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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Calypso's Cave

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Calypso's Cave

 

  “.... round her cave there was a thick wood of alder, poplar, and sweet smelling cypress trees, wherein all kinds of great birds had built their nests- owls, hawks, and chattering sea-crows that occupy their business in the waters. A vine loaded with grapes was trained and grew luxuriantly about the mouth of the cave; there were also four running rills of water in channels cut pretty close together, and turned hither and thither so as to irrigate the beds of violets and luscious herbage over which they flowed. Even a god could not help being charmed with such a lovely spot, so Mercury stood still and looked at it; but when he had admired it sufficiently he went inside the cave....”

                                                        Homer, The Oddessey, Book V

 

 

Legend holds that this is the very cave in which the love-struck nymph, Calypso held Odysseus captive for seven long years, before being compelled by the gods to set him free to return home to Ithaca. There is little to show that Odysseus actually lived here (was there an Odysseus, ever?), however this legend does not fail to enthrall the visitor who approaches this location with an aura of quasi-reverence. Homer's description of the cave in an idyllic setting seems far removed from what we may behold today. However, the breathtaking view of Ramla l-Ħamra Bay is a fitting reward to those who venture to this enigmatic location.