Have you ever seen a Blue Lagoon in your life?
If the name doesn’t remind you straight away, this is actually the famous blue oasis used in the mini-series Helen of Troy or the films Swept Away (featuring Madonna) and The Count of Monte Cristo.
The Blue Lagoon is a small channel between the islands of Comino and Cominotto and one of the few sandy beaches in Malta.
The crystal clear waters in Blue Lagoon reflect the blue sky and let you see the pure white sand bottom of this part of the Mediterranean Sea. This long and narrow bay surrounded by rocks and sand is like a pool, which makes it an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving or simply relaxing on the beach.
From the moment we arrived at Blue Lagoon, looking down to the mesmerizing turquoise waters I have wondered why I haven’t been to Malta until now.
Unlike some of my other trips, this one it was all about relaxation. So it was fitting that after a long day of wandering through Gozo, to spend two hours in this paradise called Blue Lagoon, creator of thousands of postcard images of Malta.
I had absolutely no idea what to expect as so few of my friends have traveled in Malta before. I was really blown away by the clearest sea lined with a backdrop of impressive cliffs. Malta is the favorite summer holiday destination for many Russians and Europeans. The country of Malta is actually made up of three islands — Malta, Gozo and Comino. Comino is not much more than a small deserted island between Malta and Gozo, with a handful of resident families and a single hotel. But the island holds many beautiful surprises, from hidden caves to dramatic sea cliffs to one very famous Blue Lagoon. Visited by tourist boats that anchor here every hour, the Blue Lagoon will be empty at night, since the island only has an official population of less than ten people. This way, the Maltese waters are sure to remain clean and transparent for years to come. We’re fortunate that our visit comes after the high season has ended, so when we arrived nobody was on the island. Before getting back to the boat we decided to walk up to St. Mary’s Tower. This sturdy watch tower dates from 1618 and was built in order to keep watch over the Maltese channel.
My only regret is that I couldn’t swim in these clear waters from cave to cave.
It’s hard to think of a more peaceful way to end your day than sitting on a sandy beach watching the sun set down and birds flying over your head. I don’t know about you, but it’s definitely one of the most unexpected ways to spend Christmas Eve I’ve ever experienced. Especially because I threw my boots away and entered the icy water. I was literally freezing but I didn’t care!
When staying in Malta, save at least one morning or afternoon to visit Blue Lagoon and the islands of Comino and Cominotto. During summer, the sun waits for you here. In winter, these small Maltese islands are an excellent destination for walkers and photo enthusiasts like us. In the end the boat took us for a ride to see the fascinating caves around the island. With its splendid caves and the blue unspoilt sea, the islands of the Maltese archipelago are now recognized as a real paradise.
Stay tuned for other posts about my adventures through Malta and Gozo!