To be found right near Dwejra Lake is the rock archway known as the Azure Window, aptly named due to the colour of the sea through and around it. Worth the climb to the top - but beware, the long ledge of rock that forms the upper edge of the 'window' is in danger of collapsing!! However, that said, it is still possible to walk along the top and the views from here are truly spectacular. They are people walking along the top to the left in the picture - it's bigger than it seems!
If the weather is fine, boats carrying sightseers may well pass through the 'window'.
This is the loveliest part of Gozo and definitely not to be missed! The spectacular Azure Window in Dwejra Bay is a natural archway which was formed over thousands of years by the erosion of the wind and the sea. It is probably the most photographed landmark on Gozo and can also been seen in some films, such as "The Clash of the Titans" (towards the end) and the American mini-series "The Odyssey".
When in Gozo, I always visit the Azure Window. I even went there one January day when the weather was very bad and the sea was dangerously rough. It was completely deserted but it looked even more spectacular with the huge waves crashing on the rocks.
Also of interest in the area is the Inlet Sea, the Fungus Rock, the Qawra knight's tower and the tiny St Anna chapel. What I also find interesting are the hundreds of shell fossils embedded in the rocks.
Wear good shoes because the area is very rocky.
Just near to the Fungus Rock at Dwejra Bay is the most well photograhed sight on Gozo - the Azure Window - well actually its more like a door. We spent about 40 minutes here and at the inland sea, clambering around the rocks trying to snap it from every possible angle (but not on top of it as it was considered too slippy and unsafe, there are danger signs up). It really is a sceic sight of Gozo and a definite must see.
The azure window was naturally created over the years by the erosion of the waves that hit against this huge rock thus creating a sort of window. When the sea is rough in Winter, in my opnion the scene looks very impressive as one can see the huge waves arise and splatter against the rock. In calm seas, the surrounding sea is very popular for scuba divers however it is also very dangerous. The sea there is very wild as it is open sea and there are loads of caves which are very attractive for divers to explore. Apparantly, quite alot of people die in this spot every year as there are also loads of underwater currents !
A natural arch in the rocks provides a visually appealing "window" through which you can see the sea and the cliffs beyond. You can clamber down and around the rock face here (to the right as we look) to get a better, closer look and to see it from different angles. I did the climb, got my feet wet and got no pictures as my batteries gave out at that moment! I do have plenty that I took from this other easier vantage point though.
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.
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.
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.
This photograph shows the natural wonder rock arch of the Azure Window at Dwejra Point.
At the time of my visit, a climber was just packing his gear away after abseiling down. Rather him than me!!.
To the right of the rocks I am standing on to take this photo, is the "Inland Sea", a crater into which the sea flows through a cavernous fissure in the cliffs. Small boats ply trough the gap on sightseeing trips.
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 ;)
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!
The Azure Window is one of the most spectacular sights of Malta. The incredibly azure Mediterranean and the color of the cliffs around it make of the Azure Window an unforgettable experience.
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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.
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.
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.