Discover the Island of Gozo with a Local Host

Gozo is Malta’s gentler, calmer smaller sister. This little island, about eight miles by four miles, offers a stunning landscape: towering cliffs plummet into turquoise waters, stalactite-framed caverns cut into the shoreline, and a checkerboard of natural salt pans scrapes the beach. In the interior, a medieval castle coexists with Megalithic temples, and verdant valleys give way to scrubby pastures surrounded by dry-stone walls. Here’s our all-inclusive guide to your next Gozo vacation.

Why should you visit Gozo?

Gozo is ideal if you want to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of a fast-paced life, or if  you feel the pull of the countryside after spending too much time in the city, or perhaps if you simply want to spend some time away from the ultra-connected world. Gozo is the cure to it all. The lovely island in the center of the Mediterranean will be a wonderful place to unwind.

How can you get to Gozo?

Begin your vacation preparations by reserving your flight. Since the airport is on Malta’s mainland, you must also arrange a transfer from the airport in Malta to Cirkewwa in order to board the ferry to Gozo. A ferry connects Gozo with Malta. The voyage through the Gozo strait is picturesque, and all ferries transport both foot people and vehicles.

Here our top reasons to visit the island of Gozo:

1. Amazing Accommodation options

The island is full of gorgeous traditional farmhouses that have been renovated into luxury villas and small, owner run accommodation options. You can sit back and relax by the pool, with lush countryside views. At il-Wileġ you can chose to be our guest at our bed and breakfast, or rent out a our private farmhouse in Qala.

2. The breath-taking beaches

Gozo’s beaches are among the most beautiful in the Maltese archipelago. Ramla Bay is a showpiece, with a swath of ochre-colored sand and crystal-clear seas, while Dwejra Bay offers a diving network of tunnels and caves. The calm seas of Hondoq ir-Rummien make it one of the greatest snorkeling beaches in Gozo, while Marr ix-Xini is breathtakingly beautiful but often crowded since Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie shot the love thriller By the Sea here in 2015. For a complete list of hotspots to pinpoint on your map, see our blog about the greatest beaches in Gozo!

3. The lush landscapes

Gozo’s coastline is stunning and diversified, with twisting limestone arches curling over the sea; you can even go over or climb Wied il-rock Miela’s face. Ta’ en Cliffs drop 475 feet to the sea below to the south, while the north shore is dotted with natural salt pans, some of which are still in use today. Exploring the island’s caverns, such as Calypso’s Cave, where tradition has it that the seductive sea goddess charmed Odysseus in Homer’s epic Odyssey, is a popular Gozo tourism excursion.

4. The extraordinary history

Gozo’s past can be put together using the archaeological sites scattered over the island. The Megalithic temple complex at Gantija, which dates back to roughly 3600 BC – a thousand years older than Stonehenge – is one of the most intriguing destinations to see in Gozo. The Dwejra Tower, a watchtower erected by the Knights of Malta who governed the island from 1530 until 1798, reveals more recent history. The magnificent ramparts that encircle around Victoria’s Ciittadella date back to the Bronze Age, as do the intriguing cart traces cut into the slope above Dwejra’s church.

5. Renowned diving destinations

Diving is one of the most thrilling activities in Gozo since the underwater topography is shaped by caves, grottoes, and tunnels. Swim among wrecks and coves with moray eels, stingrays, seahorses, parrotfish, and, if you’re lucky, dolphins. Dwejra, Wied il-Gasri, Dalet Qorrot, Marr ix-Xini, and Crocodile Rock are just a few of the top diving spots.

6. Summer village feasts

If you’re visiting during the festa season, join the locals in celebrating their village patron saints during the weekend in several communities around the island. Band marches, confetti, light festoons, balloons, and fireworks, as well as street cuisine, create the ideal setting for Mediterranean summer festivals.

7. Delicious food

Ask the locals where the nearest bakery is and sample their delectable baked goods. Nothing surpasses the delicious aroma of freshly made bread, and you will undoubtedly discover a range of breads, rolls, and local ftiras to savour. Local bakers will also bake seasonal specialties such as roasted onions and aubergines, filled marrows, and delicious local delicacies.

Try some traditional Gozitan dishes like stewed rabbit (stuffat tal-fenek) or fried rabbit (fenek moqli), octopus (stuffat tal-qarnita), and roasted pig (majjal il-forn). Snails (bebbux) in a spicy tomato sauce are another option. For a fast snack, order an ftira, a crusty bread coated with tomato paste (kunserva) and stuffed with tuna, sardines, olives, capers, and onions. Other ftira variations take the style of a pizza and incorporate toppings such as sliced potatoes, local sausage, and fresh sheep/goats’ cheese. Away from these traditional Gozitan meals, visit the village café’ or the Band Club pubs for a classic cup of tea, which is served in a glass tumbler in Gozo.

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