Best things to do in Gozo
Imagine a place where the sun dances on the hills, the water sparkles like diamonds, and the air is filled with the pleasant perfume of wildflowers. Welcome to Gozo, a Mediterranean treasure that has yet to be found. The rush of modern life is a world away on this tiny island, where you can take your time, breathe deeply, and enjoy the weather. Gozo is the ideal location for you if you are seeking an escape from every day because of its rolling hills, rocky shoreline, and picturesque villages. Pack your things, grab some sunscreen, and travel to Gozo to discover why it is one of the most beautiful destinations.
Best time to visit Gozo
The best time to visit Gozo is during the summer months (June to September) when the weather is warm and sunny. However, this is the busiest time of year for tourists and the island can become quite crowded.
April – June and September – November is the best for visiting Gozo if you want to avoid the crowds because of the nice weather and low tourist traffic.
- Location: It’s located in the Mediterranean Sea, north of Libya and southeast of Sicily.
- Population: The island has a population of around 37,000 people.
- Gozo is known for its scenic countryside, historical sites, and serene atmosphere.
- It is the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago.
- Gozo has an area of around 26 square kilometers and a population of around 37,000 people.
- Said to have been the place where the legendary Calypso, the nymph from Homer’s Odyssey, called home.
How to get there
The only way to get to Gozo is by boat because there’s no road connection to Malta with Gozo. There are three ways to get to Gozo from Malta. All three ways will get you to the Mġarr Harbour on the southeastern side of Gozo.
1. Public Transport & Ferry
Best budget Option
The ferry departs from Marr Harbour and Ċirkewwa (the northern port in Malta), as well as Marfa Bay (on Gozo). Ċirkewwa is serviced by a number of bus routes and is easy to reach from major tourist hotspots. The main port in Gozo (Marr Harbour) is reached after a brief (15-minute) ferry ride.
Additionally, travelers on the Gozo Ferry can just show up at the port; trips leave every thirty minutes or so. On the way back to Malta, you’ll pay for your return boat ticket, which is about €20 for a car and two passengers.
2. By private boat
Best for more privacy
If you prefer a more exclusive experience, you can rent a private boat and enjoy a personalized tour of the island. This is, in our opinion, the best way to enjoy Gozo Island because you’ll probably go to more remote locations and see a little more than what the larger group tours can provide.
3. Day Trip: Boat Tours from Malta
You can book a day trip to Gozo from Malta from the several tour operators that provide the services on the island. Some of those options include:
- Organized Tour: You can sign up for an organized tour that takes you to the island’s most well-known attractions for a more structured experience. These excursions frequently stop at Victoria’s Citadel, the Azure Window, and the Inland Sea in addition to taking visitors to nearby towns and beaches.
- Adventure Activities: Scuba diving, snorkeling, and rock climbing are just a few of the adventure activities available if you’re looking for a more active day trip. The island’s untamed coastline and secret caves can be seen on a boat tour around it.
- Cultural Tours: If you’re curious about the fascinating history and cultural legacy of Gozo, think about going on a cultural tour. These excursions give you a thorough understanding of the intriguing history of Gozo while seeing the island’s museums, churches, and prehistoric monuments.
What to see
Enough with the logistics. Let’s jump into the things you can do and see on this small and beautiful island. A map of Gozo can be useful in planning your trip and navigating the island. We created a map for you which contains all the important landmarks and places you must visit.
1. Victoria (Rabat)
Victoria’s Citadel and old town, which are located in the center of Gozo, are a must-see for any visitor hoping to get a sense of the island’s rich history and cultural heritage. This guide will take you on a tour of the best that Victoria has to offer, from the iconic Cittadella Visitors’ Center to the busy streets of the old town.
Start your journey at the Cittadella Visitors’ Centre, where you’ll get an in-depth look at the history of Victoria’s ancient fortifications. See intriguing displays of medieval weapons and artifacts while learning about the island’s strategic importance.
Next, head to the Museum of Archaeology, where you’ll be transported back in time to ancient Gozo. Explore the exhibits of pottery, jewelry, and other artifacts dating back thousands of years.
For a step back in time, visit the Gran Castello Historic House. This beautifully preserved 17th-century house offers a glimpse into the daily life of Gozo’s aristocrats, with original furnishings and a beautiful garden.
If you’re a nature lover, be sure to visit the Nature Museum, where you’ll learn about the unique flora and fauna of Gozo and the Maltese islands.
Visit the Old Prison, which is now a cultural center. This historic building has been beautifully restored, with exhibits on the island’s cultural heritage and there is a stunning rooftop terrace where you can enjoy the views over the city.
Stroll through St. George’s Square and the old town, and enjoy the narrow streets, historic buildings, and bustling market stalls. Take a moment to relax at one of the many cafes and restaurants. While you are there, don’t forget to sample the local cuisine.
Finally, spend a few hours in Independence Square, the heart of Victoria’s old town. You can explore the city’s many churches and museums.
Tickets for the Cittadella Visitors’ Centre and Museum of Archaeology are available at the ticket office, with prices starting at €5 per person. Entrance to the Gran Castello Historic House, Nature Museum, and Old Prison is included in the ticket price.
2. Ramla Bay, Gozo
The stunning red sand beach in Ramla Bay is famous as one of the biggest and most beautiful on the island. It is a nice place for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling due to the crystal-clear blue waters and the views of the surrounding cliffs. That beach is also thought to be the location of Calypso’s Cave, an ancient city mentioned in Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey.” Many believe that one particular cave on Gozo’s northern shore is in fact the very cave where Calypso kept Odysseus for seven years after the faithful shipwreck.
It’s just a short drive to the bay. You can also take a public bus or a taxi, which will take you directly to the beach.
While you are there enjoy the sun, Swim, and Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Ramla Bay, explore the Local Flora and Fauna or dine at one of the local restaurants in the area that offer delicious and authentic cuisine.
3. Tal-Mixta Cave
The Tal-Mixta Cave is spectacular and famous for its stunning stalactites and stalagmites, great views of the surrounding countryside, and crystal-clear waters. The Tal-Mixta Cave is famous for both its intricate network of tunnels and grottoes and its beautiful underwater lake. A wide variety of fish and other marine life can be found in the lake’s crystal-clear waters, along with other creatures.
The Tal-Mixta Cave can be easily reached by car or public transportation and is situated in the Xagra village. There is parking available and a short distance to the closest bus stop. It takes only a short distance to get to the cave entrance once you arrive.
4. The Ggantija Temples
The Ggantija Temples in Gozo are prehistoric megaliths famous for being one of the oldest freestanding structures in the world, dating back to 3600-3200 BC. These megaliths are also unique in their size with some of the stones weighing up to 20 tons. The Ggantija Temples were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.
The Ggantija Temples are located in the village of Xaghra. To get there, you can take a bus from Victoria (Gozo’s capital city) or hire a car or taxi. You can also take the 307 bus from Xaghra. The temples are open daily and are easily accessible for visitors.
5. Salt Pans
Salt pans, or salt flats, are a unique areas of shallow, flat pools filled with seawater that is left to evaporate in the sun, leaving behind salt deposits. These pans have been used for centuries to harvest salt. The Salt Pans in Gozo are famous for their picturesque scenery and they are also a popular spot for birdwatching.
The Salt Pans are located on the southern coast of Gozo, near the town of Qbajjar. They are easily accessible by car, and there is a parking area nearby. You can also reach the pans by taking a scenic walk along the coastline from Qbajjar.
6. Ta Mena Estate
Mena Estate is a hidden gem located in the heart of Gozo. Take a stroll through the green gardens, and admire the views of the sea. One of the main attractions at Mena Estate is the historic farmhouse. The estate’s gardens are home to a wide variety of native and exotic plants, many of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
You can also take a cooking class to learn how to make traditional Gozitan dishes, or participate in a wine-tasting session. There are also several hiking trails in the surrounding countryside.
To get to Mena Estate is just a short drive or walk from Gozo.
7. Beaches in Gozo
Gozo’s, beaches are some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire archipelago. From hidden caves to crystal-clear waters for swimming, and stunning cliffs for a scenic hike. So grab your beach towel and let’s discover our top 4 beaches in Gozo.
1. Mgarr ix-Xini
Mġarr ix-Xini, is a stunning bay located in the northern part of Gozo, near the village of Sannat. Mġarr ix-Xini is a great place to spend the day relaxing on the beach, swimming in the clear waters, and enjoying the scenic views. There are also several hiking trails that offer stunning views of Mġarr ix-Xini and its surroundings
You can reach Mġarr ix-Xini by car, as there is a small parking area near the bay. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Victoria to Sannat and then walk to Mġarr ix-Xini.
2. Ħondoq Ir-Rummien Beach
Ħondoq Ir-Rummien is a small, sheltered bay located on the east coast of Gozo. Ħondoq Ir-Rummien is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and relaxing. You can also go for a walk along the cliffs and explore the nearby caves. There are also boat tours available from Ħondoq Ir-Rummien to explore the nearby caves and cliffs.
Take a bus to the town of Qala and then take a short walk to the bay. Alternatively, you can rent a car or take a taxi from Victoria, the capital of Gozo.
3. Daħlet Qorrot Beach
Daħlet Qorrot is a small beach located on the north coast of Gozo. It is a popular spot for those looking for a quiet and relaxing day by the sea. You take a bus to the town of Xagħra and then take a short walk to the beach. Alternatively, you can rent a car or take a taxi from Victoria.
4. Dwerja Bay
Dwerja Bay is famous for its iconic Fungus Rock, a towering rock formation that stands in the center of the bay. The bay is surrounded by towering cliffs, providing a spectacular backdrop for swimming and sunbathing. You can go snorkeling and explore the underwater world, or simply relax on the sandy beaches.
You can take a bus from the main city of Victoria, or take a taxi from anywhere on the island. The bus ride takes about 30 minutes, while a taxi ride takes about 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can rent a car and drive to the bay, which is a scenic drive and takes about 20 minutes.
8. The Blue Lagoon and Comino
Comino is a small and picturesque island located in the Maltese Archipelago. It is famous for its stunning scenery, the Blue Lagoon, and its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. You can take a ferry from Gozo to Comino. The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular attractions in the area and attracts thousands of visitors every year. You can read more about Comino and Blue Lagoon in our detailed travel guide.
9. Visit Dwejra
Dwejra is a small coastal village located on the western part of Gozo is famous for its stunning natural beauty. While you are there, take a walk down to the Azure Window, a famous natural arch that juts out into the sea. Another popular attraction is the Inland Sea which is a saltwater lake that is surrounded by high cliffs and is accessible only by boat. You can also hike up to the top of Fungus Rock, named after a rare endemic plant that grows on its surface, is a towering rock that rises from the sea. Last but not least, you can explore the historic Dwejra Tower, which dates back to the 16th century and was used as a lookout tower.
There are a number of restaurants and cafes in Dwejra that serve traditional Maltese cuisine. Some popular options include the Ta’ Mena Estate restaurant, which serves traditional Maltese dishes, and the La Grotta Restaurant, which specializes in seafood.
Dwejra is accessible by car, bus, or taxi. From Victoria, it takes around 30 minutes to reach Dwejra by car. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Victoria to Dwejra, which takes around 45 minutes.
10. Ta’ Kola Windmill
Ta’ Kola Windmill is a historic windmill located in Xagħra. The windmill is one of the few remaining examples of traditional windmills in Gozo and has been restored to its original condition. Visitors can also take a guided tour of the windmill and learn about its restoration process.
Ta’ Kola Windmill is located in Xagħra, which is one of the main villages in Gozo. The windmill is easily accessible by car.
11. Ta’ Ġurdan Lighthouse
The Ta’ Ġurdan Lighthouse is famous for its stunning location and breathtaking views. Take a stroll around the lighthouse and climb to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea and the islands of Malta, Comino, and Goz. You can also go for a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean.
You can either rent a car or take a bus to reach the lighthouse. The bus journey takes approximately an hour and a half, while the drive from Victoria, the capital of Gozo, takes around 20 minutes.
12. Ta’ Pinu Basilica and Shrine
Ta’ Pinu Basilica and Shrine is a beautiful basilica dedicated to the island’s beloved patron saint, Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu. You can take a guided tour of the basilica, admire the beautiful stained-glass windows and light a candle in the shrine.
Ta’ Pinu is located in the village of Gharb, in the western part of Gozo. It’s easily accessible by car or bus, and there’s a large parking lot available for visitors. The basilica is also just a short walk from the village center.
14. Qolla l-Bajda Battery
Qolla l-Bajda Battery is a fascinating historical site located on the northern coast of Gozo. You can explore the site itself, take in the views of the surrounding countryside and the sea, and admire the battery’s impressive architecture. There also walking trails, where you can wander through the lush greenery.
Qolla l-Bajda Battery can be reached by car, bike, or foot. There are several parking spots near the site, and it is also easily accessible from the main road that runs along the coast.
15. Saint Anthony’s Battery (Qala Battery)
Located in the quaint village of Qala, the Saint Anthony’s Battery (Qala Battery) is a historic military structure that dates back to the 16th century. You can wander around the ramparts, admire the views, and explore the nearby villages of Gozo.
You can take a bus from Victoria to Qala. From there, it’s just a short walk to the battery. Alternatively, you can rent a car or take a taxi to the site.
16. Tas-Sanap cliffs
Tas-Sanap cliffs, located in the serene countryside of Gozo. One of the best things to do at the Tas-Sanap cliffs is to simply stand at the edge and admire the view. The cliffs are also popular among hikers and a great destination for those who love to get out and enjoy nature.
To reach the Tas-Sanap cliffs, the best option is to rent a car or take a tour, as public transportation is limited in this area. The cliffs are located about a 30-minute drive from the capital city of Victoria.
17. Ta’ Ċenċ cliffs
While you are at Ta’ Ċenċ cliffs, you can take a walk along the cliffs or take a dip in the refreshing Mediterranean waters. Rock climbing enthusiasts will love the challenge of scaling the cliffs, and for those who are feeling adventurous, you can even take a guided boat tour to see the cliffs from the sea.
To reach Ta’ Ċenċ cliffs, you can take a bus or drive to the nearby town of Qala. From there, it is a short walk to the cliffs.
18. Rock Climbing
Gozo is a small island but it is a mecca for rock climbing enthusiasts. The island is dotted with towering cliffs, and unique rock formations making it the perfect place for climbers of all skill levels. If you’re a beginner, consider hiring a local guide to help you get started and make the most of your climbing experience.
For those looking for a more structured experience, there are several rock climbing tours available that offer everything from beginner courses to multi-day excursions. These tours typically provide gear and equipment, as well as experienced guides who know the terrain like the back of their hand.
Accommodation and hotels on Gozo
There are a lot of different options when it comes to accommodation in Gozo. From 5-star hotels to budget Hotels, Gozo has an option that matches your traveling style.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury, Gozo offers a range of 5-star hotels that will leave you feeling pampered and spoiled. These hotels offer the finest amenities, from private pools to breathtaking sea views.
For a more affordable yet still luxurious option, consider one of Gozo’s 4-star hotels. These hotels offer a range of amenities, including swimming pools, restaurants, and comfortable rooms, all at a more reasonable price point.
For budget-conscious travelers, Gozo offers a range of 3-star hotels that provide comfortable accommodation at an affordable price and for those who are looking for an even more affordable option, Gozo offers a range of budget hotels that provide basic but clean and comfortable rooms. These hotels are a great choice for backpackers or those who want to save money for other activities during their trip to Gozo.
In addition to hotels, Gozo also offers a range of other accommodation options, including apartments, villas, and farmhouses.
Where to eat on Gozo
Gozo is full of delicious surprises with all these traditional Maltese dishes and international cuisine! Here’s a list of some of the best restaurants in Gozo, and what to try in each of them:
one80 Kitchen at Mgarr Yacht Marina, Gozo: This restaurant is located in the Mgarr Yacht Marina and offers views of the marina and the sea. The menu consists of a range of international dishes with a Mediterranean twist, making it a great option for those looking for a taste of something new. Be sure to try their seafood platter and the traditional Maltese dish, rabbit stew.
Latini Wine & Dine: This restaurant is a great option for those looking for a taste of Italy in Gozo. The menu consists of traditional Italian dishes such as pizza, pasta, and more. The restaurant also has a great wine selection to accompany your meal. Be sure to try their classic Margherita pizza and their delicious tiramisu.
Country Terrace: This restaurant offers a relaxed and cozy atmosphere and serves traditional Maltese cuisine. The menu consists of dishes such as pastizzi, a traditional pastry filled with ricotta cheese, and rabbit stew. Be sure to try their famous roast beef and the traditional Maltese specialty, ftira.
The Boathouse: This restaurant is located in Xlendi Bay and offers a great variety of dishes, including seafood, pasta and steak. The restaurant is also known for its beautiful outdoor terrace, which offers stunning views of the bay. Be sure to try their seafood platter and the delicious grilled swordfish.
Our tips and recommendations
- Book your ferry tickets in advance to avoid disappointment, especially during peak season.
- Rent a car or take a taxi if you’re planning to explore the island’s more remote areas.
- Pack light, comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes for exploring the island on foot or by bike.
- Take the time to explore Gozo’s charming villages and sample the local cuisine, including fresh seafood and traditional Maltese dishes.
Frequently asked questions
How big is Gozo?
Gozo is much smaller than Malta, with a total area of just over 14 square miles.
Is it worth visiting Gozo on my trip to Malta?
Absolutely! While Malta is a popular tourist destination on its own, Gozo offers a unique and more laid-back experience. From the stunning coastline and beaches to the charming countryside and historic villages, there is a lot to see and do on this small island.
How long should I spend on Gozo?
Most people spend a day in Gozo with an organized tour but we recommend at least 2 days if you want to see and do more and get a good feel for the island and see some of its highlights.
Can you drive from Malta to Gozo?
Not exactly. You can take the ferry and pass your car to Gozo from Malta.
How do I get around Gozo?
Gozo is best explored by car, and there are several rental options available on the island. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or tour, or explore on foot if you’re staying in one of the villages.
Is Gozo a good holiday destination for family?
Yes, Gozo is a great holiday destination for families. There are a lot of beaches, outdoor activities, and child-friendly attractions.