Is Gozo Worth Visiting? Here’s My Take

Gozo is an incredible destination with a unique charm and countless activities to offer. I call this Malta’s adventure island.

From stunning beaches and historic sites to adventurous outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone on this beautiful island.

However, it’s important to note that Gozo might not be for everyone. After exploring every inch of this incredible island and writing dozens of travel guides, here’s my advice on whether you should visit Gozo.

Why Visit Gozo?

Gozo’s natural beauty is undeniable. While the Blue Lagoon on Comino seems to get all the attention these days, Gozo is full of amazing hidden gems that I believe are just as beautiful (and way less crowded).

The island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, such as Ramla Bay with its unique red sand, and the secluded Wied Il-Għasri Beach, perfect for swimming and relaxing.

The rugged coastline features dramatic cliffs and natural formations like the Inland Sea and the Wied Il-Mielaħ Natural Arch, offering breathtaking views and are great for traveling photography fans like me.

Also, the waters around Gozo are incredibly clear, making it a paradise for swimming, snorkeling, and diving! But it’s not all about its natural attractions, there are plenty of fun things to do on Gozo for everyone as you’ll find out below.

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Find hidden coves with amazing clear water all around Gozo!

Rich History

If you’re a fan of history, you’re going to love Gozo. Here are the best sites and what you can expect.

  • Ancient Temples: The Ġgantija Temples are among the oldest free-standing structures in the world, offering a fascinating glimpse into prehistoric times.
  • Medieval Citadel: Victoria’s Citadel is a must-visit for history buffs, with its fortified walls and panoramic views over the island.
  • Cultural Heritage: Gozo is rich in cultural heritage, from traditional Maltese architecture to the vibrant village feasts that celebrate local traditions.

Adventure Opportunities

  • World-Class Diving: Gozo is a top diving destination, with sites like the Blue Hole and the remains of the Azure Window offering incredible underwater experiences.
  • Hiking and Rock Climbing: The island’s diverse terrain provides excellent opportunities for hiking and rock climbing, with routes that cater to all levels of experience. This is one of the best climbing islands in the Mediterranean for its great limestone rock formations and the decently mild climate between October and May.
  • Water Sports: From sea kayaking and parasailing to exploring hidden sea caves, Gozo is perfect for water sports enthusiasts. One of my favorite adventures on Gozo was renting a kayak in Hondoq Bay and paddling over to Comino.

Tranquil Vibes

  • Relaxed Vibe: Compared to the bustling main island of Malta, Gozo offers a more relaxed and tranquil atmosphere, ideal for those looking to unwind and escape the crowds.
  • Charming Villages: The island’s small villages, such as Nadur and Xagħra, provide a peaceful retreat with their quaint streets and friendly locals.
  • Slow Pace of Life: Gozo’s slow pace of life allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the island’s natural beauty and cultural experiences.

Cultural Experiences

  • Local Festivals: I was lucky to visit in Malta’s feast season. Gozo’s village feasts are a highlight, with lively band marches, religious processions, and elaborate firework displays offering a unique cultural experience. It felt a lot more natural and laid back than the bigger cities of Malta.
  • Traditional Cuisine: Don’t miss trying local specialties like ftira bread at Mekren’s Bakery or fresh seafood at one of the island’s many restaurants.
  • Warm Hospitality: Gozitans are known for their warm hospitality, making visitors feel welcome and at home.

Who’s Gozo Not For?

Okay, by now you can tell that I really loved Gozo and I think it’s definitely worth visiting. However, there are some type of travelers who may not like the more laidback and relaxed vibes.

If you love nightlife, then I recommend sticking to St Julians or Sliema. Expect quiet evenings all around. Gozo’s nightlife is relatively quiet, with few bars and clubs compared to Malta. If you’re looking for a vibrant nightlife scene, you might find Gozo’s offerings limited.

If you love luxury travel you can find more modern accommodation in Malta.

  • Limited Resorts: While Gozo has charming boutique hotels and guesthouses, those seeking large luxury resorts with extensive amenities may find fewer options here.
  • Simple Accommodations: The island’s accommodations are often simple and traditional, focusing more on charm and authenticity than luxury.
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For us it’s a sunset picnic over clubbing for sure!

So, Should You Visit Gozo?

So, should you visit Gozo? If you’re looking for a unique destination that combines natural beauty, rich history, and plenty of adventure opportunities with a laid-back and tranquil vibe, then Gozo is definitely worth a visit.

However, if you prefer a bustling nightlife and luxurious accommodations, you might find the main island of Malta more to your liking. Ultimately, Gozo’s charm lies in its serene and authentic experience, making it a perfect getaway for those who appreciate its unique appeal.

Check out my guides below for Gozo travel inspiration!