What to see in Gozo – Malta by land

What to see in Gozo including The Azure Window, The Ggantija Temples UNESCO site, Victoria, The old prison and citadel, Wied il-Ghasri, Salt pans, Marsalforn Bay, San Blas Bay, Malta

What to see and photograph in Gozo Malta

Gozo is a small Island north of Malta.  It’s 90 km from Italy and it’s possible to see Sicily on a clear day.  There is plenty to see and do on Gozo Island;

  • The Azure Window
  • The Ggantija Temples UNESCO site
  • Victoria
  • The old prison and citadel
  • Wied il-Ghasri
  • Salt pans
  • Marsalforn Bay
  • San Blas Bay

Gozo is much quieter and peaceful than Malta.  I found the best beaches were also on Gozo.  The nearby Island of Comino is home of the Blue Lagoon of Malta.

The Azure Window

Azure Window (after) - Gozo Malta

The Azure Window no longer exists as it collapsed in a storm.  The area is still one of the most beautiful in Gozo.  You can take a boat ride out to the former location and go inside the sea caverns.  The water in this area is deep blue, similar to that of the Blue Grotto on Malta Island.  The difference being there are less tourists here and the boat ride is cheaper (€4).

I arrived here in the late afternoon and enjoyed a beautiful sunset.

The Ggantija Temples UNESCO site

The Ggantija Temples UNESCO site Gozo Malta

The Ggantija Temples are known in English as the Giants Tower.  Along with a few other megalithic temples located in Malta, these are a UNESCO site.  The structure is the second oldest man made structure in the world.  Being at least 5500 years old the temples are older than Stone Henge and the pyramids of Egypt.

Victoria

The streets of Victoria, Gozo Malta

Victoria is the capital city of Gozo.  It’s much quieter than most cities in Malta and the hotels are a lot cheaper too.  Most people base themselves in Malta and visit Gozo.  I think basing yourself in Gozo and visiting Malta would be a lot better value.

Victoria Old Prison and Citadel

Old Prison and Citadel, Victoria Gozo Malta

During my visit to Malta the Citadel of Victoria was by far the most interesting and well kept.  The Citadel is visible from everywhere in Victoria so there is no excuse to get lost.  From the walls you’ll see wonderful views of Victoria and the surrounding countryside.  There is a lot to photograph inside the citadel too.  There is the cathedral, the prison, law courts, gardens, cannons, bastions, fortified walls, restaurants and shops.  Those who enjoy making Instagram worthy shots will enjoy this perfectly maintained Citadel.

Wied il-Ghasri

Wied il-Ghasri canyon, Gozo Malta

Those visiting Gozo to dive will love the Wied il-Ghasri as there are several underwater caves located there.  You can swim in the green water and it’s much quieter than the Blue Lagoon.  In the surrounding valley you can take a walk on the marked trail, I wouldn’t recommend it in the hot summer though!

Salt Pans

Salt Pans, Gozo Malta

Along 3 km of the Gozo northern coast you’ll see salt pans.  These salt pans are over 350 years old.  If you’re lucky you may see the locals collecting the salt crystals from the pans.  The salt pans definitely make for unique Instagram shots!

Marsalforn Bay

Marsalfon Bay, Gozo Malta

Like Wied il-Ghasri, Marsalforn Bay is another great alternative to the Blue Lagoon.  The waters are equally as colorful but you’ll probably have them to yourself.  Marsalforn is a quiet little town in the north of Gozo.  You’ll find a few restaurants and shops in Marsalforn.  It is said that on a clear day you can see Sicily from Gozo.  I’m guessing that from the hill in the picture (above) would be a good location to potentially view Sicily.

San Blas Bay

San Blas Bay, Gozo Malta

San Blas Bay is a quiet rocky beach area in north east Gozo.  The walk down to the beach is pretty steep which makes for a good leg workout on the return.  The views of the bay and surrounding cliffs are beautiful.   There’s also a friendly restaurant serving drinks and snacks but beware of the wasps!

How to travel to Malta from Gozo

Blue Lagoon, Malta - viewed from the Malta Gozo ferry

There is a major point of interest you’ll see on the ferry from the Gozo ferry terminal to the Cirkewwa terminal in Malta.  The ferry from Gozo to Cirkewwa costs less than €5.  On the left hand side of the ferry you’ll see the Blue Lagoon of Malta on Comino Island.  You can easily organize a boat to Comino from either Gozo or Cirkewwa.  Be aware that there will be lots of boats and tourists here.  Every major town in Malta offers a boat tour to the Blue Lagoon.

Once you get back to Malta you’ll find a bus terminal right outside the Cirkewwa ferry terminal.  From this terminal you’ll find buses to most destinations in Malta.

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2017-10-13T09:52:18+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Malta, Western Europe|11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Marcie October 13, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Those salt pans look super cute! And that water at Marsalforn Bay is stunning. I’ve never heard of Gozo, so thanks for bringing this adorable town to my mind!

  2. Terry October 13, 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    I always wondered how the ferry to and from Gozo worked. I’m planning a visit to Malta and will definitely visit Gozo by myself. I like the idea of staying in Victoria for a night or two as well. That would give me more time to see the beautiful sites of the Island. The colour of the water in Marsalforn Bay is incredible, so inviting for a swim!

    • stacey October 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      I stayed on Gozo, it is amazing!! The ferry cost 15.70€ if you drive and you pay the toll on the Gozo side.

  3. Sara Essop October 13, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    I’ve never heard of Gozo before but it looks absolutely fascinating. Your photos are beautiful too. It’s interesting that The Ggantija Temples are older than the Pyramids. I would also want to visit the salt pans.

  4. Abhinav Singh October 14, 2017 at 1:10 am - Reply

    I had not even heard of Gozo before I stumbled upon this blog. I am a beach person and this looks like my kind of place. Ggantija Temples intrigue me. Wonder why no one writes about it in mainstream media. Places like these should be promoted. Glad you wrote about it!

  5. Stuart Forster October 14, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    I’ve heard only positive things about Gozo. I love the photos that you’ve chosen to illustrate this informative post.

  6. FS Page October 14, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Gozo seems a lovely vacation spot. Azure window is just like a cave besides the ocean. Wied il-Ghasri seems to me similar to Grand Canyon. Lovely pictures and great write up. There’s so much to see on this small island; I am glad.

  7. Suma October 16, 2017 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Wow, this is the first time I’m reading about Gozo and completely in love with the natural beauty through your pictures. The Bays are so enticing with its pristine blue water, how incredible will it be to swim in these waters. Being a history buff, the Ggantija temples are certainly on my must visit list.

  8. Manjulika Pramod October 17, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Azure Window must have been beautiful before the storm. Ggantija Temples look amazing. 350 years old salt pans look absolutely instagrammable. This looks like a must-do place.

  9. Kim October 17, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Gozo seems like a great side trip from Malta! I can’t believe how blue the water is at the Azure Window, I feel like I can just stare at it for days. So many different sites from the Ggantija Temples to the Salt Pans, definitely will keep this beautiful island in mind when I finally visit Europe.

  10. Katie October 19, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Malta looks absolutely stunning and has been one of those places I have always over looked. Your pictures have made it clear that is a massive oversight of mine!! Need to book a trip ASAP!

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