Gozo, the Maltese Islands

So, this post has came about because of the sad news about the collapse of the Azure Window, also known as the Dwejra Window, fell into the sea on Wednesday morning and is sadly lost forever. I had the opportunity to visit Gozo when I was studying in Malta last semester, it’s such a beautiful island!

Gozo is the second largest inhibited island of the Maltese Islands, behind the island of Malta and in front of the island of Comino. Gozo is just a short ferry ride from the Ċirkewwa ferry port on the north of Malta. The only thing I will say is that if you want to go to Gozo I would get up early and go as there is a lot of things to see and you have to take into account the timing of the buses and ferries as you want to make the most of your day.

The thing that never fails to amaze me about Malta is how an island, which is smaller than the isle of Arran off of the West coast of Scotland, it takes over an hour to travel half of the island which is only around 12 miles! The amount of cars and congestion in Malta is insane and it doesn’t really calm down but I would advise to try and avoid rush hour traffic as it is honestly on a whole different level! I went on the 10th of December last year and it was so warm, it was like 16 degrees and you hardly get that weather for a Scottish summer never mind the winter!

This post will show the places that you can see in Gozo other than the Azure window, I never had the opportunity to visit everything on the island as the the tour bus left to the ferry port at around 3pm which is much earlier than I would have liked but you need to consider the time of travelling back. The ferry was only like €4 return and we managed to get the hop-on-hop-off Gozo tour bus for €10 which I would highly recommend on using.

Recommendations

1.Dwerja Bay – home of the now collapsed Azure window rip x

Even though the the Azure window isn’t there any more doesn’t mean you have to avoid visiting Dwerja Bay, here you can enjoy looking at the beautiful water, even go for a boat trip or enjoy a wee ice cream in the Maltese sun like I did!

2. Cittadella 

Honestly the Cittadella, also known as the Citadel, was without a doubt my favourite place that I seen when I was in Gozo. I have such a huge love for history so to find out that the Cittadella was a mix between a medieval castle and a fortress was so interesting to me! During the medieval time the Cittadella housed over a third of Gozo’s population and the residents were required to spend the night there for safety.

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The view from the Cittadella.
The history of the Cittadella is so interesting and the views from there of the Gozo landscape are unreal!

3.Republic Street

This is the main street in the Gozitan capital of Rabat, the capital can sometimes be referred to as Victoria as in 1887 the British government renamed the capital to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee but as a devoutrepublican I will acknowledge the capital city as Rabat x

Here you have a coffee or food in the many cafes that line the street, visit the shops and just chill out while enjoying the hustle and bustle of the locals.

4. The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary  

The amount of Chapels and Cathedrals that you can find in the Maltese islands are unreal and the architecture and design of them are just outstanding. Unfortunately I never had enough time to go inside this Cathedral but I would advise anyone who has to the opportunity to go! I have seen the pictures of the ceiling and it could rival the views of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican city, so beautiful.

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The outside of the Cathedral.
5. Ggantija Megalithic Temples

Finally, I would recommend anyone who goes to Gozo to visit the temples. I didn’t have enough to visit the temples as we had to make it back to the bus to the ferry port on time. The temples are to believed to be more than 5500 years old making them the second oldest manmade religious structures in the world! Due to this the temples have become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When I visit Malta again I will definitely be returning to Gozo! Despite being a tiny island Gozo has many attractions that compares to the larger island of Malta!

love,

Nicole x

 

Gozo, the Maltese Islands

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