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Floating in the Mediterranean Sea, north-west of Malta, Gozo is a small, slow-paced island that has a few surprises up its sleeve. Sun-soaked beaches and excellent diving combine with medieval towns and megalithic temples to create the perfect holiday package.
Your holiday to Gozo starts with a scenic ferry from Malta (there’s no airport on the island), passing the miniscule island of Comino before docking at Mgarr Harbour. That Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and even the English have all left their mark on the island is clear from the get-go, but it’s Fort Chambray, built by the Knights of St John, that is the dominate sight here.
Looking to hit the beach? You’ll be spoilt for choice in Gozo. Opt for rust-coloured sandy beaches, secluded rocky coves and an inland lagoon ringed by cliffs. The famous Blue Lagoon, meanwhile, is just a short boat-ride away at Comino.
Pack your flippers too, because Gozo has some of the best snorkelling and diving in the Mediterranean. Explore the rocky reef at Crocodile Rock or the amazing underwater world of the Blue Hole. Experienced divers can even descend to the ruins of the Azure Window, Gozo’s iconic limestone arch that sadly collapsed in 2017.
Crisscrossed with hiking and cycling trails, Gozo’s coastal scenery is another big draw. Don’t miss the rock formations at Dwejra and Wied il-Mielah, and the cliffs of Ta’ Cenc and Sanap. History buffs, meanwhile, can discover the secrets of the 5,000-year-old Ggantija Temples at the award-winning interpretation centre, and explore the wonderfully atmospheric walled city in Gozo’s tiny capital, Victoria.
Alongside two main seaside resorts, you’ll find plenty of charming villages with tree-lined squares, stone churches and traditional restaurants. You can look forward to homemade dishes from land and sea – think fresh lampuka (mahi-mahi) fish, gbejna cheese, rabbit stew – all washed down with wines from the island’s vineyards.
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