Gozo, the small island neighbouring Malta may not be as well-known as its bigger sibling, but it is just as worth discovering.
In fact, this little gem is quite off the tourist track, so you’ll be able to explore without battling large crowds.
The beauty of this island is that it’s so small you can easily discover different parts of it. There are so many opportunities to experience the culture of Gozo. Start your day with a coffee at one of the cafe’s in Qala’s village centre and chat with the locals who love to mingle whilst having breakfast.
Victoria – Dive into the history
Once you’ve got your energy up for the day, head to the main city of the island, Victoria, where you can find the restored Citadella. This citadel has been inhabited since the Bronze age and you can often find cultural events being staged here such as open-air theatre and music festivals.
You’ll find Arab architecture everywhere here and you can learn about the different cultures that have inhabited the island.
Don’t worry about crowds in the capital city, Gozo is so small and off the tourist radar that you’re unlikely to spot many other visitors.
If you’re peckish and need a snack before lunch, stop by Stephen’s Snack Bar in Xhagra and try pea pastizzi. These little fried puff pastry pies are stuffed with pea puree and are incredibly moreish! Wash them down with a glass of Cisk, the local lager.
Having taken in some culture, head out to the countryside and up the hills to visit one of the many agritourism businesses where you can get a taste of local produce. Try Ta Mena estate, where you can sample local wines and cheeses among the prickly pears. The estate makes unique preserved specialities such as kunserva helwa (sweet tomato paste), wild capers in vinegar and even prickly pear liqueur! Sit down to a hearty meal among the grapevines and learn about the history of agriculture on Gozo.
As the sun begins to lower head over to San Blas.
This little-known beach is a favourite of adventurous locals. To reach the sandy beach you must walk down a steep, hilly path, but this extra effort affords you with a mostly empty beach to enjoy. The walk down through orange and lemon trees is beautiful, just make sure it isn’t too hot when you attempt the climb back up!
Rounding out the day
Round out your day with a visit to Zeppi’s bar in Qala which is known for attracting talented live bands. Belt out some tunes with the locals before calling it a night. Things wind down at around 1am with everyone getting ready for the next adventure packed day of exploring the island!
How to get to Gozo
Gozo doesn’t have an airport so travelers should fly into Malta International Airport, take the bus or a taxi to Cirkewwa and then take a short 25-minute ferry from there.