After a wonderful first day in Malta (check out the post here if you haven’t already) we woke up in search of a local breakfast. We wandered the quiet streets that only the night before had been filled with bar hoppers and club goers.
We only had a bit of time to eat before Z’s brokers were due to collect us for a day trip to Gozo, the island at the very top of Malta that is only reachable by ferry. The island is filled with amazing dive spots, stunning cliffs and small traditional villages full of history (and Game of Thrones film sites which Mr. Z was very set on visiting).
But breakfast first…
We were lucky enough to cruise around Malta is this super cute BMW 135i series convertible.
We arrived at the ferry terminal an hour before the next boat; to kill the time we raced up the mountain in our baby blue Bimmer to explore the old red fort which offered beautiful views of the surrounding coast line and inland farms.
When we arrived in Gozo we drove straight through the winding town roads into the open fields and up to the Cathedral Museum.
Unfortunately the Cathedral itself was closed that day so we were unable to go inside which left us to explore the surrounding buildings like the look out towers and old prison.
The tower walls gave a beautiful view of the city of Victoria.
Mr. Z unfortunately got himself into some trouble and we had to leave him behind in the stocks.
Having walked the entire perimeter of the historic town we headed back towards Gozo’s coast to view the Azure Window.
A natural cliff formation on the water’s edge that looks something like a window – but more importantly was the location and backdrop to Daenerys Targaryen’s wedding in the first season of Game of Thrones (can you tell we are a little obsessed?).
I should also note that after all of our previous exploring of the cathedrals town under the hot sun I was desperate to satisfy my craving for some cold soft serve. Luckily, the parking area of the Azure Window happens to be filled with different vendors and my soft serve request was complete.
With my ice cream finished it was time to snap a few photos with the iconic backdrop.
I truly have no idea what I was pointing at.
Next up it was time to climb the window (or get as close as we dared).
From above you could see the locals and tourists alike swimming in the deep pools of warm water created by the cliffs.
Hot and ready for a break from the sun we drove to a nearby town for a late lunch of seafood and white wine.
The restaurant was built right up against the shoreline which allowed the schools of fish to swim up and wait like a begging dog who hoped you might toss in a piece of bread or two.
Do note that the convertible can leave you with some wind knotted hair – even if it was tied up before.
Full and happy we hopped back in the trusty car to race the sunset back to cliffs.
From cement to dirt road we chased it right to the edge.
I’d say it was worth it.
I have to mention that there wasn’t a sound, when we stood there watching the sun set into the sea and didn’t say a word the air was so still.
No sound of cars, the sea below or even a breeze. You don’t really realise that you almost always have a background noise or sound wherever you are until you are somewhere that truly is absolutely quiet.
I must say it had to be one of the most ‘zen’ moments I’ve ever experienced.
When the sun finally set we headed back to the car to make our way back through the ever winding streets to the ferry that would take us home- but not before stopping to take a picture with the ‘Santa Maria’ building marker (this one is for Grandma and Mom – you should note dear family that I had to quickly jump out of the back of the car to get this shot as it was holding up traffic.)
Totally worth it.
All in all if you do visit Malta you must put a day aside to explore Gozo. There is so much to see and I already have my list ready for our next visit.
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