It was nice and hot on the island so on our way to the Azure Window we decided to go to a beach known as “the red sand beach.” It was great. It offered sandy shores, and nice water to swim in. We spent a few hours here relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere. Once we finished, we stopped by the little restaurant/bar by the beach and picked up some bottles of wine, beer, and snacks. They were very nice and provided us with plastic cups we could take to go.
Loaded up with refreshments we headed to watch the sunset from one of the most picturesque places on the entire island, The Azure Window. This 328-foot rock formation is located in Dwejra Bay. This is a very famous site and one that cannot be missed while visiting Gozo. This rock formation has a sweeping arch that forms a window-like structure that one can look through. Natural processes of erosion such as wind and waves have created this window. Sadly, it is said to be deteriorating. Warnings signs are posted around the site cautioning visitors to steer clear of walking across the arch. I am so happy that I was able to see this amazing formation before it eventually falls into the sea.
At the base of The Azure Window is a collapsed, underwater, limestone cave known as the Blue Hole. This area is a wonderful site for exploring by boat as well as scuba diving. Divers can access this cave through a 262-foot tunnel. Within the cave, there is a beautiful array of sea creators such as sea horses, octopi, and fireworms. To access the Blue Hole there is a little cove that you can walk down to from the parking lot area that has small fishing boats. These boats can take you out along the cliffs to view these amazing formations from the water as well as drop you off for a dive. We weren’t able to do this during this trip, but will definitely make time to do it the next time we visit Gozo.
Another cool piece of information about The Azure Window is that it has been featured in many films and television shows. It appeared in the 1981 movie, The Clash of the Titans and the 2001 film, The Count of Monte Cristo. It has also more recently been featured in the HBO series, Game of Thrones. It was the sight of the Dothraki wedding scene in season 1 of the series.
As we sat there perched on the rocks chatting with friends and soaking up the moment, I couldn’t help but be in awe of this magnificent site. Enjoying a glass of wine as the sun went down, I noticed the colors of the limestone cliffs became more vibrant and I could really feel the life of the island. Capturing this in the moment at The Azure Window in photos was difficult, but I think I did a pretty good job!