As lockdown restrict­ions are slowly lifted, the island of Gozo awaits for a change of setting that you’ve been yearning for during these past months. With lots of things to see and do, and places where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, spending a few days in Gozo this summer is a must.

Text by Ministry for Gozo, Photo by Daniel Cilia

Here’s what you can look forward to when planning a holiday in Gozo this summer:

Beautiful beaches

Gozo is home to some of the best beaches in the Maltese archipelago and its small size means that beaches are only a few minutes away from wherever you are on the island. These include Hondoq ir- Rummien and Ramla Bay, and hidden gems such as Wied il-Ghasri, San Blas and Ghar Qawqla.

Unique Accommodation

Accommodation on Gozo is as unique as the island itself. There’s a fantastic choice of places to stay from five-star hotels and spas to restored traditional farmhouses with tonnes of character and glorious views of the Mediterranean Sea.

Gozo also offers a wide selection of good quality bed and breakfast accommodation, as well as three and four star hotels, many of which have excellent restaurants attached, catering for families, couples and single travellers.

Alternatively, you can experience Gozo’s charm with a touch of style by staying in one of the island’s growing number of boutique hotels. If you’re looking for luxury, they’re a great place to stay.

Dining Experiences

Unwind in Gozo and enjoy the good food and wine. Look out for the traditional village bakeries to get an authenitc ftira or sit back and relax in one of the many restaurants and take in the taste of fresh food and salty air, all seasoned by the Mediterranean.

Adventures

How about trying something new this summer? Often described as a diver’s paradise, Gozo has a remarkable range of shore and boat dives suitable for all levels of experience. Some incredible diving spots include the Santa Maria Caves, Blue Hole and Mgarr ix-Xini.

Along with diving, there are many stunning panoramic sites in Gozo, which can be enjoyed on foot or by bike, including Ta Cenc Cliffs, Dwejra and the Inland Sea, Mgarr ix-Xini, Wied il- Mielah, Sanap Cliffs, Mixta Cave to Ramla, Qala to Comino and Malta, and Ta’ Ghammar. For adventurers, there’s also mountain biking, rock climbing, boat rides, horse riding, and caving.

Enjoy a Sunset

It is perhaps one of the greatest treats of living on a small island, that you can enjoy some glorious sunrises and even more impressive sunsets.

Our favourite sunset spots are on the western side of the island. Sunsets can be witnessed along the coastal areas on the western side of Gozo like Xlendi, Dwejra and Xwejni.

But equally suggestive are the sunsets from the higher points of the island like the southern side cliffs, and the hilltops like Xagħra, Nadur, Żebbuġ and the Citadel, where you can witness the rolling landscape of hills and valleys, hit by the last light of the day in an amazing play of light.

The refreshing summer sea, the relaxed way of life, the sleepy village squares coming to life in the evenings as the scorching sun sets… Gozo offers the change of setting you desire this summer.

Article taken from the June 2021 edition of Il-Bizzilla. Read more here.