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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Dwejra

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Dwejra

San Lawrenz, Gozo

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What creative forces must have sculpted a cliff-like formation into the Azure Window, a strange natural arch flanking the coast at Dwejra? The invisible sculptor's hand is still at work, chiseling away at the rock -perhaps it will not be long before this natural wonder will be gone as the roof of the arch collapses.The equally iconic Inland Sea communicates with the Mediterranean through the Azure Cave - a sixty metre passageway through the cliff, some six metre wide.

Fire and Blood Productions came under fire when it foolishly dumped tonnes of sand on the rocks at this sensitive area, sparking fears of an ecological disaster during the 2010 filming of HBO TV series Game of Thrones.

Fungus Rock, known as Il-Ġebla tal-Ġeneral by the locals is a little islet off Dwejra, famed during the days of the Knights for Malta Fungus – a herb that used to flourish here. “Malta Fungus” is in fact a misnomer as this herb is not a fungus at all but a parasitic flowering plant. This shrub was prized for its supposedly invaluable medicinal properties. Anybody caught stealing this herb would have been condemned to death or a lifetime as an oarsman on the galleys.

An artificial cave in an upper cliff on the Ras il-Wardija, the extreme south-west corner of the island, was cut in Phoenician times as a religious sanctuary and dug by an Italian team in the 1960s. The attribution to the nymphs is an improbable one, but the site is certainly in a very dramatic natural position.