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The Essential Guide to Gozo

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The lesser-known sister of Malta in the Maltese archipelago, Gozo is a 26-square-mile island full of ancient history. Standing atop the island is a medieval citadel, marking the spot where the earliest settlers lived as far back as the Bronze Age. Today, it’s the centerpiece of the island’s biggest settlement, Victoria, which is known to its 6,000 residents as Ir-Rabat.
 
Outside the capital, crystal clear waters and red sandy beaches attract swimmers and snorkelers, while the ruins of Ġgantija are one of the Mediterranean’s historical highlights. Stunning rock formations and a patchwork of salt pans are among the island’s other intriguing natural attractions. The best way to explore is by the cheap modern taxis that line up at the port of Mġarr.
 
You’ll quickly discover that food is a passion and a pleasure of Gozitan life. Try the local specialty ftira, a breadlike snack typically served with toppings and eaten as a pizza or tart. Fruit conserves of lemon, fig, orange or prickly pear are common, along with a variety of locally produced oils and sea salts. You won’t go hungry on Gozo.
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Gozo, Malta
On a small hilltop with vast views of the sea nearby, this neo-romantic Roman-Catholic church on the island of Gozo became a place of pilgrimage for those who believe in miracles and signs after a woman from a nearby village heard the voice of...
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Gozo, Malta
Dating back to Neolithic times when the island of Gozo was independent from Malta, this fortified Citadel sitting above the current capital of Victoria used to be the center of life on the island. After centuries of harassment by the Turks and...
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Gozo, Malta
This baroque structure made of local limestone in the shape of a Latin cross is enclosed within the walls of Gozo’s famous citadel just near the town of Victoria. In addition to the impressive steps and marble statues of bishops leading up to the...
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These are the oldest and the most impressive of the megalithic temples in the Maltese islands. Built during the Neolithic period, the ruins are more than 5,500 years old, predating Stonehenge and even the pyramids of Egypt. It is the coralline...
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Żebbuġ, Malta
The northern coast of Gozo provides a fascinating introduction to one of the most important traditions on the island: sea-salt production. This three-kilometer stretch of 350-year-old rock-cut salt pans is a tourist attraction in its own right,...
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Charity Street, Victoria VCT, Malta
This ornate church, known in Maltese as the Basilica San Ġorġ, stands atop the hill at the heart of Victoria, Gozo’s largest town. In the glittering golden interior, you’ll find a fully functional Baroque organ and an intriguing Byzantine-style...
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Xlendi Bay, Malta
Gozo’s coast is dotted with picturesque bays and villages, and Xlendi is the prettiest of the bunch. Thanks to three natural caves located within the bay, Xlendi is a popular location for swimming and diving. Take in the peaceful atmosphere of the...
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Gozo, Malta
Connected to the Mediterranean by a mere 260-feet tunnel, the Inland Sea is hidden behind a super high rock wall that narrows above the surface, making for a very “Into the Abyss”-like experience below. The entrance to the canyon is only 20 feet,...
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Triq Il Gebla Tal General, San Lawarenz, Malta
Amazing scuba diving site located near Dwejra in Gozo. This dive site is of the The Blue Hole which is a popular cave dive in Malta. This dive is great for all levels of scuba divers. Make sure you experience this site during your holiday in Malta...
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Gozo, Malta
This small shore situated in a rocky valley is one of Gozo’s more quieter coves, but still a popular spot for diving and sunbathing. (Though, if you want to avoid laying on the rocky beach bring cash for a lounge chair.) The clear waters are...
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Triq id-dwejra, San Lawrenz, Malta
Editor's note: After heavy storms in March 2017, the Azure Window and its supporting column collapsed into the sea.

Created thousands of years ago when two limestone caves collapsed, this natural rock formation is quite possibly the number one...
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Rabat Road, Xaghra XRA 9010, Malta
Ta Mena estate is back to its roots: wine and olives. They still produce other jams and spreads in small quantities, but their main mission today is to let the world know how great Gozitan wines are. And based on my taste test, they can rival any...
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St. James Street, Gozo, In-Nadur, Malta
For the best taste of ftira, Gozo's specialty, look no further than this busy local bakery in Nadur. Choose toppings ranging from the classic Mediterranean tuna and anchovies to imports like chicken curry. A stop at Maxokk also gives you an...
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Triq l-Ewropa, Ir-Rabat Għawdex, Malta
Patrick's is an award-winning restaurant and bar known for its unique Sicilian olive oil and an extensive wine list. Choose from either the six-course tasting menu or the à la carte offerings, which include traditional Gozitan fish soup and a...
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Pjazza l-Indipendenza, Ir-Rabat Għawdex, Malta
Extend your memories of Gozo’s local cuisine by bringing some back home. At Jubilee Foods you will find individual items or ready-made hampers that make for ideal gifts. The broad selection includes jars of conserves, coffee and tea, flavored...
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Triq Franġisk Portelli, Ta' Kerċem, Malta
The ancient settlement of Għarb plays host to a crafts village, where you can watch local artisans produce pottery, lace and glass and pick up a handmade souvenir from the outlet stores. More of the settlement’s impressive craftsmanship is on...
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Triq Ta Marziena, Il-Munxar MXR 0001, Malta
Patti and Giuseppe greet guests at the door with their dogs, welcoming them into the old farmhouse’s stone corridor. The limestone is pale but the walls and corners contain clever splashes of colorful art and furniture. The sunlight filters...