Sunday, March 13, 2011

Western Malta

Malta's geography is like a lopsided cake. Eastern Malta is all coastal area with beaches and natural harbours and Western Malta has high limestone cliffs, so the island is higher above sea level the futher west you go, and also less populated. We took our new-to-us car to Fomm ir-Rih this weekend, which is Malta's most remote and least developed beach area. It's popular with divers and geological geeks and it is the least touristy place in Malta. Fomm ir-Rih was beautiful and the hike down the cliffside was interesting. I don't know anything about geology but I've read that it's a very interesting geological place, something to do with rock formations in the cliff.

View from the top of the cliffs to the bottom, Fomm ir-Rih beach in the top right corner was our destination

Path along the cliff edge down to the beach
M got excited about shell fossils 40 m above sea level



Fomm ir-Rih beach
Winnie had an ocean bath after rolling around in a decaying bird on the beach. Why do dogs do that?


We have now explored the northern, southern, eastern and western coastal areas of Malta. Our next goal is to visit all of its beaches and to try more restaurants in its little villages.We love having a car and being able to do these things with the dogs. Now if only it were hot enough to drive with the top down...


-J

1 comment :

  1. Dogs, especially small hunters, will roll in strongly scented ANYTHING as a means of covering their own scent so their prey will not smell them coming.

    Nice Pics, BTW.

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