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Tour to Panoramic & Rural Malta -
Coast Road, Anchor Bay, Mellieha Bay & Village, Manikata, Ghajn
Tuffieha/Golden Bay, Mgarr Village, Rabat & Mdina (outskirts),
Buskett Gardens, Dingli Cliffs & Blue Grotto (PV4)
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We start with a scenic drive along the coast road, en
route you will pass St. Paul's and Xemxija Bay. Our first stop will
be Ghajn Tuffieha & Golden Bay. Two beautiful beaches separated by a
natural rock formation on which a 17th century tower stands. Here
you can enjoy some fabulous panoramas of both bays. We continue
through the tiny hamlet of Manikata and drive through some beautiful
rural countryside until we arrive at Anchor Bay.
Anchor Bay or better known as Popeye Village. This is the actual
location where the movie 'POPEYE' was filmed in 1980 and starred the
late Robin Williams. Here we will time for a quick photo stop.
We then driver past the popular beach of Mellieha, which is the
longest beach in Malta and onto our next stop in the hilltop village
of Mellieha. Here you can visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady which is
said to have the oldest icon of Our Lady and Baby Jesus and also
said to be miraculous. Pope John Paul II paid it a visit in 1990.
We proceed with our tour passing through the valley of Mizieb.
During this part of the tour we will pass farmer's tending to their
fields before we start our ascent towards the village of Zebbieh, en
route we pass Il-Grotta ta' San Martin, a small sacred cave which
local farmers still to this very visit to pray. Next is the farmers
town of Mgarr and here we will stop for a lunch break.
If you would like to try some local cuisine this is the ideal
opportunity! Mgarr is home to the best restaurants that offer local
meat dishes including braggioli (beef rolls), majjal (pork), quail
(game) and of course the nations favourite, rabbit which can be
baked, fried or stewed.... Other cuisine is available such as
chicken, beef, pasta etc....
The second part of the tour will take us past the ancient city of
Mdina, Rabat and Verdala Palace which is located overlooking Buskett
Gardens. We drive through the gardens and onto Dingli Cliffs.
These cliffs are characterised by vertical or near-vertical rock
faces rising from the sea to heights of up to 70-130m above sea
level. Some of the steep slopes are terraced and this unique feature
together with the expanse of the deep blue Mediterranean sea provide
The final part of the tour includes a scenic drive through the area
known as Girgenti. Girgenti is a shaded fertile valley renowned for
its orchards and cultivated fields. Eco system here is Maquis so it
is green all year round. Citrus and other fruit trees thrive in the
valley beneath the surrounding ridge. This route will also take us
via typical local villages before we reach the Blue Grotto.
Blue Grotto. This picturesque grotto and its neighboring system of
sea caverns mirrors the brilliant phosphorescent colors of
underwater flora. Boat trips, which take around 25 minutes allow you
to explore these grottoes and sea caverns along this stretch of
coast (the boat trip is not included in the overall price as it
operates subject to weather conditions, allow 8).
At this stage our tour comes to an end and we make our way back.
!Note The order in which we
operate the tour may differ as mentioned above.
Prices are based on the group size and are not per person.
Private transport is provided based on the number of passengers in
Tour with driver and Licensed Tour Guide:
365 for 1 to 3 passengers
465 for 4 to 6 passengers
575 for 7 to 12 passengers
685 for 13 to 17 passengers
Contact us for larger group up to 50
This tour does not include time for entrance into attractions,
therefore no entrance fees apply.
Lunch is not included.
Sunday/Public Holiday Supplements:
Add 25 (not per person) applies for tours operated on Sunday's and
This tour can
start on any day
Pick Up/Meeting Point:
We can pick up from any location
If you are visiting on a busy cruise line day this tour may not be
available. For tour itineraries that are guaranteed to operate for
cruise line passengers go to our
Licensed Tour Guides:
Your Licensed Tour Guide guide will be
with you for the FULL tour duration and will provide detailed en
route commentary and will also accompany at historical sites,
temples, museums and around fortified cities such as Valletta, Mdina
Guides are available in English, German, French, Dutch and Spanish
How to Book
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