Ciao, Malta — Hello, Athens

Boats near the Blue Grotto

Yesterday was our last day in Malta and though S. and I had planned on doing the South tour offered by Malta Sightseeing (we did the North Tour on Monday), we decided to save the cash and plan our own sightseeing tour. The only area that we really wanted to see on the tour was the Blue Grotto. I was able to see it during my trip in December, but only from a distance since the water was too rough. St. Paul’s Bay, where we were staying, was literally on the opposite side of the island, so public transportation required some coordination. We had to take a bus from Bugibba to the main bus terminal in Valletta before switching for another bus that heads down to the south of the island to the Blue Grotto.

Views of the Blue Grotto

After about an hour of transport, we made it in one piece and got some amazing views of the grotto from the top. We headed down to the bottom of the hill to jump on a boat to check out the water up close. The area is famous for it’s clarity and the blueness of the water and the boat tour did not disappoint. Note for students: Malta’s not the most student-friendly when it comes to student discounts. 7 euros for a boat tour for all adults, no discounts to be had.

You can see from a distance how blue the water is:

Blue Grotto

Here’s a close-up shot. I’ve never seen water so incredibly blue. When we put our hands in the water, our hands looked blue — pretty amazing.

Water at the Grotto

Views from inside the caves

After our Blue Grotto cruise, we headed back to our hotel by way of Zurrieq and Valletta before getting dropped off in St. Paul’s Bay. We had just enough time to pack up our stuff and head to the airport for our 5:15P flight. With the layover, flight time and time change, we ended up in Athens at 12:45A. We jumped on the bus (the X95) to Syntagma Square (for a mere 3.40 euro each) at 1:30A and were settled into our hotel at around 2:30A. Fortunately for us, our hotel — while not the best location — has free wi-fi, breakfast and fairly comfy rooms. Check back tomorrow for pictures from our trip to the Acropolis and the surrounding areas!

Love from Athens,