Although there’s enough to see and do on the tiny but beautiful island of Gozo to fill up a few weeks (at least), if you only have one day on your holiday itinerary to experience it, then here’s how to make the most of your day out in Gozo.
Step 1: Get to Gozo
Whether you have booked a day tour with an official tour operator or prefer to follow your own schedule, there are a number of options to get you to this exquisite little island, including hiring your own private boat.
The simplest, most cost-effective and most popular method, however, remains the public ferry, which takes foot passengers and those with cars regularly to and from the Maltese port of Cirkewwa, for the short 20-minute journey across the clear blue water to the island.
Step 2: Explore the capital city
Gozo’s capital city of Victoria, formerly known as Rabat, has a population of around 7,000 and was renamed to honour Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
Best known for its spectacular centrepiece, the recently-restored Citadel (‘Cittadella’ in Maltese), this fortified hill dates back to the Bronze Age and the breathtaking 360-degree view from the golden walls overlooks the entirety of the island.
The gorgeous architecture within the Citadel is equally spectacular, most notably the richly decorated Cathedral of the Assumption. Completed in the 18th Century, the Cathedral famously includes a painting of a domed ceiling above, to give an optical illusion of the real one that was destroyed in an earthquake.
Besides the Cathedral Museum, visitors should also take the time to check out the museums of archaeology and folklore, the Old Prison, as well as the atmospheric market square.
Step 3: Gharb, Glass, and the Basilica
A short drive from the capital takes you to the delightful village of Gharb, which is home to another interesting folk museum and a crafts village where visitors can buy a souvenir from the Gozo Glass Factory.
The nearby Ta’ Pinu church is also noteworthy: a magnificent basilica located on a cliff edge with a stunning view of the surrounding countryside, and equally beautiful decorations on the interior.
Step 4: The Natural Wonders of Dwejra
Although Gozo’s famous landmark the Azure Window is sadly no longer standing, Dwejra, where it formerly stood, is still very much worth the visit for its other natural wonders.
Located on the west coast of Gozo, Dwejra also boasts an Inland sea, Fungus Rock, Dwejra Bay, the Blue Hole, a watch tower and cart ruts, all rare features visible either by land, on the turquoise water by boat, or underwater for those keen on diving.
Step 5: Glimpse back in time at the Ggantija Temples
Malta’s fame as the home of numerous unique archaeological sites is continued in her sister island of Gozo. One of the most ancient, and most fascinating, of these is the Ggantija Temples, which lie near the village of Xaghra.
Built between 3600 and 3000BC, these colossal megalithic rock temples are the second-oldest man-made religious structures remaining on the planet, and the remains of altars, doorways and carvings are visible still throughout the site.
Step 6: Relax on the red sands of Ramla Bay
After a busy day of sightseeing, exploration and discovery around Gozo, a fitting conclusion is relaxing on one of the island’s best and most exquisite beaches, at Ramla Bay.
With expansive red sands looking out onto endless clear turquoise waters, there’s no better place to take a swim, or a quiet stroll, and watch the sunset, before having a bite to eat at one of the many beachside restaurants available and catching the ferry back to Malta.
Now that you’re done with Gozo, make sure to check out our guide on The Ultimate Way to Spend 3 Days in Malta!