A twenty-minute ferry ride away from the mainland, it’s hard to believe that Gozo remains so pure and unique. Once you set foot on Gozo, you feel like you’re an entire world away from Malta. As you approach the island from the upper deck of the ferry and take in views of the gothic Lourdes Chapel perched atop a rocky promontory encircled with trees, one thing is immediately clear – most of Gozo is unspoilt. They say Gozo is Malta’s little sister, and like sisters, of course there are similarities between the two. But if that’s the case, Gozo is Malta’s prettier and calmer little sister.
As the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago, Gozo is the perfect middle ground between the mainland and the uninhabited island of Comino. While there have been developments over the years, it has retained its rural charm. There are plenty of magnificent natural and historical sites to visit, and enough entertainment places and activities to keep you busy. But that’s not what truly makes Gozo unique – it’s the feel of the place.
Life moves slowly on Gozo – traffic is a rarity, nothing is far away and everyone and everything is laid-back – the attitude is contagious, and life really does become simpler. To know Gozo, you’ve got to experience Gozo – and there’s no way you can do that in a daytrip. Gozo may be small, but don’t let its size fool you – it’s 14kms of pure love and beauty.
Getting to Gozo
Gozo doesn’t have an airport, so the only way to get there is by sea using the Gozo Channel ferry line. You can get the ferry from Cirkewwa, which is in the north of Malta. Ferries run regularly during the day, and less frequently at night, so be sure to check the timetable beforehand.
Getting a car or motorcycle is highly recommend to go off the beaten track. Rentals are reasonably priced, and driving in Gozo is stress-free. You can rent a car from a place outside the ferry terminal, or book one in advanced. If you rent a car in Malta, read the terms and conditions before driving over to Gozo as some rental places prohibit this. If you don’t mind walking a couple of miles to get to secluded areas, using busses will work well too.
Staying in Gozo
You’re spoilt for choice, no matter what your budget is. You can find a selection of apartment rentals, friendly and welcoming hostels, guests houses, boutique hotels, standard or luxury hotels.
Places to Visit in Gozo
- Visit Citadella during the day, then again under the stars.
- Visit Ramla Bay and climb up to Mixta Cave
- Visit Ggantija Temples, a megalithic temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s older than the pyramids
- Go to Calypso Cave, where legend has it the nymph Calypso hid her love Odysseus.
- Climb up the Salvatur Hill in Marsalforn
- Take a boat ride through the inland sea in Dwejra, where the Azure Window used to stand
- Eat locally caught fish at Xlendi Bay
- Swim in the magnificent waters of Mgarr ix-Xini, Wied l-Ghasri, San Blas Bay.
Things to Do in Gozo
- Marvel at the architecture and design of the churches and chapels (there’s quite a few of them)
- Go to a village feast (in the summer months)
- Eat local produce, try local honey and jams
- Drink local wine – preferably homemade.
- Drink prickly pear liquor
- Watch a sunset from the cliffside
- Walk through the idyllic, Gozitan countryside.
- Study at an English School
- Relax, take in the environment and atmosphere
- Spend time with locals, learn about the island through them
- Discover some local craftsmanship
English language Courses in Gozo
BELS Gozo English Language School is situated in the lovely village of Kercem. At BELS we take care of everything. All you have to do is choose one of our English language Courses in Gozo, and we will take care of everything: from airport transfers; accommodation; transport to and from school; amazing leisure activities, and much more!