A Trip to the Island of Gozo – where to stay, eat and what to do
A Trip to the Island of Gozo! If you’re visiting Gozo, be prepared that although this island is only 67km2, you might be captivated. In fact, if you’re only planning a day trip to the island, you will want to come back for a longer visit because one cannot encapsulate the full essence of Gozo in one day!
Deciding where to stay is a matter of taste and lifestyle as in Gozo one finds an excellent variety of options. Apart from different hotels ranging from 3-star to the 5-star hotels, one can opt for Boutique hotels and Guest Houses.
The Azure Window, Gozo, Malta by anjab1593 (Sadly, this window collapsed after heavy storm in March 2017 and is no more…)
Where to stay in Gozo
In Gozo, one finds two 5-star hotels both of which are set in the countryside and have their own spa facilities. The 4-star hotels provide great comfort and convenience whilst the 3-star hotels are a consideration for a cheaper option.
All have their own characteristics but you can rest assured that wherever you go, you will find a service with a smile.
Ta’ Pinu Church Gozo Malta by Boguslaw Garbacz
The other option is renting out a vacation home, either in the form of a villa, a traditional Gozitan farmhouse or an apartment. You will find many apartments for renting in seaside villages such as Xlendi and Marsalforn. Most apartments are rented out on a self-catering basis but additional services might be available on request.
When you rent out an apartment, you will have the advantage of more space and privacy and the opportunity to enjoy your holiday as part of the Gozitan community. Choosing an apartment with a view is a great bonus because you will be able to immerse yourself in the atmosphere at any hour of the day.
Xlendi Gozo Malta by ERWEH
On the other hand, most of the farmhouses, which as their name suggests were previously used as farms in the villages and countryside are found scattered all over the island, sometimes tucked away in little alleys and country roads.
This is part of their appeal and charm. Today farmhouses offer a truly luxurious holiday as these rental properties have been renovated to superior standards whilst retaining old rustic charm.
Marsalforn by night, Gozo, Malta by David Forsman
Architectural features like old wooden beams, massively thick stone walls, spiralling staircases and outdoor terraces and gardens are all part of a typical Gozitan Farmhouse. For example, Abraham’s Farmhouses offer fantastic properties that are even ideal if you’re on holiday with your extended family or a big group of friends.
Located in the village of Xagħra, the properties have their own private pools and are close to the sandy beach of Ramla l-Ħamra and the prehistoric temples of Ġgantija.
3 Sacrificial altars in Ġgantija Temples. Xagħra, Gozo by BoneA
Where to eat in Gozo
For a great wining and dining experience visit one of the restaurants, cafeterias or snack bars that are sprawled all over the place. Most of the places serve traditional food along with continental favourites so you can rest assured that you will find something to suit your appetite.
Some of the most favourite restaurants are The Boat House in Xlendi and Ta’ Frenċ in Marsalforn. Amid the variety of cuisines offered, make sure you note places associated with chefs, like Ta’ Philip Restaurant and Tmun in Mġarr and Beppe’s in Marsalforn.
For authentic traditional Gozitan dishes, you can visit Il-Kċina Għawdxija in Xlendi or pick up tasty traditional pies from Maxokk Bakery in Nadur.
What to do in Gozo
While you’re in Gozo there are a lot of activities that you can engage in. One great thing about Gozo is that the smallness of the island, allows you to move from one location to another very easily and no time is wasted in travelling.
If you are in any way artistic, then keep in mind that Gozo is a great source of inspiration for photographers, painters and artists of all sorts. On the other hand, Gozo’s weather means that you can enjoy outdoor activities all year round.
City Sightseeing Gozo Hop-On Hop-Off open top bus Malta by City Sightseeing Gozo
Abseiling, climbing, hiking and cycling are some of the main outdoor activities. Water sports are especially great in the warmer months and include aspects like kayaking, jet-skiing and boat rides.
Diving merits a mention on its own, as Gozo is a great hub for divers who come from all over the world to experience the crystal clear waters that the island offers.
On top of all this, Gozo has a great cultural calendar and at any point in time, you can enjoy different kinds of shows and performances and exhibitions.
Citadel in Victoria in Gozo, Malta by Petr Pelikan
Do not forget to visit Malta
And finally, don’t forget about Malta. Bigger in size and denser in population, Malta, Gozo’s sister, is a complicated mosaic of urban and rustic, modern and old. It is an island painted in different layers of heritage from different eras in time.
It’s like a treasure chest where every corner and every building can narrate a story. If this appeals to you, it is advisable to visit Valletta, the capital city, and take a tour of the Three Cities, a trio of maritime cities surrounding the Grand Harbour.
Currently, Malta is planning to host Valletta 2018, an event that will have Valletta, as the European Capital of Culture.