Gozo, Malta’s sister island is a great destination for travelers who are looking to slow down and enjoy everything the island has to offer. Even though the island is small, there is no shortage of things to do in Gozo. Whether you are into nature, history, diving, sports, photography, sunbathing or food, Gozo has it all. Here are 20 things to do in Gozo, and also check out my other post for more tips and a one week Malta itinerary.
1. See The Azure Window Ruins
The Azure Window, an impressive coastal rock formation, was Gozo’s most famous sight that collapsed in 2017. It is still a popular attraction, and after the arch collapsed, it has become island’s newest dive site where divers can swim around the chunks of rocks where the limestone formation once stood. The landscape around the Azure Window Ruins is also beautiful with stunning high cliffs and clear water.
2. Dive or Swim in the Blue Hole
Just next to the Azure Window Ruins is another beautiful sight in Dwejra Bay – The Blue Hole. It is also a famous dive site but a great spot for non-divers too. The water is crystal clear, and you can have a swim there. Bring your goggles or snorkeling gear to get an even better view and see the beautiful underwater world.
3. Inland Sea Boat Cruise in San Lawrenz Village, Dwejra
By Suzanne from PhilaTravelGirl
Dwejra, the inland sea, is a hidden activity that locals enjoy and tourists discover if they follow the little sign down the hill to the lagoon fed by the Mediterranean Sea. For a small fee of €4, you board the small boat and are transported past the swimmers and through the darkened cave to emerge to the “wow” factor of Gozo – the views of the cliffs, rock formations and gorgeous blue waters. Sadly, The Azure Window, created by the sea, was destroyed by the sea a few years ago. The Inland Sea boat tour in twenty minutes gives you a glimpse into the sea that continues to shape the island (and history) of Gozo.
4. Wied il-Għasri – The Ghasri Valley
Wied il-Għasri, the Ghasri Valley, is a secluded inlet wedged between high cliffs. The view from the top of the cliffs is stunning, and when you descend to the small pebbly beach, you can see how amazingly clear the water is. The beach is beautiful and a great place to take a dip. However, check out the jellyfish situation before going in!
5. Gozo Salt Pans
By Sandy from Tray Tables Away
The Xwejni Saltpans on Gozo’s northern coast are still used today for the collection of sea salt. Hewn out of the coastal rock, the saltpans are part of the island’s first industry. Centuries ago salt was used as a bartering currency for consumables not available locally. Nowadays, salt collected from the Saltpans can be found in most supermarkets on the Maltese Islands and some is also exported.
A woman I met there selling salt told me her family had their ‘plot’ for many generations. The community harvest the salt together which is done during the summer months from June until the end of August.
By Kathy Marris from 50 Shades of Age
My favourite spot on the island of Gozo was the summer resort town of Marsalforn. The village located on the north coast of the island boasts a small picturesque bay with turquoise waters and a tiny sandy beach. The main promenade runs right around the head of the bay, providing a pleasant place to stroll and a gathering place at one of the waterfront restaurants for local families and visitors alike.
Marsalforn is a popular base for diving enthusiasts, who can choose from a variety of diving schools and dive sites. The village is also well served with restaurants, bars, self-catering apartments and hotels. There are also several good boat trips on offer including a cruise around Gozo (with swimming and snorkeling stops) and a trip over to Comino and the legendary Blue Lagoon.
7. Ramla Bay
By Alex from Swedish Nomad
Ramla Bay is one of the best beaches on all of Malta. It’s beautifully located in the northern part of Gozo. Here awaits golden sand, wonderful scenery and of course the sea where you can cool down on the hot Maltese summer days.
Ramla Bay is definitely a must place to visit, and many locals and tourists consider Ramla Bay to be the best beach on Gozo. Here you can also find the famous Calypso cave where Ulysses was entertained for seven years by the nymph Calypso, according to the legend. You can get to the Calypso Cave by a sandy path on the eastern hillside of Ramla Bay.
8. Tal-Mixta Cave
You can hike from Ramla Bay to the cave, and after the climb, you get breathtaking views of the beach. If you are driving, it’s also possible to drive straight next to the cave. This is a gorgeous place to take pictures!
9. Take a Boat to Comino Island and The Blue Lagoon
Comino is a small island between Malta and Gozo, and you can take a boat there from Mgarr Harbour. The return ticket costs 10€. The most famous spot on the island is the Blue Lagoon where the boat will take you, but you can also walk around if you would like to find quieter places. The water is amazingly clear and blue everywhere making it the perfect place for swimming or snorkeling.
10. Scuba Diving
Gozo offers some great diving as it is surrounded by clear blue waters. Most of the best dive sites are located in the north-west of the island, and there you can find spectacular caves, caverns, tunnels and arches. There are also some shipwrecks on the south coast.
If you are not a certified diver but still want to enjoy the underwater world in Gozo, I highly recommend renting snorkeling gear from any of the dive shops. Some great and not too crowded snorkeling areas are for example Hondoq Bay and Xatt I-Ahmar. You could also try Xlendi Bay if you are in that area.
12. Xlendi Bay
Xlendi Bay is also a popular spot for swimming and snorkeling, and there is a small sandy beach. The Bay used to be a quiet fishing village but has now grown into a seaside resort that is popular among tourists and locals.
Captain’s Den Apartments offers beautiful apartments with sea views.
13. Visit a Winery
By Michael from The World Was Here First
There is a reasonable chance that prior to visiting Malta you would have never tasted Maltese wine before. That will likely be due to the fact that most Maltese wine never leaves its own country’s borders rather than anything to do with the quality! So while visiting Gozo make sure you take the opportunity to sample some local wine produced in the region. We spent an afternoon at Tal Massar Winery where we got to learn about the wine production process in Gozo and sample 4 delicious wines accompanied by local food. Costing €15 per person, this is a great activity even if you are visiting Malta on a budget!
14. Santuario Nacional de la Virgen de Ta ‘Pinu
By Kaila from NomList
The National Sanctuary of the Virgin of Ta ‘Pinu is a must-see when you are visiting Gozo, Malta. This altar was built between 1920 and 1931 to worship and celebrate Our Lady of Ta ‘Pino. Its stunning architecture features monumental statues and work built out of Maltese stone. It’s built in front of a small chapel which was a popular pilgrimage destination in the 1880s. In front of the chapel are fields of lilac and white flowers and the interior features delicately designed stained glass windows. It’s a popular tourist destination not only for the gorgeous church but for the open fields that feature beautiful views of the surrounding areas.
15. Ggantija Temples
By Joel from World Heritage Journey
Although many people think of Gozo as a land of sunshine and clear blue water, there’s an incredible historical side here as well. It’s home to the Ggantija Temple complex, one of the most incredible and impressive places I’ve ever been. The ruined temples here are among the oldest freestanding structures anywhere on earth, dating to around 3600 BC – far older than the Pyramids or Stonehenge, and have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980.
They’re roughly clover-leaf shaped and consist of immense stone walls, oriented south-east in line with dawn on the summer solstice. And they’re especially impressive when you realise that everything was constructed with stone tools, well before the wheel arrived on Gozo! Wandering around the ruins, you really feel a strong connection to Neolithic humans; a sense that our long-past ancestors weren’t so different from us. It’s a very spiritual place, and I’d strongly recommend a look when you’re visiting Gozo.
16. Jeep or Quad Bike Tour
Taking a jeep or quad bike tour is a great way to explore Gozo, and you get to see many of the sights in one day as you drive around the island. You can get amazing views of the landscapes and see some hidden corners of Gozo. You can book the jeep tour here and quad bike tour here.
17. Olive Oil Tasting
By Kerri from Beer and Croissants
The food and wine culture is evident at Ta’ Mena Estate, a farm established in 1936 and now the home of a successful organic orchard, olive grove and winemaking business. Owner Joe Spiteri is the third generation owner, producing everything on site using traditional agricultural methods.
We participated in an olive oil tasting, made from around 1,500 olive trees growing on the hills that pick up the island breeze. Here we were taught how to taste olive oil properly, sucking it through our teeth before letting it slide down our throats. It’s a strange process but one that allows our palate to be discerning enough to pick out the various flavours of the handmade oil. Combine this with a wine tasting and local foods and it’s a great activity to do when on Gozo.
18. Rock Climbing
By Karen from Wanderlustingk
If you’re looking to add a bit of adventure to your trip to Malta, consider going climbing. Due to Malta’s great weather, you can climb year-round in Malta on its fantastic rock face on Gozo. The naturally porous rock face makes it easy for climbers to grip the rock face. Our tour with Gozo Adventures was challenging, and luckily our experienced guide was able to give us feedback on improving our techniques. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can even try out deep water soloing, a form of rock climbing done without a harness above a body of water with the water breaking your fall.
Victoria (also known as Rabat) is the capital city of Gozo and an excellent place to base yourself if you would like to get around the island by public transport. Victoria is located in the heart of the island and offers the best bus connections to other parts of the island. Another option is to check out the hop-on-hop-off bus taking you to most of the sights.
For more pictures and a short review, read my post on Malta itinerary.
20. The Citadel
Victoria is known for its medieval Citadel, and it is the main attraction in the city. You can’t miss it because the majestic fortress can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. A great time to visit the Citadel is just before the sunset as the golden hour offers the best photography opportunities and you can also get amazing 360 views of Gozo.
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