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Gorgeous Gozo

Just off the north coast of Malta is the enchanting island of Gozo. Easily reachable by water taxi, this small island boasts historic towns, beautiful countryside, rocky cliffs and striking bays. Gozo holidays transport visitors to the charming little sister of Malta, but don’t let that tag misguide you –there are an array of interesting and exciting things to do at this end of the archipelago. Historic complexes and temples adorn the island’s picturesque landscape luring culture vultures seeking the heritage and legacy of these islands, while beach bums will revel in the seaside resorts, sandy beaches and dramatic coastal scenery.

The hub of the action during your holidays to Gozo may be drawn towards the sand and clear water, but the island’s capital Victoria boasts countless beautiful churches and a grand cathedral. All the while you’ll always find yourself just a short hop from the main island of Malta, allowing you to indulge in numerous day trip options, like descending on the breath-taking sands of Golden Bay.

Unique History and Sandy Treats

You’ll encounter a number of important and intriguing historical sites during your holidays in Gozo, whether situated in the lively capital or dotted around the beautiful countryside. Exploring Victoria’s mesmerising citadella will expose you to an array of architectural delights and religious structures, and while the city may not resemble the grandeur or significance of Valletta or the retail accessibility of Sliema, there is an infectious charm that shrouds this destination. Away from Victoria and out in the sticks you’ll find even more signs of Gozo’s history - none more enthralling than the Ggantija Temples near Xaghra and the towering Ta’ Pinu Basilica.

It’s important to strike a balance during your Gozo holidays, exploring the island’s captivating heritage on one hand, and indulging in its wonderful stretches of beach on the other. The island’s most attractive beach has to be Ramla il-Hamra, with its red sands, small crowds and undeveloped backdrop. Though you don’t have to take to the sand to enjoy the island’s coastal treasures – Gozo has a bustling diving scene as well as boasting some very impressive coastal landscapes. The Azure Window is the most impressive setting by the sea, consisting of a cliff outcropping and door-like hole – like something from a mythical tale.

Around the island you’ll encounter a number of sleepy coastal villages, providing a more tranquil and laid-back beach break vibe, directly contrasting the more vibrant beach resorts on the main island of Malta such as Bugibba.

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Travel Information
Language: Maltese, English
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT +1 hour
Local airport: Malta (car & ferry)
Flight time: 3 hours 10 minutes

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Diving

Gozo Island is renowned for having some of the best diving sites in the world.

Its rugged coastline has rocky outcrops that attract underwater nightlife, and the underwater caves are exciting to explore for both beginners and experienced divers.

Crocodile Rock and Fungus Rock are great dives for seeing marine life, including sea urchins, starfish and even groupers and tuna.

Although small the island of Comino is famed for having an abundance of world-class dive sites.

The Santa Maria Caves is a shallow dive, great for beginners. The caves are fun to explore with lots of octopus, eels and small fish to keep you company.

Lantern Point is a deeper dive through a vertical chimney in the rocks.

Blue Lagoon is Comino's most famous diving location with its crystal-clear waters. There are regular water taxis from Gozo to Comino.

There are plenty of other diving sites in the north of Malta at Mellieha Bay and Qawra.

Malta Dive Centres

Malta has an abundance of diving centres where you can book one-week courses or just try a taster session.

There are over ten dive centres just on Gozo, each renting out equipment to divers or organising trips.

Whether you are visiting Malta for the sole purpose of diving, or just want to try it out, Gozo and Comino's diving sites are perfect for both beginners and more advanced divers.

Walking

Gozo is generally greener and rural than Malta.

The dramatic coastlines reward ramblers with incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Gozo is perfect walking terrain with countless numbers of criss-crossing paths and tracks.

You can grab a water taxi to Comino and explore the entire island by island on foot.

In Gozo, areas near to San Lawrenz and the San Blas Valley area boast extraordinary views and terrain for rambling.

Gozo and Comino are also excellent for exploring on bikes.

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Beaches

Gozo's coastline is a major attraction for ramblers to this area.

With a diverse range of landscapes, from sandy shores to rocky bays and dramatic cliff tops, Gozo's beaches are perfect walking territory.

Take a day trip to Comino and explore the Blue Lagoon shore. Gozo is easy to reach from Sliema and Bugibba resorts in Malta.

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