Gozo offers a wealth of things to do, mostly around its stunning coastline. The island is only separated from Malta by a small channel, but as a slower pace of life than its neighbour. The serene landscape is also renowned for its agriculture industry and incredible coastal destinations.

    One of the most appealing aspects of Gozo is just how steeped in history the place is. The world-renowned Gozo Citadel offers a glimpse into medieval times, while Gozo's array of archaeological finds reveal details even further back in time. There's also a pristine coastline, which features endless places to swim and snorkel, alongside excellent dining and shopping experiences. Check out our list of best things to do in Gozo and see why it's definitely worth making the short ferry trip across the sea.

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    Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu Basilica

    Gozo's towering religious landmark

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    The Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu Basilica is a soaring structure between the villages of Gharb and Ghammar. Built between 1920 and 1931, it’s the destination for various religious pilgrimages in Gozo. This beautiful church also houses a wealth of sculptures and crafts produced from Maltese stone.

    The church’s neo-romantic design includes 6 mosaics and an array of stained-glass windows, with a steeple that rises to a towering 61 metres high. Opposite the Basilica along Ghammar Hill, there's a series of 14 marble statues depicting the Via Crucis or the Stations of the Cross.

    Location: Shrine, Ta' Pinu, Road, Gharb, Malta

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm, Sunday from 6 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +356 2155 6187


    Gozo Cittadella

    Wander the ancient city walls

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    The Gozo Cittadella dates back to the Middle Ages, positioned on a lofty hillside and surrounded by ancient walls that kept foreign raiders out. Today, this alluring centrepiece of Rabat (Victoria) – Gozo's largest city – presents you with a myriad of laneways, markets, shops and other staples of Maltese culture. 

    Many of the Cittadella’s greatest buildings remain only in ruins, but several have been kept fully in use despite their age, including the Old Courts of Law and the Old Governor's Palace. Plus, there's an array of museums showcasing artefacts and trinkets. Be sure to head to the central marketplace of It-Tokk to find some great local produce and garments.

    Location: Citadella, Victoria, Gozo


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    Dwejra Bay

    Wonderful snorkelling and rock formations

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    Dwejra Bay is a striking destination on the west coast of Gozo. Named after a small house that once occupied the beachfront, the shallow waters extend into a stunning 60-metre-long cave. Part of the reason that locals and tourists flock to this bay is for the striking rock formations, which have been naturally carved out over thousands of years.

    Dwejra Bay is also popular among those who enjoy snorkelling. There are plenty of underwater scenes to enjoy, either in the shallows or the Blue Hole, a nearby picturesque dive site. There's also the possibility of soaking up the scenery from a fishing boat, which travels around from the other side of the cliffs.

    Location: Dwejra Bay, Malta


    Villa Rundle Gardens

    A lush escape from the city

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    The Villa Rundle Gardens provide a serene haven away from Rabat's busy streets during the peak of Malta's tourist season. The garden was named after British General Leslie Rundle, who established it in 1915. Featuring a variety of local and imported species, this central oasis is where you can escape the heat underneath Canary Palm trees.

    Set around a towering fountain, the garden's connected paths are dotted with modern and classical sculptures. Once the sun goes down, the garden is lit up with colourful decorations. The Villa Rundle Gardens are a tranquil spot to catch your breath after a long day of sightseeing and swimming in Rabat. 

    Location: Triq Ninu Cremona, Ir-Rabat Għawdex, Malta

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 10.30 pm


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    Marsalforn Bay

    A scenic spot for drinks after a swim

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    Marsalforn Bay is a pebble-and-sand beach that offers outstanding swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling opportunities. It’s a popular summertime destination located around 4.5 km north-east of Rabat (Victoria). The surrounding waterfront promenade stretches the entire length of the bay, offering some unbeatable views.

    Set between numerous hotels and guesthouses, the promenade has great restaurants and bars serving delicious Gozitan cuisine and cold drinks. Pick a spot with terrace dining and enjoy a meal as you overlook Marsalforn Bay’s immaculate landscape. Many of the venues stay open late into the night, lighting up the waterfront with live music and fun parties. 

    Location: Triq Il-Port, Iż-Żebbuġ, Malta


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    Daħlet Qorrot Beach

    Excellent swimming and diving

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    Daħlet Qorrot Beach lies on Gozo's scenic north-western coast, between the charming villages of Nadur and Qala. The pebbly beach's distance from many of the island's major towns means it remains relatively quiet throughout the year. But its stunning turquoise waters and pristine landscape make it one of Gozo's top coastal settings. 

    Daħlet Qorrot's shallow water means that it's a great place to visit with the family. The nearby rocks are also popular places to dive, plus there's a ladder to help you climb in and out of the sea. If the sun gets too hot, there are some small rocky inlets for shelter, as well as benches set beneath shady trees.

    Location: Daħlet Qorrot Beach, Qala, Malta


    Tal-Massar Winery

    Sample traditional Gozitan cuisine

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    Tal-Massar Winery offers insight into the island's much-loved Gozitan cuisine. Since 1934, the estate has been passed down through generations who have maintained the row of vines spread across the countryside. The winery is open for vineyard tours and wine tastings every Tuesday and Saturday.

    Here, you'll learn about the estate's history and the expertise it takes to produce consistently great tasting wine. You'll also get to meet the owners and experience some incredible views of the surrounding countryside and medieval towns. Alongside a selection of wines, the tour comes with 3 Gozitan-style finger foods, including traditional crackers and dip, cheese and sundried tomatoes and cold-pressed Gozitan olive oil.

    Location: The Vineyards, Trejqa tas-Sisien, L-Għarb, Malta

    Open: Tuesday and Saturday from 4.15 pm to 6.15 pm

    Phone: +356 9986 3529


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    Ggantija Temple

    A look into Malta's ancient past

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    Ggantija Temple is a significant archaeological landmark on the island of Gozo. The UNESCO World Heritage site was excavated throughout the 19th century. It features huge slabs of limestone that are over 5 metres in length and weighing over 50 tonnes.

    Built between 3,600 and 3,200 BC, Ggantija Temple is remarkably well-preserved. The interior offers examples of limestone that has been carved to create furnishings, doorways and altars. Evidence also suggests that the temple was once plastered and painted, with red ochre found on the walls.

    Location: Triq John Otto Bayer, Ix-Xagħra, Malta

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +356 2155 3194


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    Xagħra Stone Circle

    One of Gozo's most important discoveries

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    The Xagħra Stone Circle is located just around 400 metres from the Ggantija Temple. Situated in the village of Ix-Xagħra, this ancient underground burial site has been dated to around 4,000 BC. First discovered in the 1820s, it wasn't until the University of Malta excavated the site in the 1980s that the true significance of the area was realised.

    Inside, the natural system of caves showcases a series of ancient tombs, which are then surrounded by a walled enclosure. Alongside stone and clay sculptures, the Xagħra Stone Circle exposes Malta's prehistory, highlighting the island's original occupants.

    Location: Ix-Xagħra, Malta

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm


    photo by Hamelin de Guettelet (CC BY-SA 3.0) modified


    The Duke Shopping Mall

    One of the island's best places for shopping

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    The Duke Shopping Mall showcases the modern side of Malta, featuring a top-notch selection of fashion and lifestyle brands spread across 6,000 square metres. It’s one of the best places for a spending spree during your trip to Gozo.

    Besides offering a wide range of retailers, there are also excellent cafes and bistros. There's even a wine lounge where you rest your feet and sample some local bottles. Other highlights include a kids' play area and a wellness spa that ensures maximum relaxation. The Duke Shopping Mall is found right in the centre of Rabat, between Villa Rundle Gardens and the Aurora Theatre.

    Location: Triq ir-Repubblika, Ix-Xagħra, Malta

    Open: Monday from 8 am to 7 pm, Tuesday–Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm

    Phone: +356 2155 8000

    Hudson Brown | Contributing Writer

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