Ramla Bay is reputed to be the
place where Ullyses, the heroic Greek warrior, met the enchanting
queen Calypso. Consequently the island of Gozo is considered by
many scholars to be the island of Ogygia. Homer's Odyssey narrates
how Ulysses, after the wars of Troy, set sail for Ithaca were he
had left his wife Penelope and only son Telamon. After several adventurous
days at sea, his boat was wrecked in a terrible storm near the isle
of Ogygia and Ulysses drifted on flotsam to the sandy shore of a
The goddess-nymph Calypso, who inhabited a cave in
the hillside overlooking the bay, rescued Ulysses, took him to her
cave and nursed him.
He then wished to sail home, but the nymph delayed
his departure for seven long years. She promised him eternal youth
if he consented staying with her but he refused, preferring to return
to his wife and home in Greece.
He prayed to his gods daily and it was Zeus who ordered
Calypso to release the homesick man.
Ulysses sailed from Ogygia on a new ship loaded with
presents for himself and his family which was a reward from Calypso
and she ordered the winds to blow favourably to help him reach home
safely. He arrived Ithaca where he found his wife Penelope at home
weaving an unending web while she waited and waited for his return.
The view of the red sandy bay, of the sea and of
the Gozo landscape is one of a beauty. Hundreds throng to the place
for a look at the legendary abode of the brave hero and the lonely