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Finding Gozo, Malta’s Azur Window



The Hard-to-Find Site on the Mediterranean Island, South of  Sicily

Getting to the beautiful Azur Window on the coast of the south Mediterranean island of Gozo, Malta, can be a challenging adventure, but the rewards are worth the effort. Situated on the northeast end of Gozo near Dwejra Bay, the Azur Window is a natural rock formation that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea and forms a “window” to the sparkling, inky blue waters. Visitors can walk on top of the rocks and look “through” the Azur Window. That is, if they’re able to find Dwejra Bay in the first place.

Getting to Gozo

From the island of Malta, arriving at Gozo is easy: simply take the ferry from Cirkewwa(reachable by direct bus, line 45, from the capital Valletta) on the northwestern side of the island, to Gozo’s southern end.

From the ferry docks at Mgarr, it’s also fairly easy to catch a bus to Victoria, Gozo’s capital—just make sure you’re on the correct side of the road. (Remember, in Malta, they drive on the left, so buses going to Victoria will be on the side of the road furthest from the water.)

Getting to the Azur Window from Victoria

Gozo harbour

Gozo harbour

The trip gets difficult at the bus station in Victoria. Finding the right bus to the Azur Window—or, more aptly, in the direction of the Azur Window—is tricky, because bus schedules are fairly irregular, and since buses do not go directly to the site, asking someone which way to go is a must. Take the bus that goes to San Lawrenz (line 2 or 91), as this is closest to Dwejra Bay and the Azur Window. It’s also possible to rent a bike, but be prepared for a long ride.

Make the Trek or Find a Ride

Once at San Lawrenz, you either have to flag down a tour bus, bum a ride off of someone, or hunt for a taxi (the most expensive option by far). If not, then, well, you have to walk or bike, which wouldn’t seem so bad if it were a quiet country road. Theoretically, the journey could be pleasant, but the road from San Lawrenz to the Azur Window only partially fits the description of “quiet country road.”

Proceed with Caution

In the first stretch, the path consists of dirt and rocks, and you will wonder whether you’re going in the right direction. Then the road becomes paved, but there’s bad news: it starts to wind. Downhill. The curves would not be so treacherous if this were not a main road. But it is, so cars (and large, wide, frightening buses) will drive by as you meander—or hug the side of the road prepared to fall into the bushes to avoid getting hit—toward your destination.

About halfway down the hill, you will begin to wonder if this is worth it, and then you see the rocky shore in the distance. You’ve—almost—arrived, but there’s still a long way to go. After you’ve finally reached the bottom of the hill, you can take as long as you want to enjoy the scenery, and even grab a drink at the small café near the water.

Now all you have to do is find your way back. Last words of advice? Have a game plan established before making the trip all the way out to the Azur Window, one that includes a phone number for Gozo’s taxi service. Either that, or rent a car.

Visiting The Republic of Malta

Island Nation Just South of Sicily Has Much to Offer Visitors

malta-377411_960_720Heard the name and that it’s a cool travel destination, but know nothing about the country of Malta? Here are some basics about the islands, and a few travel tips. Looking for a unique getaway in the Mediterranean? Consider visiting the beautiful island nation of Malta, a small country with a history of layer upon layer of cultural influences.

Finding it on a Map: Where is Malta?



Located just southwest of the island of Sicily, Malta consists of two major and several smaller islands, including the island Comino. The two main islands are Malta and Gozo. Malta’s capital, Valletta, is located on the island of Malta.

A (Very) Short History of Malta

malta-282849_960_720Malta has been influenced by the cultures of several countries and civilizations since ancient times. The most recent occupation was the British until 1964. Malta is now an independent nation and a member of the EU. Evidence of ancient Greek and Roman influences is present in the islands’ ruins.

Population, Language, and Other Information

Below are just a few basic Malta statistics:

  • Malta’s population is about 413,000.
  • The capital, Valletta, is home to just 6,300 inhabitants.
  • Malta’s official languages are Maltese and English. Maltese is not spoken anywhere else in the world, and is influenced by both Italian and Arabic. Maltese has a unique sound that visitors will easily be able to distinguish upon arrival in the country.
  • The Maltese currency is the Euro.

Tips and Useful Facts for Travelers to Malta

Things important for all visitors to Malta to keep in mind:

  • Remember to drive on the left side of the road!
  • When riding the bus, travelers should be ready to hold on to their belongings. Motion sickness-prone beware!
  • Many people on Malta speak or understand Italian.

For more information about Malta, see the country’s official tourism website, VisitMalta.

Fun Touristy Things to Do in Malta

Gozo’s Azur Window, shopping in Valletta, Blue Grotto, boat ride around the harbors, hanging out on the beach, exploring the three cities, going on a crazy bus ride pretty much anywhere on the islands for under a Euro…these are just a few possibilities for visitors to Malta.



A wonderful destination on the island of Malta is the hilltop city of Mdina. This quiet, walled-in city, aptly nicknamed the Silent City, is undisturbed by traffic and is perfect for a leisurely stroll and some sightseeing. Mdina is the old capital of Malta, and is now home to fewer than three hundred residents. Just outside the walls is the town of Rabat.



Malta is a great place to visit particularly when the weather is warm. The country’s unique and layered history, location, and overall environment make it a destination unlike many others in Europe.