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Interesting places and facts to know about Gozo

Gozo Island

Gozo, which in the olden days was known as Gaulos, is the second largest of the Maltese islands. It has an area of 67 km² and length of about 13.34km.  Inhabited for thousands of years, it shows evidence of historic immigration and rule by the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Sicilians, French and British, among others.  Gozo is known for its scenic hills, which are featured on its coat of arms, rural hiking paths, beaches, scuba-diving sites and for its Neolithic Ġgantija Temple ruins, being a 5,500-year-old complex and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  In fact, tiny little Gozo, inconspicuous as it is, is home to the oldest freestanding structures in the world.  The Azure Window in Dwejra, San Lawrenz, a natural limestone arch, was a remarkable geological feature until its collapse on March 8, 2017. The island has other notable natural features, including the Inland Sea and Wied il-Mielaħ Window.  Gozo coastal walk is a moderately difficult hike around the beautiful coast of Gozo.  With the island uneven terrain, going up and down hills and inclines is to be expected.  Gozo is a very small island and you could even drive between the main sites in a day. However, we recommend spending at least 3 days on this beautiful island. This way you could experience a little bit of both, exploring and chilling at the unique beaches that it offers.

Absolutely, Gozo is worth a visit, either as a stand-alone destination or else as part of a trip!

Mġarr Ix-Xini

Mġarr Ix-Xini, a secluded bay on Gozo, boasts a pebbly beach and crystal-clear waters ideal for snorkeling, but it distinguishes itself with formidable cliffs that beckon intrepid climbers. Initially known for its tranquility, the bay gained popularity when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt filmed “By the Sea” here in 2015, drawing attention to its stunning landscape. Despite the subsequent rise in visitors, Mġarr Ix-Xini retains its charm as a captivating blend of natural beauty and cinematic allure, where rocky cliffs and clear waters continue to attract adventurers and admirers alike.

Ix-Xatt l-Aħmar

This is a very quiet bay, situated right between Mgarr ix-Xini and Mgarr harbour, the main port of Gozo and within site of the Guardiola (guard post) of Fort Chambrai.  Ix-Xatt l-Aħmar is rarely busy, perhaps because the route to it, by car or by foot,  is not that obvious, being a narrow road winding down from the village of Ghajnsielem.  As the name literally means “Red Shore”, this bay offers a wonderful spot both for swimming as well as diving.  In fact, it is known for the cyrstal clear waters and beautiful coastal surroundings. Of particular interest to experienced divers is the wreck of an ex-ferryboat that used to operate between Malta and Gozo, “ix-Xlendi”, which lies in the depths just beyond the bay.

Hondoq ir-Rummien

Accessible solely by ladders, Hondoq ir-Rummien unveils a unique aquatic haven where tranquil and clear waters beckon snorkelers to explore small caves intricately carved into the coastline. Offering a spectacular view overlooking the island of Comino, this hidden gem features a small white-sand beach cradled by a rocky promontory. Beyond the beach, the historical salt pans stand as a testament to tradition, still actively harvesting salt during the summer months. A visit to Hondoq ir-Rummien promises a distinctive experience, blending seaside adventure with a glimpse into the enduring practices that shape the coastal landscape.

Halfa Rock (Il-Ġebla tal-Ħalfa)

Halfa Rock is a deserted small islet and limestone rock on the south-east coast of Gozo, close to Hondoq il-Rummien Beach.  It contains a small maritime garrigue land, with few shrubs and with no records of habitation.  The approximate length of the islet is 95 metres and the width is about 50 metres.  The islet is protected by law and is on the Maltese Islands Natural Heritage List.  Halfa Rock sits in a secluded shingle beach, with large pebbles and golden sand.  A chain of submerged rocks, collectively known as Halfa Rocks (Ġebel tal-Ħalfa) lie within 400 metres of this islet.  Studies of the seabed around Halfa Rock indicated the existence of a thick layer of submerged clay on the bedrock, making it a great destination for swimming in clear patches of azure waters.

Qala Valley

A wonderful secluded beach, another hidden beauty where the weathered limestone of the cliffs has caused boulders to fall off and in so doing has created yet another perfect and pristine bathing spot.  Situated just beyond Halfa Rock is this fantastic, relatively narrow cove that offers a combination of rocky and sandy seabed with crystal clear waters, a paradise to swimmers and snorkelers alike. This sheltered beach is only accessible by boat and is a perfect spot, especially on a hot summer day with wind blowing from the north.  It is definitely a marvelous place to get some down time, relax and enjoy your fascinating surroundings!

San Blas Bay

Discover the tranquil beauty of San Blas Bay, another hidden gem tucked away in the serene landscape of Gozo. Accessible through a steep coastal path, this secluded beach offers a peaceful retreat with its soft, reddish sand embraced by natural greenery and a picturesque rocky coastline. Mirroring the characteristic allure of Gozo’s beaches, San Blas Bay boasts crystal-clear, inviting waters, creating an ideal haven for a refreshing dip under the warm sun. Untouched and serene, this beach encapsulates the perfect blend of untouched nature and tranquility, inviting visitors to bask in its pristine charm.

Ramla Bay

Gozo’s exclusive sandy retreat, the red-gold expanse of Ramla Bay, invites you to sink your toes into its warm embrace. With a scattering of sun loungers and parasols available for rent, and a constant presence of an ice cream truck at the entrance, it offers a delightful beach experience. A beachfront café adds to the convenience, providing a perfect setting for seaside indulgence. The crystalline waters present an ideal opportunity for swimming, although the summer months can attract crowds. To escape the afternoon hustle, consider arriving early and embark on a climb to Calypso’s Cave, a cherished destination in Gozo, offering both tranquility and breathtaking views.

Għajn Barrani

Għajn Barrani is a stretch of cliffs located along the northern coast of Gozo, from Marsalforn to the sandy Ramla bay.  This area consists of flat terrain, rocks and clay slopes, rich in flora. Anyone interested in plants should make their way here for a beautiful coastal country walk. And the beach that lies beneath the area is of no less beauty! Accessible only by private boats,  is this hidden beach, a true gem, due to its secluded position.  It is mostly crystal clear due to its sandy and partly rocky seabed, being very closely located to Ramla bay.  In favorable wind conditions, numerous pleasure crafts make their way to this spectacular beach for a refreshing swim in such a peaceful environment.

Wied il-Ghasri

This small, pebbly beach near Marsalforn defies description, its beauty truly astonishing. On a tranquil day, the swimming experience from the secluded inlet is nothing short of exceptional, complemented by breathtaking views extending out to the sea. Nestled in a deep valley between two imposing cliffs, Wied il-Ghasri offers an extraordinary setting. Immersing oneself in the calm waters between these cliffs is an incredible experience, and it’s not uncommon to encounter divers exploring the numerous underwater caves in the area. For those who appreciate dramatic views, serenity, and placid waters, Wied il-Ghasri is an irresistible destination that captivates the senses.

Dwejra Bay

Once adorned by the majestic Azure Window, a sublime limestone arch soaring 90 feet high, the glistening bay now stands as a poignant reminder of its former glory after succumbing to a tempestuous storm in 2017. Once a cinematic backdrop for productions like Game of Thrones and Clash of the Titans, the iconic geological marvel has left a void in its wake. Despite the loss, the area remains a compelling destination with rock-sculpted pools, some serene enough for a refreshing swim. This Gozo gem continues to captivate visitors with its snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities along a coastline adorned with caves, sparking contemplation on proposals to reconstruct the beloved natural archway.