Malta Circumnavigation Day 5: Blue Grotto to Għar Lapsi

This was the first leg of the journey on which I had a companion. Our old friend Lizzie was visiting from the UK and it was a welcome change to have some company on the walk.

My walking companion for the day.

I spent quite a lot of time exploring the little harbour at the bottom of Wied iż-Żurrieq before setting out on the walk proper. We climbed up out of the Wied using the route recommended by Paddy Dillon in his book ‘Walking in Malta”, well away from the road and hugging the cliff edge as we made our way to the top where we joined the road from Żurrieq to Ħaġar Qim.

The temple at Ħaġar Qim, under its protective "umbrella".

At Ħaġar Qim we bought tickets and explored the temple (and the Mnajdra Temple complex) before visiting the Ħamrija Tower and the Congreve Memorial. We scrambled down the cliff from the memorial and made our way on rough paths and over boulders to Għar Lapsi. The scenery was dramatic and full of interest, including views of the caves above Għar Lapsi.

The Ħamrija Tower, built in 1569.


The Congreve Memorial, with Filfla in the background.

We had intended to go on to Dingli but, having taken three hours to get this far and with the day heating up well into the 30’s centigrade, we decided to call it a day at Għar Lapsi. It had nothing to do with the rather nice restaurant we found there! (Blue Creek). We called Jaqui and she joined us for what transpired to be excellent lunch.

The coastal approach to Għar Lapsi.

For a full account see the photo journey here.


The girls enjoying a pre-lunch drink at the Blue Creek restaurant.

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