Gozo's hilly landscape

Malta’s famed sister Island Gozo is only a short 15 minute ferry ride away from the mainland, but the crossing time seems even shorter thanks to the magnificent views on the approach.

Take in stunning vistas of the islands of Comino, the Mgarr Harbour, and if you’re lucky, the odd dolphin racing the ferry boat. A must see for all those who visit Malta.

But the views don’t end with your arrival. The combination of Gozo’s hilly landscape and well preserved countryside offers visitors ample sightseeing opportunities. Scramble up the arduous yet rewarding path to the Gurdan Lighthouse in Ghasri where you’ll be treated to magnificent land and sea views stretching out miles before your eyes. 

Like Malta, Gozo’s colourful history abounds, from the fascinating temples at Ggantija (A Unesco World Heritage Site that predates the Egyptian Pyramids), to the picturesque and well-preserved fortifications of the Citadella in Rabat, Gozo’s bustling capital.

Travellers to Gozo used to Malta’s rather arid landscape, are in for a treat, especially if they happen to visit during the Spring or Winter. The hilly landscape is notably greener and more fertile than its larger counterpart, and thanks to far lower population density, the Island of Gozo is perfect for nature walks, taking trekkers through some challenging and beautiful terrain.

For the hedonists looking to perfect their tans, the beaches on this sun-drenched island abound, and many are quite accessible and easy to reach by public transport. Sun seekers can spend the day hopping from one spectacular beach to another. Most notably, Ramla il-Hamra is a fine sandy beach with crystal clear blue sea. The beach is found at the bottom of an untouched valley in the village of Ghasri.

Gozo is the epitome of a truly Mediterranean destination. Quaint villages with narrow streets, rustic bars and restaurants serving traditional food (try the local specialities Rabbit or Ravioli stuffed with goat’s cheese) and wine, and a vibrant village life, where time seems to slow down to a crawl. Possibly though, the most quintessentially Mediterranean characteristic of all abounds on this little island – Hospitality. Gozitans are quieter, and more understated than their more egregious Maltese cousins, but their warmth and welcome is the stuff of legend.

Did you know?

  • The famous eight-pointed Maltese Cross symbolizes the 8 obligations of the Knights of St John: Truth, faith, repent of sins, humility, justice, merciful, sincere and enduring persecution.
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