Coastal Gems in Gozo
Removed from the mainland of the stunning island of Malta, visitors will stumble across the peaceful, picturesque and enchanting island of Gozo – a destination which will expose you to the best of Malta. Gozo holidays will allow you to escape the somewhat crowded resorts of Malta properly, revealing a more sedate and isolated vibe than its mainland counterpart, bridged by a quick and convenient water taxi ride.
But despite this cosy and idyllic character, you’ll still find countless things to do on the island during your holidays to Gozo, whether it is relaxing on a beautiful sandy beach, getting in the water and indulging in some exciting water sports, venturing into untouched and striking countryside, exploring the history of the island at ancient sites, or simply laying back in a hammock with a cocktail and catching up on your beauty sleep. Of course, in addition to this you’ll have the great accessibility to the main island, allowing you the chance to embark on daytrips to beautiful beaches and captivating cities, whether it is the vibrant beach resort of Bugibba or the maze-like alleys of ancient Mdina.
Things to do in Gozo
Get the most out of your holiday in Malta with our guide to the best attractions. With a laid-back nightlife, this island is perfect for a relaxing escape to the Mediterranean that will have you kicking and screaming on your way back to the airport. For the best place to top up your tan, visit Malta's longest beach on the north coast of the island at Mellieha Bay. Aside from the constant sunshine, the warm sea waters provide an inviting retreat for the day, and snorkelling and diving are some of the top attractions of the islands. To truly make the most out of your holiday, read on to find out some of the top Gozo attractions
Wine and Dine
As the main town on the island, Victoria has a variety of restaurants serving authentic food that are perfect for both a romantic evening and intimate dinner with friends; the other towns across the island also offer international fare, so don’t despair picky eaters. One of the favoured things to do in Gozo is to try one of steakhouses, while you can also visit the trendy shops and swanky restaurants in the sophisticated resort of Sliema for some upscale dining. Either way, make sure to try some delicious Maltese dishes including rabbit and honey, two of the island’s local ingredients.
Action and Adventure
The aquatic things to do in Gozo certainly outweigh the number of land based activities, and for good reason; the stunning beaches here are made for relaxing and a variety of water sports. On the north coast is Ramla Bay, a beach that is popular for its golden sands and clear waters, and perfect for snorkelling. Qala is home to several fun water sports, like kayaking and canoeing, as well as paddle boats and banana boating for the kids. The island’s coastline has incredible rock formations and sites like Fungus Rock at the Azure Window are extremely popular with divers. Blue Lagoon on the island of Comino, located just halfway between Gozo and Malta, is famous for its white shores and turquoise seas that make it irresistible to travellers.
Gozo is a perfect Mediterranean island getaway for families too, mainly for the slow, tranquil lifestyle that permeates the atmosphere. While the island is considered one of the best places in the world for diving, its beaches are also sublime. Parents with small children don’t have to worry, as the island has a number of peaceful beaches with shallow waters that are perfect for swimming and splashing about.
Grab the whole family for a fantastic day by the sea trying a myriad of water sports. The bigger kids will love diving and canoeing, while kayaking tours and fishing are also amongst the most popular things to do in Gozo for all ages. Marsalforn is a popular area for families with small children as the long promenade has plenty of child-friendly shops and restaurants to complete the perfect day at the beach. For a day out, take the ferry to the historic capital city of Valletta in the south of Malta.
Malta is home to a unique set of islands with an incredible history dating back to the Neolithic era and the landing of the Phoenicians and Romans to World War II; you can turn a corner in Gozo and discover yet another part of the island’s extensive history. One of the top Gozo attractions is to visit the megalithic Ggantija Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a phenomenal site with breath-taking views of the southern part of the island. These ancient monuments are prehistoric and for many years people used to believe they were made by giants. Victoria is an historic city with plenty of culture, but be sure to visit the famous Citadel for stunning views of the whole island. There are several other sites in in the city, like St. George’s Basilica and the Church of St. John The Baptist, which are impressive both to the naked eye and when captured beautifully on camera. You can also explore the countryside by foot to find ancient chapels and incredible seascapes of the Mediterranean.
Beautiful Beaches and Captivating Culture
Throughout your Gozo holidays you’ll enjoy immense comfort and luxury, whether in the form of a paradisiacal beach resort, or the service and amenities of one of the top Gozo hotels. The island truly is a wonderful place in which to recharge your batteries, and you’ll find no better place to do this than on the gorgeous red sands of Ramla il-Hamra – arguably one of the finest beaches in the whole of Malta. If you’d rather that the sense of tranquillity is broken however, you’ll encounter some great water sports opportunities to keep you active. Diving is a largely popular option for adventurous types visiting the island – explore the mesmerising Azure Window for its dramatic setting and characteristics, as well as its role as a habitat for an abundance of wildlife.
For culture vultures, engaging with the history and culture of Malta will be a much easier task on the main island, but despite this, there are still some intriguing and memorable ancient sites and architectural feats dotted around Gozo. The island’s capital, Victoria, is the best bet when it comes to absorbing the country’s cultural heritage. Visit the capital’s citadella, full of striking architecture and pretty religious buildings, as well as boasting an infectious charm. More historical nods can be found in the form of the amazing Ggantija Temples which can be found near Xaghra, while the imposing Ta’ Pinu Basilica is another historical site worth adding to your itinerary.