About The Island of Gozo

Mgarr harbour in Gozo
Gozo's main harbour in Mgarr

The island of Gozo (Maltese: Għawdex) is the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago, situated in the Mediterranean Sea (Malta is the largest island. Gozo is more rural and known for its scenic hills.

Gozo is 67 km² in size. It lies approximately 6 km northwest of the nearest point of Malta, is of oval form, and is 14 km in length and 7.25 km in width. Gozo is more picturesque than the larger sister island of Malta, and the land is more fertile.

Gozo is more relaxed and quieter than Malta, although tourism is catching up quickly. Its landscape is spectacular with many green hills, kind of like terraced plateaus, rocky cliffs and spectacular caves.

Gozo is polular with walkers, enjoying a relaxed walk tours along its green hills, the Citadel walls in Victoria or along one of its pristine beaches.

Its high season is during the sunny, hot and dry summers while it is not unheard of that water sports, diving and other activities continue during its cooler rainy winters. Water temperatures range from 14 degrees in winter to 25 in summer and are perfect for diving with a wetsuit year around.

Gozo is known for its places of interest and itc enchanting character. Gozo is nicknamed the Isle of Calypso, derived from the location of Ogygia in Greek mythological poem Homer's Odyssey. In the myth, the island was controlled by nymph Calypso who detained the hero of the story Odysseus there as prisoner of love for seven years; Gozo is thought to be modern day Ogygia, with the interesting Calypso caves.

Gozo's inhabitants are known as Gozitans. Gozo is rich in historical locations such as the Ġgantija temples, which are the world's oldest free-standing structures, as well as the world's oldest religious structures.