Said to be the home of the nymph Calypso, Gozo is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s second largest in size to its neighbouring Island Malta and home to attractions such as the Ġgantija temples and the Wied il-Mielaħ Window, a natural limestone arch northwest of the island. The whole place has all the features you can expect from a rural tropical paradise at the same time housing world-class resorts such as Xlendi and Kempinski. You can quickly get around the island either by foot, bicycle, rental car, or bus. The buses go around the island from 5:30 am to 11:00 pm, so you basically have the whole day to roam around. It also is known for its busy nightlife and luminous city streets. If you want, you can also stay at a farmhouse if you’d love to have more time exploring this beautiful place.
- From Malta, you can take a boat here every 45 minutes all year-round, although hours are a bit reduced in the winter.
- If you get a chance to visit this Maltese destination before you drop dead here are 7 things to do.
1. Visit the Cittadella in VictoriaThe Cittadella or Castello is the highest part of the island where you can see a majestic panoramic view of the surroundings—the beaches, the structured houses, the goings-on of the town, the valleys, and churches. Its previous function was to defend inhabitants from pirates who entered the island. The citadel itself has an architecture that is truly breathtaking. The views you see with each sharp turn almost makes you feel like Odysseus is just in town. Don’t forget to take in the site at night. The lighting makes it extra impressive.
Around this area is the bustling city centre. You can expect to see a lot of tourists. Every fall, the Gozitans celebrate the Festival Mediterranea, a cultural extravaganza of opera, art, history, and food.
Pjazza Indipendenza or it-Tokk is the destination shopping area here where people buy all sorts of goodies and trinkets. It's best to go in the mornings to get a feel of that fresh open air market feeling.
2. Enter the Ġgantija TemplesĠgantija comes from the word giant, which tells of an ancient race of towering people that believed to inhabit the island, and explained the existence of these structures that predate even the Stonehenge. They are as mysterious as they are beautiful. Experience the enigma yourself as you make your way through the turns of this tiny temple. But don’t let its size distract you from its awesomeness, each boulder of this ancient site weigh a couple of tonnes. It was built for the fertility goddess at the time. Here you’ll find ritual rooms, spiral-shape carvings, altars, and animal bones, as well as ancient artefacts that range from jewellery to pottery.
The temples are open from Monday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
3. Go scuba diving in one of its beachesThe island is famous for being one of the world’s best places to explore the world below the sea surface. You can also go snorkelling, jet skiing, and kayaking. Spread your picnic mats on the beach and enjoy the cool European island breeze on your face as you feast on a sandwich or enjoy one of the locally made goat cheeses. Xlendi Bay is one of the top beach sites on the island. Feast on a fried sea bream and drink orange juice as you look at the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. There’s a whole line of restaurants, hotels, and cafes in this area. If you’re done with the orange juice, perhaps you’d like to sip on some Ċisk, the most popular local beer in the area.
Ramla Bay is also another beach on the island. There’s a Virgin Mary statue on the sand in case you’re feeling religious or perhaps feel like conceiving. It’s a little part of the island which you can get to by taxi or rental car.
4. Visit the Azure WindowFamous for the Season 1 Game of Thrones scene where Daenerys and Khal Drogo receive gifts, this breathtaking site, or what remains of it anyway, is an excellent place to stop by in the island. It was destroyed by a storm in March of 2017. It was also featured in the movie Clash of the Titans and the Count of Monte Cristo.
5. Check In The KempinskiExperience luxury as you bathes under the Maltese sun beside the pool of this 5-star hotel. Its spa is known to provide total healing to people who avail of their services. It includes muscle fine-tuning, body cleansing, detoxifying, and even a consult to their Ayurvedic specialist.
6. Visit the Ta’ Mena EstateGo on the guided tours of their vineyards, orange, and olive groves. You get to pick fruits and vegetables and go on wine and food tastings in this sunny paradise. And just in case you were wondering, they have tourist apartments for rent, with all the modern amenities you can expect like a swimming pool and gorgeous views of the neighbouring valley.
The estate is known for producing one of the region’s renowned wines, liquors, cheeses, oils, herbs, etc.
7. Visit the Calypso CaveThe epic poem goes that Calypso held Odysseus captive for seven years in this cave before the gods had to intervene so that he can return to his wife Penelope in Ithaca.
You can see a breathtaking view of Ramla Beach from the entrance of the cave.