Dwejra Bay

Dwejra Bay

The name of this bay: “Dwejra”, is a testament to the heritage and mythology of this ancient site.

The word ‘dwejra’ is derived from the Maltese phrase “a small home” and has a dual meaning: tradition has it that a small house was indeed present for many years in this remote location from which inhabitants would enjoy the stunning sunset scenes. But the metaphor of a ‘home’ is also an analogy referencing the huge, almost parallel vertical rocks which form what has been from time immemorial a primitive shape of a dwelling. 

Known as the ‘Azure window’  this majestic phenomenon is the result of geological forces which have shaped the face of the island of Gozo over several millennia.

The bay is an ideal spot for a half-day or full-day hike in this idyllic spot close to the sleepy village of San Lawrenz in Gozo.

If you’re an experienced swimmer you can dip into the inland sea where you’ll find a hidden pebbly water lake which is an oasis of peace. The only access to this lake is through a well-known local passageway called the ‘Ghar iz-Zerqa’ which literally translates to the ‘Cave of Blue Beauty’. From here you can hire a boat  and slowly make your way through the caverns that dot Dwejra Bay. Do remember to pack your camera to immortalize the view of the majestic Azure Window. If you’re a diver be prepared to experience some of the best diving spots in Gozo which are plentiful in this area.

While on land take some time to enjoy the rocky shoreline with its unique geology which offers several great hiking paths. 

Along the coast is the prominent tower fortification built by Grand Master de Paule  in the seventeenth century. This was intended to assist in the guarding of the coast which was a critical function during the Turkish invasion of the eighteenth century.

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Credit to Michael Jurick, from New York, for the above photographs he took in 2012 

Did you know?

  • The famous eight-pointed Maltese Cross symbolizes the 8 obligations of the Knights of St John: Truth, faith, repent of sins, humility, justice, merciful, sincere and enduring persecution.
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