Beaches, Wied iz Żurrieq
Blue Grotto represents a remarkable series of natural caverns and rock arches on the south west coast. It is 15 km away from Valletta, and the trip may take up to 45-50 minutes, in the busy summer season.
First stop and the aerial viewpoint toward the big Blue Grotto cave is right before the village of Wied is-Zurrieq, up on the hill, where is a parking place for the incoming traffic. Here you can take some amazing snaps of the surrounding cliffs and the cave across the narrow bay.
Later on, you can take a short walk down the road, which shall take you to the coastal part and the beach (10 minutes away), with tavernas and fish restaurants. Near the water you have 2 choices: to book a boat ride and to enjoy a trip in a little dingy packed with other tourists, or to stay by the rocky seashore, between two high cliffs in the narrow inlet, swimming in deep blue waters and admiring the brave ones, who are performing the cliff jumping. If the sea is rough, the boat ride can seem a bit dangerous, as the clashing waves throw the boats close to the rocks.
From the restaurant terrace above the trip`s departure wharf, you can see the inhabited Filfla island and the best sunset ever. This is not a pet friendly beach, although you shall notice a lot of cats wandering around.
There are only 2 bus lines operating here: no.74 (departing from Valletta, stops only on the main road, by the viewpoint station) and no.201 which takes you straight to the waterfront area. Car parking is also available down in the village and small fee is expected from the worker who is around day/night. The site doesn`t have so many facilities, beside nicely arranged garden with the benches, with a nice view to the open sea and the watch tower on the left side.