Things to see in Gozo

You'll be surprised at how much there is to see in Gozo. Whatever you look for in a holiday – relaxing beaches, outdoor activities, family fun, great food, local heritage and culture – you're sure to find it all here.

Things to see in Gozo

Gozo may be a small island in the Mediterranean, but it has a long and fascinating history stretching back 7,000 years. Gozo's vibrant history is flavoured with diverse cultural influences including African, Italian (Sicilian), Arabic, and British. You can see these influences all over the island - from the megalithic Gġantija temples at Xagħra (among the oldest free-standing structures in the world), to the Maltese language and Arabic place names, to Gozo's delicious Sicilian-inspired cuisine and baroque churches, and even the odd iconic red British telephone box.

In Gozo's capital Victoria (known as Rabat by the locals), you can glimpse Gozo's Medieval past in its maze of narrow alleyways. And from the walls of the fortified Citadella you can gaze out on Gozo's tranquil countryside – standing where the Phoenicians, Romans, and crusading Knights of St John did in times past. All this drama in a small gem of an island – that's Gozo! 



Local Food

To arrive at the unique cuisine of Gozo, you need to take organic, local produce, traditional Mediterranean cooking methods, and combine all to create delicious local specialities that reflect the range of different cultures that have influenced the island including Arabic and Sicilian.

Family-run village bakeries produce superb, tasty bread, delicious with local figs and Gozitan honey. Lunch on Gozo's own version of a pizza, the ftira or ftajjar, or try some of the island's famous and tasty home-made cheeselets (gbejniet), and the delicious sacoury pastries called pastizzi. Or simply dip fresh bread in locally made organic olive oil.

You'll find local food in restaurants, cafes, and bars all over Gozo - even in tiny villages. And you can wash down this yummy food with locally produced wines and beer. Today on Gozo you'll find recipes passed down through the generations but given a modern twist. While you're here you must try: aljotta (fish soup), fried or stewed rabbit, calamari stuffed with rice, capers and prawns, dolphin fish (lampuka), zalzett (sausage with coriander), and Gozitan ravioli or Ravjul.

Those with a sweet tooth will also love Gozitan specialities - such as qubbajt (nougat), imqaret (date pastries), and our special occasion treats such as Easter figolli (almong stuffed pastry figures), Christmas qagħaq tal-għasel (honey rings), cassata (ricotta filled sponge with marzipan) or kannoli (ricotta-filled fried pastries).

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Photos by Claire Borg


Local events

Gozo has a lively annual calendar of cultural, religious and sporting events – from opera to wine festivals, and from the unique Nadur Carnival to the many village festas. We've selected a few events that should help give you a real flavour of what's in store on Gozo throughout the year and ideas on what to do in Gozo.

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The weather in Gozo

With a Mediterranean climate and more than 300 days of sunshine every year, Gozo is the perfect holiday destination all year round. The summer months (June to September) are typicallyt hot and dry with maximum temperatures around 32°C and the winter is usually mild and wet, with temperatures rarely dipping below 10°C. Spring arrives early in Gozo - February sees temperatures start to climb and in March spring flowers begin to cover the island.

And you can enjoy Gozo's gorgeous turqouise sea all year round too. Average sea temperatures in summer range from 24°C to 26°C - perfect for swimming. And with an average winter minimum of 15°C, Gozo's coastal waters are a favourite destination for scuba divers.


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