The Island of Gozo
Gozo meaning “joy” in Castilian, is the second largest Island of the Maltese archipelago, with a population of approximately 30,000.
Though separated from mainland Malta by a mere 5km stretch of sea, (about a 20 minute ferry ride), the charm of Malta’s sister island is immediately apparent; it’s greener, more rural, and even the local Maltese frequently escape to it for a break from the busyness and noise of daily life. Gozo is particularly special due to its rugged landscape, spectacular coastline, and beautiful countryside dotted with an array of traditional farmhouses and farm animals. The Island is a third the size of Malta, with its culture and way of life rooted in tradition, yet open to the present.
Gozo and its inhabitants have their own distinct character and identity, with noticeably different lifestyles, accents and dialect. Gozitans are known for their friendliness and warm welcome, going out of their way to help a visitor find their destination.
Gozo is the only island in existence thought to be linked to the legendary “Calypso’s Isle”, written about in Homer’s text The Odyssey.
Gozo is most well known for having one of the archipelago’s best-preserved prehistoric temples, the Ġgantija, a 5,500 year old temple. The island is also popular for its year-round feasts, Nadur Carnival, horse races in the street, some of the Mediterranean’s best dive sites, and its absolute absence of serious crime and the almost non-existence of theft.