From Malta with Love - Part Six - The Azure Window, The Salt Pans and Xwejni Bay

Here's the sixth and final instalment in my series of posts documenting our fantastic holiday to Malta and Gozo.  If you haven't seen any of the others you can find them all here.

 

The Azure Window

 First let's take a trip to the breathtaking Azure window, a giant arch cut from the limestone by the sea. A tourist hotspot, and recently increased in fame further by it's appearance on the awesome HBO series, Game of Thrones. It's been predicted that the arch might not last much longer, and in 2012 a sizeable chunk of rock fell into the sea. 

The surrounding landscape around the window is also spectacular. We had great fun wading through shallow pools and clambering over rock formations, whilst watching groups of divers emerge from The Blue Hole, a deep and seemingly landlocked rock pool with access to the open sea at it's depths.

 
 

The Salt Pans at Zebbug

Nearly at the furthest tip north of Gozo are the salt pans, on the coast between Żebbuġ and Marsalforn. I knew before our trip, after seeing them on Pinterest, that this was a place we had to go.

The pans are still used today to produce sea salt. High tides fill the pools with sea water and the day's sun evaporates the water, leaving salt for harvest.

 
 

The Sun sets Over Xwejni Bay

As the sunset we took a stroll from the pans to the rocky beach of Xwejni Bay. A couple waded out to a isolated rock to share a romantic moment but I couldn't resist capturing their intimate silhouettes under the warm evening sun and cloudless sky. 

 
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We followed the curved cliffs around the bay to a golden cave scooped into the rock face.  I so wanted to sit in it but the cliff wall at its entrance was steep, and now wet and slippery with the sea lapping at my feet. So I took a few steps back to capture this shadow-selfie and wave goodbye to the beautiful Malta and Gozo.