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Introducing Gozo

Date Created: 23 April 2014

Gozo is the smaller, sleepier and more tranquil sister island of Malta. A year round destination, Gozo is known as the island of Myths and Miracles. Thought to be the legendary Calypso’s isle of Homer’s Odyssey, this is a peaceful, mystical backwater. Like Ulysses, most visitors still arrive on Gozo by boat. It is a 25 minute trip by car ferry from the Port of Cirkewwa at the northern tip of Malta to the harbour at Mgarr on Gozo .

Historically, the Island has always been distinct from mainland Malta and for those seeking an encounter with Gozo’s past, there are many historical sites and forts plus one of the archipelago’s best-preserved prehistoric temples, Ggantija, to explore. This is the oldest freestanding temples in the world and A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Life on Gozo moves at a leisurely pace. The rhythms dictated by the seasons, fishing and agriculture. In winter and spring, the Island is covered with flowering herbs and lush crops. In summer, it’s a wash with oleander, bougainvillea and geranium. And the sea is never more than a stone’s throw away. Gozo’s remarkable coastline combines beaches of red sand, turquoise bays, stretches of limestone criss-crossed with tiny saltpans and majestic high cliffs falling in a sheer drop into the clear waters. There is some exceptional scuba diving in Gozo as a result of the calm waters, high visibility and diversity of underwater caves, wrecks and reefs. An incredible diving experience, the spectacular Blue Hole, beneath the Azure Window is a must for the diving lovers.

For those seeking adventure and exploration, the Island’s rugged terrain is ideal for walking and trekking, cycling and rock climbing. The coastline and surrounding waters offer opportunities for sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing and diving.

Situated right in the middle of the channel that separates mainland Malta from the island of Gozo, the tiny island of Camino, makes an idyllic day out by boat. It is the smallest inhabited island of the Maltese Archipelago and the most pristine, attracting all those who love water sports. Between Comino and its adjacent island Cominotto lays the so-called Blue Lagoon. This scenic bay with its crystal clear blue sea provides one of the most spectacular sights of the Maltese islands. Traffic is non-existent and noise is the exception rather than the rule. The island does however have one modern hotel catering for those who really do want to escape from it all.

Written by Beverley Byrne.