Thursday, 10 July 2014

Travel | Azure Window, Gozo | Malta


This week's Throwback Thursday takes us to the Azure Window in Malta, an attraction spot both for tourists and Maltese alike because of its natural beauty. It is a natural arch that has been formed due to the limestone structure being weathered away leaving behind an arch-like structure, and because of the semi-arid conditions that Malta has, there is nearly always a blue sea and sky leading to it being called "The Azure Window". It has also reached fame more recently when it was featured in films such as The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), The Odyssey (1997) and Clash of the Titans (1981).
Being a natural feature, it has been noticed that the arch of the Azure Window is disintegrating with large pieces of rocks that form the structure constantly falling and is expected that it is now only a matter of time before the Azure Window completely disappears. I personally recommend to not actually walk over the top of the arch, but to view it from the side, as the former option is a key factor to the disintegration with the pressure of people walking over contributing significantly to the reason as to why this arch will no longer exist within a few years. When this happens, the "Azure Window" will be renamed "Azure Pinnacle".


If you do visit Gozo, I cannot recommend highly enough the sightseeing hop-on, hop-off style buses that are in operation all over Gozo. The buses of Gozo are infamously unreliable, and the sightseeing buses caters specifically for tourists stopping right by the Azure Window and comes every 45mins at each location leaving you enough time to take photos and clamber around the rocks.


It is found on the coast, and is relatively easy to get to once you have reached the Dwejra Bay in the town of St. Lawrence, Gozo where it is located either by walking across the top of the actual structure, or by walking along the other side and viewing it from the side. There is also another method of going down to the seafront and walking across the rocks to gain a closer look, which is a method I did, and while this is not suitable for those who are not confident in rock-climbing or clambering over narrow structures, the end result is amazing and worth it if you have the time.



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