About Gozo...

Island Life...

With the island being only 1/3 of the size of Malta, nothing is far away...

This is great for diving as if there are strong winds, your holiday is not spoilt. Sheltered conditions on the far side of the island are, at worst, only a 20 minute drive away, always giving us somewhere good to dive.

Gozo has a wonderful climate, beaches and a rich heritage. English is the second language and cars drive on the left side of the road, giving Gozo a sense of home away from home for the British holidaymaker.

The pace of life here is much slower and the locals are extremely friendly and laid back. Gozo offers true island life and a real chance to get away from it all without the crowds.


Marsalforn

Marsalforn is the major resort on Gozo, the location of Scuba Kings Dive Centre and also a great place to stay. With over 30 licensed restaurants and plenty of bars, there is no shortage of choice for nights out.

A meal in a restaurant can cost from only €8.50 and a pint of beer from €2.50, it's a great place to eat out and enjoy the relaxed apres-dive evenings.

Marsalforn is great for swimming and snorkeling and there are lots of fantastic places to discover.

Our dive centre is right on the sea front, just 20 years from the sea and you are welcome to leave your wetsuits and fins here, to make life easier. With the island being only 1/3 of the size of Malta, nothing is far away...

diving gozo marsalforn sea


Beaches

Gozo has a number of both sandy and pebbly beaches. Ramla, the larges and most popular spot, has beautiful red sand where adults and children alike enjoy.

There are many hidden bays and secluded swimming spots on the island. If you feel like exploring, Mgarr-ix-xini offers spectacular clear waters, hidden away on a pebbly beach. This is a favourite spot due to the sheer beauty of the area. Further along the coast you'll find San Blas bay, popular with locals due to it's secluded nature, red sands and gorgeous waters. The hidden gems of Ghasri Valley and Dahlet Qorrot Bay sit quietly alongside the beauty of Hondoq and the Inland Sea.

The main tourist areas are in Marsalforn and Xlendi where restaurants line the sea front, giving you a breath taking view of the Mediterranean while you eat and relax. Along the edges of both bays are wonderful swimming and sun bathing spots. While Qbajjar and Xwejni offer a break from the regular bays.

Carnival and Festas

Despite being such a small island. Gozo is host to a huge array of events during the year including it's own Carnival and summer festas. Throughout the year there are a number of international festivals, exhibitions, operas and entertainment.

Carnival on Gozo is like no other. Organised carnivals take place in Victoria and other villages on the island where dancers in incredible outfits parade down the main streets. Painted floats join the parades showing of months of work and effort in an amazing display. Special children's festivals show the end result of months of hard work and dance practices throughout the island.

Over three days Nadur carnival takes place. It's also known as the spontaneous or grotesque carnival. The population of the island doubles as people descent on Nadur to celebrate in a different way. Groups and individual dress up in outfits varying from the honey monster to the soldiers from Toy Story, vampires, angels and demons roam the streets among Star Wars characters, cheerleaders, political figures and day of the dead characters. Spontaneous shows occur and floats throwing water, fake blood and passing crowds. The atmosphere is electric and the costumes can be scary and incredible.

It is worth coming to Gozo just to experience the Carnival in February. It's something you'll never forget.

As well as Carnival, each village has it's own festa held during the last week of May and mid-September. These are feasts held to celebrate the village's own patron saint. Statues are paraded around the village, music and fireworks accompany the celebrations and visitors are welcome.

nadur carnival gozo - woman in costume
nadur carnival zebra
nadur carnival soldiers
nadur carnival angels

Archaeology

Gozo is home to the second oldest man-made religious structure, Gigantija temples. They are thought to be 5,500-years-old and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Ġgantija temples in Gozo (the name means ‘belonging to the giants’ in Maltese) were constructed in the Neolithic period (3,600-2,500 BC) making this stone temple complex older than the famous pyramids in Egypt.

There are many much smaller archaeological sites, temples, cart ruts and standing stones. More information and objects can be found in Gozo's Archaeological Museum, in the Citadel.

Gozo's Cittadella or Citadel is a combination of a castle and a fortress. Neolithic remains have been found on site and evidence suggests that the site has been inhabited during the Bronze Age. It is built on a hill in Victoria and houses the Cathedral of the Assumption, the Gozo Law Courts, the old prison, 2 chapels, a variety of museums, craft shops and monthly changing art exhibitons.

The Citadel has recently undergone a transformation including renovations and restorations and the building of a visitors centre.

It's a wonderful place to wander around, to take in the incredible views and to breathe in the history of times long ago.

Outdoor activities

Being a little rock in the middle of the Mediterranean,and having long, hot, summers, Gozo offers a fantastic outdoor life. Activities such as kayaking, climbing, walking, swimming, snorkelling, sailing, boat trips, temple exploring, sunbathing, jet skiing, cycling, quad biking and watching the world go by at restaurants.

In the cooler evenings, the villages of Marsalforn and Xlendi become busier. Families and friends wander down and gather to eat at the restaurants, whilst children play and eat ice cream. Live music is becoming a welcome common feature.

The peace and tranquility of gozo make it a perfect place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Relax in the warm, azure waters and let the sea soothe and wash away your cares.

inland sea gozo view through arch

Land and Sea Temperatures

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