Malta’s sister island Gozo is full of natural beauty ready to explore. At just a 10-minute ferry ride from the main island, a visit to this Mediterranean gem is an absolute must for any Malta itinerary. Less developed than its big sister, Gozo’s more rugged terrain, rural character, and quiet villages make it an ideal destination for those looking for ultimate relaxation (but with enough room for adventure, discovery, and fun–whether that be nightlife or a growing culinary scene). It’s no surprise that this little island is a top destination among Maltese and other locals looking for a quick escape from the hustle of the main island, and is growing in popularity with foreign tourists with each passing year.
See below for my list of must-see attractions to make your trip to Gozo complete. Do make sure to give yourself enough time to explore. Either way, you’ll want to go back again and again.
1. Ta’ Ċenċ Cliffs
Also known as the Sanap Cliffs, this 20-hectare cliffed coastline located in Sannat rises 120 meters above sea level and is a recognized Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. It is also the discovery site of important archeological remains. The feeling of walking up to and being so close to the cliffs’ edge is indescribable. Not to mention, it is an incredible sight. Consider booking accommodations close to Ta’ Ċenċ Cliffs so you don’t miss out on seeing this natural wonder in Gozo (e.g., check out Quaint Hotel Sannat).
2. Xlendi Bay
Xlendi is an urban Gozitan fishing village surrounded by the villages of Munxar, Fontana and Kerċem. Ix-Xlendi Bay is a popular spot for swimming, snorkelling, and diving, with a small sandy beach and shallow waters. Served by a number of restaurants, bar, and hotels, it’s an ideal attraction whether for a quick visit, day trip, or overnight stay.
3. Xwejni Salt Pans
Once so highly valued that it was used as currecny, salt is one of Gozo’s most important natural raw minerals. The chequerboard pattern of the Xwejni Salt Pans against the background of Xwejni Rock make for an incredible sight and a must-see for any Gozo itinerary. While you’re in the area, head over to Xwejni Bay for a swim!
4. Ġgantija Temples
The Ġgantija Temples are located in the Ġgantija Archeological Park complex, an important archeological site at the centre of the Xagħra plateau. Constructed of limestone by Neolithic builders, they have been well preserved and provide an important glimpse into life during the Neolithic period. This monument is a must-see, particularly for archeology enthusiasts and history lovers.
5. L-Għar tal-Mixta (Mixta Cave)
A beautiful natural cave (pictured at the top of this post), with a stunning view of Ramla Bay.
6. Gozo Picnic
If you are looking for a unique and unforgettable experience in Gozo, consider booking a picnic with Ana from Gozo Picnic! It was definitely one of my top activities. Combining her love of nature and food, Ana is a gracious host who strives to provide guests the best picnic experience, with some of Gozo’s most beautiful locations serving as the background. Nutritious food, a beautifully decorated setting, and incredible scenery–what more could one ask for, really?
7. Iċ-Ċittadella or the Castello (the Citadel of Rabat/Victoria)
A visit to Gozo is incomplete without time spent exploring its capital, Rabat (also known as Victoria). While you’re there, explore the Citadel of Victoria, one of Malta’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The citadel once served as a refuge for Gozitans during the medieval period. Forming the historic core of Victoria, it contains churches and historic buildings, such as the Cathedral of the Assumption.
8. Dwejra Bay
Home to the Blue Hole (one of Gozo’s top diving sites) and Fungus Rock, Dwejra boasts dramatic coastal formations and spectacular sea. Just another site proving Gozo’s immense and unending natural beauty.
9. Weid il-Għasri
Considered one of Malta’s greatest seaside treasures, Weid il-Għasri is a lush narrow sea canyon located 300 meters inland from the sea and known for its quiet and secluded beach. The narrow cove is flanked by high cliffs on either side and is next to an underwater cave.
10. Qala Belvedere
A beautiful vista with unobstructed views of the Maltese archipelago. Enjoy views over Malta, Comino, Cominotto, and Gozo, as well as the channel between Comino and Cominotto, home to the Blue Lagoon (arguably the most naturally beautiful spots of the Maltese islands!).
11. Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary
Built in an isolated area in the valley between Għarb and Għammar, the Sanctuary of Ta’ Pinu is a shrine to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu. It is also one of the most visited sites on the island of Gozo, by Maltese nationals and tourists alike.
12. Wied il-Mielah Window
A picturesque natural limestone arch, similar to but lesser known than the Azure Window–which collapsed in March 2017. It features a narrow staircase that almost reaches the water, and is also now promoted as a diving site.
13. Rotunda of Xewkija
They say there are more churches in Malta than days in the year, and the Rotunda of Xewkija is Gozo’s largest. Considered an architectural masterpeice, the Rotunda was modelled around the Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, Italy, and has the third-largest free-standing dome in the world.
If you have plans to visit Gozo, then you’ll want to know where to stay. Before booking your accommodations, check out my post on my Quaint Hotel Experience in Gozo. While you’re at it, see my Malta Travel Guide for everything to do on the main island!
For a more in-depth look at my trip to Malta, check out my Instagram posts and stories at @la_wandereuse. Feel free to DM me with any questions or concerns–I’m always happy to help or advise in any way I can!
Thank you so much to @VisitMalta & @bradfordgroup for making my visit to Malta possible! I cannot wait to come back and explore more of what this incredible island nation has to offer. Special thanks to my guides Mariella and Isabelle from the Malta Tourism Authority for taking care of me and showing me the beauty of Gozo and Malta. I know we only got to scratch the surface! All opinions are my own.
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