Places of interest on Gozo
Malta consists of several islands, of which Gozo is a beautiful and authentic island
Gozo is a relatively small island with picturesque villages with beautiful sights and beautiful landscapes that beg to be explored. With an area of about 67 km², it is a lot smaller than the main island, but it still has a charming character. Gozo is the ideal place to spend one or two days.
Curious about what to expect from your visit to Gozo? Read here the most beautiful sights in Gozo and some hidden spots!
New is the Gozo fast ferry, it departs from Valetta and saves you a whole trip to Ċirkewwa
How do you get to the island of Gozo?
You can easily reach the island of Gozo by ferry.
The ferry departs from Ċirkewwa harbor and operates around the clock. View the exact sailing schedule.
The boat departs approximately every 30 to 45 minutes, depending on how busy it is.
The crossing takes 20 minutes and you can make it as a passenger, but also with your car or motorcycle.
Also don't worry because you get on without a ticket, because you can only buy a ticket when you leave Gozo, that is, in the return. Here you will of course immediately pay a return ticket.
You can get your tickets at the counter in Mġarr (Gozo Terminal) this is also where you wait for the boat.
Enjoy the view of Gozo from the Victoria Citadel
Victoria is the capital of Gozo and at the heart of the city (originally Rabat, Arabic for "the city") is the particularly beautiful Citadel, a site that has been a fortified settlement since the Bronze Age (c. 1500 BC). The north side of the citadel dates from the period of the Kingdom of Aragon, while the south side was rebuilt by the Maltese Order between 1599 and 1603. Some of Victoria's most intriguing places lie within this citadel. It is recommended to walk along the fortress wall and enjoy the beautiful view of the city and its surroundings.
Or visit one of the fascinating (paying) museums within the citadel:
- The Cathedral Museum where you can see a collection of objects used by the church, such as crucifixes and chalices.
- The Archaeological Museum explaining the history of the ancient civilizations until the arrival of the Knights of the Order.
- The folklore museum where you can learn everything about the local way of life.
- Or learn about the island's fauna and flora at the Gozo Natural History Museum
- Finally, you can also visit the old prison where you can still see the authentic cells.
Our day trip to Gozo
The Baroque architecture of St. George's Basilica
St. George's Basilica is located just outside the Victoria Citadel, in a different part of the old town, surrounded by narrow streets and picturesque passageways. It is also an easy landmark for your exploration of the old town. The current basilica was built between 1672 and 1678. Like the cathedral, this basilica was built on the site of a Roman temple and then several churches before this basilica was built here.
Picturesque Bay of Xlendic
The Bay of Xlendi is a picturesque place that is sure to delight the nature lovers among us. The beautiful sandy beach is not the only attraction at Xlendi Bay: there are steep cliffs to climb, caves just waiting to be explored and if you've had enough of the sea, you can also walk along one of the several paths that walk along the Bay of Xlendi.
And oh yes, you get the beautiful views over the Mediterranean Sea for free. Take a break? There are plenty of places where you can have a drink after all this effort and further enjoy the island of Gozo.
Basilica of the Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu is a strikingly beautiful basilica on the outskirts of Għarb, Gozo. Around 1880, a local worker, Karmini Grima, heard a woman's voice coming from the chapel, leading to a devotion to the Lady of Ta' Pinu and making it a popular pilgrimage site. Be sure to take a look inside as well. Because the church is very beautiful both inside and out. It is undoubtedly one of the most photogenic buildings in Gozo.
Across the road from the Basilica you will also find a path to Ta' Ghammar Hill. Along this path are 14 life-size marble statues depicting the story of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. It would be the intention that you pray this way of the cross, during the Easter period, on your bare knees. When you have reached the top of the hill, you can enjoy the beautiful view over Gozo and its surroundings
Azure Window and Blue Hole
Of all the rock formations around Dwejra Bay, the Azure Window was until recently one of the most famous and photographed sights in Gozo. This natural rock-shaped 'window' showed the clear blue sea and blue sky through a frame, hence the name. We speak here in the past tense because in March 2017 this attraction, also known from the Game of Thrones series, collapsed and was swallowed by the sea.
Beneath the Azure Window is the Blue Hole which is another fascinating geological landmark and popular with divers. Divers from all over the world enjoy this unique place that nature has created for them. If you want to dive there, it is best to check with a local diving club for the most recent information, as the Azure Window collapsed not too long ago.
Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Then it will interest you that many scenes from the first season of Game of Thrones were filmed in Malta.
Experience one of the best diving in the world in the Inland Sea
Another natural wonder in Gozo is the (Dwejra) Inland Sea, a lagoon filled with seawater. It can be reached from the sea through a small natural tunnel 100 meters long. You can reach this "inland sea" on a calm day along this tunnel in one of the small fishing boats that are also used by divers.
Divers also dive through the tunnel which is described as one of the best dives you can make anywhere in the world. This makes the Inland Sea a real attraction for lovers of nature and diving.
Snorkel in the photogenic Valley of Ghasri
Want to get away from all the hustle and bustle? Wied Il-Għasri or the Valley of Ghasri, is a breathtaking place to unwind. The azure water in the gorge Wied Il-Ghasri flows into the sea and the water is very clear.
A staircase leads to this photogenic paradise and with calm waters it is also an ideal place in Gozo for snorkeling and swimming. Afterwards you can dry up and sunbathe on the small pebble beach and possibly enjoy a cozy picnic. Keep in mind that the water can be very rough in bad weather. We recommend that you do not go swimming or snorkelling.
How do you get to the Valley of Ghasri?
- Wied Il Ghasri can be reached on foot from Marsalforn (near the salt pans). You can park your car somewhere along the road and continue walking from here.
- You reach the valley in half an hour's walk. To reach the gorge you have to walk a short distance and descend via the stairs (+/- 10 minutes).
- During the high season (June to September) you will unfortunately not have this beautiful place to yourself, but from October to December you will find a lot fewer tourists
Take an adventurous Jeep Safari in Gozo
An adventurous jeep safari is a great experience for everyone. You can rent a 4x4 yourself and explore the rocky landscape of the island.
You won't have to search long to find a company that does jeep safaris in Malta or Gozo. Most tours include a full day program visiting some of the island's most popular attractions. With regular stops to enjoy the view so that you can take phenomenal photos!
We personally recommend the organized jeep tours on Gozo. These are unique and you will pass the salt pans of Marsalforn, among other things. These 350-year-old salt pans are still largely in use and you can even buy pure Gozitan salt by the side of the road.
Ramla bay and the special Tal-Mixta cave
Ramla Bay (Ir Ramla il Hamla) is known as the best and largest beach on the island, with its particularly beautiful cliffs and a red sand beach. It is one of the few sandy beaches on the island, making it a very popular destination for those wishing to spend an afternoon swimming and snorkeling in the clear turquoise waters.
Visit the Tal-Mixta cave
Walk to the end of the beach and follow the path up there (or yes, you can also drive up by car and walk the last part to the cave). It is really worth to visit the Tal-Mixta cave. The rock creates a "natural window", as it were, which offers one of the most beautiful views of the sea and the coastline.
Interested in Greek mythology? Then you should definitely go to the east side of the bay. Here you will find one of the most famous caves on the island. Legend has it that this is the cave of ancient Greek poetry, Homer's Odyssey.
Salt pans of Gozo
The Gozo salt pans stretch for approximately 3 kilometers and are still used in the same way as they were 350 years ago. This part of the island is a landmark that gives you a fascinating insight into the main traditional industries in Gozo - sea salt processing. However, you should not confuse salt pans with salt flats. A salt pan has been artificially cut out so that seawater can flow into it. The water evaporates so that the salt crystallizes and is recovered.
You will see that the local residents scrape the salt from the pans and store it in the nearby caves. Afterwards, the salt is packaged and sold to, among others, tourists who come to visit the site.
Relaxing on San Blas Beach
Afternoon relaxing on the beach? Then go to the small and beautiful San Blas Beach. However, the beach is not so easy to reach because the last part is very steep and not accessible to traffic. But that's why it's such a peaceful place, with fewer tourists than Ramla Beach. It is the ideal place in Gozo to enjoy the view, swim, snorkel or dive.
Visit the Ggantija Temples
Located in the town of Xaghra, east of Victoria, the megalithic temple complex of Ggantija is a must-see during your holiday in Gozo. Older than the pyramids of Egypt and the famous Stonehenge, these gigantic limestone structures are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is and remains a mystery how these imposing rocks ended up here, but the locals believe that only giants could have brought the rocks to this place. Hence the temple complex also got the name "Ggantija" which means "giant". Archaeologists and historians have already studied the site and believe it was used for fertility rituals hundreds of years ago. If you have time, you can visit the museum next to the temples, where you can still find many found relics.
Explore Gozo in an active way
Snorkeling in Gozo
Do you like snorkelling? Then we recommend exploring Gozo's spectacular marine life with an experienced guide. Enjoy an unforgettable trip that is ideal for both beginners and experienced snorkelers. During your snorkeling trip you will see Gozo from a unique perspective: namely under water! You will pass beautiful bays, beaches and many secret snorkeling spots. Take free underwater photos and send them to yourself after the tour for free. This way you can enjoy this unforgettable experience for a long time afterwards.
End your day by dining out at Kozmo Cafe and Vineria.
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Kozmo Cafe and Vineria
Have you always wanted to have a nice dinner with your friends/parents with a choice of 100+ wines in a perfect atmosphere and location? Do we have exactly that! Come by and try our delicious but affordable dishes or one of the weekly specialties at kozmo cafe & vineria
Kozmo Cafe and Vineria is open every day from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Book a table: +356 2155 3790
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