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Malta Series #7: Dwejra & Ramla Bay

There are two main natural beauties in Gozo that you can’t miss during your Maltese trip. Dwejra is a unique seawater lake, linked to the sea through a deep cleft in the rock; Ramla Bay is a stunning beach, famous for the particular reddish color of its sand. These two locations are both great for having fun and photographing.

In the extreme west point of the island of Gozo you’ll find the Dwejra area, which is one of the most famous and photographed places in Malta.

  • In this location you can admire Inland Sea, which is the result of a collapsed rock roof of a large cave: there’s a hundred meters of seawater lake, linked to the outer sea through a deep cleft in the rock.
  • Another stunning natural rock formation: the Azure Window, a giant stone arch which has been carved by the sea. During days of calm seas it can be used as a cool starting point for diving, while on stormy days, it’s a wonderful and exiting show to see.
  • You can admire Fungus Rock, which is a rock block that protrudes from the sea for over 50 meters. For the beauty of the seabed, this is a very popular spot for scuba diving; this site is luckily protected because on top of that, it is used to grow a particular specie of fungi, which has to be strictly preserved.

Ramla Bay is the most beautiful beach on the island. The name means “sandy bay”, because sand is the main feature of this wonderful place: the sand is red, deeply red, due to the copper-based chemical composition of its grains. In fact, the waves on the shore draw some beautiful green hues, due to oxidation of the copper atoms. Not so far from the beach, along the crest of the rocky ridge, you can admire the cave of Calypso, precisely the same cave that has been narrated in Homer’s Odyssey.

In these two locations the use of Color Negative film is mandatory. It’s wonderful to appreciate the original and natural color of the amazing red sand of Ramla Bay and the stunning colors of the sea and rocks in Dwejra.

Outro/Footer: Alessandro Panelli (aka yo.panic or .panic) is a Medicine and Surgery student, a photographer and a writer from Padova (Italy, near Venice). Read more about Alessandro’s work and life here or add him on Facebook or Google+.

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