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Gozo´s year-round sunshine, excellent food, picturesque views and friendly people make it a popular tourist destination with many visitors coming back time and again. As Malta's sister island, Gozo is the place locals as well as international tourists head to for a relaxing break.
Gozo is about a third of the size of Malta yet only has a 12th of Malta's population. The sparse population makes it largely unspoilt and definitely something of a natural paradise. The island is reached by ferry from Cirkewwa or Valletta on Malta, from where it is an easy transfer of around 20 minutes. It is also possible to get to Gozo by private boat, seaplane or helicopter for anyone who likes to travel in style!
Gozo is blessed with rolling hills, glorious countryside and an attractive coastline of sandy and rugged beaches. The commercial centre of Gozo is the city of Victoria, known locally as Rabat. The biggest city in Gozo, it has an old-fashioned and sleepy feel. Visitors to Victoria will find many beautiful buildings of cultural interest, most of which are located within the citadel walls of the old town. Visitors will find all the necessary amenities on offer here too, including shops, banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Gozo is famous for its hilly landscapes and is a real rural paradise, being less developed than neighbouring Malta. The people are very relaxed and friendly and the pace of life is slow and calm. The mild climate and peaceful atmosphere make Gozo an ideal location for anyone looking to de-stress and wind down during a summer or winter break. The island has cast its spell over a number of visitors who have bought second homes there, enabling them to come back year after year.
Gozo has a range of accommodation options available to suit all budgets and tastes. Choose from a wide selection of hotels and self-catering accommodation for those who prefer the flexibility and space of a full apartment. With great value prices on flights from UK airports and a good range of online offers, there are some excellent deals to be had.
Visitors to Gozo will find incredible beaches and bays offering fantastic swimming and sunbathing opportunities. Snorkelling and diving is very popular indeed and Malta is regularly voted one of the top destinations in the world for diving. For natural treasures, head to the Azure Window which is a natural phenomenon also known as the inland sea.
Walking is a very popular pastime on the island as the rugged landscape and coastline is ideal for exploring. Inland Gozo offers wonderful wildlife and nature, including scented herbs and flowers which make the island very fragrant in Summer.
The famous 15th century Citadel lies to the north east of the island and is a huge draw. Offering amazing views of the surrounding area, visitors will find a restored house from the Norman period inside the walls, as well as a beautiful cathedral and impressive bastions. St Mary's Cathedral in the Citadel was designed in 1697 and houses a number of beautiful paintings.
The Museum of Archaeology on Mdina Gate Street is well worth a visit to view archaeological treasures unearthed from the islands. Works of art spanning a huge space of time are on display, including bronze age pottery remains, Phoenician burial remnants, artefacts saved from a Roman shipwreck and a superb collection of ancient jewellery.
Another popular visitor attraction is the fascinating 16th century townhouse on Bernardo Deopuo Street in the Citadel. Designed in the medieval Sicilian style, it has wonderful staircases and nooks to explore as well as exhibits of traditional crafts and reconstructions.
Travelling around Gozo is easy with well maintained roads and good public transport links. Try heading to Xlendi Bay on the West Coast or Ramla Bay. Don't miss an opportunity to swim at the inland sea at Ramla, which is warmer than the open sea. Culture vultures should head to the megaliths, the catacombs, the Alabaster Caves (full of incredible stalagmites) and Ggantija Temples which are over a thousand years older than even the Pyramids!
The pretty island of Gozo has more than enough to entertain all its guests. After a day sightseeing, diving, walking or sunbathing there is nothing better than enjoying a delicious local meal and drinks in a local restaurant. Visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome on the island where the friendly locals are only too happy to share their stories.