5. Marsaxlokk, Blue Grotto and Qrendi Guided Tour
The tour starts with a visit to the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk. This gorgeous village is the largest fishing harbour in Malta, and has been so since antiquity, today the greater part of fish sold on the islands are caught by fishermen coming from this village. Traditional “luzzu’s” (brightly coloured traditional fishing boats) and larger fishing vessels line the sheltered harbour in a colourful display that has been the subject of countless photoshoots.
Marsaxlokk is also popular for its many delightful restaurants and nice cafés huddled along its entire promenade and for it’s charming and large open-air market, selling a vast assortment of food and a wide array of durable goods, such as fish, locally produced honey and fruit jams, traditional sweets and other delicacies, local wines and liquors, souvenirs, clothes, shoes, traditional lacework and crafts, custom jewellery, accessories and many more.
This is the perfect location to spend a Sunday morning, enjoying a stroll in the unique settings of this quaint village where you can experience the Maltese way of life and admire the lovely sea views while browsing the market, looking for ‘that’ perfect deal!
The next stop is Wied Iz-Zurrieq (Zurrieq Valley) where you will visit the magnificent Blue Grotto and appreciate the fantastic scenery and breath-taking views surrounding the entire site.
The Blue Grotto is a complex of seven caves found along the southern coast of the island, this complex comprises of a massive and very impressive main arch, which is approximately 30 meters in height, as well as a system of 6 other caves, amongst which you will find the Honeymoon Cave, the Cat’s Cave, and the beautiful Reflection Cave.
Featured in numerous movies shot in Malta, owing to its natural beauty, enchanting structure, and perfect location; such as Cutthroat Island (1995), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) & Troy (2004), this extremely popular site attracts thousands of visitors each year, with many opting to see the amazing grotto up-close via local boat trips, weather permitting you will also have the time and opportunity to visit the grotto and caves by taking one of the boat trips organized by several local providers and available at a small fee payable on location (the boat trip is not included in the price).
The tour ends with a visit to Qrendi, one of Malta’s unspoilt traditional villages, where the guide will help you explore this peaceful and charming typical Maltese village. While small and compact with a population of just 2,700 persons, it is at the same time bursting with interesting attractions, from the main square to the hub of the village, with its parish church and band club, you will be led through a maze of winding narrow streets that all have a story to be told.
During the entire tour knowledgeable and experienced guides will be providing you with riveting information and enhance your experience through narration and engaging storytelling.