Fomm ir-Riħ

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Fomm ir-Riħ, "mouth of the wind", is a small bay on the western side of the island of Malta. The area is characterised by the a fault line which creates an interesting landscape with vertical cliffs, an irdum, and a pebble beach. There is also an unusual syncline behind the beach.

Fomm ir-Riħ Bay, as seen from Ras ir-Raħeb

The Bay and headlands form perhaps the most stunning scenic views and varied geology on the islands of Malta in the limits of Rabat, Malta.

Public access to the quiet pebble beach is disputed with only one road which is illegally blocked.[1] Access is now by a narrow path cut into the side of the steep cliff and a hot climb down to the beach.[2]

The area is also famous for its Maltese freshwater crab that makes its home high above the Bay and the sea.[citation needed]

Cart ruts (cart tracks)[edit]

On Ras il-Pellegrin, the headland north of Fomm Ir-Riħ Bay, there are puzzling cart ruts (cart tracks) that lead off the cliff top.[3]


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  3. ^ Hughes, K. "Persistent Features from a Palaeo-Landscape: The Ancient Tracks of the Maltese Islands" The Geographical Journal, 1999

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Coordinates: 35°54′25″N 14°20′24″E / 35.907°N 14.340°E / 35.907; 14.340