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Discovering Gozo: 7 Amazing Things to See and Do

Discovering Gozo: 7 Amazing Things to See and Do

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Gozo is a small Maltese island in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s full of rural charm, not to mention natural wonders. It may be small, but it packs a punch. It’s just a short boat ride from Malta to Gozo (from 15 minutes to a 1 hour at the most depending on where you start), so it’s perfect for a quick day trip, but equally lovely for a longer stay.

These are my seven pearls of wisdom on things to see and do on this beautiful island, tried and tested by yours truly.

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♥ Salt Pans

A short cycle along from the resort of Marsalforn Bay you’ll find Xwejni Bay. Xwieni harbour has a narrow beach. This is where the salt pans begin. They’re over 350 years old. A grid of rough squares and squiggles let the seawater flow in during the colder months. In the summer sun the water evaporates to leave the salt crystals, which is usually harvested in August. It’s a really iconic part of the island.

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gozo holidays, salt pans, salt pan, Malta Gozo, Gozo,

♥ Ggantija Temple

This temple (or what’s left of it) is one of the oldest in the whole wide world and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s thought it was built in 3600BC. Actually, it’s two adjacent temples, but the site is commonly known as Ggantija Temple.

It’s thought the construction took 15,000 days, with legend saying that a female giant, Sunsuna, carried the rocks on her head from Ta’ Cenc. There’s not too much to see of the temples in all honesty, but it’s such an impressive part of history that it’d be silly to miss it. Plus, the views from the site are stunning. Go early to avoid the crowds. Entry is about 8 Euros.

If you want someone else to take care of this visit, you could try this day trip from Malta, which includes collection from your hotel, the ferry ride, a visit to the temples, a Mediterranean lunch with wine and a stop at Xlendi Bay (see below) and Victoria. If you haven’t got the kids with you, why not try the sunset trip which includes dinner, rather than lunch.

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gozo holidays, maltese temples, ggantija Temple, Temple, Malta Gozo, Gozo,

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♥ Xewkija Parish Church

I’m not a religious person at all, but this building is iconic. You can see it from most parts of the island so it acts as a landmark and compass point  – pretty helpful when you’re navigating the island by bike. You can pay a small fee to climb up the bell tower and soak up the views of Gozo. Alternatively, simply use the steps as a welcomed time-out from the blazing sun.

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♥ Kempinski Hotel Gozo

The spa at five star hotel, Kempinski San Lawrenz, is rumoured to be one of the best in Europe. It offers European treatments, oriental Hammam experiences and authentic Indian Ayurveda. The spa also boast two indoor pools, with Jacuzzi, sauna and more.



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It’s a luxury one so it’s pricey, but a lovely treat if you can afford it (or have a husband who is feeling thoughtful). You can find a full review and #TravelTrailer here.

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♥ Two Wheels

Don’t waste your time in just one spot on this island. Hire a bicycle or even a quad bike! That way you can really make the most of the gorgeous poppy fields, dramatic coastline and vivid blues. There are only about four sets of traffic lights, so you don’t need to worry about traffic at all. You’ll pass cute Gozo farmhouses and friendly felines who want a cuddle. Some of the tracks are a little bumpy, but that’s just part of the adventure.

If you’d rather let someone else do the driving why not try a jeep tour. All the fun, but none of the work!

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♥ The Bays

Besides Dwerja Bay and Marsalforn Bay, you’ll find Xlendi Bay in Gozo. It’s a hot spot to watch the sun set, so try to spend an evening here if you can. Ramla Bay is often mentioned as one to visit too, but personally I found it pretty, but overrated. If you have enough time, check them all out for yourself. In all instances though, if you’re cycling, leave your bike at the top of the hill otherwise your calves will never forgive you.

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gozo holidays, Malta Gozo, Gozo,

♥ Azure Window

**2018 Update: Sadly the Azure Window no longer exists. Scroll down for some bonus alternative ideas**

The Azure Window is on countless postcards and for good reason. It’s a unique limestone archway down in Dwerja Bay. If like me you’re cycling, leave your bike at the top of the hill (either by the buildings or in the nearby lay-by overlooking the huge quarry) and walk down to the bay.

You’ll also find the famed Fungus Rock (overrated in my opinion) and the natural phenomenon that is the Inland Sea down here, but it’s the Azure Window that will capture your attention. I guarantee it.

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Bonus Ideas

Full day of quad bike fun!

An exciting jeep tour

A romantic sunset trip

A day trip to Gozo with lunch and wine

Best of Gozo cruise

It’s worth mentioning that there are loads of boat trips from the island and tonnes of diving sites that are claimed to be amazing. However, as I’m not into water at all you’ll need to discover them for youself.

Want to see more? Check out my #TravelTrailer all about my cycling holiday on the island…

Have you been to Gozo or is it somewhere you’d like to visit? Let me know in the comments section below and if you have any tips or recommendations of your own feel free to add them. X

Read more…

A walking holiday in Gozo with Headwater

A Very Unique Stay at Ta Cenc in Gozo

Five Star Luxury at Kempinski Gozo

Cycling Gozo with Headwater

Replicate the Trip…

Stay: Kempinski San Lawrenz

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11 Comments

  1. i used to visit Gozo monthly, i got friendly with the locals and made loads of friends. i used to go with the green hop on hop off bus the views were spectacular from the top of the bus nice and relaxing bus trip and its good how you can get on or off when and where you want. (but please keep your ticket safe and in the condition you bought it in or else they wont let you back on)
    For me it has got to be the Azure Window now no longer there as it was taken from us on the 8th March 2017 at 9.35 am it was such a Gem and a it took a special place in my heart but since it has colllaped i have stoppped going it used to be the reason why i got up and go. Fungus rock is beautiful but its so overrated and when you have seen it more than once it gets a bit boring
    So now my 3 favourite places are Marsalforn bay (where the beach is beautiful, the restaurants are plentiful and the ice cream to die for) Ta Pinu sanctuary ( a church where miricles happen) and Victoria city center (when im there the citadella is a gem, tho its hard work to get there as its all uphill but its worth seeing the views at the top)
    As a maltese residence i love Gozo and i hope to go soon as i miss it <3 <3 <3

  2. It’s an amazing place, but you won’t see the Azure Window again! It collapsed in a storm a while ago. Sadly missed!

  3. This brings back great memories. I visited Gozo for three weeks in June with a friend and really enjoyed exploring the island, the many villages and bays. We stayed one night at the Kempinski after fleeing a nightmare AirBnb and before moving to a farmhouse villa in Qala. It was such a laid back atmosphere to relax and enjoy, I hope to go back soon. I’m not that adventurous to go by bike, the crazy roads were enough for us by car.

    1. Sounds like you had a good adventure on the island! Sorry to hear about the AirBnb situation, but I guess the silverlining is that you got to try Kempinski. The roads were really quiet, so I’m sure you’d be fine :)

  4. Unfortunately I missed the salt pans and the Azure window… But Gozo is so amazing.
    Xewkija is a village, yet it has the elegance of a town and its church is huge!
    This is one of the things I love about Malta: it’s so very elegant, despite the small population of the towns/villages…

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