Gozo and the Maltese Islands, often referred to as the islands of sunshine and history, lie virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean.
Gozo, the island of the mythical nymph Calypso, is half an hour ferry journey away from the mainland, and a haven of tranquility due to its slower pace of life.
Rugged cliffs, tabletop hills and steep valleys with terraced fields stepping up the slopes characterize Gozo’s unique landscape. The beaches and the entire coastline have been left largely untamed and retain a picturesque natural look.
The blue coastal waters are clean and safe for swimming. The sea temperatures average around 24 - 26 °C in the summer and a minimum of 15 °C in the winter.
Typical Mediterranean weather makes Gozo the perfect destination for all year round activities. Mild sunny winters are ideal for climbing, hiking and biking whilst diving, sailing and coasteering are best performed in the hot, dry very sunny summers.
Gozo is also rich in culture and environmental heritage and truly a paradise to linger and unwind.
History & Culture
Neolithic people settled in Gozo around 5000 BC.
In 3600 BC the famous Ġgantija Temples, the Maltese Islands most impressive temples, were built. They are the oldest human built structure in the world, even older than the Pyramids (2800 BC) and Stonehenge (2400 BC). They are located in the attractive town of Xagħra.
Also worth a visit in Xagħra are Xerri’s and Ninu’s Grotto, which are filled with stalactites and stalagmites.
At the outskirts of the town lies the historic cave of the nymph Calypso who, according to Homer, lured the stranded Odysseus to stay with her for seven years. From here you have a fantastic view over the stunning Ramla beach with its undulating sand dunes.
The island’s first urban settlement, the Citadel in Gozo’s capital Victoria (formally known as Rabat) dates back to the Romans. Within the walls of the island’s most significant landmark are a cathedral, a few small museums and the ramparts of the fortifications that offer all round stunning views of Gozo.
Located in the town of Xewkija is the 3rd largest unsupported dome in the world, the impressive church ‘St. John the Baptist ’. Near Gozo’s oldest village Għarb, you find the renowned pilgrims Basilica of ‘Ta Pinu’, which is connected with mystical miracles and holy apparition.
Situated in Dwejra is Gozo’s most beautiful landscape. The main attraction is the famous Azure Window, a natural window created by the waves pounding into the cliffs. A short walk down from here lays the Inland Sea, a land-locked seawater lake connected to the Mediterranean via a tunnel through imposing cliffs. Fishermen offer a boat trip through the tunnel and past the Azure Window.
Boat trips around Gozo and Comino give an impressive, sea level view of the Islands beautiful coastline. Relax, sunbath and swim in the clear water, visit the fabulous Blue Lagoon of Comino, or dive sites only reachable from the sea and anchor near secluded San Blas beach to go for a snorkel dive.
Gozo Adventures' boat, named 'Hey Lampuki' (a famous local fish), is the only of its kind on Gozo.
It has all creature comforts like tank racks, large entry and exit platform for divers and swimmers, bathroom, hot shower, comfortable seating in and outside the cabin as well as on the spacious sundeck. Hot and cold drinks, ice cream and snacks are available on board and we arrange delicious fresh sandwiches for your lunch break if you wish.
We organize your personal round the island trip including swimming, climbing or coasteering, diving and dining. Besides scuba diving our boat is also available for other adventure sports, as transport and constant support for coasteering and climbing (Deep Water Soloing) or to bring you to Gozo’s smaller sister Comino for your hiking and biking tour. You can finish your fabulous day out with a magnificent sunset BBQ.
Boat dives offer a different and relaxed way of diving. They allow you to wallow in the beauty of the impressive coastline and save you long walks or carrying heavy equipment. Many excellent dives are inaccessible by land and tend not to be overcrowded, so you will see more marine life.
Boat dives are more flexible and efficient and if you wish, we can arrange up to three dives in one day. Our skipper knows the Maltese waters by heart and takes you to the best dive sites.
Considering the size of Gozo, getting around is a simple business.
An inexpensive way to travel around the island is by bus. They are efficient and reliable and all services originate from and return to the capital Victoria (Rabat) bus terminus. All together there are nine routes that cover all the villages of Gozo. Gozo Adventures can supply you with a bus timetable.
Car and Motorbike Rental
With your own transport on Gozo you are more flexible especially if you stay in a secluded farmhouse or if you like to go out at night.
Gozo Adventures arranges four-wheel-drive jeeps, minivans, cars with air-conditioning, motorbikes and scooters, which are perfect for the short distances and amiable weather, from reputable rental companies.
Mountain Bike Rental
In the mild winter months from November to May cycling or mountain biking can be a terrific way of exploring Gozo’s rural areas. Gozo Adventures organize bike and helmet rentals from reputable motorbike rental agencies.
Ferry to Malta and Comino
Malta is a pleasant 30 minutes ferry journey away from Gozo. One of the many ferries from Mġarr harbour gets you to the mainland for a small fee.
Gozo Channel Company also operates a high-speed catamaran service to Malta’s capital Valletta.
The Comino Hotel operates a ferry service from Mġarr harbour to Comino.