Gozo travel guide

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Gozo’s beaches range from the natural and uninhabited to bustling shores lined with pretty villages. Popular with locals and visitors alike, Ramla Bay has a rust-coloured sandy beach that’s been a favourite since Roman times, as evidenced by the unexcavated villa submerged on the western shores. More remote and less frequented, neighbouring San Blas beach is home to rolling red sands that are a trek to reach but worth it for the serenity.

If you like your life aquatic and a bit more active, there are world-class diving and snorkelling spots; particularly lovely is Wied il-Ghasri, a gorge in the rocky coast with crystalline waters when the sea is calm. There are around 50 licensed dive schools across Malta and Gozo, the latter just as fruitful as the former, with a realm of unusual sights such as the Inland Sea, aka Dwejra Bay. Gozo also has a blue lagoon of its own, the Blue Hole, at the site of the former Azure Window, a rock formation which sadly collapsed in 2017. Still standing are the ancient salt pans on the north side of the island, geometric incisions into the coast where salt was once farmed.

The megalithic Ggantija temples, an impressive 5,600 years old, are among the world’s oldest surviving architecture

Aesthetes can also takes day trips to the majestic Cittadella, a fortified old city with Bronze Age roots, though the current bastions date from the 17th century, and were built by the Knights Hospitaller as a defence against Ottoman invasion. Within the Cittadella is the baroque marvel of the Cathedral of the Assumption, an early 18th-century structure built on the site of a Roman temple to Juno. There’s also the megalithic national treasure the Ggantija temples, found in the centre of the island and, at an impressive 5,600 years old, among the world’s oldest surviving architecture.

Gozo has many noteworthy churches to visit. Two top draws are St George’s Basilica — another baroque masterpiece — and the gargantuan Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu, whose size lives up to its long name. If Roman Catholic culture is of interest, Il-Hagar Museum is a great place to learn about the nuances of local history and faith.

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