10 other awesome windows in the Maltese Islands that comfort the loss of the Azure Window
The Azure Window may be gone BUT did you know that there are at least 10 more natural arches around Malta, Gozo and Comino?
When the Azure Window collapsed during a massive storm on 8 March 2017, the whole country was in mourning. Yet, despite being the most famous, the Azure Window was not the only magnificent natural arch to decorate the coast of the Maltese Islands.
1. Mielah Window, Gozo
Gaining popularity since the Azure Window disappeared, the Mielah Window is equally massive and majestic. It was previously overlooked mainly because a sewage plant operated nearby until recently. Heavy rains have since cleared the valley and the whole area promises a wonderful outing.
2. Ghajn Abdul, Gozo
Found within an old stone quarry in Gozo, this huge arch soon became an Instagram favoruite amongst tourists and locals alike.
3. Munxar Window, Marsascala
Another stunning window is located at Munxar Point in Marsascala. The turquoise waters along with the unique shape of the arch make this location even more Instagram worthy.
4. Comino Window
Since it is located on the western side of Comino island, just across from Qala in Gozo, most visitors to Comino overlook this beautiful window. The ferries cross from the east side but divers and boaters will know this arch well.
5. Marks & Dukes Window, Ahrax (Mellieha)
This window would be almost hidden from sight from a land perspective, unless you are standing at just the right point on the cliffs of Ahrax. It is quite true that the Maltese coast can be best appreciated from a boat.
6. Nadur Window, Gozo
Located next to the quarry in the limits of Nadur, Gozo, this window is rather unique in that it looks more like a bridge connecting with a smaller island.
7. Blue Lagoon Window, Comino
Also more like a bridge, especially because it is rather low, this would still technically classify as a window. The pristine waters of the Blue Lagoon and the surrounding setting make a photo of this rock feature definitely worth taking.
8. Ghar Hanex, Qrendi
Now here's a baby window that adds the perfect embellishment to the view of Filfla, near Qrendi. Indeed, it is often seen in the foreground of Filfla pictures or with the tiny island in the background.
9. Blue Grotto, Zurrieq
Nearby, the Blue Grotto arch is somewhat more majestic. And the major plus is that it also comes as the entrance to a wonderful cave that attracts thousands of tourists each year.
10. Il-Hofriet, Xrobb L-Ghagin
Finally, here's a window connecting the two bays known as Il-Hofra l-Kbira and Il-Hofra z-Zghira (the big hole and the small hole) at Xrobb L-Ghagin, Delimara.
Geologists estimate roughly twenty-five such windows around the Maltese coast, ranging from the tunnels at Dwejra in Gozo and in Cominotto to several small ones close to the water, like the one shown above at the Blue Lagoon.
See! We're not short of beautiful windows giving a great view upon the sea!