Gozo

Gozo

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.

The whole embarkation/debarkation process was very well organized
There are 2 decks – larger vehicles like vans and semis are on the lower deck, and smaller vehicles are on the upper. We even saw a truck transporting a pony.
Debarkation. Notice the huge truck on the right.

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.

The citadel offers a panoramic view of the Gozo island

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.

But we made it! There used to be a iconic stone arch (the Azure window) in this spot, but a storm in 2017 sheared it off.

Luckily there’s more to see in the area, otherwise we would have just wasted an hour driving to see the ocean.

The inland sea dive site allows small boat access to the ocean through a narrow cave. We decided to splurge for a little adventure.
Cave with purple coral
The ocean side of the cave.

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.

The Blue Hole. There is an underwater arch, located 33ft below the surface, that connects to the open sea. One can free dive down the Blue Hole and pop out on the other side of the wall.

Back in town, we checked in to our hotel after scarfing down some spaghetti.

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