Travel Guide: Malta - Gozo Island

Nicknamed the Isle of Calypso, the Maltese island of Gozo is roughly the same size as Manhattan. However, unlike NYC and Malta’s main island, Gozo features a more rural sensibility and slow pace of life. This is coupled with a stunning landscape make Gozo a unique travel experience in the country. Natural attractions, food and wine tours, religious landmarks and even scuba diving can all be experienced here. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir in the area, as it is famous for its arts and crafts – especially its lace. In this video, explores the Maltese island of Gozo.

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Roughly the same size as the island of Manhattan, Gozo is the second-largest of the Maltese islands. The island’s population of 31 thousand live a village lifestyle, which distinguishes itself from the main island. In contrast to the island of Malta, Gozo is renowned for its slow pace of life. With more rural sensibilities and a slow rate of urban growth, Gozo is also unique as a travel destination.

Stunning Coastline

Famous for its rustic pastoral qualities and stunning hills, Gozo is home to a number of striking natural landmarks and activities. In Gozo, you are never far away from the water. The island’s coastline offers inspiration for artists and visitors. With beautiful turquoise waters splashing against rock cliffs and small creeks and bays set against the rugged landscape, it is both a beautiful place to visit and to explore. One of the most stunning and photographed elements of the Gozitan coastline is the Azure Window. A naturally formed rock archway, it overlooks the expansive sea.

Underwater Attractions

Amazing attractions can be discovered throughout the island, and can even be found under the water’s surface. Gozo is home to some of Malta’s most popular scuba diving sites. The area’s calm waters, in addition to an abundance of underwater caves and shipwrecks make it unique.

Food and Drink

Eating and drinking are also important to life in Gozo. Culinary tours around the island give visitors the chance to test the unique gastronomic wares of the area. Wine tastings, as well as olive oil tastings and appreciation courses are quite popular.

Religious Structures

Typical of Malta, Gozo is home to a large number of churches despite its small size. It is also home to the oldest religious structures in the world: the Megalithic Temples of Malta. Older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids, these temples were likely an important part of everyday life to ancient residents of the area. Today, they are remarkable examples of the area’s history.

Arts and Crafts

Gozo is also home to a thriving arts and crafts community, and some of the country’s best souvenirs can be picked up on this rural island. Basket making is one example, as is hand-made pottery and blown glassware. The famous Gozo lace is another, and has been made here for hundreds of years. Delicately woven by hand, Gozo lace is a tradition passed down from generation to generation.

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