About Gozo

Gozo, the island of joy and tranquility – where time stands still in the heart of the Mediterranean.

Gozo is the second largest island of the Maltese Archipelago, covering an area of just 67 square kilometres (26 sq mi). It lies approximately 6 kilometres (4 mi) northwest of Malta, is of oval form, and is 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) long and 7.25 kilometres (4.50 mi) wide. It has a population of about 30,000 inhabitants. The Island that is a third the size of Malta, poses a rural and tranquil character and a culture that is deeply rooted in tradition.

Being just a 25 minute crossing by ferry from Malta, with its typical relaxed pace of life, Gozo is the ideal secluded holiday place. The Mediterranean island has much to offer by means of attractions, being the crystal blue sea that surrounds it with its selection of sandy and rocky beaches and several excellent diving spots, the blue skies, the hilly terrain that provides the ideal scenic network of rural country lanes ideal for trekking and cycling, places of cultural and historical interest, traditional festivals, a wide selection of good restaurants and entertainment.Its Mediterranean marine climate permits the sun to shine some 300 days a year. Sunbathing weather is more or less guaranteed between June and September with regular stretches from May to November. Gozo is a unique place on earth, the place where time seems to moves at a slow pace, the island of joy and tranquility, there for you to explore.

 

Dwejra is famous for its inland sea and dramatic coastal formations. Here one can swim in the spectacular deep sea of the open bay, in the calm shallows of the inland sea or in the foamy waters around the Blue Hole, one of Gozo’s top dive-sites, beneath the marvellous Azure Window. On the other hand, Mgarr ix-Xini is a small, but very picturesque bay set within a creek and a steep sided natural valley. It has a small pebbly beach with intriguing caves on cliff faces. This secluded spot is ideal for swimming and very attractive to divers who can dive to a purposely wrecked vessel. The clear waters, its caves and the rich aquamarine life also make Mgarr ix-Xini one of the best places in Gozo for underwater photography.

The film titled By the Sea, starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt was partially filmed at Mġarr ix-Xini from August to November 2014.

The Ggantija temples of Gozo are the oldest free-standing architecture in the World, attracting thousands of visitors annually, a UNESCO world heritage site. Notable for their gigantic Neolithic structures, which were erected during the Neolithic Age (c. 3600-2500 BC). Being more than 5500 years old, the Ggantija temples are the world’s oldest free-standing structures, and the world’s oldest religious architecture, pre-dating the Pyramids of Egypt by 2000 years and Stonehenge by 500 years. Close to this site is the Xaghra Stone Circle, an underground funerary complex of the temple builders. Experience other historical sights such as several coastal fortifications, the imposing Citadel – a medieval fortified keep transformed into a castle centred about its Baroque Cathedral, plenty of baroque churches and tiny chapels that define countryside boundaries. Built in around 1540 Santa Cecilja is the oldest surviving chapel in Gozo. World War II shelters, nineteenth-century aqueducts and saltpans can also be visited, and all conveniently packed into a small island that is easy to get around and always welcoming.

These, along with wonderful drop offs and the abundantly diverse marine life makes Gozo the Mediterranean’s best dive destination. Some great dives include the Blue Hole in Dwejra, Ta’ Ċenċ, the Xlendi reef and tunnel and Mgarr ix-Xini. There is a wide range of dive centres with experienced, professional and qualified diving staff trained to teach all levels. There is no need to have your own equipment as centres provide all you need.

On the festa day which normally happens on a Sunday (with the exception of Mnarja, Santa Marija and il-Vitorja which fall on the 29 June, 15th August and 8th September respectively) a procession with the statue of the patron saint that is carried shoulders high goes around the village accompanied by the local band that plays religious hymns as well as band marches and the letting off of petards. Festas happen as from the last weekend of May up to mid-September. The village of Xewkija celebrates the fest of St. John the Baptist on the Sunday following the 24th June.