Fomm ir-Riħ

Fomm ir-Riħ (meaning mouth of the wind in Maltese), is a small bay in the limits of Mġarr on the western side of the island of Malta. The area is characterised by a fault line which creates an interesting landscape with vertical cliffs 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.

Public access to the quiet pebble beach is disputed with only one road which is currently 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.

The area is also famous for its Maltese freshwater crab that makes its home high above the Bay and the sea.[2]

In the mid-17th century, Blat Mogħża Tower was built near Fomm ir-Riħ, but it collapsed in the 18th century and it was never rebuilt. In the 19th century, a redoubt was built in the area as part of the Victoria Lines.[3]

Cart rutsEdit

On Ras il-Pellegrin, the headland north of Fomm ir-Riħ Bay, there are puzzling cart ruts that lead off the cliff top.[4]


  1. ^ "Ramblers highlight illegalities at Fromm ir-Rih". Gozo News. 2 August 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Fomm ir-riħ Bay". Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  3. ^ Spiteri, Stephen C. "Naxxar and its fortifications". Archived from the original on 20 January 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  4. ^ 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