The Blue Grotto Caves in Malta
The Blue Grotto at Wied iz-Zurrieq is in the south of Malta, located in a small narrow harbour in the cliffs. A sight to see are the caves, the clear water and reflective flourescent colours so do not forget your camera.
It all started back in the 1950s when the British were stationed in Malta. They used to ask the local fishermen for a boat trip to the Blue Grotto caves and so it became a popular place to visit. As years passed, tourism to Malta increased so the fishermen saw the touristic potential and decided to offer boat trips for tourists and locals alike.
The Boat trip starts from the small harbour and leads to the right to the first cave known as The Cat’s cave, legend has it that white cats were seen in this cave.
The Small Filfla cave, as you go in look out for a rock with a flat top that looks like Filfla, the islet just opposite Wied iz-Zurrieq. Filfla is a bird conservation area today. No one can go near the islet due to unexploded bombs as it was used as target practice back in the Second World War.
The most amazing wonderful attraction of the boat trip is the Reflection Cave, featuring an arch and the sun’s rays reflecting the clear blues, purples and violets of the rocks as well as underwater flora, which is something not to miss if you are a photographer.
Another cave is the Circle cave which looks like a dome of a church.
Around the bend, look out for a stalactite which looks like an elephant’s foot which took years and years of natural formation. In the same area is where the Blue Rock Thrush breeds, Malta’s national bird.
The last cave is known as The Honeymoon Cave or The Temple cave, as the rocks form like that of a Neolithic Temple. About 40 years ago, a local tradition was that the newlyweds would take a boat to this cave, have dinner or a go for a swim.
The best time to see the caves is between 10am and 3pm, when the sun’s rays reflects in the water that brings out the brightness of the rocks.
Wied iz-Zurrieq offers quite a lot of activities apart from sightseeing such as diving, swimming, country walks or for the more adventurous, abseiling. It is a place where locals and tourists alike appreciate nature at its best.