Two days in Gozo, Malta

Going to Malta and not visiting Gozo is like going to New York City and not visiting Brooklyn.

It is quite a trek to get there granted, especially if you go by public transport. However, it is just beautiful. It has Instagramable doors, perfect little bays to swim in and a more chilled vibe than that of the larger Island of Malta.

Getting to Gozo

To get to the island of Gozo, you will need to catch a ferry.

Catch the ferry from Cirkewwa in the North of Malta to Mgarr (south of Gozo, but not to be confused with Mgarr in Malta).

Mgarr in Malta (highlighted) vs Mgarr in Gozo (where the ferry dashes end)

This ferry is both foot passenger and a car ferry. Ferries leave approx. every 45 minutes.

Malta to Gozo ferry timetable. Summer 2018

For updated schedules, check here.

Cost

The ferry will cost €4.65 return, but you will pay on returning to Malta (in Gozo), which I found a bit bizarre, but there is no other way off the island, so its not like you can try to get a free fare!

Where to stay

For such a small island, there is a plethora of places to lay your head for the night. From Hostels to high end boutique hotels, to B&Bs and guesthouses. You have loads to choose from that will suit every budget.

As always, it took me such a long time to book accomodation. As we were travelling from the airport to Gozo on day 1 (and after a super early flight), I wanted to make the journey as easy as possible, and so staying in the capital Victoria seemed liked the best option in terms of transfers times. Plus it felt like it would have a bit more to do there.

We opted to stay in a little Air B&B owned by a lovely man called Claude. I stumbled across it on a search and fell in loved instantly. The contrast of the blue shutters with the stone work of the building. The little red scooter parked outside and the quaint little alleyway. It had romatic getaway painted all over it.

The pictures totally did it justice too. It was all that we needed and more.

The view from our apartment window

Prior to our trip, Claude messaged us tips on what to see and do in the area and on the island. How to get around and best places to eat.

He left us with a fully stocked fridge with bread, ham, cheese, milk, chocolate and a bottle of wine for my bithday. It was incredible. I felt totally spoilt.

If you’d like to stay where we did, this is the place. For less than £60 per night, it was a genuis move. If you are new to Air BnB, here is £25 off your first stay (‘cos I am so lovely!)

So now you’ve sorted how to get there and where to stay. Here are some things you can get up to in Gozo
  1. Meander around the Citadel in VictoriaThe Citadel or Citadella in the capital of Gozo dates back to 1500 BC and was believed to be the acropolis of of the Punic-Roman city of Gaulos. It contains historic buildings and churches, as well as the  Cathedral of the Assumption. It is free to walk around the Citadella, but there is a visitors centre you can go to, to learn more. The buildings, like all Malta and Gozo are stunning, and the area was generally quiet.
    Entry to the Citadella visitors centre (open to 5pm most days)
    Views of Victoria from the Citadella.

  2. Swim in the bays (island wide)One amazing thing about Gozo is its quaint little bays. It is easy to travel around the island via bus, although one point to note is that buses don’t go all the way to the quaint areas. So you may need to get to a point then walk the rest. We enjoyed the bays and generally spent most evenings in one for dinner.
    Sunset at Xlendi Bay
    Marsalforn, Gozo

    Some of the bays were much quieter than others. We found Marsalforn quite touristy and full of hotels/tacky tourist shops, so didn’t stick around long.

    Xlendi Bay, Gozo

    We really wanted to get to San Blas Bay, as well as around the blue hole and former azure window. However, due to us schedules and routes we didn’t make it in time.

    3. Party on the Blue Lagoon

    Ok, so although it is not on Gozo itself (it is actually on the island of Comino, which is in between Malta and Gozo), I thought it would be more appropriate to put it in this post, as you can get ferries from either Gozo or Matla.The blue lagoon is one of those postcard perfect locations, guaranteed to get you that stunning shot for the ‘gram (Instagram). I spent part of my 32nd birthday celebrating on the island. We hiked up the hill to a more secluded spot with a bottle of Asti and a big share bag of crisps and admired the view. It was so lovely. Getting to the blue lagoon isn’t too expensive. We paid €10 each for a return journey from Malta. Though you can also book on tours which cost a little more, but take you around the entire island. 

    Our boat ride to Comino island (the blue lagoon)

    One thing we keep reading about was how you need to get up super early to get to the Blue Lagoon and enjoy it with minimal tourists. However, we figured that we valued our sleep more, and a leisurely breakfast (always thinking of the food), that we got there for about 10.45am. It was fairly busy, but not as busy as it would be in peak summer season (we visited in October).

    Arriving into the blue Lagoon

    As you arrive, you will instanly have beach hawkers trying to sell you giant inflatables (think those instagramable pink flamingos, ‘cos how good would that look on the gram), as well as a deck chair and umbrella.  We decided against the deck chairs as they were something like €20, and there wasn’t even really a beachy spot. They were perched up on the side on rocks in rows.   So we hiked up a little (after swimming over course).

    Bue Lagoon tip: hike up the hill for better (clearer views) and more seclusion

    There won’t be anywhere more comfortable to lay down, but you can perch on the edge of a rock and take it all in.

    Yes the water really is that blue

    Boats back were fairly regular (perhaps every hour), so we spent a few hours on the island, before going back to the mainland. One major tip too is take your own food. There are food vans on the island, but they are super expensive.

    4. Visit the Salt Pans and buy some local Gozo saltSo for those of you who are watching this years BBC Apprentice, you will know this scene from the first episode. You will find the salt pans just past Qbajjar Bay west of Marsalforn, the coast is characterised by a chequerboard of rock-cut saltpans protruding into the sea. They are 350-years old and stretch about 3km along the coast. They are part of the centuries-old Gozitan tradition of Sea-Salt production that has been passed down within certain families for many generations. During the summer months, locals can still be seen scraping up the crystals of salt. Once collected, the salt is stored and processed in the caves that have been carved into the coastal rock (adapted from: visit gozo).

    5. Visit the quaint town of Nadur 

     

    One thing I loved about Gozo was its quaint little towns, with barely anyone there. Sometimes they can be more quaint than others. When we arrived into Nadur, it was siesta time, so apart from a few tourists, there was no one around, and barely any shops open. Nadur is a gorgeous little town, and you will see some influences from its colonial links to Britian.

    British phone boxes in Nadur, Gozo.

    The area is well signposted and we were able to meander around at our leisure.

    The cutest of police stations in Nadur, Gozo.

    We really loved the laid back lifestyle on Gozo, and actually preferred it to some places in Malta itself. We would love to return one day to check out the little areas that we didn’t quite make it to.

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