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Dwejra Bay Azure Window

In comparison with mainland Malta, one finds a more varied geology and larger relief contrasts, with typical flat-topped hills.

The countryside is recognized by its traditional rubble walls and the prickly pear hedges peeping over or bordering terraced fields.  Green hills and fertile valleys separate one village from the other.  Wherever you look, the sea is always within the reach of the eye.  In fact, Gozo has an amazing coastline with its tiny creeks, sand beaches, blue sea, majestic rock formations and protruding watchtowers.  Low lying coastal stretches of limestone, are chequered with saltpans while high and dramatic cliffs trigger awesome emotions with their native blend of salty air and wild herbs.


At the foot of the cliffs at Dwejra, the Azure Window is the superb companion to another interesting landmark Fungus Rock upon which, recorded since the times of the Knights of St. John, grows a very unique type of fungus with alleged therapeutic properties.  Close by, the Inland Sea provides a wonderful opportunity for a boat trip with a difference.

On the opposite side of the Island, look out for the unforgettable view from Calypso Cave overlooking the beautiful and distinguished red sands of Ramla Bay. Also for those who would not miss a chance for a swim, a short stroll, or just to relax, the crystal clear waters of Marsalforn and Xlendi bays beckon the visitor's appeal. Furthermore, Marsalforn and Xlendi together with Mgarr Harbor are Gozo's main fishing villages. Being an island, the fishing industry has been cared for since generations.  No wonder that there is no bay, which does not shelter a variety of fishing boats and with several boathouses for their maintenance.

The national fishing boat is the colourful luzzu (pronounced 'lutsu') with its normally blue bulwark and with the eye of Osiris on white, red or brownish background on the prow.  Especially when its calm, the reflection left by berthed fishing boats on the water inspires a lot of artists' imagination.  Most nostalgic is also the scene of vessels leaving harbour at early dawn, or while returning at sunset.  The image of luzzijiet with their bows skimming through the calm blue water, leaving behind streams of silver ripples is simply unforgettable.  The day's catch is, apart from any romanticism, obviously the toiling fisherman's most important aspect of his trade.

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