Marsaxlokk village, Golden bay, Paradise bay, Blue Lagoon in Comino and Gozo
This was going to be a crazy hectic day, so we started at 8 am (slept around 2 am the previous night), and headed straight to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. It was a Sunday, and they have special fish market on Sundays, and we wanted to see the locals in action before it got all busy with the hustle and bustle. And then drive around few bays of Malta, and take a boat to Comino. We wanted to spend couple of hours swimming in the Blue lagoon, and then take a ferry to the island of Gozo.
Another short detour we had was on our way to the Paradise bay. This is the 'Popeye village'. This was a Film Set of the 1980 Musical Production 'Popeye' which is now a theme park and a major tourist attraction in Malta. You have to pay to get into the park, but just to click some pictures, walk beside the entrance and you can see the entire bay and the village. :)
Paradise bay: final stop before heading to the island of Comino and Blue Lagoon. If you have more days, you now have plenty of options to choose from to spend more beach time in Malta. :) (One more bay we drove past was Mellieha Bay, which looked beautiful too and it was more accessible - close to the main road - and had plenty of boats - semi marina type)
To head to Comino island (blue lagoon) we have to take a boat (not ferry), and this is how the spot looks like. Its at the Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal, but as google maps clearly shows, the 'boats' to Comino are available before the ferry terminal. So, just park somewhere or get off the bus, and ask around to find out where the boats are. I saw two ferries points, one close to the car park and other close to the ferry terminal. (Do check the timings of boat and ferries online if you are pressed on time. The boats usually leave every hour)
Panaromic view of Blue Lagoon. This place is super busy, and if you want to have a nice spot and sun bathe, come early! Else, just find a spot to leave your stuff (seemed like a safe place - I left my gopro and cell phone in a tiny cave I found, but there were other people around), and just jump into the water. Don't waste any time away from the blueness! :)
View from the ferry arriving at the Gozo Ferry Terminal (30 min ride) in Mgarr. Gozo is a 14 km long, 7.5 km wide island in the Maltese archipelago. So, even though we got there around 5:30 pm, we had plenty of time to see what we intended to, and make it to the famous Azure Window for sunset (7:30 pm)
Next stop - Azure window for sunset. We made it! Still had plenty time to walk around here. The paths are very sharp here, so have to be careful. The place where you see people swimming in the picture is called the Blue hole, its 60 m deep and a famous divesite. Other points of interest like Inland sea and Fungus rock are just around the same area to the right and left of the Azure window respectively.
There are few more bays (Dwerja) and temples (Ġgantija Temples) which we skipped as we had seen similar and better ones in Malta already. Finally we headed to Xlendi bay for dinner at a place called Ta' Karolina, where we sat by the water to this view. Maltese food portions are quite generous by the way. And we enjoyed the more relaxed and rural vibe of Gozo for the rest of the evening. The last ferry leaves at 23:15, but he happily missed that one and took the next at 01:15 back to Malta.