10 things to do in Gozo, Malta

Last Updated on February 28, 2024 by Dina

Gozo is the second bigger island that belongs to Malta (the third is Comino) and is famous for its rural character, the slow-paced Gozitans, and its marvelous coastal cliffs. It is very easy to reach Gozo: all you have to do is to go to Cirkewwa and take the ferry. The trip is super short, only 25 minutes and it costs less than 5 euros. But why visit this island and what are the top things to do in Gozo?

Cathedral of the Assumption Gozo island
The Cathedral of the Assumption in the heart of Citadella



It is very easy and cheap to get to Gozo: you can go to the northern part of the island and take the ferry. The journey is very short, only 25 minutes. You don’t need to pre-purchase your tickets, as the ferry departs every half hour. This is the perfect option if you have rented a car and you want to explore this island too. 

Alternatively, you can take the fast ferry from Valetta, which takes only 45 minutes. This option is ideal if you don’t have a car and plan to use buses in Gozo (though not recommended), rent a car, or take a taxi. Renting a car is highly recommended for exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site.

For a carefree and relaxed experience, consider a day cruise from Sliema or Bugibba

If you don’t have many days and you want to avoid the hassle of the buses, the crowds and the ferries you can find something more carefree and relaxed: you can take a day cruise. This is something that I love doing especially duiring the summer! Here are of the best options: 


Why visit Gozo? Let’s point out some interesting facts about this lovely island.

  • Gozo is an island where you can kick back and relax. Locals, expats, and tourists choose to go there because they know that here they can escape the crowds, breathe out, and reset.
  • Renting a farmhouse with a pool in Gozo for a weekend getaway is a popular choice, especially with an average of 300 sunny days in Malta. Sandy beaches like Ramla Bay and pebbly beaches like Dahlet Qorrot Bay provide diverse options. 
  • Ggantija Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are a must-visit, showcasing Gozo’s rich historical tapestry.
  • Nightlife should not be the reason to visit Gozo. Of course, there are some bars, but keep your expectations low! 
  •  They are many summer festas where you can fun + do not forget the unique Carnival of Gozo! 



I had read about Citadella, but to be honest, I wasn’t very excited to visit this attraction. I thought it was something average but what I saw really left me breathless!

Citadel or Citadella is a tiny old walled city inside Victoria that offers stunning views. It is well preserved and if you let yourself wander around, you will feel that you are actually traveling back in time! It is free to enter: you can walk in, explore Citadella, and take some amazing photos without paying a cent but I highly recommend not skipping the Cittadella Visitors’ Centre. You will find very easily all the signs that point to the visitor’s entrance.

I wasn’t sure if it was worth paying these 5€ and purchase the combined ticket, but now I am very glad that I did!

The Cittadella Visitors’ Centre has interactive screens, hi-tech multimedia, and a short high-quality video that guides you briefly through the history of the island. This audio and visual presentation explains the history of the Maltese islands and highlights the most important moments for the Citadell. This 5 ticket also gives you access to 4 museums!

  1. The Gozo Museum of Archaeology
  2. The Gran Castello Historic House
  3. The Gozo Nature Museum
  4. The Old Prison – that was the best!

It will take you a couple of hours to see the Citadel, the museums and admire the Cathedral of the Assumption.


The second best thing to do in Gozo is to take your car or hop on a bus and head to Dwerja Bay. This location is famous for two reasons.

position of the azure window in gozo
Exactly where the Azure Window was 🙁

1. Here it was located the Azure Window, a natural wonder that unfortunately collapsed in 2017. Game of Thrones was also filmed here, in the Dwerja Bay in Gozo!

2. It is still an absolutely unique place to visit. The inland sea in Dwerja is a beautiful lagoon with an amazing 80m tunnel that goes out to the sea. You can swim in the inland sea (i did it!) or you can take even take a boat trip.

The boat ride in Dwerja costs 4€, lasts around 15 minutes, and takes you through the tunnel and around some other beautiful caves. This hidden lagoon is perfect for diving too!  It is a very nice area to explore, I have been there in wintertime and summertime, and is one of my favorite places in Gozo.

If you are looking for a restaurant with nice views try the Azure Window restaurant.


ramla bay in gozo
Ramla Bay, the most famous Gozitan beach

Ramla Bay and San Blas are the only sandy beaches in Gozo. Ramla Bay is super popular during the summer so expect it to be quite packed. It is a quite nice beach, with sunbeds, toilets, and a place to buy snacks and ice-creams but be ready for the pebbles once you step your foot into the water! Ramla Bay is famous also for its red, unique sand and turtles love it too: in 2020 for the first time after 70 years, a couple of turtles laid their eggs in Ramla Bay.

If you have some time and you love exploring you can go to the Calypso Cave or the Tal-Mixta cave. The legend says that the Calypso cave in Gozo is the place where actually Odysseus was kept by Calypso, a beautiful nymph, that fall in love with him and kept him with her for several years. Homer names the island of Calypso “Ogygia”, could it be Gozo? Who knows! Calypso cave is closed at the moment and not accessible to the public due to the instability of the cave.


marsalforn in gozo

Are you looking for a place to enjoy the sunset, maybe with an ice-cream while walking the long-promenade? Then Marsalforn is the place for you! The fishing village of Marsalforn next to the salt pans is a pretty representative tourist Gozitan village. There are many bars and restaurants, you can have an aperitivo, have dinner or just relax and enjoy the place. You can even swim here,  but there are definitely better places to swim in Gozo.


wide il ghasri

The narrow,cliff-bound inlet of Wied il-Ghasri gorge is the best off-the-beaten-track thing that you can do in Gozo. The steep steps lead you to a tiny, picturesque pebbled beach. It is a gorgeous place with small caves and lovely views. This Gozitan  “fjord” looks like a great place to swim but watch out: jellyfish are usually getting trapped in this narrow bay and a lot of people had a not so lovely experience!


a traditional gozitan platter
a traditional gozitan platter

One of the best things you can do in Gozo is experience traditional Gozitan food. There are so many wonderful restaurants to visit that they offer really tasty meals. This is a list of some of the best restaurants in Gozo:

  • Casa Vostra in Victoria: excellent for pizza, beer, and a chilled night out.
  • Maldonado Bistro in Victoria: the chef is amazing and the place is so romantic. They offer great cocktails too.
  • Tatitas at St Lawrence: romantic restaurant in a peaceful location. Perfect for special occasions such as birthdays or anniversaries.
  • Ta Carolina at Xlendi: for fresh fish by the sea

Do not leave the island without trying Ġbejna the local cheese (you can spot it in the picture above) and fresh fish.


Looking for more things to do in Gozo? Even if you’re not catholic, you should visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu in Gozo. It’s a beautiful church dedicated to the Virgin of Ta’Pinu and loved by the locals. The best part is, you can enter for free! The basilica is a stunning building in a peaceful area near Gharb village. It’s not just a religious place but also an amazing work of architecture. So, even if you’re not religious, it’s still worth visiting to see its beauty and enjoy the calm surroundings. Don’t miss this special spot during your trip to Gozo!


Dahlet Qorrot Bay in Gozo
The peaceful Dahlet Qorrot Bay

Ramla Bay is very pretty but my favorite beach in Gozo is Dahlet Qorrot Bay. This hidden gem is perfect if you are looking to relax and have a nice jellyfish-free swim. Visiting this bay is one of the best things you can do in Gozo as it is a very picturesque and peaceful place with crystal blue waters. Even during the peak season, you can find a secluded place to lay down your beach towel. Locals enjoy going there too: they have turned some old boathouses into “beach cabins” where they usually rest, have lunch and relax. In Dahlet Qorrot there is a small track where you find ice-cream and various snacks.

Dahlet Qorrot Bay

💎 My Pretty Travels Tip: when I visiting the Dahlet Qorrot bay the track that sells food and water surprisingly had run out of water bottles! So be prepared and just in case, bring your own water 🙂


hiking malta

Looking for some exciting things to do in Gozo? You absolutely can’t miss the incredible hiking coastal paths that offer breathtaking views. I mean, why not make the most of your time in Gozo and try out some hiking? One of the most popular trails is the walk from Xlendi Tower to the Ta’ Ċenċ cliffs on the south coast, and trust me, it’s a must-visit!

If you’re someone like me who loves being surrounded by nature’s beauty, then you’ll absolutely fall in love with Gozo’s hiking trails. The island has so much to offer, and hiking is definitely one of the best ways to experience it all. I recommend planning your visit during autumn or spring, as the weather is just perfect during these times, making your hiking experience even more enjoyable.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, put on your hiking shoes, and get ready to explore the stunning coastal paths of Gozo. Trust me, you won’t regret it! It’s an adventure of a lifetime, and you’ll create memories that will stay with you forever. Gozo awaits you with its mesmerizing landscapes and endless charm. Happy hiking!


Rotunda St. John Baptist in Xewkija

Looking for even more things to do in Gozo? The church is known as Rotunda of Xewkija, Xewkija Rotunda, or Rotunda of St. John the Baptist. Why should you pay a quick visit at this Gozitan church? It is definitely an off-the-beaten-track activity but you should consider passing by, because:

  1. It is the biggest church in Gozo
  2. It has the 3rd largest unsupported dome…in the world!

It is hard to believe that Gozo, this tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean has a dome of 75 meters high, with a diameter of 27 meters, and a circumference of 85 meters. This dome is one of the largest in Europe and weighs 45,000 tonnes!  It’s not only an architectural miracle but has also a very fascinated history.  They told me that you can even get the lift up to the bell tower and enjoy some great views but unfortunately I didn’t do it yet.

💎 My Pretty Travels Tip – You don’t have enough time? Check out the schedule of the HopOn-Hopoff bus.




All the times that I have been to the island, I chose to sleep in Victoria. I believe that Victoria is the best place to stay in Gozo and I can explain why: it is the capital and where all my favorite restaurants and bars are. I don’t mind moving around during the day, driving and visiting different towns but when the sun sets I really want to have a couple of drinks, a nice dinner and relax. I don’t support drink driving and taxis in Gozo are quite rare…so Victoria is the best option!

Also, Victoria has a super authentic character: some other villages like Xlendi and Massalforn may offer cheaper accommodation options but in July/August can be loud and crowded.

Take a look at these Booking.com last-moment deals!

Last but not least, if you are visiting Malta too, do not forget to read my articles about the top attractions like the Malta National Acquarium or this one dedicated to Valletta.


While nightlife isn’t a major draw, the island hosts summer festas, and don’t miss the unique Carnival of Gozo! Embark on a boat trip to the Blue Lagoon and Comino or explore the unique features of Dwejra Bay, including the famous Blue Hole and Tal Mixta cave.

How many days should I visit Gozo?

It varies based on your preferences: if you simply want a brief tour of the island, one day should suffice. However, if you desire to explore additional beaches, villages, and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s advisable to reserve at least 2-3 nights.

What is the best time to visit Gozo?

Optimal periods for a visit to Gozo are from April to June or September to November when the climate is temperate and enjoyable. It is advisable to steer clear of the summer heat, as temperatures can soar up to 40 degrees.

Is Gozo a country?

Gozo is not an independent country; instead, it is an island that is part of the country of Malta.

Is Gozo better than Malta?

Comparing Gozo and Malta is subjective, as each island has its own merits and drawbacks. It’s not accurate to say that one is better than the other; it depends on individual preferences.

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