Looking for a real getaway-from-it-all? Go to Gozo. This beautiful Mediterranean island is located just off the north coast of Malta and measures a tiny 14 x 7km. With pretty scenery and beautiful beaches, ancient temples and fascinating history, holidays in Gozo are as interesting as they are relaxing. The island is particularly popular with divers, on account of its excellent dive sites. A big hit with couples and solo travellers in search of a peaceful escape, Gozo boasts a pace of life that’s beautifully slow.
Gozo holidays can be as relaxing or active as you wish. There are several mustsee sights on the island, including the spectacular Ggantija Temples, said to be older than Egypts Pyramids. Elsewhere, pretty Calypso Cave is said to be where Ulysses was kept as a slave in Homers Odyssey. Away from all that history, youll find stunning beaches to relax on, including the orangehued Ramla Bay. Theres also plenty of shopping to be done, with plenty of local crafts for sale. The dive sites around Gozo are said to be among the best in the Med, making this a great base if youre looking to see some marine life.
Holidays in Gozo tend to be relaxed affairs: think unwinding by picturesque harbours, or enjoying a drink or two at a pavement cafe. In Xagrha and Victoria, youll find a good choice of charming bars, whilst Marsalforn and Xlendi have a smattering of seafront establishments with outdoor terraces. Gozos certainly not somewhere to come if youre looking for nonstop partying. That said, there are a couple of clubs in Victoria. For a magical experience, in the summer months, head to La Grotta; its a disco in a cave.
Fresh food is the order of the day in Gozo. The island is brimming with fruit and vegetables, which make it on to the menus of the islands relaxed eateries. The catch of the day is big news, with fresh seafood also being a speciality. The local delicacy is bejniet, a salted goats cheese. And because Gozo is just across the way from Italy, theres plenty of pasta, olives and pizza.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.
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