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Blue Grotto Off-Season in Malta

Discover the Blue Grotto, a natural wonder-cave situated in the surrounding cliffs

Best time: October–May

Blue Grotto Off-Season
Blue Grotto Off-Season
Blue Grotto Off-Season

The Blue Grotto is a natural treasure of Malta situated on the outskirts of the village of Zurrieq (southern side of the country). It is one of seven caves that are situated in the surroundings cliffs—a unique limestone formation with stunning views of the water and unique flora and fauna. It features a 30 meter Arch, better known locally as ‘il Hnejja’ and a cave that goes inside the cliff approximately 40 meters.

The Blue Grotto is especially beautiful in the morning hours when the sun is directed towards the caves. You can get to it by a boat called ‘frejgatina’ which takes 20-minutes from the small seaside town of Wied iz-Zurrieq. Surrounded by the sea the Blue Grotto is extremely popular with divers, especially the area around a scattered shipwreck between the coast of Wied iz-Zurrieq and Filfla. It is also a home to very diverse marine life.

We advise you to visit the Blue Grotto during the off-peak season, because the site is usually very busy during the summer. Explore this place early in the morning to enjoy the caves at their best. In adverse weather conditions, you can find stunning views from the platform on the road leading to the Blue Grotto.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Blue Grotto in Malta?

Visiting the Blue Grotto during the off-season months of October to May can offer the best experience. The site is less crowded, making it easier to explore the caves. The morning hours are also ideal for a visit as the sunlight illuminates the caves, providing a beautiful view of the natural wonder. Show more

Where is the Blue Grotto located in Malta and how to reach it?

The Blue Grotto is situated on the southern side of Malta, near the village of Zurrieq. A 20-minute boat ride called ‘frejgatina’ from Wied iz-Zurrieq can take you to the site. You can also enjoy incredible views of the Blue Grotto from the platform on the road leading to it in case the weather conditions are not suitable for the boat ride. Show more

What is the unique feature of the limestone formation present around Blue Grotto?

The limestone formation surrounding the Blue Grotto is a rare geological feature of the caves. It provides stunning water views, and the site features a 30-meter cave called ‘il Hnejja’, as well as a cave inside the cliff that stretches approximately 40 meters. This spot is also home to unique flora and fauna and diverse marine life. Show more

How is Blue Grotto different from the other six caves present in the surrounding cliffs?

While each of the seven caves around Malta is unique in its character, the Blue Grotto is the most popular due to its iconic 30-meter Arch and its cave, which is approximately 40 meters deep inside the cliff. The morning sunlight brings out the beauty of this popular tourist spot. Show more

What is the best time of the day to explore the Blue Grotto and why?

Early morning hours provide the best opportunity to explore the Blue Grotto as the sunlight pours directly into the caves. This early expedition can provide an arresting sightseeing experience. Visiting in the off-season months of October to May can also provide a calmer and more rewarding experience. If weather conditions make boat rides dangerous, the platform on the road leading to the site still offers fantastic views. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin