- Inland Sea, Gozo
The Inland Sea, sometimes called Qawra in Maltese, is a
lagoonof seawater on the island of Gozolinked to the Mediterranean Seathrough an opening formed by a narrow natural arch.
It was probably formed where a
geological faultin the limestonehad created a sea caveand where the roof had then collapsed.
On one side there is a gently shelving stony beach with several fishermen's huts. The boats are often pulled up on to the stony beach. The bottom of the lagoon is also mostly pebbles and rocks and is fairly shallow. As you exit through the tunnel towards open sea, the floor drops away in a series of shelves to a depth of up to 35 metres on the outside.
Jacques Cousteausaid the Inland Sea was among his top ten dives.
On calm days
fishing boats, known in Maltese as luzzijiet, can pass through the tunnel. Some of the boats are used to take visitors through the archway and then for a tour of the nearby cliffs and other sites, mainly to the Fungus Rockand another large natural arch in the cliffs called the Azure Window.
* [http://www.malta-info.co.uk/attractions/inland_sea_gozo/index.html Maltese tourist information]
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