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The Cavernous Caves and Glorious Grottos of Malta

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Malta is full of interesting gems from the natural world, but the breath-taking caves and grottos are some of the most impressive. While on holiday in the Maltese islands, you should definitely visit these stunning locations. Not only do they offer gorgeous scenery, but they provide great photo opportunities, too!

Here are some recommendations which are definitely worth adding to your travel bucket list.

Calypso Cave

This interesting natural gem is located in a cliff just off Xaghra, boasting a beautiful view over Gozo's popular sandy beach, Ramla Bay. It is believed to be the same place that Homer, the Greek poet, mentioned in 'The Odyssey' where Calypso, the pretty nymph, kept Odysseus as a prisoner of love for seven years.

Ninu's Cave

This underground cave in Xaghra was discovered in 1888 by Joseph Rapa in a private site. It is characterised by its abundant stalactite and stalagmite formations, making it a surreal experience for visitors. You’ll definitely want to take your camera along if you’re visiting this unusual spot.

Blue Grotto

A gem along Malta's southern coast, this grotto faces the little deserted islet of Filfla and attracts over a hundred thousand tourists every year. Many will recognise Blue Grotto as being the setting for the Hollywood movie Troy (2004), featuring Brad Pitt.

This area is also a popular diving site, and can be conveniently reached by boat from Wied iz-Zurrieq, from where you can also enjoy superb views of Filfla and the surrounding areas.

Xerri's Grotto

Yet another underground site in Xaghra, this cave was first discovered under a house in 1923 while its owners were digging a well. It is especially popular for its unique alabaster stalactites and stalagmites. You can spot some extremely interesting formations here – in fact, some speleothems have been said to resemble a tortoise, a vulture, a giraffe and even a pair of elephant’s ears.

How to Get There

The best way get from from the UK into Malta is to select one of the several direct flights that serve this route. Once you land, it's recommended to take one of the many Malta Airport taxis to your accommodation. Besides saving precious time, this also allows you to have a comfortable transit – a great start to your adventurous holiday.

When preparing for your getaway, ensure your accommodation is in a location that is both easily accessible by Malta Airport taxis and within easy reach of the places you want to visit.

If you are only visiting the country for a short holiday, you can still discover these natural gems. Simply ask one of the Malta Airport taxis to drop you closer to the cave locations so you don't miss out on discovering these awe-inspiring formations despite a tight schedule.
About author: Desiree Michels

Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers in various countries across the globe. If you’re looking for affordable Malta Airport taxis, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.

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