So This One Time in Malta… I went to Gozo, with my mum!
I had been living in Malta for only a week when my mum booked her trip to Malta. She has travelled and lived in various countries throughout her life, but she hadn’t been to a new country in years! So of course, I booked a car right away to explore Malta’s second biggest island: Gozo.
Although Gozo is a 20th of the size of Malta, there is no shortage of things to do and sites to see. So, on Saturday morning, we drove to Cirkewwa and boarded the 9:45am ferry. The crossing took about 25 minutes and we were driving off the boat and onto Gozo in no time. All major roads on the island go through Victoria, the capital, but nevertheless, it only took us 20 minutes to cross the entire island. Our day consisted of:
- Ta’Dbiegi Crafts Village:
A touristy stop, but it was nice to see some glass stores and to try some local sweets and snacks! It was deserted when we were there since it wasn’t high season, but we knew we’d bump into crowds at our next destination.
- Azure Window:
You can’t not go here when you visit Gozo! My mom and I compared it to Peggy’s Cove, as it is a massive rocky landscape with a large outcrop through an evener larger peninsula or spit. It was pretty windy and the water is quite rough, but still beautiful!
- Lunch and a long walk in Xlendi Bay (Pronounced: Shlendi Bay):
We were recommended Ta Karolina restaurant by our family friend in Malta and it did not disappoint! We were told to make a reservation and we were glad we did. We had the smoked fish platter to share and then had some octopus and a veggie pasta dish, all so good! There are two areas to have a nice walk around the bay, which we did before and after… which we obviously did when gelato in hand.
- Salt Pans – Marsalforn
This was the one spot I was really excited to see. Technically… they are Roman ruins.. Just not as extravagant as anything you’d see in Rome. These small, square, rock cut-outs are used to produce sea salt, which is a long tradition on Gozo. The view of Xwejni Bay beach in the background made it a picturesque area.
- Victoria Citedella – the walled city
As all major roads go through Victoria, you literally can’t avoid going to see the Citedella! It is not on the same scale as Valletta or even Mdina, but still beautiful. You can walk on top of the walls for a 360° view of Victoria and surrounding Gozo.
- Failed attempt at the Ggantija Temples, Xghara
On our way back to the ferry, we made a slight detour to see the Roman temples, which are the oldest free standing temples in the world, dating back to 3000-3500 BC. Only slightly impressive- well done, Gozo! However, we failed at being decent tourists and arrived just after it closed. All the more reason to return to the island!
After we paid 20 euro for the crossing back to Malta, we drove right onto the ferry and we both had a snooze in the car. That evening, we cooked a good homemade and comforting dinner, accompanied by wine, which was the perfect evening. The next day we were going to the Remembrance Day memorial service in Floriana and then to explore Valletta, so we needed a good nights rest.