15 Best Things To Do In Gozo
If you are wondering whether it is safe to travel to Gozo, then know that it is one of the countries that has not been hit by the Coronavirus epidemic. No cases of COVID-19 are detected in Gozo till this date. The authorities in Gozo are taking all the steps to not let COVID-19 spread in the country and it is recommended to take precautionary measures while visiting Gozo. Also, we suggest that you check flight operations to and from Gozo as they might be affected amidst the virus outbreak.
Note: The Coronavirus statistics mentioned in this article are based on the updated reports available on March 3, 2020. These figures will be updated depending on how the outbreak unfolds.
Gozo is a beautiful island and a part of the Maltese archipelago. Although the island has now been robbed of its famous attraction - the Azure Window, Gozo continues to draw tourists like a moth to the flame. With its soft sandy beaches and several historical sites, Gozo promises to offer you a variety of experiences. Attractions like the Ġgantija Temples and Gozo Museum of Archaeology will make you step back in time and admire the olden days. Visiting places like the Xerri's Grotto and Ghasri Valley will make you admire the wonders of nature. Not-to-miss is the Inland Sea and San Blas Beach where you can unwind and relax.
Take a look at these 15 best things to do in Gozo that will leave you astonished.
1. Be awestruck by the centuries-old Ġgantija Temples
Dating back to the Neolithic era, the Ġgantija Temples in Gozo are considered to be older than the Pyramids of Egypt. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these temples are the earliest of the Megalithic Temples of Malta. The well-preserved temple ruins are more than 5,500 years old and are said to be the second oldest, man-made religious structure existing in the world today. One of the best attractions in Gozo, this is a must-visit place for all the history buffs.
2. Be stunned by the beauty of Our Lady of Ta' Pinu Basilica
The Our Lady of Ta' Pinu Basilica is highly regarded amongst locals in Gozo. It is a Roman Catholic minor basilica, as well as a national shrine, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu. First constructed in 1920, the basilica was consecrated in 1923. Showcasing the Neo-Romanesque style of architecture, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu also features 76 colored windows, 6 mosaics, and several ex-votos. There is also a tower standing tall at a height of 61 meters. The basilica, together with the scenic vistas around, makes for a spectacular sight to behold.
3. Admire the architecture of St. George's Basilica, Malta
The St. George’s Basilica is located in the heart of Victoria - the capital of Gozo. Exhibiting the Baroque style, it is a masterpiece of architecture, built-in between 1672 and 1678. Referred to as the ‘Golden Church’ of Gozo, the basilica is constructed in limestone but is entirely covered in marble and gold stucco. The church is home to two artworks of the famous artist Mattia Preti. The basilica features 11 side chapels, 10 domes, 2 spires, and 5 bells. As soon as you step inside the church, you will be stunned to see the mesmerizing paintings on the ceilings of the basilica.
4. Travel back in time at Ta'Kola Windmill
First built in 1725, the Ta’Kola Windmill is a historical landmark in the village of Xagħra in Gozo. The windmill was rebuilt in the 1780s and was turned into a museum in 1992. Ta’Kola Windmill is surrounded by many rooms and has a round central tower. With an extensive collection of traditional tools that were used for wood or iron working, the museum effectively gives you a glimpse of the olden days. You may also visit the miller’s living quarters that have been restored along with the sails and the milling machinery.
5. View Gozo’s cultural history at Gozo Museum of Archaeology
The Gozo Museum of Archaeology is one of the best places to visit in Gozo. Initially called the Gozo Museum, it was opened in 1960 and is the first public museum of the island. After undergoing reconstruction, the museum was again opened to the public in 1986. The museum has a vast collection of artifacts and relics that give you an insight into the cultural history of Gozo. Right from the prehistoric era to the early modern period, you get to walk along the timeline of the Maltese island.
6. Watch salt in-the-making at Salt Pans
If you wish to get a little up-close with the local life in Gozo, then make a beeline for the Salt Pans. This is a site with geometric patterns by the ocean where Gozitans produce salt. If you are lucky enough, you may get to see the production of salt in action and also interact with the locals. While getting to observe this fascinating site, you are also treated to panoramic vistas of the vast blue ocean and the beautiful marine life.
7. Visit Gozo’s largest church - Rotunda of Xewkija
Rotunda of Xewkija is also known as the Church of Saint John the Baptist and is one of the distinctive Gozo attractions. It was completed and officially consecrated in 1978 and displays the Baroque style of architecture. Its interiors are finely decorated with sculptures and modern paintings. A prime feature of this largest church in Gozo is its dome which is said to be the third-highest unsupported dome in the world. Under the church belfry, you will find the Sculpture Museum which features some of the prime items of the old church along with the best ‘lacework’ in Maltese stone. From this museum, you may ride an elevator up to the dome and enjoy the magnificent vistas of Gozo.
8. Unwind at the lovely San Blas Beach
Vacationing on an island is all about catching some tan on a sandy beach and San Blas Beach is your best bet to enjoy this in Gozo. Covered in reddish sand and boulders, this beach coupled with the vast blue sea is just postcard perfect. A steep but paved pathway leads you to this small lovely beach. Lie on the beach and enjoy some sunbathing time or take a dip in the cool waters of the island. The rustic beach is perfect to spend some time in solitude.
9. Take a trip down to Xerri's Grotto
Amongst the many things to do in Gozo, a visit to the Xerri’s Grotto should be on the top of your list. It is a cave, located in the village of Xagħra and was supposedly first discovered in 1923 or 1924. The grotto is dotted by many fascinating natural formations, including stalactites and stalagmites. A few of these formations can be seen in the shape of a vulture, a tortoise, giraffes, or elephant's ears. You may enter the cave by ascending a 10-meter spiral staircase. Take a guided tour of this cave which is now illuminated by electric lights for the convenience of visitors.
10. Take in the spectacular vistas from Tal-Mixta Cave
The Tal-Mixta Cave in Nadur is one of the best things to see in Gozo. Considered to be a historical dwelling, tourists primarily flock to this cave to enjoy the breathtaking vistas of the Ramla Bay. Sunsets are not to be missed from the Tal-Mixta Cave. While you may reach near the entrance of the cave by car, you may also enjoy hiking to the top from the Ramla Beach. Remember to carry snacks along with bottles of water as it would get quite hot while climbing to the Tal-Mixta Cave.
11. Rest for a while at Villa Rundle
Located at the center of the Victoria City in Gozo, Villa Rundle is a public garden, ideal to relax and unwind. Named after the British General Leslie Rundle, the garden was first planted way back in 1915. It is home to many local and imported trees, including Ficus Nitida and Canary palms. The huge trees offer enough shade to the visitors for escaping the scorching sun while wandering through the garden. Villa Rundle also features a performing area where several events and shows are regularly conducted. If you are looking for a quiet oasis when in Victoria, head towards this lovely garden.
12. Go diving at Wied il-Għasri
One of the fun things to do in Gozo is diving in its aquamarine waters. Wied il-Għasri or the Valley of Ghasri offers you this perfect opportunity that not only lets you take a dip in the cool waters but also allows you to explore the amazing underwater caves. You may also enjoy country hiking or bike riding at the Ghasri Valley. It starts from the Ta’ Dbieġi Hill and is laced to the village of l-Għasri. There is even a narrow and secluded bay here which is just right to enjoy a good swim.
13. Have a memorable experience at the Inland Sea
The Inland Sea in Gozo is a prime spot amongst divers all around the world. While you may also go snorkeling or diving on your own, scuba diving for pre-booked groups is also available here. This seawater lagoon is connected to the Mediterranean Sea through a naturally formed narrow arch. Boat tours are available to pass through this arch and get up-close to the colorful cliff walls. There is also a pebbly beach at the Inland Sea where you may enjoy some sunbathing time.
14. Take a wine tour at Ta Mena Estate
If you are wondering what to do in Gozo other than just diving in the sea and visiting its attractions, you ought to book a wine tour of the Ta Mena Estate. While you get to tour the farm and taste local wine, you may also buy a variety of local goodies from this vineyard. An informative tour of the winery is followed by the tasting of delicious food, accompanied by local wine. The warmth in which visitors are received here makes everyone want to visit Ta Mena Estate again.
15. Witness evolution at Gozo Nature Museum
The Gozo Nature Museum is located in Victoria and is accommodated in a number of houses that date back to the 17th century. Opened to the public in 1991, the museum was formerly known as Natural Science Museum. The extensive collection of the museum is related to the island’s geology, minerals, insects, marine life, local ecosystems, habitats, as well as human and animal evolution.
Visiting these 15 best places in Gozo will not leave one moment dull during your vacation. Now all you got to do is pack your bags and leave to explore the mesmerizing island.