For the finale to our series of locations to visit around Malta, it’s time to turn our attention to the island of Gozo and its natural beauties!
1. Dwejra Azure Window and Inland Sea
Perhaps the most iconic image of the Maltese Islands, the Azure Window in Dwejra, Gozo lives up to the hype. Made out of a massive block of Upper Corralline Limestone (a type of Maltese rock) that has been worn away by the waves to form an arch, the Azure Window shows sea erosion in action and will one day crumble to leave just a disconnected stack (rock island).
The nearby inland sea was formed after underwater caves collapsed, leaving an inland pool of water connected to the open sea. Swim in the sheltered waters surrounded by spectacular cliffs that tower above you or take a boat ride (around €4) through the tunnel linking the sea to the open water and enjoy breathtaking views of Fungus Rock. The area is also an excellent diving site.
Getting to Dwejra Azure Window and Inland Sea
At Id-Dwejra, Gozo. Bus stop: Dwejra
2. Ramla l-Ħamra
Named after its soft, reddish sand, this beach is the largest in Gozo and an excellent location for both relaxing and having an adventure. The sand and shallow sea make it a popular swimming spot, although it’s far less busy than the beaches on Malta. The beach is surrounded by sand dunes, terraced farmland, and rounded clay slopes, with many opportunities for treks. Calypso cave, mentioned in Homer’s poem “The Odyssey” (where the nymph Calypso supposedly entertained Ulysses for seven years before he continued his journey) is just a short walk away and a welcome spot of shade on scorching summer days.
Watch out for undersea currents on windy days that can make swimming hazardous. Lifeguards man the beach in summer and put up red flags when swimming is dangerous.
Getting to Ramla l-Ħamra
This beach is close to the villages of Nadur and Xagħra in Gozo. Closest bus stop: Ramla.
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