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Gozo - a Mediterranean paradise

Forming part of the Maltese islands, Gozo is very distinct from its bigger sister. Life moves slower here.

Facts:

 

Capital:  Victoria

Population:  39,287

Area:  67 sq/km

Airport:  Malta International Airport – Luqa

How to get there:  The Maltese Islands only have one airport. It is situated on the main Island, southwest of the Maltese Capital, Valletta in the town of Luqa.  To reach Gozo, you will need to drive or catch a taxi or bus to Cirkewwa’s Ferry Terminal where you will then board the ferry to Mgarr Harbour on Gozo.  The ferry trip is only around 25 minutes long.

Description:  Gozo is the second largest Island in the Maltese archipelago.  It is known for its unhurried pace of living and natural beauty.  Gozo is very rural and is also known for its untouched country trails.  It hosts the UNESCO Heritage site of the Ggantija Temples dating back over 5500 years.  The beauty of Gozo stretches underwater too, with world-class-dive sites and underwater landscapes with interesting wrecks ready to be explored, making it a haven for scuba divers from around the globe.

Highlights of Gozo:  


Victoria, also known as Rabat, is Gozo’s capital city.  It is home to the beautiful Citadella, a fortified City with breathtaking, panoramic views of the island.  Visit the Cathedral of the Assumption, a magnificent structure within the Citadella, featuring a Baroque facade and beautifully decorated interior.  Explore the Citadella Cultural Centre, museums or take a tour into Gozo’s own old prison and underground war shelter. Located in the heart of Victoria, St. George’s square is dominated by the impressive St. George’s basilica with stunning architecture, grand facade, notable artworks and a beautifully adorned ceiling.  This bustling square is surrounded by cafes, restaurants and shops and often hosts events and festivals.  You can also opt to take a stroll into the narrow street of Victoria and discover little restaurants and cafes that tantalises your culinary preferences.

Ramla Bay, often referred to as the ‘Red sand beach’ boasts golden-red sand and crystal clear waters.  Close by, one can visit the mystical Calypso’s and ‘Mixta’ cave and enjoy the endless and stunning views.

Dwejra, home of the now-collapsed Azure Window, remains a beautiful coast and the charming inland sea is a haven for relaxation. You can take a boat ride around Dwejra and visit the crystal clear waters of the ‘Blue hole’.

Ta’ Pinu Basilica, situated in Gharb, is a significant religious site known for its miraculous stories and as a pilgrimage destination.

Xlendi and Marsalforn,  are two fishing bays with plenty of waterfront restaurants offering fresh fish, seafood and local cuisine. 

Gozo’s cuisine is very similar to Malta’s cuisine but one cannot miss the Gozitan cheeselets, also known as Gbejniet.  These traditional cheese delicacies, that hold a special place in the local’s hearts, are small and round and are typically made from unpasteurized sheep’s milk.  However, variations of goat’s and cow’s cheeselets also exist. Another Gozitan delicacy is the ftira with potatoes, onions and tomatoes and for those with a sweet tooth the ‘Imqaret’, fried thin sweet pastry filled with a flavourful spiced date and citrusy paste are not to be missed!