Glimpse of Malta – 4 hour shoretrip
Today you visit: Marsaxlokk Fishing Village, Blue Grotto (optional boat trip), Scenic Route via Girgenti Valley & Dingli Cliffs, Rabat.
This is a suggested itinerary. Enquire us if you wish a different itinerary.
This tour explores picturesque, unspoilt villages, an old town and the rural country side. We start our tour with a visit to the pretty fishing village of Marsaxlokk, which it still has today an active fishing community. Low lying buildings line the picturesque waterfront and colourful traditional fishing boats called “luzzu” fill the bay. There is a small local market which you can browse at.
Our next destination is Wied iz-Zurrieq, famous for the magnificent Blue Grotto. The tiny hamlet sits in a valley and has a very picturesque harbor. The grotto and neighboring system of sea caves are home to brilliant phosphorescent marine life. Blue Grotto: optional boat trip (extra service). The 25-minute boat trip explores the incredible beauty of this natural wonder and is a “must-do” when visiting Malta!
As you travel during the next part of this tour, your guide will explain the importance of the Girgenti Valley. Girgenti is a shaded fertile valley renowned for its orchards and cultivated fields. The eco system here is maquis, so it is green all year round. Citrus and other fruit trees thrive in the valley beneath the surrounding ridge. The old picturesque farmsteads are the homes of the local farming community who still work the fields and cultivate the orchards. On a spur overlooking the valley stands the summer palace of the Inquisitors built by Monsignor Visconti in 1625. Nowadays it is the official residence of our Prime Minister. Our journey via Girgenti will take us the west cost of the island.
Stretching for some 4km along the west coast are the Dingli Cliffs. These cliffs have vertical or near-vertical rock faces rising from the sea to heights of up to 70-130m above sea level. Some of the steep slopes are terraced and this unique feature together with the expanse of the deep blue Mediterranean sea provide stunning views. Here will stop at the small chapel which sits on the cliffs for a superb view and an ideal photo opportunity.
Our final stop is the old town of Rabat. Rabat has strong ties with the Roman era and the visit of St. Paul AD60. Here we will take a short stroll from the central piazza through the quaint streets, where you can admire the old houses, alleys, traditional balconies amongst other typical old town characteristics. We will end at Is-Sirkien, the islands most popular outlet that produces our favourite savoury snack called pastizzi, these are filo parcels filled with ricotta cheese or mashed peas.
At this stage our tour comes to an end and we make our back to the cruise terminal and Valletta.
– The order in which we operate the tour may differ as mentioned above.