I dropped Jaqui off at the Radisson hotel in Golden Bay. She was visiting the spa for a “beauty session” so I took the opportunity for a walk around the area of Għajn Tuffieħa.
Għajn Tuffieħa literally translates as “Eye Apple” so I guess could be loosely said to mean “Apple of the Eye”. Alternatively “Għajn” can also mean a “spring” rather than “eye”. (Update: Reader A Puli, in a comment on another post, writes “It is true that Għajn is spring and Tuffieħa is an apple. But it is incorrect to translate it as Apple’s Spring. This is because the name Tuffieħa is also an arabic name written “tofiħa” So it was a spring that belonged to Tofiha. The name of this bay dates back to the Arabic period.”)
Whichever translation, it is indeed a very attractive area, consisting of three separate bays, Golden Bay, Għajn Tuffieħa Bay and Ġnejna Bay, each of which has a very different character from the others. They are separated by two headlands, one the striking Il-Karraba and the other containing a fine lookout tower, one of the five commissioned by Grandmaster Juan de Lascaris-Castellar between 1637 and 1640. These towers are known as the “Lascaris Towers: and predate the great siege of 1565.