If you’ve booked your holidays to Malta, make sure you set aside some time to visit the island’s stunning Blue Lagoon. Packing your camera is an absolute must, as this is one of the most photographed parts of Malta. You’ll definitely want to show off your shots of the azure-blue waters, the silvery, soft sand, and the surrounding mountains, but there’s nothing like seeing this genuinely spectacular spot in the flesh. There are few pictures that really do justice to this little slice of paradise.
The lagoon is ideal for families, and very popular with couples who want to enjoy some quality downtime together against one of the island’s most tranquil and romantic backdrops.
Given that the lagoon is located between the islands of Comino and Cominotto, the only way to pay a visit on your Malta holidays to this secluded spot is by boat. Fortunately, there are a few options to choose from. Fancy spending the day there with the family? Your best option is the ferry from Cirkewwa. Ferries run regularly and the trip only takes around 20 minutes. The only downside is that the last return trip is at 7pm, which doesn’t allow you to take in the sunset. The Cirkewwa ferry is also the most cost-effective option.
However, if you’d like to soak up some of the local scenery on your way there, there’s the option to take a day trip by charter boat. Again, most of these leave from Cirkewwa and you’ll find yourself visiting some of the bays en route, before hopping off at the Blue Lagoon, to get some serous sunbathing under your belt!
Many of the operators offer food and drinks onboard, so you can enjoy the serenity of sailing across a magnificent stretch of ocean while sipping on a refreshing cocktail.
Tourist cruises are perfect if you just want to spend a couple of hours, before going on to another spot.
Ideal for Families and Water Babies
Families looking for a day by the beach needn’t look much further. On top of powder-soft sands and glorious sunshine, the shore shelves gently into the water, making it ideal for those travelling with little ones. The bay is patrolled by lifeguards, so there’s that extra element of safety for children and inexperienced swimmers.
For those who want to add a little shot of adrenaline to their holidays to Malta, there are plenty of water sports on offer at the Blue Lagoon, with the option to try your hand at water-skiing a little further out. There’s also fun to be had beneath the waves, and it’s an incredibly popular spot for snorkelling and scuba-diving. This is thanks to the incredibly clear and temperate waters, which offer outstanding visibility and the chance to see shoals of shimmering fish up close and personal!
In addition to a fabulous reef, which is home to some very colourful octopi, one of the main draws for divers (especially newbies) is ‘Alex’s Cave’. About 20 metres long, four metres high, and fabulously wide, this is an excellent spot for novices and seasoned divers alike. Alex’s Cave also holds an underground chamber, which is above sea-level, so you can explore the cave itself, before taking a break in your own, subterranean retreat!
You’ll need torches to explore the deeper recesses of the cave, but it’s recommended that, if you’re up to it, you turn them off to admire the eerie, beautiful blue light that illuminates the entrance. If you’re wondering how the cave got its name, it’s because it’s home to a conger eel, who happens to be called Alex! A must-visit attraction for divers on their holidays to Malta.
When to Visit
With an average temperature of 20°C and highs of around 27°C, a visit to Malta is superb at virtually any time of year. It’s worth noting that between June and August you’ll get the best of the sunshine, and it can become very busy during these times. If you’re not a fan of crowds, you might want to book your Malta holidays during the off-peak seasons, so that you get fewer people. For those who don’t mind sharing the scenery, the area attracts locals and tourists alike, and is a great place to find out about the surrounding islands.
There’s only one hotel in the area and it’s not particularly close by. So, unless you’re part of a cruise that supplies food and drink, it’s worth packing a picnic and bringing some water with you.
If you’re taking the ferry from Cirkewwa and want to be in with a chance of renting a sun lounger and, more importantly, an umbrella, you’re going to need to get there early! The beach tends to fill up by around nine in the morning and the loungers and brollies book out fast.
If the beach is too busy for you, there are plenty of things to do nearby. Hop on a boat and you can cruise to the idyllic island of Comino, where you’ll find the magnificent St Mary’s Tower. One of a number of watchtowers that were used in the 1600s to protect the Maltese islands from invasion, St Mary’s Tower offers a fascinating dip into Mala’s past and some of the most spectacular views across the bay.
The Blue Lagoon is one of the must-see attractions for anyone taking their holidays to Malta. Immediately impressive, the clear waters, soft sands, and water sports on offer will leave you with unforgettable memories of your visit to this beautiful part of the world.