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After hotel pickup in Valletta, head first to the Blue Grotto on the southern coast of Malta.
Several sea caverns make up the Blue Grotto, which is known for a morning phenomenon when sunlight in the grotto reveals the water's many shades of blue. Several caverns have phosphorescent colors from underwater flora; others show a deep blue color. Weather permitting, have time to take a 25-minute boat tour of the caves (own expense).
Continue to Marsaxlokk, popular for its fresh fish and seafood caught by local fishermen. Visit the market to browse the fresh fish along with locally produced honey, wine, fruit jams, vegetable, clothing, and souvenirs. Explore the picturesque village independently before your driver returns you to your hotel in Valletta.
Fantastic way to get up close look at Blue Grotto - definitely take the little boat trip there. Marsaxlokk on Sunday is a wonderful way ot get an insight into local life and taste some delicacies.
The guide was great and she can speak many languages :
Nice tour, smart guide. Thank you Mark!
Kjellaug T Norway
Very nice trip, except we did not go to the Blue Grotto due to too much wind. Everything else was good
Don't know why the boat trip at the Blue Grotto wasn't included and the difference added to the price of the tour. Also would've liked it turned into a day tour so that nearby ancient temples Mnajdra and Hagar Qim could be included as well. Overall though, the market was enjoyable with plenty of time to fully explore, plus the Blue Grotto up close was amazing.
This is a half day tour. We couldn't sail to the Blue Grotto as the sea was too rough but saw it from above. The market we found disappointing and just too crowded. Note that the restaurants don't like you to just have a drink at lunch. Marsaxlokk is pretty, especially the boats and the church but there are just too many visitors on market day to really appreciate it.
Because we were staying in old town Valletta, we had to walk 15-min to another hotel for pickup. After about 20 hotel stops over the next hour, we wished they had a central pickup point in the other towns too. The small boats at the Blue Grotto are an additional 8 per person for a 20 minute ride around the rocks. The blue was more visible in pictures than in person. Not as dramatic as the Blue Grotto in Capri, Italy. There was only enough time in Marsaxlokk to browse through the market because it was so crowded. We would have liked more time to have lunch at one of the many seafood cafes around the harbor. Worth a visit but go on your own to fully enjoy a meal there.
The Blue Grotto visit was subject to weather conditions it was windy and the boats were not running. This was obviously not the fault of the tour operator but without visiting the 'highlight' and only getting the opportunity to glimpse at it from above, it was not an experience I could rate highly. Marsaxlokk market is huge and there is so much to see I didn't find we had enough time there. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
Good tour but felt a bit rushed.
Blue grotto was a photo stop , for 15 minutes as the coach pulled in and we all got out to take photos....together with several other coaches !!!The market was just a market , extremely busy and you couldn't get a coffee or beer as the cafes would only serve you if you were eating lunch.
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