Sunday, 15 July 2012

The Southern Coastline: Hofriet

Delimara (33)

Hofriet is the Maltese word for holes and it aptly describes this cove, and another next to it, situated in the southern part of the island, because when seen from above, they do look like two adjacent holes separated by a thin strip of land. This part of Malta is characterised by soft, white, limestone  cliffs. In some places, the slopes incline gradually towards the sea. In others, the drop is sheer and unforgiving.

Delimara (34)

The best way to reach this cove is either by boat or else by swimming from the next bay through an archway in the cliff.

Delimara (35)

A precarious path down to the water  probably also exists – although I could not see one.

The scenery is quite pretty - the blue sea in sharp contrast with the bleached limestone of the rocks and cliffs.

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You will notice a difference in the colours of the photos since they were taken on two very different days: a breezy day in early June and a bright summer’s day in mid-September.

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That is one thing that I absolutely love about the sea – it’s ever-changing faces and moods.

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I have yet to visit Hofriet during the winter when the wind will roar and heave the sea into columns of spray. It must surely be a spectacular sight.

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June and September 2011


  1. That second to last photo is just stunning. I mean, they all are, but that one stands out for me.

    I like how you project moods onto the face of the sea. I've not spent near enough time by the water to have picked up on such a thing.

  2. Beautiful coastline and yes, the ever changing sea is wonderful!

  3. Love your shots of the sea, and that archway/opening is fascinating to see. It doesn't look as if any small boat could pass through.

  4. What amazing colors and such a pretty place!
    It all looks like a heaven to me.
    Wish you a wonderful week :)
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  5. What a lovely part of the sea ! I first thought you showed a coastline from England, lol !


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