About Gozo

The island of Gozo forms part of the Maltese Islands and is the second largest island of this small archipelago, which is situated right in the middle of the blue Mediterranean Sea. Gozo lies to the North-West of Malta and separated from it by five-kilometre stretch of sea, with an even smaller island between them, named Comino. Gozo is 14 kilometres long and 7 kilometres wide.

Gozo, also known as the island of the nymph Calypso, still evokes a sense of magic and myth. The legend has it that Gozo was home to Ulysses, where for seven years, he was captivated by the charm of Calypso. This pays tribute to this idyllic island.

Gozo is not greener than its larger sister island but it also possesses amazing historical sites, such as the prehistoric temples and forts and also magnificent scenery.

Gozo’s history was obviously greatly influenced by that of Malta. In fact, Gozo had the same cultural influences of those conquerors and events that affected Malta.

The Maltese Islands are rich with pre-historic remains, some of which date back to 5000 BC. The oldest of these remains were found on the island of Gozo. During the Neolithic era the Ggantija Temples were built and these are the world’s oldest free-standing buildings in the world. The word “Ggantija” in Maltese means something that belongs to the Giants.

Gozo has other important historical sites like the Citadella, its oldest capital. This is a fortified city surrounded with massive defensive walls that rise above the town. It was built by the Knights of Saint John to protect the locals from being captured and enslaved by the marauding corsairs. 
Inside the Citadella, one can also find a baroque Cathedral. It is said that beneath this cathedral there was a Roman temple dedicated to the goddess Juno.

The island of Gozo is not only a place for those interested in history but also a place where one can have a relaxing holiday. Gozo’s secluded bays interspersed with sheer cliffs and engulfed by the deep blue sea keep one gasping for breath. For culinary enthusiasts, one can dine in some of the finest restaurants of the archipelago. Also, especially during the summer season, nightlife is amazing and full of entertainment. 

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