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A few weeks ago, Tom and his work friends/partners went for a couple of fun weekend holidays to Malta’s Gozo Island.

A few weeks ago, Tom and his work friends/partners went for a couple of fun weekend holidays to Malta’s Gozo Island.

Well, well, well, buckle up folks because I’ve got the ultimate guide to Gozo, Malta’s hidden gem! If you’re looking for a destination that’s packed with stunning scenery, crystal-clear waters, and a laid-back atmosphere, then Gozo is the place for you. As a seasoned traveller, I’ve been to my fair share of islands, but Gozo is truly something special.

Let me tell you, there’s no shortage of things to do in Gozo. Whether you’re a history buff, a beach bum, or a foodie, this little island has got you covered. From exploring the ancient megalithic temples at Ġgantija to soaking up the sun on Ramla Bay, there’s something for everyone. And let’s not forget about the delicious Maltese cuisine – I still dream about the fresh seafood and pastizzi I indulged in during my stay.

So, if you’re planning a trip to Malta, make sure you don’t miss out on Gozo. Trust me, you won’t regret it. Stick with me and I’ll take you through all the must-dos on this picturesque island.

Getting to Gozo

Ah, getting to Gozo. The first step on your journey to discovering all the amazing things this little island has to offer. Lucky for you, there are a few different ways to get there.

Ferry Ride

If you’re feeling adventurous (or just want to save some money), take the ferry from Cirkewwa. It’s a short ride that takes around 20-30 minutes, and the views are stunning. Plus, you might even spot some dolphins if you’re lucky! Just make sure to hold on to your hat – it can get a bit windy out there.

Public Bus

If you’re not in a rush and want to save some money, take the public bus. Several bus services stop at Cirkewwa, including the 222 from Silema, the 41 and 42 from Valletta, and the airport bus route X1. It’s a bit of a longer journey, but you’ll get to see some of Malta’s beautiful countryside along the way.

Guided Tour

If you want to sit back, relax, and let someone else do the driving, consider taking a guided tour. There are plenty of companies that offer tours to Gozo, and they’ll take care of everything from transportation to sightseeing. Plus, you’ll get to learn about the island’s history and culture from a knowledgeable guide.

No matter how you decide to get to Gozo, just make sure you take the time to enjoy the journey. After all, it’s not every day you get to travel to a beautiful island like this!

Exploring Victoria

As soon as I stepped foot in Victoria, I knew I was in for a treat. This charming town, also known as Rabat, is the capital of Gozo and is packed with history and culture. Here are some of my favourite must-dos in Victoria.

Citadella

First on my list was the Citadella, a small fortress on top of a hill. The views from the top are breathtaking and the fortress itself is a true marvel of architecture. I spent hours exploring the maze-like streets and admiring the stunning views of the surrounding area.

Museum of Archaeology

For history buffs like me, the Museum of Archaeology is a must-visit. The exhibits are fascinating and showcase the rich history of Gozo and the Maltese islands. I was particularly impressed by the collection of prehistoric artefacts, including some of the oldest pottery in the world.

Independence Square

No visit to Victoria is complete without a stroll through Independence Square. This beautiful square is lined with shops, cafes and restaurants, and is the perfect place to soak up the local atmosphere. I loved sitting back with a coffee and watching the world go by.

Republic Street

Last but not least, Republic Street is the perfect place to indulge in a little retail therapy. This bustling street is lined with shops selling everything from souvenirs to designer clothes. I couldn’t resist picking up a few mementoes to take home with me.

Overall, Victoria is a real gem of a town and I highly recommend taking the time to explore it. From the Citadella to Independence Square, there’s something for everyone.

Diving in Gozo

If you’re looking for an underwater adventure, then Gozo is the place to be! With its clear blue waters and abundance of marine life, it’s no surprise that Gozo is a top destination for scuba diving enthusiasts.

Azure Window

One of the most famous diving spots in Gozo is the Azure Window. This natural archway was formed by the sea eroding the limestone cliffs over thousands of years. Sadly, the archway collapsed in 2017, but the area is still a popular diving spot. Divers can explore the underwater caves, tunnels, and chimneys that were formed by the archway.

Blue Hole

Another must-visit diving spot in Gozo is the Blue Hole. This natural swimming pool is located in Dwerja Bay and is surrounded by towering cliffs. Divers can descend through the hole and explore the underwater caves and tunnels. Keep an eye out for octopuses, moray eels, and other marine life that call the Blue Hole home.

There are plenty of other scuba-diving sites to explore in Gozo, each with its unique features and marine life. From the Inland Sea to the Santa Maria Caves, there’s something for every level of diver.

So grab your wetsuit and dive into the crystal-clear waters of Gozo for an unforgettable underwater adventure!

Beach Life

If you’re looking for a relaxing day at the beach, Gozo has got you covered. Here are some of my favourite spots:

Ramla Bay

Ramla Bay is a beautiful sandy beach with crystal clear water. It’s the perfect place to unwind and soak up the sun. But beware, the sand here is a striking red colour, so make sure you don’t get it confused with sunburn!

Xlendi Bay

Xlendi Bay is a charming little cove that’s perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The water here is so clear that you can see all kinds of fish swimming around. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the bay from a different perspective.

Marsalforn Salt Pans

If you’re looking for something a little different, head to Marsalforn Salt Pans. These salt pans have been used for hundreds of years to harvest salt from the sea. It’s a fascinating process to watch, and the salt produced here is some of the best in the world. Plus, the view of the sea from here is simply breathtaking.

So there you have it, my top picks for beach life on Gozo. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day in the sun or an adventure in the water, there’s something here for everyone. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!

Historical Sites

As a history buff, I couldn’t resist visiting some of Gozo’s most famous historical sites. From the ancient Ggantija Temples to the eerie Old Prison, there’s something for everyone.

Ggantija Temples

The Ggantija Temples are a must-see for anyone interested in ancient architecture. These megalithic temples are over 5,000 years old, making them some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world. And let me tell you, they’re huge! The name “Ggantija” actually means “giant’s tower” in Maltese, and it’s easy to see why. These temples are made up of massive stone blocks, some of which weigh over 50 tons. How on earth did they move those things?

Old Prison

If you’re looking for a spooky experience, the Old Prison is the place to be. This prison was in use from the 16th century all the way up to 1962, and it’s said to be haunted by the ghosts of former inmates. I didn’t see any ghosts myself (thank goodness), but the atmosphere inside is definitely creepy. The cells are tiny and cramped, and the walls are covered in graffiti left by prisoners over the centuries. It’s a sobering reminder of just how tough life used to be.

So there you have it – my top picks for historical sites in Gozo. Whether you’re interested in ancient architecture or haunted prisons, there’s plenty to see and do. Just don’t forget your camera!

Outdoor Activities

Are you ready to get your heart pumping and your adrenaline rushing? Gozo is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts like me who love to explore nature and challenge themselves. Here are some of my favourite outdoor activities in Gozo:

Hiking

Gozo is a rural paradise with plenty of hiking trails that offer stunning views of the island’s natural beauty. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hiker, there’s a trail for you. My personal favourite is the Victoria Lines Trail, which runs along the ridge of hills that separates the north and south of the island. The trail offers breathtaking views of the Maltese archipelago and takes you through some of Gozo’s most picturesque villages.

Mountain Biking

If you’re looking for an adventurous way to explore Gozo’s rugged terrain, then mountain biking is the way to go. There are plenty of trails that cater to both beginners and experienced riders. My top pick is the Ta’ Cenc Cliffs Trail, which takes you on a thrilling ride through the island’s stunning coastal cliffs. Just be sure to wear a helmet and bring plenty of water!

Kayaking

For those who love to explore the sea, kayaking is a must-do activity in Gozo. You can paddle your way along the island’s stunning coastline, exploring hidden coves and caves along the way. My favourite spot is the Blue Lagoon, where you can paddle through crystal clear waters and soak up the sun on the sandy beach.

No matter what your outdoor interests are, Gozo has something for everyone. So, grab your gear and get ready for an adventure you won’t forget!

Gozo’s Cuisine

As a foodie, Gozo is a paradise for me. The cuisine here is a fusion of Maltese and Italian influences, which means lots of pasta, pizza, and seafood. Plus, the prices are very reasonable, with most meals costing between 10-20 euros.

Seafood

Being an island, Gozo has a strong seafood culture. You can find fresh fish and shellfish in every restaurant. My personal favourite is the traditional fish soup, aljotta, which is made with garlic, tomatoes, and fish. Another must-try is calamari, which is usually served with a side of chips and salad.

Wine Tasting

Gozo has a rich wine culture, with several vineyards producing high-quality wines. You can go on a wine-tasting tour and sample some of the best wines in the region. My favourite is the local red wine, which is made from the indigenous grape variety, Gellewza.

Local Produce

Gbejna, a traditional Maltese cheese made from goat or sheep’s milk, is a must-try when you’re in Gozo. It’s usually served as a starter or as part of a cheese platter. You can also find fresh fruit and vegetables in the local markets, which are great for making your own salads or smoothies.

Overall, Gozo’s cuisine is a delight for foodies. With its fusion of Maltese and Italian influences, fresh seafood, and local produce, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds. Just be sure to bring your appetite!

Gozo is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, one of 21 that make up the Maltese archipelago. Inhabited for thousands of years, it shows evidence of historic immigration and rule by the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Sicilians, French and British, among others. It’s known for its Neolithic Ġgantija Temple ruins, rural hiking paths, beaches and scuba-diving sites.

Getting to the Island – Gozo Ferry (a 20-minute trip)

We dined at several truly fantastic establishments. It was a 9-bedroom farmhouse where we stayed. There was something quite magical about the setting.

Here are some suggestions about how to spend your time on Gozo.

Maltas Gozo Must Dos Guide

Food & Drinks

The Boat House

  • Mediterranean Restaurant
  • Address: Xatt Ix Xlendi, Victoria XLN1010
Maltas Gozo Must Dos Guide
The Boat House, Restaurant, Mediterranean Cuisine, Xatt ix-Xlendi, Xlendi, Gozo

Churchill Restaurant

  • Mediterranean Restaurant
  • Triq San Xmun, Xlendi XLN 1300
Maltas Gozo Must Dos Guide
Maltas Gozo Must Dos Guide

Country Terrace

  • Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
  • 4 Triq Iz-Zewwieqa | Gozo, Mgarr, Island of Gozo GSM 1433, Malta
Maltas Gozo Must Dos Guide

Zafiro Restaurant

  • Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
  • Xlendi Promenade, Xlendi, Island of Gozo XLN 1302, Malta
Maltas Gozo Must Dos Guide

Cafe Jubilee

  • Bar, Cafe, Mediterranean
  • 8 Independence Sq | Independence Plaza, Victoria, Island of Gozo, Malta
Maltas Gozo Must Dos Guide

Arzella

  • Seafood, Mediterranean, European
  • Ghar Qawqla Street, Marsalforn, Island of Gozo, Malta
Maltas Gozo Must Dos Guide

Activities

Victoria and the Citadella

Victoria and the Citadella Maltas Gozo Must Dos Guide
Victoria and the Citadella

Dwejra and the Azure Window

Dwejra and the Azure Window Maltas Gozo Must Dos Guide
Dwejra and the Azure Window

Marsalforn salt pans

Marsalforn salt pans Maltas Gozo Must Dos Guide
Marsalforn salt pans

Ramla Bay and other beaches in Gozo

Maltas Gozo Must Dos Guide

Ggantija temples

Ggantija temples Maltas Gozo Must Dos Guide
Ggantija temples

Ta’Cenc cliffs

Ta’Cenc cliffs Maltas Gozo Must Dos Guide
Ta’Cenc cliffs

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