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Gozo, a beautiful Island north of Malta
Gozo is a fantastic island just north of Malta. It is easy to get there by boat from Cirkewwa/Malta. The boat leaves more or less every hour. Best way to get around Gozo is the public transport, allthough you do need a bit of patience as some busses only leave once per hour. An all day ticket costs under 3 euros, so it is worth the wait. The main busstation is in Victoria and most busses go through here. Highlights in Gozo are the Azure Window (picture). A stunning rock formation on the north side. It is possible to dive in the area or get boats out to the rock. Ramla Bay beach is a red sandy beach. Nice beach but remember your shoes to get in the water as its very rocky. Day trips to Comino Island (Blue Lagoon). Great relaxing day by boat with plenty of time for snorkling, sunbathing or just enjoying the views. Gozo is much more laid back than Malta and if you stay in a farmhouse in a small town, you might experience the early morning "wake up calls": the meattruck or the vegetabletruck ringing their bells when passing the house. The local supermarket might merely be a "hole in the wall" and the local bakery might just be one stoneoven baking only two types of white bread. For a few days we felt like we had gone back in time....this island is well worth a visit...!
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With my mother and paternal grandfather calling the Maltese Islands home, Malta holds a special place in my heart. However, it was Malta's little neighbor, Gozo, that captivated me. It's is alleged to be the Isle of Calypso made famous by Homer. It has a feel entirely of its own -- they even speak their own dialect of Maltese -- and is worth more than a cursory glance. I only visited for day trips, but would easily do two to three days in a farmhouse on Gozo when exploring the islands again. The Azure Window, Calypso's Cave, Ta Pinu, the Ggantija Temples... so much history on such a teensy tiny island.
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