Great Ideas on How to Make the Most of Your Trip to Gozo
When it comes to Mediterranean travel destinations, Gozo’s a hidden gem that offers an excellent vacation experience. On the one end you’ve got pristine white sand beaches and an endless assortment of water activities. On the other hand, you have ancient monoliths and a lively culture.
But, before you pack your bags and head for the Isle of Calypso here’s a quick guide on how to make the most out of your stay on this gorgeous island.
- Start your trip by visiting Victoria: Victoria is the capital of Gozo and it’s located right at the center of the island. This is where you’ll find the Citadella, a fortified city that offers panoramic and breathtaking views of the city below. Take to the ramparts south the countryside, the sea and the neighboring island of Malta.The great thing about the Citadella is that it has a lot of the best museums in Gozo so you can spend a whole day taking in the culture without travelling in between different places. From there, the only place to go is at the daily market for an assortment of local delicacies followed by a meander through the city’s tiny cobbled streets.
- Visit Dwerja: Although the great Azure window has unfortunately collapsed, Dwerja still contains some of the most stunning natural sights in the world, from The Blue Hole, The Inland Sea and The Fungus Rock. It’s the perfect place for nature lovers or anyone that enjoys diving to spend a day appreciating the island’s natural landscape.
- Stay at a farmhouse: While Gozo has plenty of five-star hotels and villas on offer these are often situated in the busy city center or along the coast. A great alternative is to stay at a Gozo farmhouse in the quieter countryside. It’s less touristy and much more relaxing. Plus, Gozo farmhouses often come with amenities like a swimming pool, outdoor entertainment area, luxury finishes, free WiFi and more.
- See the Marsalforn salt pans: Discover the ancient history of Gozo’s salt pan production where you’ll find local producers that have been harvesting the salt for centuries. The harvesting typically happens during the summer months between May and August. This is the best time to visit because then you can purchase some authentic Gozitan salt as a souvenir from your trip and learn a little about the island’s history.
- Relax at Ramla Bay: Ramla Bay is one of the most unique beaches in the world, thanks to its warm red sand. You’ll find a lot of families at this beach because the water’s almost always warm, calm and shallow. The best part is that you’ll have several amenities at your disposal including sunbeds, umbrellas, cafes, restaurants and decent restrooms.
- Private Beaches: Although Gozo doesn’t have any “private” beaches per se, there are a few remote coastlines that are less touristy. These include Dahlet Qorrot, San Blas Bay and Hondoq Ir Rummien. Keep in mind through these beaches are smaller, harder to reach and don’t have a lot of amenities like the popular beaches. But, they offer a one-of-a-kind experience that you’ll not soon forget.
- Hiking: Hiking is one of those underrated experiences in Gozo and yet it can be very rewarding. That’s because Gozo has a lot of coastal paths with well-established hiking trails to explore. But, beware of the paths situated along the cliffs as they can be hazardous for beginners. The best time to visit Gozo for hiking is during the spring and autumn seasons, because the summer can get uncomfortably hot.
- Diving: Diving is one of those activities for which Gozo is well known. There’s an abundance of underwater reefs and caves which makes for a magical underwater adventure. The water’s very agreeable for diving as well since its clear and has a pleasant year-round temperature. The must-see diving spots that you should visit when you’re in Gozo include Crocodile Rock, Fessej Rock, Inland Sea, the Blue Hole, Fungus Rock, Reqqa Point, San Dimitri Point, Double Arch Reef and Wied Il Gashri which is like ground zero for sea horses.
- Getting around: Since Gozo is so small, it’s relatively easy to travel around and the public transportation system is very well organized. Most people prefer to take the bus but you could always hire a car from the many rental companies available on the island.
If you’re feeling a little adventurous, you should definitely go for a quad bike tour because it’ll enable you to meander through some of the narrow streets that you can’t reach via bus or car. Quad bikes and electric bikes are another great way to see some of the undiscovered parts of Gozo in just one day.
Gozo now offers Segway tours for the young at heart and it’s an exciting way to see the city without dealing with traffic.
There you have it! These are our top tips on how to make the most of your trip to Gozo. Whether you’re travelling in the winter or summer, these tips will help you get started on your trip preparations so that you can have the time of your life.