Although Pretty Bay in the pleasant village of Birzebbuga is the only really sandy beach in the south of Malta, there are plenty of great places to swim.
Marsaskala offers an attractive harbour surrounded by cafes and restaurants.
Marsaxlokk is Malta's largest fishing village with a daily tourist market and some terrific fish restaurants. Delimara Point is nearby.
ex Jerma Hotel
St Thomas Bay
St. Peter's Pool
Buses from Valletta: 81 to Marsaxlokk, 82 to Birzebbuga, 91 to Marsascala.
The Blue Grotto is just south of the town of Zurrieq. Walk downhill to the Wied iz-Zurrieq to catch one of the small boats that visit the grotto: a series of caves of which the "Blue Grotto" itself is the largest. This natural grotto and its system of caves reflects the brilliant phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora. Unfortunately, the small boats can only visit the grotto on days when the sea is relatively calm.
The scenery around the Blue Grotto is simply breathtaking, with the blue Mediterranean, soaring cliffs and, on stormier days, some of the islands most spectacular waves. From here, you can also see the small island of Filfa, uninhabited except for a unique species of lizards. Walk back up the coast a little for a superb view across the valley of the Wied iz-Zurrieq.
Bus: 201 from airport, Zurrieq, Siggiewi, Rabat.