of Zurrieq is located in the southwest of Malta, an area which is synonymous with rocky coastline.
The village feels somewhat cut off from the rest of Malta, but in reality it is only some 10km from Valletta, the capital of Malta.
The Blue Grotto is actually a stunning set of caves, the largest one being the most impressive!
They were named by a British soldier who thought they looked a lot like those with the same name in Capri, Italy.
Apart from the famous caves, Zurrieq also has some nice country walks. For example, if you walk from the centre towards the cliffs overlooking the caves, you will come across some very nice scenery.
The caves are located near Wied iz-Zurrieq, a small harbour set in a narrow inlet in the cliffs. It is from here that short cruises leave for the caves.
The boat trips take about 20 to 25 minutes and take in seven caves. They enter under an arch into a 140ft high cave and continue to make their way to the other caves.
During peak season, the place gets extremely busy with lots of boats going back and forth in the tiny harbour.
The boats to the caves take up to 8 passengers and depart from 9.00am to 5.0pm daily.
The best time to see the caves is early morning because the sun will be shining in the caves and the colours of the waters are simply amazing. Not to mention the ever changing colours of the caves due to the sea’s reflection.
If you go late in the afternoon, it can be a bit disappointing though due to the amount of engine oil in the waters, especially if it has been a particularly busy day. So it’s really recommended to go view the Blue Grotto early morning.
Because of the huge popularity of the caves (some 100,000 visitors flock to the caves each year), the harbour has become somewhat of a souvenier-ghetto with lots of small restaurants to cater for the tourists.
If you're heading to this site by bus, visit www.publictransport.com.mt to see which is the best bus route to take to get to this location.