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The pretty little island of Gozo, in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, doesn't seem to get as much coverage as its larger sister Malta, but that shouldn't detract from its incredibly natural beauty and wealth of options on offer for holidaymakers. The Maltese archipelago is a hidden jewel of the Med, often overlooked by Brits looking for a holiday in the sun - which only adds to its appeal overall.
Despite only being 25 minutes away from Malta, Gozo is almost like a world of its own, with jawdropping landscapes that will amaze any onlooker. From the jagged cliff faces that jut out into the sapphire blue seas, to the appealing beaches, Gozo is almost a diamond in the rough that is begging to be explored.
As the capital of Gozo, Victoria is a sightseer's paradise, with tree-lined avenues to wander, a domed cathedral to admire and panoramic views from the summit of this hilltop city.
With regular ferry rides operating between the two islands, it'd be rude not to pop to Gozo's big sister for a day to see what treasures she holds. From the historical delights that date back beyond the Knights of St. John to the sandy beach at Mellieha Bay, there's plenty to occupy you before you return to your Gozo accommodation.
The Azure Window
This incredible little spot in Dwejra Bay shows you what the elements can really do to the Earth. Erosion has caused the formation of this 'azure window' over thousands of years, now offering a peephole for tourists to admire while also being a fantastic dive site for locals and visitors alike.
Explore the Religious Side
The island of Gozo is home to some of the oldest religious structures in the world, namely the Ggantija Temples which are apparently older than the Pyramids of Giza, at 5500 years old. These megalithic temples are supposedly linked to early fertility cults and now stand at the end of the Xaghra plateau in the heart of the island.
Dive in the Med
Gozo is a popular haunt for swimmers, snorkelers and divers alike, with experienced divers being treated to a wealth of underwater caves and lagoons to explore with the help of their Scuba kit. Whether you know what you're doing or you're just finding your flippers, the waters off the coast of Gozo are a perfect adventure playground for you.
Walk the Cliffs at Xlendi Beach
If there's one place on the island where you will be able to appreciate the landscapes and vistas for what they truly are, it's the cliffs that overlook Xlendi Beach. Enjoy a gentle stroll along the cliff face as you look out over the horizon, before taking a boat ride to discover the caves etched into the rock faces. Stop for an ice cream at the parlour in the village or change into your cozzie to snorkel in the secluded coves.
Located at the western point of Gozo, Gharb can be found in the heart of some incredibly scenic countryside that would be perfect for anyone who loves exploring the outdoors. Head for Dbiegi, the highest hill on the island, for a chance to see for miles around before immersing yourself in the beauty of the various historical attractions in the village - including the Basilica ta' Pinu, a shrine to the Virgin Mary.
A popular area with visitors to Gozo, Marsalforn Bay can be found on the north coast and, while it is developed in comparison with some of the island resorts, it's a world away from being a built up tourist trap and provides plenty of tradition and Gozitan charisma.
Famous for its vicinity to the Azure Window, while also having the Fungus Rock nature reserve within its reach, San Lawrenz is a picturesque village that still retains a great deal of traditional lifestyle and charm - it's a perfect place to base yourself if you want to explore what the west coast of Gozo has on offer.
Home to the renowned Ggantija megalithic temples, as well as the underground Xerri's Grotto and Ninu's Cave - both of which were found underneath local homes - Xaghra is the largest village on the island and would be a perfect resort if you wanted to make the most out of your Gozitan break.
Tranquil, sun-drenched and uncrowded; what more could you want from a relaxing Mediterranean break?
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