Friday, 26 April 2013

Gozo Trip - Part 1

The thought of some early season sunshine was too much to resist after the winter we have had here.A friend of mine asked me to do some work with him on his farmhouse in Gozo before the holiday makers arrive.
 



So a mixture of work and swimming and snorkelling, at least that was the plan.
The work being stripping down the exterior doors, filling and re-painting. We flew in to the capital of Malta 'Valetta' and picked up a hire car at the airport which we took over on the ferry which took about twenty minutes
I have been to Gozo before on a day trip from Malta although I can't recall too much.
Compared to its southeastern neighbour, Gozo is more rural and known for it's scenic hills. It is only about 8 miles long by about 3 with a population of around 31,000.



So a mixture of work and swimming and snorkelling, at least that was the plan.
The work being stripping down the exterior doors, filling and re-painting. We flew in to the capital of Malta 'Valetta' and picked up a hire car at the airport which we took over on the ferry which took about twenty minutes
I have been to Gozo before on a day trip from Malta although I can't recall too much.
Compared to its southeastern neighbour, Gozo is more rural and known for it's scenic hills. It is only about 8 miles long by about 3 with a population of around 31,000.

Azure Window
Our first port of call was the spectacular coastline of Dwejra and the 'Azure Window'.  The arch of the Azure Window is disintegrating, as large pieces of rock keep falling from the arch. It is expected that the arch will completely disappear within just a few years. Looks like I got there just in time then! Several films such as,Clash of the Titans and The Count of Monte Cristo were filmed here.

Fungus Rock (background) is a small islet in the form of a 60 metres high massive lump of limestone at the entrance to an almost circular black lagoon in Dwejra. The Knights Hospitaller apparently discovered what is popularly known as the Malta Fungus on the rock and it is incredibly rare. It is actually not a fungus at all but a plant or tuber. It stinks to high heaven but the Knights used it as a dressing for wounds and a cure for Dyssentry. 

The Inland Sea is a logoon of seawater linked to The Mediterranean Sea through an opening formed by a narrow natural arch. As you exit through the tunnel towards open sea, the floor drops away in a series of shelves to a depth of up to 35 metres on the outside.



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