To visit, to do, to experience...
First on the list is the Azure Window, a huge natural arch in the sea cliffs, is a breathtaking Gozitan view. In the rocks in front of it is another geological freak called the Blue Hole – a vertical chimney in the limestone, about 10m in diameter and 25m deep, that connects with the open sea through an underwater arch about 8m down. Scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed here in 2011.
While in Marsalforn Walk west from town along the promenade and you'll reach the tiny sand beaches at Qbajjar Bay, backed by buildings, and the more scenic Xwejni Bay, separated by a headland with a small fort. Beyond Xwejni, the road runs along a rocky shore that has been carved into a patchwork of salt pans, a wild and extraordinary landscape.
The 7th oldest temple in the world, perched on the crest of the hill to the south of Xagħra, the awe-inspiring megalithic Ġgantija Temples command soaring views over most of southern Gozo. As the name implies (ġgantija – dje-gant-ee-ya – means 'giantess'), these are the largest of the megalithic temples found on the Maltese Islands – the walls stand over 6m high, and the two temples together span over 40m.
The old city, The Cittadella is a small fortified town located at the centre of Gozo, on a hill overlooking the capital town of Victoria. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that finds its roots in the late medieval era, although it was inhabited earlier in Neolithic times.
Cycling and Tracking
Get off the beaten track and discover the un-spoilt Gozitan countryside. Paths across the fields, cliffs and by the shores, offer spectacular scenery. Blessed with nice weather all year long it is probably the best way to explore the island.
Scuba diving in Gozo has been awarded the 2nd best diving destination in the world in 2016 by Diver Magazine. Gozo has one of the most incredible underwater environments. One can enjoy both shore and boat dives, with the certified diving centers on the island. Some of the most popular dives include the shipwreck of MV Xlendi, Fungus Rock and Xwejni.
On this small, sun kissed island you’re spoilt for choice. Ranging from larger beaches as the sandy Ramla, to more small beaches like Wied l-Ghasri, San Blas and Dahlet Qorrot.
Attractive Daħlet Qorrot is popular with local weekenders. There's a tiny gravel beach, but most of the swimming is off the rocks beside the rows of little boathouses (carved out of the rock, and with brightly painted doors). At 2km from Ta’ Tumasa one can easily walk to this beach.
San Blas, a tiny, rock-strewn bay with rust-coloured sand, is backed by steep, terraced fields with prickly-pear hedges. At 2.2km from Ta’ Tumasa farmhouse, we suggest you visit this picturesque beach, where one can enjoy a swim in the crystal clear shallow water and enjoy a picnic.
A 5km hike west along the coast from Marsalforn is the narrow, cliff-bound inlet of Wied il-Għasri. Here a staircase cut into the rock leads down to a tiny shingle beach at the head of the inlet. It's a gorgeously picturesque place.
A 5 minute boat trip from Mgarr Gozo. Comino is a small, barren chunk of limestone wedged smack-bang between Malta and Gozo. The almost empty island is a breathtakingly beautiful place, ringed by caves and sea cliffs. It's home to the Blue Lagoon, one of Malta's loveliest and also most-visited natural attractions.
Comino is only 2.5km by 1.5km. It's a nature reserve and bird sanctuary, and free of cars. A walk along the rough tracks affords some great views of northern Malta and of Gozo. It's impossible to get lost here.
The only buildings of note are the stark little Chapel of Our Lady's Return from Egypt, built in 1618, at Santa Marija Bay and the fortified St Mary's Tower, built by the Knights in the same year. It was once part of the chain of signal towers between Gozo and Mdina.
Eat and Food
Maltese cuisine presents a sizzling array of flavours, with an exotic mix of Italian, French, British and Arabic influences brought by the islands’ many historic occupiers. The quality of restaurants on Gozo is amazing. Besides the Maltese cuisine one can enjoy Mediterranean, French and Asian cousine. Most restaurants are located in charming village squares, like the one in Nadur and Xaghra, or in the picturesque seaside villages of Marsalforn, Xlendi and Mgarr Harbour.
A must try for anyone visiting the island are the tradition pastizzi. Those puff pastry pies filled with either cheese or peas are unique to the island, and are loved by both locals and foreigners.