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.
♥ 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.
♥ 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.
♥ 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.
♥ 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.
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.
♥ 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!
♥ 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.
♥ 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.
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
A walking holiday in Gozo with Headwater
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Stay: Kempinski San Lawrenz
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