What to Do in Gozo: Top 10 Things to Do & 3-Day Itinerary

What to do in Gozo

To visit the island of Gozo is to discover natural and wild landscapes all more beautiful than the others. Gozo is more rural, more authentic, than his big sister, the island of Malta. Here are no big cities, no traffic jams, just nature and calm.

To make sure you do not miss important places of interest during your stay on the island, I have prepared the list of 10 things to do and see in Gozo.

You will then find our advice to visit Gozo in 1, 2 or 3 days with examples of routes and of course our selection of the best accommodations on the island!

Visit Gozo: the must-sees

1. Victoria and its citadel

I suggest you start your stay in Gozo by visiting its largest city, Victoria or Rabat (in Maltese) which is located in the center of the island.

The must -see place to see in Victoria is its citadel. True fortified city, completely renovated recently, it dominates the city and offers a 360 ° panorama over the surrounding countryside, villages and Malta just opposite. The view from the ramparts is definitely worth the detour!

The entrance to the citadel itself is free, and you can browse its narrow streets in peace. You can also visit the Baroque Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.

Inside the citadel, you will find several museums that are paying:

After visiting the citadel, passing through the Independence Square where the daily market is located,you can go to St. George’s Basilica. Nicknamed the Marble Basilica as it is fully covered, its interior is also worth the detour for the beautiful paintings on the ceiling.

On leaving, you can walk in all the small pedestrian streets of the city center. This is also where you will find souvenir shops and numerous restaurants and cafes to eat.

Then I recommend going down Victoria’s main street, Rue de la Republique. You will find the only 2 shopping centers on the island and many small shops. Perfect for a little shopping!

Finally, for the cool break, nothing beats a ride in the public garden of Villa Rundle. You can sit and enjoy a moment of relaxation. This is one of the few places in Gozo where there is shade!

Inside the citadel

2. Dwejra and the Azure Window

It is northwest of Gozo, to Dwejra that was the Azure Window or Azure Window in French. So yes I know the Azure Window has unfortunately collapsed in 2017 but that does not mean that we must miss the place in itself.

Other natural sights to see are in the same place:

[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]For fans of series, it is in this area that were shot some scenes of the season 1 of Game of Thrones .[/box]
The Fungus Rock and the watchtower

3. The Basilica of Ta’Pinu

Not far from Dwejra Bay is another must-go in Gozo, the Ta’Pinu basilica.

Lost in the middle of nowhere, between hills and sea, you will be impressed by its imposing exterior when you will see it at the bend of the road. With its esplanade laid out with mosaics and statues and the surrounding landscape, the basilica is well worth a souvenir!

The basilica is a Mecca of Maltese pilgrimage. In 1883, everything starts with a woman from the village who hears the voice of the Virgin from a chapel that was at that time the only building on the site. Following this demonstration, many miracles were accomplished and the inhabitants decided to honor the Virgin by building a larger church.

The Ta’Pinu basilica was completed in 1931. The two popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI even came to pray there. Note that the original chapel is still intact and is behind the basilica.

The interior of the Ta’Pinu basilica is a real architectural masterpiece even if very sober compared to other Maltese churches. With its marble canopy, mosaics, stained glass windows and superb Maltese stone carvings, the visit is very interesting.

You will also be able to contemplate the gallery of ex voto where are exposed the letters, the portraits and many objects left by the people in memory of the miracles of the Virgin.

When leaving the basilica, I advise you to make the mini walk directly in front. A path marked by many statues and representing the Stations of the Cross leads up a hill. The opportunity to admire a magnificent panorama of the surroundings of Gozo.

[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]It is said that it is thanks to the prayers of the Gozitans that the epidemic of plague never reached the island.[/box]
The Basilica of Ta’Pinu

4. The marshes of Marsalforn

The marshes of Marsalforn is my favorite place in Gozo, so I strongly recommend that you include it in your visit program.

To get to the salt marshes, you will have to go through the city of Marsalforn. In summer, it is the most popular seaside resort of the island either by Maltese or tourists. Personally, I do not find much interesting, there are much more beautiful places in Gozo whether to swim or to lodge.

On the other hand, if you continue to the west of Marsalforn, you will find the salt marshes which constitute a splendid place of walk. 350 years old and extending for nearly 3 km, the salt marshes are an integral part of the landscape. They continue to be exploited by a generation of families between May and September, the period of the salt harvest. You will usually find vendors on the side of the road.

[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]Continuing to walk west along the salt marshes, you will come to Wied Il Gashri, a canyon formed by the water that has dug the cliff. This small cove accessed by a staircase cut into the cliff allows to swim in transparent water and is also famous for diving. Ideal for a swimming break.[/box]
The marshes of Marsalforn

5. Ramla Bay and the other beaches of Gozo

Ramla Bay is Gozo’s largest sandy beach. With its pretty red sand, it is also the most beautiful! For some, the best beach to land on a circuit in Malta. So much to tell you that it is so busy in the summer.

The access to the beach is very easy, the water is calm and one gradually sinks into the sea, which makes it an ideal place if you have children. And in addition she is being watched.

On site you will find a restaurant, café, ice cream vendors and public toilets. You can also rent deckchairs and parasols.

If you prefer beaches a little less tourist, I recommend 3 other places to swim in Gozo:

[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]Going along Ramla Bay beach on the right, I advise you to go up to the cave “Tal Mixta cave” that can be seen from below. Arrived at the top, the point of view on the beach and the surrounding countryside is worth the detour.[/box]
View of Ramla Bay from then Tal Mixta winery

6. Gozo hike

Gozo is the ideal place for hiking. Several paths allow you to walk along the coast and go around the island.No need to be an experienced hiker, the trails are generally quite easy and do not present any particular difficulties.

However, on some parts a bit steep, I recommend you to be vigilant. Also plan a good pair of sneakers or hiking shoes because you will certainly go through the rocks.

For hiking, the best season is from autumn to late spring, when the hills turn green and the flowers start to come out. Avoid the months of July and August, it is too hot, there is no shade and the vegetation is burned.

The trails are not indicated by signs, I suggest you get the small collection of 10 free books in PDF format (in English only) with all the detailed routes and sights to see for each walk. The books are really well done. You can download them from this site .

You will also find the Gozo Coastal Walk which offers a route to Gozo tour by the coastal paths with an indication of distance, duration and difficulty.

One of Gozo’s hikes will take you to this peninsula! Photo taken with a Mavic Pro drone

7. The temples of Ggantija

The megalithic complex of the Ggantija Temples is located in the city of Xaghra, east of Victoria. Older than the Egyptian pyramids and the famous stones of Stonehenge, they are listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.

“Ggantija” means “giant” in Maltese. The Gozitans thought that only giants could have transported and assembled these huge stones between them. Some of the blocks weigh more than 5 tons and are 5 meters long. The question still arises how these stones could be arranged so I want to believe in the giant conveyor stones, it’s still the coolest hypothesis!

The site is composed of 2 temples: that of the South and the North. The two form a vast ensemble of more than 40 meters long and 6 meters high. It is the largest megalithic complex you can admire on Malta.

At the beginning of the visit, you will find a small museum that brings some information about what you will see and presents the remains exhumed on the site.

[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]If you want to understand a little history of the site, it is better to master English because there are no audio guides or translation into French.[/box]
Ggantija Temple, Gozo

8. The cliffs of Ta’Cenc

The cliffs of Ta’Cenc are located south of Victoria, in the village of Sannat.

The access is not very well indicated so I advise you first to go to the village square and then follow the signs to Ta’Cenc hotelThen take the track to the left of the entrance to reach the heights of Ta’Cenc.

A nice walk is just to the right and allows you to walk along the edge of the cliffs. High 130 meters above sea level, the place is rather impressive. To see during your stay in Gozo!

[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]The cliffs of Ta’Cenc are even more beautiful at sunset.[/box]
The Cliffs of Ta’Cenc, Gozo. Photo taken with a Mavic Pro drone

9. Gozo diving

The island of Gozo with its underwater reefs and caves is famous for its diving spotsThe conditions are ideal with a calm sea, an extreme clarity of the water and a temperature of the water hot enough to dive all the year. Whether you are a beginner or a confirmed diver, you will find your happiness in Gozo.

Overview of the most beautiful places to dive in Gozo:

Diving in Gozo

10. Getting to Comino

From Gozo, I advise you to visit the small inhabited island (4 inhabitants year-round) of Malta, Comino.

For this you have to take a boat to Mgarr. The journey costs 10 € and lasts about twenty minutes. You can also leave Hondoq Ir Rummien but only in high season.

In Comino, the main attraction is the Blue Lagoon, a beautiful lagoon with turquoise water. The perfect place for swimming with its warm and translucent water. Provided of course to find a little place because the place is crowded especially in summer.

On Comino you will also find something to eat in a few food trucks, public toilets and a hotel. The hotel is located a little further than the Blue Lagoon and also has a beach: Santa Maria BayMuch less crowdedand yet very nice too!

The island is very small so take the opportunity to walk around and walk. You can climb the top of the Sainte-Marie tower to admire the view. Tip: you can only go up if the flag is raised.

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If you want to enjoy Comino by being a little quiet, prefer schedules before 10am or after 16h in the afternoon.
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Right next to the Blue Lagoon, in Comino. There are a few less people right now!

How to get around in Gozo?

Gozo is a very small island, so it is very nice and very easy to discover in different ways.

Many agencies offer rentals of different motorized or not,  which will allow you to go around Gozo and access every nook and cranny.

Summary of the means of transport available on Gozo:

If you want to visit Gozo through a tour organized for a day, I recommend the one offered by GetYourGuide. You will visit most of the places of interest mentioned in this article, including the city of Victoria and the temples of Ggantija. You will even have a guide in French!

The advantage is that you will not have to worry about anything, a shuttle even picks you up directly in front of your hotel. Count 60 € for the day, with return ferry, lunch and entrance ticket sites included in the price.

Walk to Gozo

How many days to visit Gozo?

To go around Gozo, 2 days minimum are essential. If you want to enjoy it, I recommend you spend 3 full days there.

With the routes I propose below, I guarantee you that you will not have time to get bored.

Visit Gozo in one day

Follow the guide to visit Gozo in one day:

Visit Gozo in 2 days

In 2 days in Gozo, I advise you to resume the program of the first day and add:

Gozo seen from above! Photo taken with a Mavic Pro drone

Visit Gozo in 3 days

For 3 days in Gozo, in addition to the first 2 days, I recommend:

Where to sleep in Gozo

Where to eat in Gozo

How to get to Gozo

To reach Gozo, it is not complicated, there is only one way, take the ferry.

From Malta, you have to go to Cirkewwa, just north of the island where the ferry terminal for Gozo is located. You can very well take it with your rental car, there is no problem because you do not change country. And if you do not have a car, buses also serve Cirkewwa, including the X1 bus that leaves from the airport.

Then you will only have to embark following the flow. Embarkation is very well organized and super fast (as the landing in Gozo elsewhere). There is nothing to pay on the go which also makes things easier. You will have to pay the amount of the crossing only on return. Count 20 € for a car and 2 people. For a single person the price is around € 5.

There are trips about every half hour. To reach Gozo, you will have about 20 minutes of crossing. Do not hesitate to climb on the bridge to admire the view.

Inside the ferry you will find food and drink as well as a shop selling newspapers and souvenirs. There is also a toilet and free wifi.

Finally on arrival in Gozo, do not wait until the last moment to reach your car at the risk of blocking other cars!

The port of Mgarr, arrival of the ferry

My impressions of Gozo

I loved the island of Gozo for its peaceful, rural and authentic atmosphere. People are friendly and friendly, there is no stress.

And the natural and wild landscapes are just beautiful. With a small personal preference for Marsalforn salt marshes and Dwerja Bay  where the Fungus Rock and the Azure Window are located.

It’s great too, if like me, you like to walk in nature at the seaside.

Have you thought of integrating Gozo during your tour in Malta?

Gozo Tourist Map

To help you visualize the places of interest of the island, I have prepared a tourist map of Gozo. You can display the legend of the map by clicking on the button at the top left with a small arrow.

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