When you live in Malta, especially in Sliema and the area of St. Julians and work hard you need a getaway from time to time. What we do is or take the plane and go abroad or catch the ferry and go to Gozo.
It’s just an even tinier island in the north of Malta but sometimes it seems like a whole other world.
Life is even slower, nature is everywhere, and the food is amazing. It is the perfect place to spend a couple of days away from your everyday life.
Even if you visit Malta for the first time, you should not miss out on a timeout on this beautiful island.
Every season has a special touch to it and there are different things to during every season. Winter and Spring are great for hiking, while during Summer the island offers lovely beaches and snorkeling spots.
Gozo can be easily reached through the ferry from the north of Malta Cirkewwa. The boat ride takes around 25 minutes and from the Harbour town Mgarr in Gozo you can easily take the bus or a taxi to your destination. All the bus routes start in Victoria, so the easiest way is to get there from the ferries are the 300 buses. From Victoria you can visit any village on the island by bus.
Gozo consists of several villages and the capital Victoria or Rabat. Other than in Malta the villages are apart one from another and they are more separate. Each one has its particulates and a unique charm.
Xlendi and Marsafron are famous for their delicious fish and seafood. Nadur and Gharb are rural villages full of Farm Houses for rent.
Staying in a lovely converted farmhouse makes the Gozo adventure a unique experience. There are a lot of them all over the island. We stayed in Nadur and Gharb so far and both are great places to let your mind flow and your body rest.
In winter and spring, there is a lot of hiking you can do on the island and I will create a separate post with hiking routes.
In summer Gozo awaits us with amazing beaches and snorkeling locations like the Whiet il Gharsi.
And all year round there is history, arts and crafts and lots of food. Agriculture is still big in Gozo and you try the local treats right from the source. Even the salt from the salt pans is local.
There are many restaurants that are great. If you like fish you should try Xlendi and Marsaforn, two villages that are famous for their seafood. Especially Xlendi is amazing and dinner paired with stunning views, try Moby Dick for great fish and a seat overlooking the bay.
In Victoria, there are many nice places with Gozitanian comfort food like Jubilee or Grapes.
Grapes is located at a lively square and offers tremendous wine and food. It is the perfect place to end a perfect day in Gozo.
This post is just the Gozo introduction. There are many things that can be discovered locally abroad on the island, so there is much more to follow.
Until then treat yourself with some time away in a natural environment. We are enjoying the sun before I will go on to new adventures an everyday life takes me back!