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To my mind, Dwejra Gozo may be classed as the Top Adventure Play-Ground of the Maltese Islands.
Dwejra Gozo is magical. It is an attraction for people who love the peace and open air, adventure, camping, trekking, rock climbing and swimming. It offers spectacular deep-sea diving locations or shallower and warmer waters in the Inland Sea. For the diving enthusiasts Dwejra Gozo offers unique experiences in the so called Blue-Hole near the Azure Window (It-Tieqa) and in various other locations.
It is a paradise for the camping and trekking enthusiasts and offers both easy and challenging climbs to rock-climbers. For the peace seekers it is the remotest and wildest and most natural nook of the Maltese Islands and yet it is easily accessible (even on foot) from the Village of St. Lawrence in the West of Gozo.
For the photographer, it is enough to wait for the sunset with the Fungus Rock or the Azure Window in the background. Curious rock formations like the Crocodile Rock and the Il-Port (a small natural harbour) add unique character to this yet untouched locality of great quality. The Fungus Rock (picture) or, as it is locally known, "Il-Gebla tal-General" or (the General's Rock) surely deserves specific mention. It is so called after the Italian General who long years ago fell to his death while supervising quarrying activities in the area.
Fungus Rock or General's Rock
According to historical records a special plant or fungus with medicinal and healing properties had its habitat on top of Fungus Rock and because of the great importance attributed to the plant, the Rock used to be very well guarded during the time of the Knights of Malta. Anyone caught climbing the Rock or stealing the herb was sentenced to death or to rowing for life on the galleys. The plant was picked and brought across by the use of a primitive contraption of baskets and pulleys.
Dwejra Gozo is relatively large. On the way down the narrow winding steep road one enjoys an enchanting bird's eye of the place and passes the Dwejra Watch Tower on the left. One arrives in a small square with ample parking spaces on the left. Right in front is a Chapel dedicated to St. Martha and beyond lies the famous Azure Window* and the open Mediterranean sea.
Azure Window, Dwejra, a great diving site
On the right, a narrow road leads downhill towards the Inland Sea, another renowned nook of Dwejra Gozo, resembling a huge pot with high cliffs on the North and East sides. The row of old and quaint boat-houses on two sides of the pebbly beach offer a unique background and some shade too.
Dwejra Inland sea, Gozo, Malta, Diving The Inland Sea is ideal for swimming and snorkeling as well as pickniking. From here one can take a boat-ride to view the Azure Window, Blue Hole, Crocodile Rock and the Fungus Rock at close range from the sea. An enchanting very strait tunnel leads out into the open sea and is accessible through a small dark cave. The tunnel supplies the Inland sea with fresh sea water all the time and is only navigable in very calm weather.
To the West of the Chapel and along very rocky terrain one arrives at a sort of a rocky beach in the form of a horse-shoe. It is fairly wide and another good spot for swimming, snorkelling and sun-bathing, but perhaps not very well-suited for very young children as it faces the open sea and access to the water may be somewhat difficult in places.
Dwejra Inland Sea - Ideal for Children
Dwejra Gozo offers so much to the visitor - - Further West we approach the Fungus Rock, rising high above sea level. It is like a small island with the Port behind it. The Port has two openings, one on each side of the Fungus Rock. The Port is fairly large with deep water especially around the Rock itself.
This inlet is completely surrounded by very high cliffs and the innermost part on the East side is very popular with swimmers. Access is by a series of winding steps hewn in the rock probably by fishermen who had their boat-house at the bottom. The Port is frequently used by sailing yachts to shelter from rough weather or simply to spend a couple of days ashore away from it all.
* Alas, the Azure Window is no more. A terrible storm with huge pounding waves caused by the West wind blowing at force 7 tore it down and it now lies in pieces at the bottom of the sea. We have lost a world famous icon, a part of our identity. It is a pity that nothing could be done to save it :((
At least I still have a painting of the Azure Window which I made a couple of years ago.
Pen and water-colour by myself in 2015
Rent a house or a Room in Gozo, Malta