You’ll be surprised at how much there is to see and do when you book a holiday on 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.
ACTIVITIES FOR EVERYONE
Gozo’s many attractions can be enjoyed all year round thanks to the island’s Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and 300 days of sunshine each year. Sporty types can enjoy energetic activities, such as rock climbing, watersports, hiking and cycling, while those who want to get a feel for Gozitan life and culture can visit the island’s many quaint villages, baroque churches and historic sites such as the Ġgantija temples and the Citadel in Victoria.
SIGHTSEEING IN GOZO
One of the great things about a holiday on Gozo is that despite its small size, there’s so much to see and do on the island. And to make it even easier to plan an itinerary, getting around Gozo is easy. In fact, when holidaying on Gozo, you have several transportation options: you can rent a car, take a taxi, catch a bus, hire a bicycle, ride a horse, or take a guided segway, jeep or quad bike tour. Whichever option you choose, here are a few places that we’d recommend putting on your ‘Must See’ list:
Dwerja Bay, on Gozo’s west coast, is home to two of the island’s natural wonders – The Blue Hole and the Inland Sea.
Sadly, The Azure Window, the most iconic and spectacular natural feature of this area, collapsed into the sea on March 8 2017 during stormy seas. It was inevitable that this huge yet fragile limestone arch would eventually succumb to the constant erosion of the pounding sea but its loss is keenly felt by the people of Gozo as well as by visitor’s to the island.
The Azure Window was Gozo’s most dramatic and most photographed natural feature and famously appeared as the backdrop to to the wedding of Daenerys Targaryen to Khal Drogo in the fantasy TV drama Game of Thrones.
To pay tribute to this iconic and special place, we ran a photo contest on our Facebook page asking for people to submit their favourite shots of the Azure Window. Around 300 images were submitted and the final winner from a short list of 10 images was a beautiful and dramatic shot taken by Philip Knight (see image above).
Philip won a seven-night stay at our beautiful new holiday home Sara, a three-bedroom converted farmhouse with private pool near Munxar.
Dwerja Bay is very popular with scuba divers and the Blue Hole and Inland Sea provide fabulous diving experiences. But you don’t necessarily have to go underwater to enjoy Gozo’s beautiful, clear turquoise waters – there are good walking paths along the coast and you can also get a different perspective by exploring the coastline here in a boat.
The Xwejni Salt Pans on Gozo’s northern coast just outside the resort of Marsalforn are well worth a visit. The shallow pans, which stretch along 3 km of the coast, were hewn out of the coastal rock around 350 years ago when salt was used as a bartering currency in trade.
The Xwejni salt pans are still in use today and sea salt is still harvested in the traditional manner by a few local families. Salt forms by evaporating sea water in the shallow pans. If you’re lucky, you might visit on a day when the salt is being collected.
Once harvested, it is stored in caves that have been carved into the coastal limestone. The result is a totally organic and pure sea salt which is used to flavour our wonderful Gozitan cuisine. You can purchase Gozitan sea salt to take home as a souvenir.