Gozo is the diamond of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s the three-hilled sister island of Malta and a go-to summer destination for locals and tourists alike. Even though many Maltese people holiday in Gozo every year, planning a trip there can be stressful and challenging. Here are 6 tips to help you plan your trip before boarding the ferry to Gozo!
Find the right accommodation
Once you decide on your budget and the duration of your trip to Gozo, you’ll need to pin down the type of accommodation you’ll be staying in. You should also consider whether you want to stay by the sea, in a city centre or in a tranquil village.
Farmhouses are the ideal choice for large groups. They often turn out to be reasonably priced and spacious enough for everyone to feel comfortable. If the number of travellers in your group can be counted on one hand, there are many different apartments for rent all over the island. For a more romantic or relaxed stay, Gozo also has some of the most luxurious hotels in the Maltese archipelago.
Consider leaving your car in Malta
There’s no doubt that you need to board the ferry to travel from and back to Malta. But be sure to update yourself on boarding times. Deciding on the day and time to leave Gozo is also quite crucial, especially during the very busy summer weekends. Opt for a weekday if you want to avoid the traffic heading towards Gozo’s Mġarr Harbour, or else board the ferry back to Malta early in the morning if you have to leave on a Sunday.
As for travelling within Gozo itself, the island’s small size makes it easy to travel anywhere. Although taking your own car to Gozo is convenient, renting out a car while you’re there is a hassle-free alternative. Using the bus is often frowned upon for being time-consuming, but buses in Gozo are actually quite frequent and punctual.
Try as much genuine local cuisine as you can
Traditional Maltese and Gozitan dishes are undeniably similar. But there are some intriguing specialities that are exclusive to the sister island, or that are served differently in Gozo. Whether it’s delicious fish, crusty pizza, mouth-watering ice cream or just a classic cheese platter with ġbejniet (traditional cheeselets), you can only fully experience Gozo by tasting pretty much everything. There are over 200 different restaurants and wineries in Gozo listed on Yellow, as well as 8 bakeries providing fresh Gozitan bread, pies and other pastry-based delicacies.
Revisit the must-see landmarks
We’re still mourning the loss of the Azure Window, that collapsed into the sea. But Gozo still has other gorgeous locations to offer. The marvellous Cittadella is a unique medieval part of the hilltop city of Victoria. Also worth visiting are the UNESCO-listed Ġgantija Temples, which are older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. The magnificent Ta’ Pinu Basilica is a one-of-a-kind church and national shrine devoted to the Virgin Mary. Then there are the countless churches, chapels, palaces and museums, that can enable you to discover another side of Gozo you may have set aside during your past trips.
Explore Gozo’s breathtaking natural sites
No one can deny that Gozo is a natural paradise. Its pastoral landscapes and peaceful sea views will leave you in awe. You can dive in Xlendi or Mġarr ix-Xini, or experience rock climbing and hiking at the Ta’ Ċenċ Cliffs. So next time you’re in Gozo, why not dedicate some time to being adventurous? You can have a go at a sport or physical activity in these and other beautiful natural sites, or you can simply visit them and take in the gorgeous views.
Dip your toes into every Gozitan beach
This summer, it’s time to tick all the boxes and try out every sandy and rocky beach in Gozo! Swimming is ideal to beat the summer heat, and the picturesque views accompanying all Gozitan beaches will make accomplishing the challenge even more worthwhile. From the clear waters of Ħondoq ir-Rummien, to the golden-red sands of Ramla Ħamra Bay, there is a lot more to discover than you think when it comes to the Gozitan seas!
Unearth the history, culture and all-round beauty of Malta’s sister island this summer. Explore Gozo with any of the 6 Companies offering Driven Sightseeing Tours listed on yellow.com.mt. This is the perfect option, especially if you’re going with a large group.
During your trip, you can also use the Yellow App to look up details about anywhere you want to go and anything you might need while in Gozo – from supermarkets and pharmacies, to restaurants and bars, and everything else in between!
There’s something for everyone – visit yellow.com.mt!