An American cruise ship entering Valletta

photo by Anne Pflug
The Maltese flag on an American cruise ship

It’s always so exciting to see the nautical Maltese flag on a cruise I’m taking, even ones not  to Malta.  Although the official Maltese flag is white and red with the George Cross insignia, seafaring vessels sport a different version.  This flag, red with a white border and the Maltese cross in the center, is one you’d find on any seafaring vessel registered in Malta.

Not sure about others but I do know that Celebrity Cruises registers its cruise ships in Malta and I always look for that beautiful flag.  It’s usually flying on the same deck where we breakfast.  To me, it’s a beautiful sight!!

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The West Coast of Malta

photo by Anne Pflug
A beautiful swimming spot on the west coast

You can see that the west coast of Malta is less populous and less built up that the east coast, where important cities and towns with marinas and beaches dot the area.  Here, on the other side, you see a view of Malta that is not so crowded.  Because of this, tourists who are looking to get away from it all tend to head in this direction.  This swimming hole can be reached after long driving and many ups and downs in the hilly terrain.  If I had taken the photo further back, you would see the many steps one has to take to reach this sweet spot. Beautiful, cool Mediterranean Sea especially enjoyable on a hot day. Put yourself here and relax!!

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Scuba Divers at the Blue Grotto

photo by Anne Pflug
Scuba divers getting ready to dive

 

Still on the rocky west coast of Malta, divers congregate to explore the underwater beauty of The Blue Grotto.  As I am not a diver, I am unable to describe the underwater scenery but I did speak to some divers, just returning from their dive, and they were very impressed with the beauty of the surroundings.

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A Rocky Coast

photo by Anne Pflug
Malta’s western coast is very rocky

Traveling on the west coast of Malta is a complete change of vistas.  First of all, it is not well populated. Second, it is extremely rocky; possibly  why it is not too crowded.

Driving on the few roads on this side of the island takes one to exotic views of ancient rock formations.  This side of the island is also where the Blue Grotto is located. The few roads here are also very hilly and one needs a good map to find specific places as there are not too many signs.

However, it is definitely worth visiting here.  It is truly beautiful!

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Returning ….

photo by Anne Pflug
Returning, past St. Julian’s

After cruising past the eastern coast of Malta, seeing coves, cliffs and a variety of inlets, we again reach the populated area of St. Julian’s, Sliema and then Valletta and arrive back ‘home’. It was a beautiful cruise.  Well worth spending the day on the Mediterranean.

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The Blue Lagoon

photo by Anne Pflug
Entrance to the caves in the Blue Lagoon

Have you ever seen a more beautiful blue?  You should see it in person; it took my breath away!  The well named area is a popular tourist attraction although, it seems to me, that more divers seem to favor the Blue Grotto, on the other side of Malta for underwater beauty.   As I’m not a diver, I can’t compare.

All I can say is that moving through the caves with these fluorescent waters is an experience unlike no other.  There seems   to be another   source of light that we are not familiar with. Forgive me for being so excited but this is one of the places that I would visit again and again if I had the opportunity.  It impressed me that much!

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We arrive near Comino

photo by Anne Pflug
on the bay between Malta and Gozo

We’re halfway through our cruise and stop for a while between Malta and Gozo.  In the middle of the bay is the island of Comino, seen here in the background, the third in the Maltese Archipelago.  There at several schooners here and the tourists are enjoying swimming, diving and otherwise having fun. Later we will take a smaller boat to go into the Blue Lagoon. Our schooner is very similar to the one seen on the left.

In this bay,  we also see the ferry that travels back and forth between Malta and Gozo, a trip we will take later in the week. It’s not in this area but in a more commercial section of the bay.

This blog annevisitsmalta.com enhances the book Return to Malta by visiting most of the places mentioned in the book with color photos.