Many people come to Malta to enjoy the beaches, the nightlife, the entertainment – and whilst it’s true that there is a lot that this island has to offer to our visitors, no trip to Malta is complete without a visit to our sister island of Gozo.
We’ve mapped out the perfect day trip, with things to do in Gozo.
THE PERFECT DAY OUT: 7 THINGS TO DO IN GOZO
You’re going to want to make it an early one – if you set out from the InterContinental Malta – or anywhere in St. Julian’s for that matter – it can take you between 30 minutes to an hour and a half to reach the Gozo ferry in Ċirkewwa, depending on what form of transport you take.
Follow this by a 20-minute ferry ride, and you’re looking at around two hours just to get to our sister island – so you’re going to want to make the effort to wake up early. Trust us – you won’t regret it!
START OUT WITH A VISIT TO THE CAPITAL
Gozo’s capital has two names – the Maltese version Rabat – like the town in Malta – or the Anglicised version of Vittoria – named after Queen Victoria. Whilst visiting the Capital there are loads of things to do and see.
If you’re culturally-inclined, why not take a hike up to the top of the Citadel? Or maybe a walk through the narrow streets of the old City?
If you visit on a Sunday, make sure you pop by the main Piazza to visit the open air market.
RE-ENACT KHALEESI’S WEDDING
The first season of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones was filmed in Malta, with one of the series’ most iconic scenes – the marriage of Daenerys Targaryen to Khal Drogo – being shot at one of Gozo’s most iconic locations, the Azure Window.
If you’re visiting in summer, you should definitely take a jump into the Blue Hole – a favourite site for divers!
A short walk away and you’re visiting the Inland Sea.
GRAB A TRADITIONAL GOZITAN LUNCH AT MAXOKK
No visit to Gozo is complete without a lunch of Ftira from one of Gozo’s most well-known bakeries – Maxokk.
The Gozitan ftira is wildly different from its Maltese counterpart – in Malta a Ftira is simply a special type of bread, filled with tuna, olives and capers. The Gozitan ftira is more like a pizza – the ftira dough is flattened out and topped with toppings such as Gozitan ġbejniet or Maltese sausage and potatoes.
Key advice from a local? Get your ftira to go and enjoy it at…
Calypso’s cave is rumoured to have been mentioned in Homer’s epic The Odyssey – whether it’s true or not, the view from Calypso’s cave over the red sands of Ramla Bay are breathtaking.
TAKE A DIP AT WIED L-GĦASRI
Few places are quite as magical as the valley just off the village of Għasri – with crystalline blue/green waters leading out into open sea, it’s definitely worth the small hike to get there.
GRAB AN ICE-CREAM AND A DIP AT XLENDI
There are few places as lovely as this picturesque fishing village. You can swim in the shallow, sandy waters close to the various seaside restaurants – or if you prefer you can snorkel on the deeper end of the beach.
If you’re feeling adventurous, why not rent a kayak or a paddle boat and go exploring for yourself?
After you’ve burnt up all that excess energy, you deserve a treat – why not stop for an ice-cream by the sea-side?
ENJOY A FISH DINNER AT MARSALFORN
Boasting some of the island’s best fish restaurants, Marsalforn is definitely the place you want to go to end your Gozitan adventure, with a delightful, traditional dinner. Our recommendation?
Try the fresh fish – irrelevant of what it is. It would have been caught that same day – nothing tastes better than a lovely plate of fresh Maltese fish.
TO SUM UP…
We’ve barely scratched the surface of all there is to see and do in Gozo – from the Ġgantijatemples for the more culturally inclined to a night of partying at La Grotta – there’s something for everyone on this underrated gem. There really is no shortage of things to do in Gozo!
We hope you enjoyed reading our blog post!
You can read an other post about Gozo: 7 Things To Do In Gozo While On Holiday 😉
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