Also known as the Dwejra Window, the Azure Window was a 28-metre-tall natural arch on the island of Gozo in Malta. The limestone feature, which was in Dwejra Bay close to the Inland Sea and Fungus Rock, was one of the island's major tourist attractions until it collapsed in stormy weather on 8 March 2017. The arch, together with other natural features in the area, has appeared in a number of international films and media productions.
Gozo (Ghawdex) and the Knights Templar
The first settlers arrived on primitive rafts from Sicily between 5000 and 4500 BC. Since then, a continuous flow of other races have come and stayed, leaving their mark on the language and culture and giving a rich diversity that is unique. Over the centuries, the powerful nations, such as the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Arabs, have ruled. The Arabs christened the island Ghawdex (pronounced Owdesh) in the 9th century and the locals still refer to it as that, the name of Gozo being later imposed by the Spanish. It is however, the Knights of St.John who have left a lasting impact on the island. Their influence is obvious from the many beautiful churches, the focal point of the villages over which their influence dominates.
North African Corsairs
The Knights built the Citadel in the 15th century for protection against constant attacks by the Turks and North African corsairs. It contains a magnificent cathedral, various museums and gives a taste of medieval life. From the Citadel walls, the view embraces the whole island - a place to reflect on Gozo's colourful history.
The Megalithic structures of Ggantija
Visit the village of Xaghra (pronounced Shar-ra) and see the megalithic temples of Ggantija, built over 5000 years ago and thought to be the oldest free standing structure in the world. Whilst in Xaghra, you should also visit Xerri's Grotto and Calypso's Cave. From Xaghra, or Nadur you can continue to Ramla Bay, a long stretch of golden sand with plenty of room.
The Inland Sea
Head for the Dwejra area and discover the natural phenomena of the Inland Sea. Learn the supposed healing powers of Fungus Rock. The limestone cliffs will reveal many shell and marine fossils - even sharks teeth!
The Haven of Marsalforn
Gozo Aqua Sports is based in the fishing village of Marsalforn on the north coast. A typically relaxed and friendly welcome awaits the visitor. Marsalforn bay offers a small beach and many rocky coves to enable plenty of sunbathing opportunities. For the more energetic, there are other watersports available in the summer months and for the night owls several lively bars open till late.
Everyone is very helpful and friendly and the equipment available to hire is faultless. I really enjoyed my test dive, and felt safe in the hands of the instructors who have clear and confident instruction. The centre was very well organised and everyone was so friendly. We did 5 dives over 2 days and they were great. Thank you for a lovely relaxed but fun diving experience.
I visited Gozo for a dive holiday with friends and chose to dive through Gozo Aqua Sports. A fabulous decision. All of the staff were so welcoming and friendly and made us feel at home throughout the week. Staff were thorough and extremely helpful in assisting us to select, understand and maintain our equipment. We completed our Open Water course with Martin, a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor who made us feel at ease throughout.
No doubt, Gozo Aqua Sports is the place to be if you want to spend a great diving holiday on Gozo. We started diving with Gail and Patrick more than 20 years ago and this year, the second generation of the family passed the open water course in the same place. There is a well equipped shop and a lot of different diving activities including Tec diving as well as friendly helpful staff.
From the minute we emerged from baggage claim, we were looked after. Gail at GAS had arranged our transfers across the two islands and had our apartment, vehicle keys, and paperwork waiting for us. Gail and GAS instructor Martin were ready with advice on weather and sea conditions to make sure our independent diving went safely. As ever my wife and I had first class friendly and effective service. I wouldn't go anywhere else on Gozo.