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Fomm ir-Riħ

A walk in Fomm ir-Riħ in winter

Offbeat Malta.
Quality moments away from the crowds.

11 July 2023

While this Mediterranean jewel is famous for its picturesque coastlines, ancient temples, and bustling cities, there exists a world of hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. Join me as we embark on a journey off the beaten path and uncover Malta and Gozo's lesser-known gems.

Fomm ir-Riħ.
A Hiker's Paradise

For outdoor enthusiasts seeking a scenic adventure, Fomm ir-Riħ (see picture above) is a hidden gem not to be missed. Situated on the western coast of Malta, this rugged and untouched area offers breathtaking hiking trails and panoramic vistas.

Trek along winding paths that lead you to Fomm ir-Riħ Bay, a secluded pebble beach nestled between towering cliffs. Marvel at the wild beauty of the Maltese countryside and let the tranquility of nature rejuvenate your spirit.
Getting there by car.

Tarxien Temples.
Ancient Mysteries Unveiled

Delve into Malta's ancient past by visiting the Tarxien Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site tucked away in the village of Tarxien. Dating back over 5,000 years, these prehistoric temples offer a fascinating glimpse into Malta's Neolithic history.

Explore the intricate stone carvings, step into the sacred chambers, and marvel at the remnants of an ancient civilization. The Tarxien Temples provide a captivating experience for history enthusiasts and those intrigued by the mysteries of the past.
Getting there by bus / by car.

Għar Lapsi.
Nature's Secluded Hideaway

Ghar Lapsi

Escape the tourist crowds and venture to Għar Lapsi, a hidden cove tucked away on the southwestern coast of Malta. This secluded paradise boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters, rugged cliffs, and an aura of tranquility.

Take a refreshing dip in the natural rock pools, explore the underwater world while snorkeling, or simply relax on the sun-drenched rocks, far away from the bustling tourist hubs. Għar Lapsi offers a serene retreat for those seeking natural beauty and peaceful solitude.

Wied il-Għasri.
A Coastal Wonderland

Prepare to be mesmerized by the enchanting beauty of Wied il-Għasri, a hidden gem located on Gozo Island. This narrow sea gorge, flanked by towering cliffs, opens up to reveal a secluded pebble beach and crystal-clear waters.

Embrace your adventurous side by kayaking through the winding gorge or bask in the sun's warm embrace on the tranquil beach. The untouched charm and breathtaking vistas of Wied il-Għasri will leave you awe-inspired.
Getting there by ferry and car.

Gozo's Inland Sea.
A Hidden Coastal Wonder

Gozo Inland Sea

Escape to the idyllic island of Gozo and discover the enchanting Inland Sea. Tucked away on the southwestern coast, this natural lagoon is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Marvel at the dramatic cliffs that surround the azure waters, and take a boat ride through a narrow tunnel that connects the lagoon to the open sea.

Dive into the crystal-clear waters for a mesmerizing snorkeling or scuba diving experience, where you can encounter colorful marine life and underwater caves. The Inland Sea offers a serene and picturesque coastal escape, away from the crowds, allowing you to soak in the natural beauty of Gozo.
Getting there by ferry and car.

The Chinese Garden of Serenity.
A Tranquil Oriental Retreat

Chinese Garden of Serenity

Escape to the tranquil Santa Lucija Chinese Garden, a hidden gem that transports you to the enchanting world of the Far East. This beautifully landscaped oasis, tucked away in Santa Lucija village, offers a serene retreat adorned with traditional Chinese architecture and meticulous gardens.

The “Serenity Garden” in Santa Luċija is similar to other Chinese gardens in that it symbolises life, from birth to death. Take a leisurely stroll along its paths. starting from the fountain at the entrance to the garden which is the figure of birth, with the mother symbolised by the water in the background. The rest of one's life is all represented by different areas and elements of the garden, a straight path (a life with no issues) against a serpentine path (adventurous, dangerous), the word WU inscribed on one side of a welcoming portico (wonders of life), "The Pleasures of Heaven" inscription next to rocks (Heavens).

There is much to read into and I'm not sure the interpretation above is spot-on but I was happy simply admiring the vibrant flowers and delicate trees. Like me, you'll find solace just sitting next to the tranquil ponds and not thinking of anything much. The Santa Lucija Chinese Garden is a hidden sanctuary where you can immerse yourself in the serenity and beauty of an Oriental escape away from the traffic and the bustling life elsewhere.
Getting there by car / by bus.

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