After some warm overcast weather and some relaxing time by the pool I decided I should probably get out and explore some more of the island. Just across from my hotel is Arica beach, it’s a bit rough, but it’s the end of the day so I just take a walk along and enjoy the view, got to love the sound of waves crashing into rocks
For dinner I wanted to try a local Maltese dish, rabbit stew, while its been 30 degrees today and it’s still a warm night, I really want to try it, so I find a cute local restaurant that has it, wow, it was really yummy, loved it. Plus they also gave me a free dessert, winning, was a date fried thing, that’s what the waitress said, it was good that’s all I know
Next day sun was shining so I spent the day by the pool, but I figure you get the idea, and probably don’t need a picture to imagine a pool and me laying by it, no need to rub it in, lol
The bay in St Julian is really pretty
Along the coast a little is a town called Selina, it’s got amazing views back over towards Valletta. After all that lounging by the pool and catching a bus 10 mins and then taking some pics, I’m exhausted, time to rest, oh look it’s a free table outside with a view and a coctail menu…great timing, lol
Almost everywhere you look here they are advertising to go to the blue lagoon, so I figured I’d also go check it out.
Waiting at bus stop, first bus I need just goes past without stopping as its already full….mmmm ok wait 15 for next one, this one arrives and stops, but only allows 2 people on, of the around 15 waiting for it. Ok, this isn’t ideal, I decide I’ll try one more bus, but I walk back a bus stop, hoping not as many there and I can get on. Bus pulls up, it’s full, about 10 people waiting, bus driver indicates 2 people….two girls jump on, others are all politely yelling to also get on, I yell out just one, just one….nope….but I figure stuff it and push past the others and jump onboard….haha success, he let me stay.
So the hour long bus ride was spent standing on crowded bus, I am starting to get worried about how busy this place is going to be, then we stop at a beach and practically the whole bus gets off, mmmmmm. As we continue to my stop, and then at the ferry terminal I buy my ticket and get on small boat with only 30 others, I’m starting to think, ok maybe this place won’t be that busy, oh how wrong I was.
But before I got the the Lagon, we cruised past some cool rock formations and what they called caves on the brochure, I’m no geologist but not what I would call a cave, but still really pretty
Mmmmm still thinking maybe this place not that impressive and not that popular, until the boat turns a corner and I see the lagoon along with the hundreds of people, either in the water or perched on a rock along the small cliff along the water. Omg, this is going to be insane, but wow it’s stunning
I try to find a spot to sit, literally, this was impossible, plus I had the added consideration of needing to be close to water as I needed to be near my bag while in the water, not easy when the only space next to the water is crammed with deck chairs and people, that are not leaving anytime soon. I stumble along the rocks and manage to find a section you can climb down and find a rock I can squat on….no laying out sun tanning here, this 30cm square rock is my spot.
After a bit I decide that I’ve had enough of this place and I head back, a pretty boat ride back too, but kinda glad to get away from the chaos that was the blue lagoon, it’s always a shame when a place is so popular that it actually ruins it, this is certainly the case here
The bus ride back was much more enjoyable, had a seat, decided to stop at the beach near my hotel, it’s near the Intercontiniental, so I figure should be a nice beach. It wasn’t horrible, but the water wasn’t that clear, I see now why half the island was at the blue lagoon. It’s crowded, but I manage to find a free spot for my towel and some relaxing on the pebbly sand.. The view back over the beach was lovely as I walked back to my hotel
My last night in Malta, I headed back to Valletta for dinner and maybe another ice cream from my favourite shop in Europe. The Upper gardens had a wine tasting night on, sadly you had to buy minimum of four drinks, surprisingly I didn’t want that many, but was awesome with the live band playing
Across the harbour in Birgu they had a festival for St Laurence, and a fireworks display, that I had perfect viewing spot for. Was a shame they started late as I had to race off to get last bus and missed the last part, they went for almost half an hour, and I’ve decided it’s impossible to get good pics of fireworks.
Well the holiday is almost over, I fly back to Lomdon tomorow, for one last night of my trip, have enjoyed Malta and some down time by the pool and beach, but am starting to get sad that it’s almost over, but also kinda ready to be home again, traveling on your own can get very lonely .