Steeped in myth, shaped by thousands of years of culture and history and moulded by nature, Gozo is every bit magical.
Rich in historic locations, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ggantija Temples are among the world’s oldest free-standing structures and the archipelago’s best preserved prehistoric temples together with other Megalithic Temples found in Malta, while the old fortified town of Citadella towering over Victoria, combines a Medieval layout and buildings erected by the Knights of St. John on a site that has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. Alternatively, step into Calypso’s Cave, the cave mentioned in Homer’s The Odyssey where the beautiful nymph Calypso kept Odysseus for seven years.
And while Gozo may have been known for the Azure Window, the natural limestone arch that collapsed in 2017, the island has several other noteworthy geological features like the Inland Sea and Wied il-Mielah Window, whereas the island’s geological structure which consists mostly of limestone means that Gozo has several caves to explore such as Ninu’s Cave, Xerri’s Grotto and others, which either contain impressive stalactites and stalagmites or boast stunning views.
With the sea never more than a stone’s throw away, Gozo’s coastline is one of its most remarkable assets. Dip your toes in the softest of sands found in some of Gozo’s most iconic beaches like Ramla Bay, San Blas, Hondoq ir-Rummien and others, have a swim in the island’s turquoise bays or hike off the beaten track on majestic high cliffs falling in a sheer drop into the clear waters. Head to the north coast and walk among the checkerboard natural salt pans and see how sea salt is extracted from the sea.
Explore its rugged landscape, dotted with baroque churches and old stone farmhouses or visit the scenic villages like Marsalforn and Xlendi to discover what local life is like, while you relish local, authentic, Mediterranean dishes.
Considered one of the top diving destinations in the Mediterranean, Gozo is surrounded by vibrant and rich marine flora and fauna and a seabed notorious for its cliffs, caves, swim-throughs and wrecks.