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See the Azure Window before it vanishes/crumbles
On our fifth day in Europe, we decided to leave Valleta and take a 20-minute ferry ride to the nearby smaller but greener island of Gozo. Gozo has a charm of its own, and the ferry ride was full of people, specially because it was Saturday when we visited. But, it was worth it because we saw the beautiful Azure Window!
You might have already seen this Azure Window in Gozo, Malta through Youtube videos of illegal cliff jumpers. Due to erosion, there is the danger of the arch disappearing in a few years so people are not allowed to walk on it. In April 2012 a large piece of rock was dislocated and resulted in the window being made larger and more unstable, as well as a reduction in its nearly perfect oblong shape. The formation, which was created after two limestone sea caves collapsed, is popular with scuba divers.
When you arrive, you have to purchase the ticket which I think was less than 5 Euros, and then you fall in line for your turn to ride the boat. People were practicicing scuba diving in the area, and a lot of swimmers enjoying the waters. Then, when your boat arrives, you ride it (with life vest of course) and you pass through this cave tunnel...
Then, this part of Gozo has an "equivalent" of the Blue Grotto that we saw previously. You also see the change in rock colors from gray to pink at the water level and the water was of a nice blue colour. Then, alas, you see excellent views from the water of the Azure Window! We took a lot of pics but were not content yet, and so once we went back up the hill, we went to the side and took pictures of the amazing natural formation from above! Just be careful not fall off the cliff :)
Possibly the top attraction of the islands
What I find amazing about this place is that it is simply spectacular any time of the year. Whether you are left amazed by the impressive waves crashing high inside the azure window or wondering around the place on a sunny day, this is a must visit any time of the year. Unfortunately the window is short-lived as it will eventually collapse. Notwithstanding that it will still remain a wonder of Nature, do not miss out visiting the place until it happens.
It was such a bad weather when we come visit here, you can't even get closer to it, as you constantly got wash out from the waves and the blowing wind it was so terrible, the hole in the cliffs of Dwejra Bay on the island which is just 50 meters above the water, the rocks consist of a coralline limestone type which after the collapse of limestone caves
The Azure window is on the west coast of Gozo in the Dwejra Heritage Park it is located about five kilometers from Victoria
Azure Window/Fungus Rock
This natural rock formation is very impressive indeed even on a not so sunny day.Located on the south coast of Gozo these natural rock formations are millions of years old and together with the surrounding rocky paths seem very Alien like walking on another planet.There are fifteen minute boat rides available for a few Euros but the best way to see these specatular natural monuments are on foot from the edge of the rocky paths.There is a small church nearby together with a coffee shop and a few souvenier stalls for the tourists,well worth a visit.
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Peek through the Azure Window
The Azure Window is a natural, delicate arch near Dwejra Bay. This fantastic scenery was created thousands of years ago when two limestone caves collapsed. The area is popular among scuba divers and it's also a famous cliff diving spot although the latter is illegal, since obviously it's quite dangerous.
Unfortunately, the marvelous arch of the Azure Window is disintegrating and supposedly the arch will have completely disappeared in a few years. Once the arch is gone, rumor has it that the Azure Window will be renamed Azure Pinnacle. That's why I'm very happy I still had the chance to peek through the Azure Window instead of looking at an Azure Pinnacle, which is a lot less spectacular in my opinion. So hurry while the window is still open!
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The Azure Window
Also called the Blue window. In wintertime (witch last until middle of June in Malta (!!!!?) it´s not easy to visit this without rented car, or using tourist-buses, like hop on hop off. At the time we went (March 2011) the road was being fixed up, and the buses couldn´t go there. You needed to walk about 25min from bus stop. The driver just said, walk straight. We thought we would need more directions but really: You just needed to walk straight ahead all the time. The road was very bad in some parts (could be better allready) so I was glad I had comfortable shoes. It was down the road allmost all the way, so coming back might take a while. Luckily a friendly Swiss couplle stopped next to us with their rented car, and asked if we would like to go up in their car. Without them we would have missed the last bus!
Place looks very beaytful. Even if you have seen many photos, it´s different to see it yourself. It was not allowed to go as close as we did, but most people went even closer than us, some even climbed up over the "window". I think the signs were there, because if something happens, it´s on your own risk. But maybe climbing up might even damage the stone.
It´s free to go here. And at the summer, if you are not busy, you can also use local buses, witch are allmost free ;)
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The Azure Window (1/2)
This is probably the most important, at the least the most famous, landmark in Malta. It's like a table rock over the sea about 50 m. above it.
As you can see from the third pic, there is a very popular natural pool.
Dwejra Bay: Azure Window
The Azure window is a 50m high rock arch set in the Dwejra Bay cliffs.
Unfortuneately, it is predicted that within the next 10 years the archway will have crumbled into the sea. Constant erosion is causing large pieces of rock to fall away from the arch. As a result warning signs have been put up to warn people not to walk over the top of the arch.
This 100-metre high natural arch is perhaps the island’s most famous landmark and has attracted the attention of several film-makers. It is located in the west end of Gozo island and at Dwejra has been formed by thousands of years of wind and waves. It is a favorite location to visit but the most convenient way is by your own car (buses schedules may not be convenient). The area is rocky and not so suitable for swimming but it seems divers love it!
It is not allowed to climb up the arch, though I ...did it in order to have a better feeling.
Some of Gozos most beautiful coastal scenary is found at Dwejra and the Azure Window is the most instantly impressive. The sea cliffs have formed a natural arch which stands magestically in the blue waters.
In front of the azure window is a famous and spectacular dive site known as the Blue Hole. This is a natural vertical chimney in the rock which connects with the open water at approximatley 8 metres down through an underwater archway.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Dwejra: The Azure Window
This natural rock arch made by thousands of years of waves and wind is one of the most spectacular attractions in the world.
A 50 meter high hole in the cliffs through which you can see the most beautiful sea gave the name of this natural wonder.
Formed by Coraline Limestone, the Azure Window became even more famous after it appeared in American mini-series The Odyssey.
For more details visit my Dwejra and its wonders page.
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Azure Window & Fungus Rock
The Azure Windows is a 100 m long slab, which lies on one end on the mainland and the other end on a rock in the sea. Next to it is the so-called "inland sea" which is rather small and where lots of people were swimming and snorkelling. From the lake you can go by boat to the sea through a small gap in the rocks. There are some fisher boats that will take you out there for 1,50 LM per person and show you the Azure Window, some interesting rock formations and some corals. It didn't took long, maybe 15 minutes, but it was great and I enjoyed the waves out at the sea which was very funny with this little boat!
Next to the Azure Window is the Fungus Rock. A kind of mushroom was growing there, and was used by the knights against some diseases. They earned quite a lot of money with this miracle cure and there even was a watchtower so that nobody "stole" the plants.
A natural arch created by the erosion of the sea water and wind.
Beautiful view, the becomes spectacular with rough sea and wind, when the waves hit the rock and the water jets through the hole.
The Gozitans (inhabitants of Gozo) have always called it it-Tieqa (the Window).
In gozo we drove to the Inland sea and took a boat trip out and under the Azure window.
It only cost a couple of pounds and because we drove nobody else was around so it was just the two of us in the boat, we had a fantastic time its well worth a visit if you can.
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The Azure Window
Gozo has quite an amazing history, however it also ranks high in the natural beauty category. One place that is not to be missed is the Azure Window on the western side of the island. This natural arch projects out into the Mediterranean Sea. You will want to have a camera here and have your photo taken with it. Many people also swim in this area. Although the shoreline is rocky, there is easy access to the water when you can easily see the arch. In this immediate area are some snack concession areas. You can also see a rock formation called "Fungus Rock" which sticks out of the water and is set against a cliff in the background. Nearby is the "Inland Sea", where the water has come into an enclosed area through tunnels in the rock. You can also see an old watchtower nearby. There are several of these scattered across the Maltese Islands. Needless to say, this is a very scenic place. There is no admission charge to view the window and walk around the shore.
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