16.11.17

Xlendi to Azure Window Walk


We pursued the beautiful walk from Xlendi to the Azure Window on the second day since arrival at Gozo. It is a pity that we could not see the natural wonder of a 28-metre limestone arch standing proudly on the sea. It consisted of a pillar of rock rising from the sea and joined to the cliff by a horizontal slab. Though strong it was defeated by erosion, storm and collapsed.  Its parts are now sitting on the sea bed.  Nevertheless, the hike between Xlendi and the Azure Window is stunningly beautiful. We were accompanied with blue sky, dramatic white cliffs, colourful flowers and amazing views all along.


To start the trip, we passed Stone Crab (one of the famous restaurants) at Xlendi Bay, walked up a staircase to go further to the direction of the Azure Window. Look back from there you will see the beautiful Xlendi Bay.


When you are up. look for a red dot on the rock.  From there ascend to the higher part.  It is a small climb which the short me had to grasp plants sometimes to help the walk up. But once I was up, it was easy then to continue the walk. It is a combination of town pavements, earthen and limestone paths.

 


When you come to a Y junction, go left and continue a big country road for about 2km to arrive at Ta’ Sarraflu fresh water pool. Then take the concrete track bounded by rubble walls across the road from the pool. It will take you towards the cliffs and offers fantastic views towards Xlendi.

Ahead is a narrow path on the left.  It leads to a cliff path at a lower level and then Wardija Point. There stands the Punic sanctuary which was carved into the yellow limestone 2,500 years ago.  From this point in front of you are the magnificent views of the Dwejra Bay, Fungus Rock and Azure Window if it hadn't collapsed.



Going forward we continued to enjoy the tranquillity, the beautiful blue and immense space.  Different gorgeous spots dot the path.  No wonder this is one of the top trails in the world, not only in Gozo.









After heading down, we walked towards the sea. It was very windy. So, be careful. It was fabulous to climb / walk across the coastal rocks, sit there and admire the mother nature.








11.11.17

Legligin

Legligin Slow cooked pork
Maltese onomatopoeic word for glugging down a drink



We visited Legligin (Maltese onomatopoeic word for glugging down a drink) on our last night in Valletta.  It was featured in a German travel book written by Michael Bussmann which also recommends Tal-Petut which was exceptional.  Legligin is small place and we called in advance to reserve a table. Sitting next to us is a Dutch lady and her son, a handsome little guy.

Service in Legligin was friendly. The venue was cosy.  Food was excellent. We were served with many dishes, 8-10 different gourmets of the country or the Mediterranean.




The dinner started with wine picking which was difficult as I don't know much about but like to drink with dinner. Soup and a few appetisers gave a good impression and confidence that the other dishes would be great.

Legligin Vegetable Soup

Legligin Maltese sausage, aubergine pate, sundried tomato pate (alioi) chicken liver pate

Legligin lasagna


Legligin Sea bream, octopus and spinach with balsamic dressing

Legligin Beef Zucchini Cheese and mashed potato

Legligin stewed rabbit

If you prefer to eat not too late, make a booking either by dropping by or calling, else you will be told 'Sorry, we are full.  Would you mind coming back later or reserve a table on another day?'  The Dutch mother sitting next to us asked if they could come for lunch on Sunday. Sorry it would not be opened for lunch.

We dined at Tal Petut a few nights ago and were totally impressed.  It's a good choice and worth a trip to go to Birgu.


117 Triq Santa Lucia
Valletta