Malta, independent republic of the Commonwealth of Nations, consisting of a small group of islands - Malta, Gozo, comino, Kemmunett, and Filfla - located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily. The area of the largest island, Malta, is 246sq km (95 sq mi). Gozo covers 67 sq km (26 sq mi), and Comino has an area of 3 sq km (1.1 sq mi). the total area is 316 sq km (122sq mi). The capital and chief port is Valletta.
Nowadays, we live in two islands with a total population of around 380 000. Our everyday life is as urban as it may be rural. Gozo, the second largest island in this archipelago, is perhaps taking it easier than mainland Malta to integrate into the more Western city-life. On this island, one can still experience all forms of sights, sounds and smells originating from otherwise long gone times. Legend, folklore and the quotidian way of life intertwine with one not being able to stand out from the other.
Gozo is a island that manifests its seven thousand years of history with pride. The megalithic temples in Ggantija, the underground burial at the Stone Circle and the dolmens and cart ruts in the Ta’ Cenc area are a few of the visible manifestations of an early sophisticated civilisation. The more modern temples, dominating the winding village cores with majestic domes and baroque splendour give proof of the islanders’ centuries’ long commitment towards faith, art, the mortal and the divine.
Gozo, with its quieter and sweeter late autumn weather and climate conditions, is an ideal destination for all those who would like to savour all that the island has to offer beneath its visible surface. The islanders’ way of life, their traditions and customs, their classical and modern expressions…..all are here waiting to be discovered.
Gozo and tiny Comino provide quire a contrasting ambience to Malta and offer a tranquil haven for a tempo and scene change. The charm of Gozo is apparent from the moment you arrive. Greener, more rural and smaller that Malta, life on Gozo moves at a leisurely pace.
Comino is amongst the clearest area of sea in the Mediterranean. The area around Comino, including Santa Marija Bay, Crystal Lagoon and Blue Lagoon provides some of the finest spots on the island for snorkelling and swimming, with several spectacular caves to explore.
The Citadel is situated in Victoria, or Rabat as the locals call it. It is rises steeply above the surrounding countryside. The impressive bastions command a superb view of the island. At the citadel one is not to miss its imposing cathedral, and a walk through its impressive historic bastions and the quaint remains of old houses. One of these, the so-called Norman Houses, has recently been restored and set up as a folk museum. There is also a Museum of Archaeology and the Cathedral Museum.
Ggantija Temples are thought to be the oldest free-standing structures in the world. Excavated between 1816 and 1820 , the complex comprises two Neolithic temples dating from the 3rd Millennium BC.
The Basilica of Ta Pinu is among the outstanding churches in the Maltese Islands. It stands in open country closes to the village of Gharb.
Marsalforn Bay is a typical Gozitan fishing village on the north coast that over the years has developed into Gozo’s most popular seaside resort.
Xlendi is a tourist resort located on the other side of the island, tucked away in the south under towering cliffs.
Other beaches worth visiting in Gozo include the Dwejra
Lagoon, Hondoq Bay, Xlendi Bay and Dahlet Qorrot.