Stunning coastline and historic towns make this small Mediterranean island a hidden gem

Stunning coastline and historic towns make this small Mediterranean island a hidden gem
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Do you want to experience an island escape like no other? The island of Gozo is waiting for you.

Are you looking for an island getaway where the waters are electric blue, the history is rich, and the crowds are thin? Look no further than Gozo.

It’s an island that’s been inhabited for thousands of years, and has remained a quiet and stunning destination all that time. It is located in the Mediterranean and is just one of the breathtaking islands that make up the archipelago of Malta. If you’re willing to make the trek, you can find a little bliss on Gozo, whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a laid-back vacationer. Here’s what you need to know about planning your perfect trip.


Gozo: What You Need to Know

With just 26 square miles, Gozo is a small island. Although it's quiet, there's still plenty to do and see here, especially for those looking for an active vacation. It's a perfect spot for relaxation and rest, so those looking for a party atmosphere should stay away. And, before you go, make sure to exchange dollars for euros, as that's the currency in Malta. 

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Visit Gozo at the right time

Gozo is a great place to visit at any time of the year. According to Rich Report, the average temperature is 50°F to 87°F throughout the year and rarely goes below 44°F. In any case, you should visit between June and September, when the average high is 86°F, if you want warm weather worth dipping in the ocean. Check out the shoulder seasons in the spring (April and May) and fall (mid-September to November) when temperatures are comfortable in the 70s. 

Azure Window. Courtesy of Britannica

Gozo's Best Attractions

The Azure Window site was only available for a limited time

It was even featured in television shows such as Game of Thrones as one of Gozo's great natural phenomena. Sadly, it collapsed in 2017, but that doesn't make it any less worth visiting. The Fungus Rock, the Blue Hole, and the Inland Sea lagoon can be seen along the Dwejra Bay hike, so take your time and enjoy the views. 

Visit the Citadel

Visiting Rabat's Citadel (also called Victoria) will provide you with a better understanding of the island's history. Several of the island's museums, including the Museum of Archaeology, are housed in the walled city, which dates back to the 15th century. On top of the hill, the Citadel offers one of the best views in town, so be sure to take a 360-degree tour while you're there.

The Blue Lagoon can be reached by boat

While all of Gozo is stunning, it's a good idea to get on a boat and visit the Blue Lagoon, one of the island's most popular attractions. Lagoon on the nearby island of Comino is the stuff of Instagram dreams, with water so blue it looks unreal, and coves and caves to explore. You can rent a sailboat for a day for a private adventure, or hop on a public cruise for a quick look around. 

Ramla Beach. Courtesy of World Beach Guide 

The Ramla Beach is the perfect place to relax

Visit Ramla Beach in the warmer months for the softest sand on the island. As it's a large beach, you won't have trouble finding a spot to lay out for the day, but be aware that it's a popular destination, so you may see another tourist. 

Salt pans can be seen

Gozo's Xwejni Salt Pans are another magnificent site worth visiting. Salt pans on the north end of the island have been used by locals for hundreds of years to harvest salt, and they remain an important part of Gozo life today. Their unique patterns also make them a rather photogenic place. 

The Xwejni Salt Pans. Courtesy of Visit Malta

Hotel Accommodations in Gozo

Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz

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A stay at the Kempinski Hotel will give your Gozo getaway a touch of luxury. There are also several restaurants and a full-service spa to help you relax further. There are spacious suites, some with massive patios, as well as residential-style apartments. 

Grand Hotel Gozo

The Grand Hotel Gozo is conveniently located at the gateway to the island, making it a convenient and comfortable place to stay during your stay. The hotel offers sea views from every window, family suites for group getaways, indoor and outdoor pools, and an Elemis spa for treatments.

Dar tal-Kaptan Boutique Maison

You can discover more of Gozo's history at the Dar tal-Kaptan Boutique Maison, a 400-year-old farmhouse in Ghasri. The hotel offers a home-style stay with all the amenities you want on vacation, including a sauna, hammam, steam room, and several outdoor areas for sunbathing. 

How to Get to Gozo 

The most convenient way to reach Gozo is by flying to Malta, and then taking a ferry to irkewwa. With departures every 45 minutes, the ferry takes just 25 minutes. Getting around Gozo is easy once you're there. During their stay, visitors can rent a car or four-wheeler, or rely on local taxis and public transportation.

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