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The Best Things To Do in Gozo, Malta

Malta’s smaller sister island is different in that it is more fertile, more picturesque and far more unspoilt. But what makes Gozo so different from Malta are the Gozitans. These tough people seem to be proof against any diversity. Malta and Gozo share the same history and historical remains which are duplicated in two islands, but Gozo has had more than its share of misfortunes. Largely undefended, the island has many times been devastated by pirate attacks and on one occasion the entire population was carried away into slavery. Perhaps what makes Gozo special is the love and quiet pride of its inhabitants for their homeland.

Are you ready to uncover the hidden gems of Gozo, Malta? Get ready to explore the best-kept secrets of this picturesque island, where secluded beaches, historic landmarks, local cuisine, adventure activities, charming villages and cultural experiences await. Join me as we delve into the ultimate guide to discover the magic of Gozo and all it has to offer. Let’s dive in and uncover the treasures that await you on this enchanting island. Let me show you some of the best things to do in Gozo.

Spend the day at the beach

When I think of Malta and Gozo, beaches are one of the first things that come to mind. And yes, if you ask me having a beach day is one of the best things to do in Gozo. There are some well-known and popular beaches. Ofcourse I had to visit them & here are some of them:

  • Ramla Bay Beach: the most popular and largest sandy beach in Gozo. There are those who argue that Ramla Bay is the best beach in all of the Maltese islands. It is located at the end of a fertile valley, dotted with fields and terraced field walls. The beach consists of a wide stretch of red sand. Its golden-reddish colour makes this beach different from all others.
    The surrounding undeveloped area is more than just sun and fun. The famous Calypso Cave is overlooking the beach. This cave is said to be where Homer’s sea nympg Odysseus, in her spell, overlooked the bay. Beneath the sand lie Roman remains. It is a Natura 2000 site (a network of nature protection areas in the territory of the EU).
    The beach is accessible from the village of Xagħra. Xagħra is located on one of the hills of Gozo and overlooks this valley. From Xagħra it takes around 40-45 minutes to reach the beach. It’s also reachable by bus.
  • Dwejra Bay (Inland sea): Dwejra is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The area is a museum of history, archaeology, natural history and geology. The Dwejra Inland sea is called Il-Qawra. This sea-filled basin is surrounded partly by high cliffs and partly by pebbly beach. The sea enters through a natural tunnel in the cliffs creating a vast pool of clear seawater. The sea here is warmer and is excellent for bathing. It gets deeper as one nears the tunnel.
    If you are visiting the Dwejra Bay, you can take a look at the Fungus Rock. The so-called Fungus Rock was born when an arch collapsed, leaving only a stack standing solo off the coast.

    The Azure Window was one of the most photographed natural attractions in Gozo for many years. The Azure window became an icon. Yet, in recent years it was noticed to be deteriorating rapidly due to the fragility of the rock formation. In March of 2017 during a heavy storm, the fragile rock formation was brought down. Sadly, I didn’t get the chance to see it in person.

Dwejra Bay

dwejra

  • Marsalforn Beach: this is the most popular summer seaside resort in Gozo. During summer especially, the place is crowded with Gozitans and Maltese as well as tourists. It started as a fishing village and the fishermen still keep their colourful boats in one sheltered corner of the bay. Fresh fish is found in restaurants here throughout the year. You can indulge in all kinds of aquatic sport during the hot weather.
    Marsalforn has a small sandy beach, several hotels, good restaurants and many souvenir shops offering all kinds of Gozitan handicrafts.

MARSALFORN SALT PANS

Just past Xwejni Bay west of Marsalforn, the coast is dominated by the site of 350-year-old rock-cut saltpans. The Wbajjar salt pans are the biggest sal-works in Gozo, stretching over 3km long. These salt pans are more than just scenic. Several tons of sea salt are produced there every year, continuing a centuries-old Goziran tradition of sea-salt production.

Marsalforn salt pans

Bus transport to Victoria is in operation throughout the year at all times of the day and is more frequent during the summer. You will be able to reach all of these popular beaches easily. There is only one thing you need to be prepared for. Especially during the summer rush season. Buses are very crowded and the journey can take a very long time.

If you don’t enjoy in spending time at the popular beaches, keep reading to find out about the secluded beaches.

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If you’re visiting Malta and its sister island of Gozo, I highly recommend you head to another one of the islets, called Comino. In this post you can find out whether it is possible to visit Gozo and Comino in one day.

Secluded beaches off the beaten path

For those seeking a more serene and secluded beach experience, Gozo has a few hidden gems off the beaten path waiting to be discovered. Away from the crowds, these untouched shorelines offer a sense of peace and tranquility like no other. Picture yourself lounging on a pristine beach with crystal-clear waters, surrounded by nothing but nature’s beauty. These secluded spots are perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and simply relax in a serene setting.

As you venture off the main roads and winding paths of Gozo, you’ll stumble upon these hidden beaches that are untouched by commercialism and mass tourism. Whether you prefer a quiet cove for intimate sunbathing or a secluded bay for a peaceful swim, Gozo’s hidden beaches have something to offer everyone. Pack a picnic, grab your favorite book, and spend the day soaking up the sun in a secluded paradise.

While some of these hidden gems may require a bit of a trek to reach, the journey is well worth the reward. Picture yourself standing on a cliff overlooking a secluded beach, with nothing but the sound of the waves crashing against the shore. Take a moment to breathe in the fresh sea air and appreciate the solitude that these hidden beaches have to offer.

There are some suggestions:

  • Ħondoq ir-Rummien: accessible from the village of Qala this beach is located opposite the island of Comino. This small sandy beach and crystal-clear water make it a popular swimming and BBQ spot for the locals. There’s a con – public transport won’t get you there, so you have to rent a car.
  • Wied il-Għasri: small, mostly pebbly beach in the North of Gozo that lies at the lower end of a valley. Again, it’s not the most accessible. The beautiful valley leads to a narrow creek. It’s popular with swimmers and divers. It’s known for clear waters and underwater caves. Like Xwejni Bay this secluded bay is a haven for those who seek a quiet bathing area away from the bustling Marsalforn.
  • Mġarr ix-Xini: a gorgeous spot for swimming and snorkeling. This once secluded inlet is increasingly popular and busy on weekends. A tiny pebbly beach at the head of the narrow sea inlet provides a gentle slope into the water. The bay attracts divers to several caves in the cliff faces.

After exploring the peaceful beaches of Gozo, it’s time to dive into the island’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Explore Gozo’s historic landmarks

After exploring the peaceful beaches of Gozo, it’s time to dive into the island’s rich history and cultural heritage. From the imposing walls of the Cittadella to the intricate Ggantija Temples, each site tells a story of Gozo’s past that is waiting to be discovered. Wander through the winding streets of Victoria and stumble upon centuries-old churches and palaces that have stood the test of time. As you explore these historic landmarks, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the traditions and values that have shaped the island’s identity.

Victoria, also referred as Rabat, is the main town in Gozo. The old city and the more modern area are interwined. It is in the centre of the island and has been the capital of Gozo probably from Roman times. Nothing structurally very old has survived but in the haphazard, twisting lanes and alleyways of the town, splendid balconies and grand palaces revealing features of local architecture are still to be seen. Today Victoria is very popular among tourists and Maltese who visit the sister island for weekend breaks.

It-Tokk

The area has probably always been the centre and the marketplace of Victoria. It still is today. In the morning, It-Tokk is bristling with activity. In the side streets round the squaress you can buy the delicious Gozo nougat, the bankuncini (almond based cakes) and the past tas salib, which are Gozo’s sweet specialities.

The Citadel

The Citadel is a historic, fortified medina that lies in the heart of Victoria. The northern part of the Citadel now lies in ruins. The southern section where the cathedral is located is intact. The walls were recently restored. The Citadel is built on one of the hills in the centre of Gozo. Its origins can be traced to the late Middle Ages. At one time, the entire population of Gozo was obliged to take shelter within these walls after sunset.

Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary

This is a national shrine and a centre of pilgrimage for both the Gozitans and the Maltese. On this spot there was a 16th century chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, with an altarpiece painted by Amedeo Perugino in 1619. The old chapel with the original painting can still be seen at the far end of the church.

Ta Pinu church

Ġgantija Temples

The Ġgantija or “The Giants’ Tower”, as it was known in the past, is the best preserved and the most impressive prehistoric temple. It’s probably the finest of all the ancient remains on these islands. It can compare with Stonehenge for grandeur. They uncovered it about 1826. Ġgantija consists of two separate systems of courtyards that do not interconnect.

Two kinds of stone were used in the construction – tal-franka and tal-qawwi. Tal-franka is the soft stone mainly used inside as portals and floor slabs. Tal-qawwi is a harder stone that is mostly used for the general construction of the walls.

Try the local cuisine and traditional delights

Culinary has a very important role for me when I travel. Eating the local cuisine is certainly one of the best things to do in Gozo. Uncover the local cuisine and traditional delights of Gozo. Indulge in a culinary experience like no other as you sample traditional dishes bursting with flavors unique to the island. From fresh seafood caught right off the coast to hearty stews simmered with locally sourced ingredients, each bite is a taste of Gozo’s rich history and culture.

Be sure to try the iconic Gozitan ftira, a traditional bread topped with tomatoes, olives, capers, and local cheese, for a true taste of the island. Don’t miss out on sampling Gozo’s renowned sheep cheese, Ġbejna, a staple in many dishes on the island. Finish off your meal with a sweet treat like the indulgent kannoli or the light and refreshing figs grown in Gozo’s fertile soil.

Adventure activities for thrill-seekers

After satisfying your taste buds with the flavors of Gozo, get ready for the next adventure. There are some thrilling activities tailored for thrill-seekers.

For those craving excitement and adrenaline-pumping experiences, Gozo offers a variety of adventure activities to get your heart racing. From rock climbing and abseiling down rugged cliffs to diving into the crystal clear waters for some snorkeling and scuba diving, there is no shortage of thrills to be had on this picturesque island. Hike through the stunning countryside and explore hidden caves. Or take to the seas for some windsurfing or kayaking to truly immerse yourself in the beauty of Gozo’s natural landscape.

As you embrace these exhilarating activities, you’ll also have the opportunity to witness the island’s unique flora and fauna up close, adding an educational element to your adventure. So gear up and get ready to experience Gozo in a whole new way. Every thrill-seeking moment is sure to leave you breathless with excitement.

Charming villages and cultural experiences

Exploring the charming villages of Gozo is like stepping back in time. From the cobblestone streets of Victoria to the picturesque fishing village of Xlendi, each village has its own unique character and history waiting to be discovered. Take a leisurely stroll through the winding streets, stopping to admire the traditional Maltese architecture and soaking in the laid-back atmosphere.

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Gozo by visiting its numerous historical sites and museums. Explore the ancient Ggantija Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to 3600 BC, or wander through the Citadel in Victoria, which offers stunning views of the island. Don’t miss a visit to the Ta’ Kola Windmill in Xaghra. There you can learn about traditional Gozitan crafts and techniques.

For a more interactive cultural experience, join one of the many local workshops and classes offered on the island. Learn how to make traditional Gozitan dishes with a cooking class, or try your hand at pottery or lace-making with skilled local artisans. These hands-on experiences provide a deeper insight into the Gozitan way of life. They also allow you to connect with the island in a meaningful way.

As you explore the charming villages and immerse yourself in the cultural experiences of Gozo, you’ll gain a newfound appreciation for this hidden gem in the Mediterranean. So pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready to discover all that Gozo has to offer.

Let me show you my favourite villages of Gozo.

Xlendi

Xlendi is another summer resort used by locals and tourists. Like all major tourist destinations, one can find all necessary amenities, such as bars, restaurants & hotels. Originally a fishing village, this beautiful inlet with a sandy beach has been recently transformed into a tourist haven. This is not surprising since Xlendi Bay is one of the most picturesque places on the island. Besides the beach and restaurants, you can enjoy on beautiful walks along both sides of the bay. On the right side, the walk takes you up and down a rock-cut staircase into the cliffs, which eventually enters a cave that leads into the sea. To the left is a longer walk that also involves crossing the valley on an old stone bridge leading to the Xlendi tower and overlooking the saltpans.

Xlendi

Once you cross the bridge and reach the Xlendi Tower, you can descend to see more of the salt pans before continuing your hike on the footpath and enjoying the magnificent view of the cliffs. After about an hour’s walk, you’ll reach my favourite place to enjoy the sunset – Ta’ Ċenċ Cliffs. If you’re not in the mood for hiking, you can take the 305 bus from Victoria, which will take you almost there, with just a short walk to the Ta’ Ċenċ Cliffs.

L-Għarb

L-Għarb is a particularly attractive and interesting village. It is one of Gozo’s oldest villages. L-Għarb is a traditional village. Its character is distinctly rural and until very recently it was populated almost exclusively by people who worked the surrounding fields in this fertile area of Gozo. In Gozo, I was staying in L-Għarb and I was actually surprised to hear the crowing of the roosters in the morning and to see goats in my neighbour’s terrace from the balcony. Gharb is also known for producing able fishermen, while Għarb shepherds produce the best Gozo Cheese on the Island.

In L-Għarb you can find the Folklore Museum – it is located in three late-medieval houses with Sicilian-influenced architectural features. Exhibits consist of agricultural implements, which include a mill for grinding corn, items related to the cotton industry, tools used in different crafts and some traditional costumes.

Gharb church

How to get around Gozo?

The easiest way to explore the island of Gozo is by your own or rented car. Visitors often hire a car as it offers freedom and flexibility in travel planning. A car is particularly useful if you want to visit places that are a bit more remote and not accessible by public transport (e.g. certain beaches). Apart from that, you don’t need a car and you can use public transport, i.e. buses. Public transport in Malta and Gozo is a good choice as it allows you to reach all the tourist sites and is cheap and efficient.

I would hardly say that you can get from one point to another quickly by bus on Gozo, as you will have to go to the main town, Victoria, and wait for another bus at the bus terminal each time. I was at Gozo in October and most of the buses were running every hour, so there was a slight problem with the organisation, but it was all doable.

If you’re staying in Malta and Gozo for a few days, it’s definitely worth buying a Tallinja card. You can buy an Explore card which gives you unlimited travel for 7 days (in October 2023 I’ve paid 21€), 12 Single Day Journeys (this one was 15€/person and can only be used by ONE person – you can’t share it) or an Explore Flex Card (it costs 6€ and provides you with credit that can be used on a pay-as-you-go).

Tallinja card

Experience the magic of Gozo by uncovering its hidden gems and must-see attractions. This enchanting island has something for everyone. From secluded beaches to historic landmarks, local cuisine to adventure activities, and charming villages to cultural experiences. Start planning your trip today and immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of Gozo. Remember, the real treasure lies in exploring the undiscovered. Uncover the hidden gems of Gozo and let your journey begin.

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7 Comments

  • Emily

    March 16, 2024 at 2:39 PM

    I love this! One of my good friends is from Gozo and he always tells me how beautiful it is – I can see what he means! I will definitely be saving this post, as Malta is high on my list. Thanks for the info.

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  • Linda (LD Holland)

    March 16, 2024 at 4:17 PM

    We were so glad we got to visit Gozo for a day. We thought one day would be enough but we really did not see all we wanted to. And plan to stay on Gozo for a few days if we go back. We would love to explore some of those secluded beaches. We know we would definitely want to rent a car!

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  • Laureen Lund

    March 16, 2024 at 5:40 PM

    We loved Malta so much! But we only spent one day in Gozo. I know I will go back to Malta and I will plan multi days in Gozo. such a beautiful and unique place. Loved it all. Thanks for a great reminder.

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  • Anita

    March 16, 2024 at 8:18 PM

    I loved visiting Malta and Gozo and it was interesting to compare your experience with my own. It seems that you have managed to see more than me in Gozo. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Pam

    March 17, 2024 at 1:54 PM

    I had a friend stationed in Malta, and her pictures like yours were stunning! I love cliffs along the sea so I would take some time to enjoy the coastline! I didn’t think of renting a car there though so you can find the secluded beaches – great tip!

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