You’ve thought about visiting Malta’s little sister island but you’re not really sure if you’ll find enough things to do in Gozo?
Fear not, in this article I’ll help you prepare a fun itinerary for your visit.
Gozo is small. Gozo is quiet. Gozo is magical. Discover its hidden valleys and creeks and unlock secrets covered with crystal-clear waters. Trek, run or drive along scenic pathways that run alongside sheer wild cliffs, rugged coastlines with ancient salt pans and mysterious caves.
Travel back in time inside the oldest standing temple in the Mediterranean that legend says was built by giants, admire the richly decorated churches, or search for fabulous stories from the island’s past in one of the museums in the ancient Citadel.
You’ll find that despite its size, Gozo offers plenty of activities, whether you’re young, old or older. From horse riding to wine tasting, from cave hunting to diving excursions, museum visits, or just a relaxing morning by the beach, there’s something for everyone.
If you’re looking for things to do in Gozo, look no further. Have a look at this comprehensive list I’ve put together covering fun and interesting things you can enjoy while on a trip to the magical sister island of Malta.
Call it an A to Z of what to do in Gozo, if you will.
If you’re looking for fun ways to explore the island, here’s a good starting point. I go to Gozo regularly and highly recommend these activities and places to be at the top of your itinerary.
A Tuk Tuk tour by Yippee that takes you around Gozo’s landmarks, including Sanap Cliffs in Munxar, Xlendi Bay, Ramla Bay, Ta’ Pinu Basilica and more. You’ll also taste the flavours of Gozo with a homemade lunch included in the price. Departing from Mġarr Ferry Terminal in Gozo at 10:30 and back at 16:30.
Prefer something more eco-friendly and self-driven? The same company also rents out eJeeps (electric small vehicles) with self-guided routes. You can also opt for GoCars! Lots of fun, reasonably priced and a great way to get a good taste of the beauty of Gozo.
Looking for other options? Here’s my Top 10 Gozo day trips.
This is one of my favourite things to do in Gozo: roaming around and about the ancient medieval fortified Citadel in Victoria. There’s plenty to see and do here, including an audio-visual experience inside the Cittadella Visitors’ Centre that gives you a taste of Gozitan history.
Take in the breath-taking view from the bastions of the whole island, savour local food and drinks in one of the many nice places, and visit the following museums:
Right in the heart of Victoria, just outside the old Citadel, you’ll find the small but cute Independence Square. Known by locals as ‘It-Tokk’, this nice little space is perfect for a few hours of relaxation.
This square is where the daily open market is found. From here, you can access a number of narrow winding alleys of old town Victoria (around St George’s Basilica). These are full of shops selling artisan gifts. After your roaming, you can go back to the square for a coffee and snack in one of the shops.
Basilicas, churches, and chapels abound in Gozo. There are too many to mention, but perhaps the most beautiful five are:
Caves in Gozo are plenty, both underwater and above sea level. Shrimp’s Cave, Billinghurst Cave, and Coral Cave are three popular submerged destinations for passionate divers. Ninu’s Cave, Xerri’s Grotto, Tal-Mixta and Calypso’s Cave are the most popular options above ground.
There’s worldwide consensus: Gozo is a prime destination for scuba diving holidays. No surprise, considering how many shore dive sites and boat dives Gozo has to offer.
Not into diving? There are several spots that are great for snorkelling too, like Daħlet Qorrot bay, Mġarr ix-Xini and Wied il-Għasri.
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Here are some landmarks you won’t regret visiting:
The magnificent and imposing Ġgantija temples, on the edge of the town of Xagħra in Gozo, are officially recognised by UNESCO as the oldest free-standing buildings in the world. They are over 5,500 years old!
Take a left from the Hotel Ta’ Ċenċ entrance to enter a plateau with views of Xewkija, Xagħra and Victoria. Can you spot the sneaky cart ruts or the sneaky-er prehistoric remains? Hidden well among the shrubs are two dolmen (large prehistoric stone slabs) from 2700 B.C. Turn right to walk along the cliffs which stand 130 meters above sea level.
It’s incredible how many secrets a small island like Gozo can hold. Along its coastline, you’ll find a number of tiny bays, secluded beaches, valleys and spectacular creeks that are worth exploring.
It’s the red sand that makes it unique and that gives this bay its name. Crowded during summer, hauntingly beautiful in the winter months. The water is clear and not too deep. While in Ramla Bay, look out for Tal-Mixta cave that looks down upon the beach.
One of Gozo’s hidden gems, San Blas is a small but picturesque sandy beach in Nadur, with shallow and clear waters, reachable only on foot.
Locals love it, and so will you. It takes a workout to reach it on foot, but you can drive there from Nadur. The rocky bay is excellent for swimming and the views are first class.
Blue-green waters and a small sandy beach facing Comino. Packed in summer as it’s a favourite spot among locals and divers.
Wondering what to do in Gozo? Take a walk off the beaten track and go in search of Wied il-Għasri, a hidden creek away from it all. One of the best swimming areas on the island if you ask me. The sheer rock walls hide many ancient secrets.
Mind you, it’s not easy to get down to the shingle beach and going back up is an adventure in itself, but well worth it. Extremely popular for diving and snorkeling.
After the sad demise of the Azure Window, the Wied il-Mielaħ natural arch is now first in the list of spectacular natural windows. To reach it, you’ll need to climb down a narrow staircase carved into the cliff wall.
There are loads of activities you can do in Gozo, so I’ve picked up only the top-rated (and those that sound fun or unique).
Kayaking for both experienced and beginner paddlers over the age of 8. This tour takes you along the towering cliffs on the west coast, snorkelling in the Blue Lagoon, rock hopping along Comino Island, and exploring caves and bays otherwise inaccessible by land.
Another fun way of exploring the natural beauty of Gozo, with a 2.5-hour segway tour. You get to see and stop at some of the nicest places in the countryside, with an experienced tour guide. I’d recommend this one especially if you’re travelling to Gozo in spring or autumn because at the height of summer it’ll probably get a little too hot for most.
Take a sunset boat cruise around the Southern parts of Gozo, and get to the Blue Lagoon for a swim at the best part of the day, when most tourists will have left for the day. The sunset views and cooling temperatures on a hot summer’s night alone are worth the trip. Highly recommended!
If you want to explore Gozo in the privacy of your own company, this full-day island tour is perfect for you. From the comfort of a private vehicle with a drive, you’ll be visiting majestic cliffs and picturesque bays, megalithic temples, and ancient villages.
If you’re passionate about horses, it’s time to saddle up for an unforgettable horse riding experience along paths and coastline trails in the eastern part of Gozo. You’ll find the stables on the outskirts of the village of Qala, very close to the Mgarr ferry terminal. All horse riding excursions are supervised, and there are activities for children as well as adults.
Tal-Massar is a family-owned winery in Għarb. The winery welcomes visitors twice a week, and takes groups of ten or more on a 90-minute tour of the winery’s private estate. Sample four different wines, accompanied by traditional Gozitan bread and cheese, sun dried tomatoes and cold-pressed olive oil. Saħħa (cheers in Maltese).
Tours are available on Saturday 5.15pm to 7.15pm and Tuesday 5.15pm to 7.15pm.
One of the best things to do in Gozo is, of course, to sample the local food. And when you ask any Maltese about food in Gozo, nine out of ten will for sure suggest you try either Maxokk bakery or the Ta’ Mekren traditional Gozitan pizza, both located a stone’s throw from each other in the village of Nadur. I suggest you try them both.
Sample Gozitan wines made by grapes grown and processed on Ta’ Mena Estate, an agritourism complex in Xagħra, Gozo. Get close to nature and tradition, enjoy local foods, wines, and liqueurs. Your hosts will provide you with tons of information about crops, trees and food processing in the traditional Gozitan way.
While most of the places of interest mentioned above are child-friendly, especially those inside the old Citadel, sometimes kids just want to run around and play. Beaches are ideal of course, but there are also playgrounds if the weather is not right for a day by the sea.
Visit Villa Rundle Gardens in Victoria. These offer shade for the parents and a playing area for your children. The garden is well kept and relaxing, with beautiful trees and gorgeous flower beds.
Gozo is not big on nightlife. Still, there are a few options to consider. If you’re visiting Gozo in summer, chances are there’s gonna be a village festa on the weekend. Festas are traditional, colourful and very noisy, which make them a must-see. If festas are not your thing, try wining and dining. Have a look at Gozo’s top restaurants.
Xlendi, Marsalforn and Victoria offer the best options in terms of nightlife. Not many clubbing options, as practically, there’s only one – La Grotta, a nightclub on the road to Xlendi. La Grotta is a seasonal place for clubbers in quite a unique setting that opens only during the summer months.
Bars however are open all year round, with the most popular being:
So we’ve taken care of things to do in Gozo. No need to worry about accommodation in Gozo, because there are plenty of options. Take a look at my article about hotels in Gozo, which goes into detail about hotels and other places you can rent out.
Do you want to know more about a specific activity or do you have another question? Let me know in the comments and I’ll get back to you.
Depending on the purpose of your visit, one day is enough to go around the highlights of the little island, especially if you have a means of transport. But I would recommend at least three days to really savour the laid back vibe of the place.
It is not vital to drive a car in Gozo. The island is small, so if you like to walk you can cover a lot in just a few hours. A car would of course take you where you want to go faster, so you can accomplish more in a single day.
Gozo is the ideal place for people who like to walk. There are many places reachable only on foot, and since the main streets are less busy than Malta, you’ll find it is safer as well. Unless you’re visiting in August that is.
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