The weekend getaway guide to Gozo
Here’s what the ideal weekend on the sister isle looks like.

Sarah Micallef
Gozo Landscape
A 20-minute ferry ride is all that separates Cirkewwa in the north of Malta and the Gozitan port of Mġarr, but the little gem of an island feels like an entire world away. If you can afford a few days out of your holiday itinerary, a weekend getaway in Gozo is a popular choice, and while you’re there, here’s what you absolutely can’t miss.
Ggantija Temples
Discover the history
Despite its size, there’s no shortage of historically significant sites across Gozo. Start from the capital of Victoria and make your way to the historic walled Citadel. The majestic Gozo Cathedral looms large across the square, flanked by fascinating museums including the Cathedral Museum, Museum of Archaeology and Folklore Museum, as well as the old prison. Meanwhile, its fortified ramparts provide one of the best views of the island. A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Ġgantija Temples, built between 3,600 and 3,200 BC, in nearby Xagħra, is also a must. These astounding structures are thought to be the oldest free-standing structures in the world!
Ramla l-Hamra
Hit the beach
One of the most beautiful things about the Maltese islands is the weather, and hitting the beach to freshen up is the best remedy when temperatures get hot! Like Malta, Gozo is blessed with many beaches and swimming spots – I’d recommend the Dwejra Inland Sea, (never mind the now lost-to-history Azure Window), Marsalforn and Xlendi Bay, and if you can’t wait to bury your toes in the sand, Ramla l-Hamra is hard to beat. Before you head there, make your way up the cliff just off Xagħra towards Calypso’s Cave for a gorgeous view of the sand and sparkling sea.
Monica Farrugia -
Mountain Bike
Get active
Apart from a more peaceful way of life, Gozo has retained a far more rural landscape than Malta, with everything from rugged cliffs to expanses of grassy hills. This makes it ideal for exploring on foot, so why not try hiking, trekking, climbing and abseiling here, or hitting the road by bicycle or quad bike? Meanwhile, the gorgeous blue waters that surround the island provide plenty of fodder for adventure, whether it’s above the surface via kayaking or windsurfing, or below it, by diving or snorkelling.
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Gozo farmhouse
Live like a local
When spending a weekend in Gozo, the Maltese love nothing more than renting a traditional farmhouse for their stay. These authentic homes are widely available for rent across the island, and often come with a pool, which is perfect for lounging around and taking advantage of the sunny weather. There are also numerous hotels and guest houses in which to stay too, depending on what you’re after.
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Peppered Cheeselets
Sample the local fare
All that exploring is bound to make you hungry, and you must try the fresh local fare – from ġbejna (cheeselets made of goat, sheep or cow’s milk) to Gozo-grown olives and capers, as well as Gozo’s famous thyme-flavoured honey. When it comes to dining out, there are numerous excellent eateries scattered across the island too.
Bonus: Visit the theatre
Calling culture vultures and theatre fans! If you’re in the mood for a cultural outing during your visit, Gozo’s two theatres regularly host operas, shows and recitals. Check out their calendar of events to see what’s on during your visit: and

Sarah Micallef
Written by
Sarah Micallef
A keen traveller with an interest in most things, Sarah loves her island home as much as she loves getting away from it, and enjoys discovering and re-discovering the gems, hidden corners and unique stories of her native Malta and Gozo.

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