(Last Updated On: October 13, 2018)

Do you want to visit a place in the Maltese archipelago that has a perfect blend of bustling urban centres and secluded beaches? If you do, Gozo is the perfect place to go. The island has several caves, historic sites, and cliffs to explore, as well as quaint villages, restaurants, and hotels where you can stay and relax.

To make your Gozitan holiday extra meaningful and memorable, we’ve listed here the 7 attractions you should visit and what to do when you get there. The best way to ensure that you can visit most of the attractions listed above in a day, you can either buy a hop on hop off ticket or go for a more fun means of transport, on a tuk-tuk. You can reserve your seat online or talk to a tour provider when you arrive at Mgarr Terminal.

1. The UNESCO-listed Neolithic Ggantija Temples

What to Expect:

Expect to be impressed! The Ggantija Temples are among the world’s oldest freestanding monuments, making it one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. And the site has an interesting story of origin. Legends say the monuments were built by giants as evident in the huge stone slabs used for its walls.

What to Do:

Wear durable footwear and go on a walking tour to take lots of pictures of these ancient monuments. The site is open Monday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and tickets cost €9.00 for adults and €5.00 for children inclusive of a side trip to the Ta’Kola Windmill.

2. The Picturesque Dwejra Bay

What to Expect:

Expect long hikes, dramatic rock formations, and the blue waters kissing the majestic seaside cliffs.

What to Do:

Go on a diving tour that will take you to the submerged arch of the famous Azure Window. You can also visit other popular diving areas such as the Blue Hole and the Inland Sea. Spend some time snorkeling around the area surrounding the Fungus Rock to see some shallow water marine species of the Mediterranean Sea.

3. The Idyllic Ramla l-Hamra Beach

What to Expect:

Be amazed at the steep cliffs and the long stretch of coast with the sandiest and largest beach of Gozo. You can easily consider Ramla Bay as the ultimate summer paradise. The beach is dotted with colourful lounge beach chairs and umbrellas.

What to Do:

Unwind and relax! Sit on a lounge chair and sip a glass of cocktail paired up with a plate of healthy Mediterranean food. Or if you don’t feel like sitting, trek and explore Calypso Cave, which is located nearby, to get a panoramic view of the beach.

4. The Historic Nadur

What to Expect:

Open your heart and mind to interesting history lessons. The fortifications of Nadur served as watch point of the Knights of Malta, the guardians of Malta from 1530 to 1798.

What to Do:

Prepare your camera and head to Ta’Kenuna Tower, the highest point of the village, to take a panoramic picture of the surrounding valley. Visit the Baroque style 18th century parish church and get to know the religious traditions of the island.

5. The Medieval Hilltop City of Victoria

What to Expect:

Enclosed in a citadel and perched on a high ledge, Victoria gives you a real feel of the cultural influences of Gozo. The city has neolithic structures and Baroque architectures.

What to Do:

Opt for a city tour to visit more than one historic site in Victoria. The top attractions to visit are Archaeology Museum, statue of Our Lady of Assumption, Cathedral of the Assumption, Old Prisons, Saint George’s Basilica, and the Folklore Museum. Full-day and half-day tours are available, the cost of which is around €18.00 – €35.00.

6. The Quaint Seaside Village of Marsalforn

What to Expect:

Expect a full-on gastronomic treat! Marsalforn is one of Gozo’s top-rated waterfront hub with cafes and restaurants serving traditional Maltese food.

What to Do:

Look for a provider of fishing tour to learn how to catch your own fish. You can have these cooked to your preference and served steaming hot along with other traditional Maltese food such as pastizz and Lampuki pie.

7. The Festive Coastal Village of Xlendi

What to Expect:

Expect to live like a local. Xlendi embodies a typical Gozitan village with steep hillsides, small streets, and restaurants serving locally sourced and prepared foods.

What to Do:

As a fishing village, you can go on a fishing and island hopping tour. Visit Xlendi Bay and dive in its waters to see endemic and migrant marine species. You can also explore the colossal cliffs nearby and take a swim in its turquoise waters. There’s also an abundance of seafood in the area.

 

Final Thought

Be sure to visit www.holidayhomesgozo.com to find a suitable accommodation where you can leave your things before you start your tour. Remember, many local and foreign travelers can testify that a day or two in Gozo can greatly make your Maltese holiday memorable. So don’t miss your chance to explore the island.