If you are looking for the perfect Mediterranean holiday, the island of Gozo is a must-visit destination. This little-known sister to the island of Malta has much to attract visitors from all walks of life but is especially well-suited to families on holidays and those seeking a bit of relaxation in a location with nearby attractions to visit as the mood strikes. There is so much to see and do on this sparsely populated island of the nation of Malta that it’s best to talk about what you can do rather than where to go. Once you know what it is you are looking to do, ask the locals; they’ll tell you where they would go and that’s exactly where you want to go too!
Where to Stay in Gozo
Those who want a busy nightlife typically stay in Malta, but there is no reason you can’t enjoy a stay on Gozo as well. It’s just a 20-minute boat ride to the main island, but when seeking affordable accommodations not flooded with tourists, book a farmhouse or hotel room in Gozo. This way you can relax during the day and party by night. Don’t be surprised to learn there are many activities in Gozo to enjoy as well. You’d be surprised at all you can see and do on this small island located just a short distance south of Sicily.
A Long and Rich History
Some of the main attractions in Gozo are the archaeological ruins that tell a story of one of the earliest civilizations on earth. With stone temples built long before the Egyptian pyramids, the history of Malta can be traced back at least 7,000 years to the earliest settlers who somehow managed to reach the island by boats. From there, the rest is, as they say, history. To get a first-hand understanding of just how advanced this ancient civilization was, visit the Megalithic Ggantija Temples.
Anything and Everything Aquatic
From soaking up the sun on some of the world’s most pristine beaches to snorkelling, diving, boating, kayaking and hiking along the shore, if you are looking for water, and plenty of it, Gozo is the perfect holiday destination. If you have any diving experience at all, you’ll want to see the shipwrecks off the coast while taking some awesome underwater photos of those wrecks and the sea life that have made these wrecks their homes. It’s an experience of a lifetime to be sure.
Wining and Dining in Gozo
As you would expect in any Mediterranean country, Gozo, the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago has its very own world-famous vineyard. Here at Ta’ Mena Estate you can visit the vineyard, let the kids pick fresh grapes and strawberries, pet the animals in the petting zoo, and have a luncheon on the patio whilst sampling wines produced on the island. You will find that many of Malta’s most well-respected restaurants serve wines from Ta’ Mena, along with fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown on the Estate as well.
The Best of All Worlds in the Mediterranean
When it comes to a Mediterranean holiday, Gozo offers the best of all worlds. It is located just off the coast of Sicily, so it is easily accessible by boat or plane and is close enough the busy nightlife in Malta, also just 20-minutes away by boat. However, you won’t usually be elbow to elbow with other tourists like yourself, so you do have some room for the relaxation you are so greatly in need of. While in Gozo, check out which village is sponsoring a festa, a once-in-a-lifetime event you won’t want to miss.
Enjoy the festa fireworks, enjoy the joyful celebration, but most of all, enjoy Gozo.
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NB. The above is an article provided by Gozo’s Official Tourism Website – Visit Gozo.