A place of silence, a Beauty within breathtaking landscapes
Gozo is known as an oasis of peace and quiet, just the right destination for a change of pace and scenery. The special flair of Malta's tiny sister island, which measures just nine by sixteen kilometers (5.5 by ten miles), is immediately apparent: it is greener and more rural, and the rhythm of life on the island is still set by the seasons and by fishing and farming activities. In the winter and spring, the island is lushly carpeted with blooming herbs and other plants. In the summer, oleander, bougainvillea, and geranium blossoms abound. The island's villages are located between fields, dotting the rolling hills, and feature homes built in typical Gozo style. The island has a storied past and is often considered to have been the real island of Calypso as depicted in Homer's Odyssey - a peaceful, mysterious rural place.
Baroque churches and old farmsteads built of locally quarried sandstone dominate the landscape. Gozo's craggy landscape and spectacular coast beckon visitors to explore. The island is also one of the best diving sites in the Mediterranean. Vacationers can choose between rocky bays and red sandy beaches and between climbing, sailing, snorkeling, diving, and fishing. Hikers can find breathtaking vistas on the trails along the steep, rocky coast of Ta' Cenc. The island is also home to a large selection of historical sites, forts, and to the Ggantija temple complex, one of the best-preserved prehistoric temples in the archipelago.
Gozo offers both traditional forms of lodgings, including hotels, apartments, and guesthouses, and a local specialty: former farmhouses, built in the typical rustic Gozo style - often with a pool and patio - are an increasingly popular destination. They are ideal for families, small groups, and individuals seeking peace and quiet. Of course, Gozo also boasts a nightlife of its own, centering primarily on the capital city of Victoria. All year round, Gozo offers many cultural events and a host of culinary options for the discerning palate.