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The Island of Gozo

Gozo: Description

Typical Gozitan Landscape looking towards Marsalform
Typical Gozitan Landscape looking towards Marsalform

The hero Odysseus, legend says, spent seven years on Gozo under the thrall of his lover, the sea nymph Calypso.  Unfortunately, most of us only have seven nights, but perhaps in that time you will find that it was not just Calypso's beauty that provided the spell that kept Odysseus here.

Much more rural and relaxed than its larger neighbour, Gozo is a popular choice as a day trip for tourists staying on Malta.  However, for those who want a relaxing, slower paced holiday, it is an excellent choice of destination in itself.  We can also create for you a holiday where you spend a week on Malta, followed by a few nights on Gozo.

Seen from the air, the island, because of the surrounding high cliffs, looks like a green cut-out, floating on a sea of blue.  Whilst there are areas where a lot of building has taken place, such as Marsalforn, the island is generally much less developed than Malta.  The landscape is also different, being in the main a series of low flat-topped hills, with fertile valleys in between.  Unlike Malta, the valleys stay green throughout the year.

The typical Gozitan village is a small limestone village, usually surrounding a village square.  There is always a large church and often a small café and shop as well.  To remind you of Malta's British past, there is frequently a tiny police station, with a blue lamp straight out of Dixon of Dock Green, along with a red telephone box and red post box often inscribed with the monogrammed "VR".

The capital of Gozo is Victoria or Rabat as it is often referred to by the locals. This is in the centre of the island.