Malta is an archipelago of 3 islands – Malta, Gozo, and Comino. To get from Malta to Gozo, one can take the 20-minute car ferry (from Cirkewwa ferry terminal) that runs every 30-45 minutes throughout the day. Joe and I have actually never taken a car onto a ferry, so it was pretty exciting for us to experience this.
Our first stop on Gozo was the Citadel in the town of Victoria. The Citadel was originally occupied during the Bronze Age, and later fortified by the Knights of St. John in the 15th century. Guess who invaded it in 1551? Yup, the Ottomans.
Since we couldn’t check in to our hotel yet, we decided to check out the Azure Window area in Dwejra. Unfortunately, I inputted Dwejra bay into Google Maps, and the crazy app directed us down an unpaved rocky road that is more appropriately traveled while driving a 4×4, not a tiny economy Hyundai. At one point, our path was blocked by a cement truck at a construction site. A trip that would have normally taken 20 minutes, took us an hour. Poor Joe, he was so worried that we’d get a flat.
Luckily there’s more to see in the area, otherwise we would have just wasted an hour driving to see the ocean.
Was the boat ride worth it? Probably not, but we drove an hour to this place, might as well try to see as much as we can. We actually almost missed the highlight of the area had I not inquire the boat man about the Blue Hole that I had seen mentioned on the rudimentary directory.
Back in town, we checked in to our hotel after scarfing down some spaghetti.
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We have a photo of that ferry on our blog! it holds a special memory in our history (Under Travel Bug, Phil’s Story). We were lucky to see the Azure window before it collapsed.