So I recently travelled to Gozo, a beautiful tiny island of Malta. This stunning island is only 8 miles long and 4 miles wide – it really is small! Despite the size of this island, it is packed with plenty to do and an unlimited amount of beautiful scenery to be seen. Anywhere you go in Gozo is photogenic and truly stunning.
The streets are quaint, and full of old limestone buildings. The charm of Gozo, is that it’s like taking a step back in time. Gozo is often described as “what mainland Malta used to be like”. This beautiful island is not spoilt with mass buildings and industrialisation. Wandering through Gozitan streets is an experience in itself, the island is so peaceful and it really does have an amazing old-time feel to it.
Not only is this small island ridiculously picturesque, it’s also packed with beautiful landmarks, and has some amazing history.
Wandering through the old streets of the fortified town – The Citadella – is a must whilst in Gozo. The Citadella sits proudly on top of a hill in the capital, Victoria (also known as Rabat).
The streets are enticing to walk round and take in all the history, and if you want to learn more about the history there are several museums situated within the Citadella to do so! You can climb up stairs to reach the edge of the fortified town walls, from here you get the most amazing 360 views of Gozo. It is worth a trip to the Citadella just for the views!
Just a little word of warning – it can get quite windy, especially up the walls of the Citadella!
The amazing sites don’t stop here, take a trip to Xaghra, where you will find the megalithic temples of Ggantija and the Ta’ Kola windmill.
The Ggantija temples are so interesting to walk through, it’s amazing to see the formations, and you can let your imagination run wild of what it once looked like.
Another must see whilst in Gozo is the Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary in Gharb.
Not only is the architecture of this building breathtaking, there’s also beautiful mosaics outside the Church. Inside the church you are greeted with a beautiful interior, there is a room inside dedicated to miracles – this is extremely touching and worth the look.
Amongst these amazing historical sites, there are also several stunning places to visit in Gozo. The tiny island of Comino being my favourite.
With the most beautiful crystal clear water, Comino – commonly known as Blue Lagoon – is truly a living paradise. You can even swim to the sister island, Cominotto, as seen in the picture above. Over in Cominotto you will find caves and a more secluded beach area which is less busy than the main beach!
The swim to Cominotto is fairly easy and not too long – I’m not the most confident swimmer and I managed no problem with my donut float for support! The short swim is definitely worth it to view the magnificently clear water, and to explore the caves of Cominotto – but be careful, the rocks are slippery! Swimming in the crystal clear water is such a surreal experience, it’s so clear you can see the fish swimming amongst you!
Comino is the perfect place to relax, as I said previously it really is a living paradise. There are even cocktails and mocktails served in fresh pineapples! I recommend the non-alcoholic ‘Sex on the beach’ cocktail it was so refreshing and deliciously fruity. It’s the perfect treat whilst basking in the sun.
Gozo is home to several stunning beaches, we visited Ramla Bay – a red sand beach! The beach is stunning and seeing the red tinted sand is amazing. Do make sure you pack sandals to walk along the sand as it gets extremely hot.
The beach is quite shallow, so it’s good for a paddle, however I’d definitely recommend wearing sea shoes as the seabed is quite rocky.
Another amazing experience I had whilst in Gozo was a horse ride in the small town of Qala.
The views on the hour long trek were incredible. Having never ridden a horse before, Joe at Gozo Stables in Qala made me feel very safe and secure. By the end of the ride I wanted to stay on! This is such a unique experience and a lovely way to explore and see the gorgeous countryside of Gozo.
Joe was very happy to take plenty photos of us all throughout the trip – which means we can treasure our memories of this trip forever! I’d definitely recommend going on a horse riding trip whilst in Gozo, the views are stunning and it’s such a fun and exciting experience.
Of course, Gozo is a beautiful island, however we opted to take a few day trips to mainland Malta. There’s also plenty to do here – we only managed to do a few things, we will just have to go back one day to see the rest 😉
To get to Malta from Gozo, you will need to take a short ferry which takes around 20-30 minutes. Once in Malta, there are busses which will take you all around the island. On one of our day trips we decided to visit Mdina – another ancient fortified city, often referred to as ‘The Silent City’. Mdina was once the capital of Malta, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. This walled city is enticing, there are horse and carriages which run through the old city – this really helps you picture what it would have been like years ago!
Mdina was one of many filming locations for popular tv series ‘The Game of Thrones’ across Malta and Gozo – great news if you’re a fan of Jon Snow!
Next up, we went to the new capital of Malta, Valletta – another walled city! Valletta’s Main Street, Triq ir-Repubblika, is home to many shops and places to eat. The Maltese government building is also on this street and the architecture is very interesting to look at!
Wandering round the quaint side streets led us to finding this unique road! We couldn’t believe it when we stumbled across this road, it was so steep – wouldn’t want to park on this road!
Whilst we were in Valletta, it was the ‘European Capital of Culture’, so they had loads of special events on. In the square we attended a free concert with a live concert band. One of the numbers involved bagpipes – which made me feel like I was back home in Scotland. We made our way back to the gates of Valletta and were greeted with the most stunning view of the fountain all lit up. It was magical.
If this wasn’t magical enough, we were lucky to witness a firework display in the background of the fountain!
In all, the islands of Gozo and Malta are absolutely stunning and I would go back in a heartbeat. Gozo in particular has an alluring charm, and I just fell in love with the place. It is definitely worth the trip!