When time mushrooms

A boulder shaped like a giant mushroom is one of the main tourist attractions on the island of Gozo in Malta.

Made of limestone and perched near a clifftop, this natural wonder - aptly named Mushroom Rock - was formed after thousands of years of weathering and erosion.

It is part of the diverse landscape on Gozo, which remains relatively untouched and offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Gozo, which is accessible by ferry from Malta, has long been associated with Ogygia, the island home of the nymph Calypso in Homer's Odyssey.

Famed for its archaeological discoveries, Gozo boasts the temple complex of Ggantija, which has been named a Unesco World Heritage Site. The two temples on the site date back to 3,600BC.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2018, with the headline 'When time mushrooms'. Subscribe