Although just 5km away from mainland island of Malta, Gozo is a completely different lifestyle more rural and relaxing.
Gozo means “Joy” and is the 2nd largest island of the Maltese Archipelago with a population of around 30,000 inhabitants.
Gozo is reached from Malta by a schedule ferry service that starts from Cirkewwa, Malta and docks in Mgarr, Gozo roughly every 3 quarters of an hour. In Summer it is serviced day and night but during winter it stops for a few hours.
Before the Knights of Malta built the Citadella, Gozo was more exposed than Malta to passing raiders. In 1551, the Saracens swept almost the entire population and took them as slaves.
Gozitans lead a distinctly different lifestyle from the urban Maltese, are more tranquil and speak Maltese in a typical Gozitan accent.
All roads lead to the capital city of Victoria and the beauty of Gozo that it is easier and quicker to go from one place to another. But don’t be tricked into thinking that you get bored earlier as there is so much to see and do.
Gozo has a wealth of history and is a natural treasure. Festas and traditional events pack a tourist agenda of activities throughout the year and if this not enough, Gozo is plagued by restaurants, pubs. cafeterias and entertaining establishments.