Friday, 21 April 2017

The Blue Grotto (and it is very blue) and the Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

Once again we walked to Birgu to take the ferry to Valletta so we can get on a bus at the Valletta Bus Terminal to visit the Blue Grotto. On the walk you can see some of the old properties in Malta, some in a state of ruin but still beautiful.

This is the Notre Dame Gate, it seems to mark the change from Zabbar to Birgu.

Gorgeous views from the clifftops looking down at some of the caves and rock formations.

The boat we took for our trip to the grotto.

World War II fortifications on the cliff side

The water is absolutely stunning - the Blue Grotto is a very beautiful place.

No editing was done on these images - the water really is that colour.

After the Blue Grotto we headed to the Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temple Complex, one of the oldest ancient religious sites in the world. It has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is covered by a large roof to protect it from further environmental damage until a more permanent solution can be found.

Beautiful field of wild flowers near the temples.

The Island of Filfla off the West coast of Malta, this is now a nature sanctuary and home to a large colony of European Storm Petrels and a unique subspecies of lizard called the Filfla Lizard. In early days it was used as a gunnery target by the British navy and hence fishing within 1 nautical mile of the island is prohibited as there is still unexploded ordinance in the sea.

The British Governor of Malta Sir Walter Norris Congreve requested to be buried at sea halfway between the coast and Filfla. The channel is now named the Congreve Channel and a headstone sits on the clifftop to commemorate this.

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