For many tourists Gozo makes a great day trip from the main island. It’s easy to get to Gozo from the main island on the frequent ferry service which departs from Cirkewwa on Malta, arriving in Mġarr on Gozo. The crossing takes around 30 minutes. There was talk of building a bridge between the two islands but that idea has been shelved.
The capital of Gozo is known as Victoria and Rabat, a bit confusing! The town’s original name was Rabat, it was renamed in celebration of the British Queen Victoria’s Sliver Jubilee. The citadel which dominated the town, was a defence against invaders. The Cathedral within the citadel’s walls doesn’t have a dome due to lack of funds during its construction in the early 18th century.
At Dwejra you’ll find the Inland Sea, a sea lake which is filled through a small tunnel in the cliffs. At low tide it’s possible to take a boat trip (in a small boat) through the tunnel out to view the Azure Window, an arched rock formation and Fungus Rock which has a healing fungus, used by the Knights of Malta, growing on top.
There are events in Gozo throughout the year including the Mnarja Feast on June 29, dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul, taking place in the village of Nadur, where you can see donkey and horse races. The Gostra is held on the first Sunday of September in Xlendi, with locals competing in the contest to clamber up a greasy pole hanging out over the sea and to grab the flag at the top of the pole in the shortest time. The Mediterranea Festival takes place in Autumn over several weeks with the main focus on music, but there are also heritage walks and food and drink events.
In Gozo you’ll find the remains of the oldest temple in the World, believed to be more than 5500 years old, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Posted : Friday, January 14th, 2011 at 13:03
Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.