When visiting Malta, taking a private tour to the gleeful Island of Gozo is a gogo! There are many people who describe Gozo as a city that is what Malta was like before in the influx of tourism industry and commercial businesses. Sightseeing private tour of Gozo Island for a leisurely break!
It is definitely a lesser known island compared to Malta itself, but it is as beautiful as any island in the Mediterranean if not more.
Gozo is still hanging on to its old charm and slower pace of life which is ideal for a leisurely break away from the hustle, bustle, and stress of the daily lives.
As the ferry leaves from the shore of the island you honestly feel as though if is leaving you on the island but taking all your troubles away with the boat, a strange thing to say but the truth spoken by many who have experienced this.
What a great feeling! Gozo works really hard to ensure that it keeps its away from the commercial life and keeps its rural lifestyle that can be enjoyed by all visitors.
After the slow pace of Gozo, take a guided tour of Valletta, a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen, so said its founding father. This magnificent fortress city was constructed by the Knights of St John in the 16th century and is now the commercial and administrative heart of these islands. Read More...
Take a Guided Tour to the Stunning Calypso Cave or See All the Amazing Sights by Going on Tour in the Vintage Tour Bus!!
This 67km (squared) island is home to about 37,000 people, and all of these people are as welcoming as if you are family. It is an Island that you feel very much at home in.
The food here on the island is also something else and believe it or not, the locals from the mainland Malta take regular trips to Gozo just for the food. Fish dishes are very popular especially Lampuki and Dorado when in season and their traditional cheese is made from goat or sheep milk that has not been pasteurised.
There is much to see on the Island of Gozo like the Calypso cave, the Citadel, Maritime and Folklore Museums are just a few, so guided tours to all of these places will certainly fulfil your time on the island. However as the Island has the most wonderful water surrounding it, a few days sitting on the beach, lazing in the clear waters or going snorkelling is the ideal way to relax after a few days on sightseeing tours.
While in Malta visit the maritime island of Vittoriosa with a guided private tour, if you want to see a genuine insight into Malta, then Vittoriosa is the place for you.
Steeped in tradition and old island values the locals still celebrate fiestas and holy days as they had been done for many years.
Top 10 Things to Do in Gozo
This Citadel is found in Victoria
on the Island of Gozo and is aptly named as the 'crown of Gozo'. A fascinating place to take a guided tour to, situated on the top of a hill, it is a bit tiring to get to but so worth all the effort. Dated back thousands of years, even to before the Bronze Age, you can still make out many of the buildings uses such are the Cathedral. The history you hear is awesome!
Purely for the myth about this cave, a guided tour is a must. It is said that it is this cave, which Homer mentions in ’The Odyssey”, the nymph Calypso kept Odysseus a prisoner for seven years promising him, if he stayed with her, immortality but he escaped at first chance and returned to his wife. The view from the cave, which is in a cliff near Xaghra, of the very popular Ramia Bay is breathtaking.
Take a sightseeing tour to this hill which is seen from much of Gozo and has a statue of the Risen Christ that is 320-foot tall on the top of it. Tal-Merżuq Hill is now known as Tas-Salvator – The Redeemer. There are lots of myth and legend surrounding this hill. One legend is that God covered the island in darkness for 3 days as a punishment and the first bit of light was seen coming from this hill.
Ta Kola Windmill
While on a private tour of Gozo, visit this windmill called Ta Kola in Xaghra. This windmill is a great example of life and how things were done as a Miller back in the 18th century. Originally there were 12 windmills built, but Ta Kola is the only one that is in a reasonably good working condition and thankfully open to visitors. There is a museum part which has lots of artefacts relation to milling going back eras.
The church in the village of Xewkija was first built around the 17th century and has since been rebuilt twice on the very same spot. The latest rebuild was in 1952 and it is a stunning piece of architecture with a huge dome roof that matches the best in Europe in size and beauty. The Church can be seen from far away as it stands grandly over all the other buildings in the village. It is quite a sight to see!
The Azure Window
When in Gozo or just Malta
an absolute must of a guided tour is to the Azure Window. This is an iconic landmark situated within two other landmarks Dwejra Bay and Inland Sea. The Azure window is a flat-topped natural rock that is arched over the sea at Dwejra. This landmark has been used as a film location for many blockbuster movies. It is also a great place for scuba diving, snorkeling or just swimming around.
Wied il-Ghasri Bay
An amazing private tour to take is the one to Wied il-Ghasri Bay. The journey to this bay is what is exceptional as you sail through a gap between tall cliffs either side, staring down at you. You then reach a cove that is heavenly with lots of places to dive from and some extremely high. It is a fabulous day out to this Bay and well worth it even if you are not a diver, to swim in the crystal clear water is out of this world.
For the history buff take a guided tour of this Maritime Museum that is situated in Nadur. It is a privately owned museum and has some of the rarest and priceless pieces of marine history found in Malta. There are hundreds of displays to look at and learn all about, such things like sailor uniforms, old photographs, vessel parts and pieces of wood from Lord Nelson’s ship ‘HMS Victory” the first US warship.
St. George’s Basilica
This marble basilica called that because it is covered completely in marble, dates back to the 16th century and is a beautiful, serene place to visit on a private tour.A statue of St George is the main attraction in the basilica but the gilded bronze and gold canopy over the altar is not far behind it. The painting in the dome ceilings are all done by famous artists and needless to say are incredible to look up at.
Quad Tours of Gozo
The ideal way to see the island of Gozo is by quad bike, so definitely through your private tour company, go on one of these. Guided by an experienced team of drivers you are brought to the hidden gems of the island that can only be reached by quad bike. The excitement on top of all the brilliant places you are getting see is the best experience ever. The quad bikes are safe and easy to drive if you have never ventured on one before.
Travel Tips for Gozo
Best Time To Visit Gozo
The best time to go to Gozo depends on what you are looking for on your holiday. Gozo has great weather for the majority of the year so if it's a sun holiday you are looking for then go between July and September when the temperatures are in the 30’s. May and June or October and November is a little cooler, you can still get a colour, but it is more comfortable to go on sightseeing tours and walk around all the sights.
Typical Costs in Gozo
While on holiday to the Island of Gozo you will realise that it is a little are expensive than on the mainland of Malta. However, in comparison to other European countries, it is still cheaper. There are great restaurants serving many local dishes that are very reasonable and you can get a very good 3-course meal for 10 euros. The local food and alcohol are cheaper and just as good as any imported items. Local guides are priced very well.
Know Before Visiting Gozo
Before you travel to the island, make sure you do all your research. If you are using a private tour company, they will organise the ferry times and accommodation which is a lot easier and less stressful than having to do it yourself.You can drink the water in Malta it is safe just does not taste as good as bottle water. Only eat in places that look hygienic and clean to be on the safe side. It is always better to safe than sorry!
Weather in Gozo
The island of Gozo has sunny weather for nearly 300 days of the year. The hottest months are during the summer months July to September and temperatures are averaging 30 degrees celsius. The two months preceding and after those months are cooler but still sunny a warm just a little chilly at nice which is a welcome relief. December is when it rains the most and January is the coldest month when it is as cold as 12 degrees Celsius!!