With it’s traditional villages, long winding walks, secluded lagoons, caves and beautiful landscapes, Gozo is a world away from everyday's hustle and bustle. The island is the second largest and most northerly of the islands in the Maltese Archipelago with a population of over 30,000.
Crossing to the island of Gozo from Malta is very easy. On arrival at Malta International Airport visitors can take a taxi or bus to the ferry terminal at Cirkewwa which is situated in the north of Malta (45 minutes’ drive). From there it only takes a short ferry trip (25 minutes) to the island of Gozo.
For such a small island, Gozo is packed with a wide variety of experiences and attractions. Travelling history fans shouldn't miss the megalithic temples at Ġgantija, and the recently restored Il-Kastell fortress towering above Gozo's compact capital of Victoria is one of Malta's finest sights. Mountain biking, kayaking and clifftop hiking are all opportunities for active visitors, while Gozo's food and wine scene focuses strongly on fresh local produce and briny-fresh seafood. While Malta can sometimes feel busy and crowded, sleepy and laid-back Gozo offers the perfect opportunity to breathe out tranquility and relax.
WHAT MAKES GOZO THE ULTIMATE GETAWAY?
Gozo promises plenty opportunity for adventure, at any time of year. The island's rocky landscape provides an ideal terrain for outdoor activities such as cycling, trekking or going off-road with a quad bike. Other popular activities include abseiling, kayaking, paragliding and snorkelling. For those feeling a bit less adventurous, one can enjoy one of many walking scenic routes in the Gozitan countryside.
Gozo offers a rich Mediterranean Culture. If you're in Gozo between May and September, you surely have to experience one of the parishes' religious feast in honour of the village patron saint, and enjoy a weekend of celebrations, beautiful decor on churches and main streets and the world-renowned firework displays.
Gozo's coastline is magnificent, and home to a selection of both sandy and rocky beaches. Enjoy Ramla Bay with the family which offers a wide stretch of red sand and picturesque landscape. Or, if you prefer a more rocky environment, there is a lot to choose from. Xatt l-Ahmar is ideal for snorkelling and wildlife, while at Hondoq ir- Rummien you can enjoy views stretching out to Comino.
There are several areas in Gozo which offer the visitors breathtaking views over the unspoiled Gozitan countryside, its rural villages and the pristine Mediterranean Sea. Take a lovely stroll in the countryside such as Wied il Ghasri, Ta' Mixta Cave or Wied il- Lunzjata. Enjoy a 360 view of Gozo from above while in the forts of the Citadel, or simply enjoy typical Gozitan coastline with views of Comino and Malta from the Belvederes in Nadur or Qala.
Gozo was first inhabited around 5000BC. Gozo is influenced by different rulers that took over the island along the years such us the The Phoenicians, The Arabs, and The Knights of St John who all left a marks on the island's history. When you're in Gozo make sure you visit the 7,000 year old Ggantija Temples in Xaghra and the Citadel fortifications in Victoria, dating back to the 17th century.
Every nation has its food specialities and Gozo is no exception. Fresh produce is the core of Gozitan food delicacies, which makes the food so delicious. Take the tasty gbejniet for instance; these little, round cheeselets are made from goat’s milk by the same farmers whose parents and grandparents made them decades before. One must try the traditional 'pastizzi' which is filo-pastry with local cheese or pea filling. A visit to a local bakery for a maltese bread loaf or a traditional gozitan 'ftira' is also a must! For the wine lovers.. did you know that the roots of wine-making in Gozo traces back 2000 years !?