Gozo is the second largest of the three Maltese islands in the Mediterranean, just a short ferry away from the main island of Malta it is the perfect place for a summer getaway with lots of choice in activity whilst you’re there. Here’s our top 10 things to do during your stay in Gozo:
The Azure Window
Just off Dwejra Bay in Gozo, the limestone has formed a natural arch to create a stunning window shape with clear blue waters underneath. This is a popular spot for scuba diving as well as boat excursions.
The Ggantija Temples
Ancient Maltese folklore describes Sunsuna, a powerful female giant who built the two Ggantija Temples in just one day nearly 6000 years ago. Whilst this may not be the most believable of origins, others believe that the temples were built in honour of the goddess of fertility, with deep healing powers too. These stunning temples are approximately 17 foot tall with curved walls and an intricate floor plan of five vaults in each temple; attracting pilgrims and tourists throughout the ages these temples are a definite Malta must-see.
Marsalforn is one of the busiest areas of Gozo, attracting crowds of people to this seaside town for the beautiful views, unique restaurants and atmospheric bars- all of which add to the charm of the area. Whilst there are plenty of activities to choose from, you should take the time to board the Calypso train over to explore the famous salt pans and enjoy the breath-taking scenery.
San Blas Bay
San Blas Bay is a relatively quiet, but picturesque seaside spot. This secluded retreat is not easy to get to by bus or car as you’ll need to walk down the steep hill to the shore, and back up it after a day at the beach, but it’s well worth the effort.
The town of Victoria, known by the locals as Rabat, is the capital of Gozo. It’s the perfect destination for a family or couple to visit with something to interest everyone, whether it’s shopping in the local markets, exploring local churches or in search of some Maltese cuisine. Rabat can be a great place to stay or a fun day trip around Gozo, it’s best to try time your visit to the 3rd Sunday of July or 15th August when two large feasts are celebrated.
Nadur War Shelter
If you’re a history buff then head to the War Shelter in Nadur to explore the heritage of Malta dating back to the Second World War, taking a walking tour around the shelter and learn about the history of Malta. As a central point of territory in the Mediterranean the island was a target during the war of many German air-raids with the Gozo shelter being a place to learn the forgotten history of Malta.
Dating back to the time of the Maltese Knights, the Ta’Kola Windmill is one of the few remaining windmills on the islands of Malta. Situated in Xaghra, Gozo this traditional windmill is still maintained to be a fully working mill used to teach others about the way the mills worked for the Knights in 1725.
Diving Mgarr Ix-Xini Cove
This stunning cove is the perfect spot for swimming or for divers to explore, with clear blue waters and a small pebbly beach to swim from. There is a deliberately shipwrecked boat under the waters for a different diving experience to the average holiday destination.
The Citadella, also known as the Citadel, is a historic castle in the centre of the capital of Gozo, Victoria. The fortified buildings can be seen across the whole of the city, large enough to have once been shelter for 6000 fleeing citizens from the Ottoman invasion in 1551. Take a tour, or explore by yourself, to learn all about the history of Gozo and the rest of the Maltese islands.
Sample the Food
Last but not least, you can’t leave the island of Gozo without first sampling the local cuisine and specialities. A favourite has got to be the ftiras, a special Gozitan style lunchtime snack that is a combination of pizza and sandwich. The crust bread is a local tradition, similar in taste to that of a pizza crust, filled with cheese, tomato and other variations that create a delicious local snack, far superior to that of the standard tourist restaurant.