If you take a trip to Italy, then you should take the quick flight to Malta. Malta is an independent island not far from southern Italy. It is quite small, but also has two other islands that can be reached by roughly 3o minute ferry rides. If you only have one full day in Malta I suggest jumping on a ferry and heading over to Gozo. The ferry ticket is 5 euro for a round trip ticket—so cheap. You’d almost be foolish to not go.
Top three things to do in Gozo for the day:
1. Blue Hole
Hop in a taxi and head to the Blue Hole. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you may have already heard of this area. This is where the beloved Azure Window resided. Unfortunately, the window collapsed in 2017, but you can still see where the rock formation would have been. Next to the Azure Window is the Blue Hole. And it sounds exactly like what it is. A giant deep hole in the water that has the deepest shades of blue and the brightest turquoise you’ve ever seen. You will see people scuba diving in there because that is how deep it is. While standing on top, staring down, you will have the urge to jump. I definitely did, but all my friends were too worried for me. Looking at the hole, there does not appear to be too many rocks, so jump out far if you and you’ll be in the clear. Make sure there are no scuba divers before you jump because we don’t need any tragedies.
2. Inland Sea
After you have enjoyed your time staring out into the Blue Hole, take a walk to the Inland Sea. On your way there, you will pass by salt pans. They are massive and pretty to look at. There are only a handful of them, so keep your eye out so that you don’t miss them.
Once at the inland sea, be brave and head into the cold water. It will take your breath away in the beginning, but once you’re in you’ll warm up (hopefully). Start swimming towards the cave. You can swim all the way through the cave if you would like. However, you must be careful if you do. There are boat tours for 4 euro that go through the entire cave. Therefore, the waves in the cave are big and the walls are narrow. Which means if you’re swimming and a boat comes through, then you might not have a place to go and the waves might toss you against the sharp rock. Swim with caution in this area.
I know it sounds scary, but definitely swim to the middle of the cave. There is a big, semi-flat rock to stand on and you can admire the walls and the beauty of the cave. Parts of the walls have crystalized into a purple tint due to the minerals in the water. And how often do you get to say that you swam in a cave? Take the adventure and dive in!
3. Ramla Bay
After finishing your swim, hop into another taxi and head to Ramla Bay. This a nice beachy area where you can soak up some sun on the soft sand or take dip in the ocean waves. Once you have warmed up from laying in the sand, look to the right side of the beach and you will see a rock formation with a hole on top.
Start the trek upwards. The walk up to the hole will take roughly 3o minutes and is easy for an experienced hiker and only medium difficulty for a newbie. Either way, walk with caution as some of the rocks will slip and slide under your feet. At the top, you will find a massive hole in the rocks, with a bench to sit on. The views are spectacular. You get a view of the entire beach and ocean. While standing up there, you will be amazed at what this earth can produce. It truly is amazing.
At this time, it might be getting close to sunset and dinner time. So, hop on your ferry back to Malta and head to dinner. There are many restaurants on the coastal line with outdoor seating to watch the sunset while you eat dinner. After dinner, head on over to a gelato store and get a scoop or two. The blueberry flavor is refreshing and will be the perfect dessert for your post dinner snack.
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