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The second largest island in the Maltese archipelago has a character more distinct from Malta than the five miles that separates the two islands would suggest. Gozo is more conservative, its populace still rooted in a rural ethos, and it’s much greener; the topography is hilly, and the coastline, much of it undeveloped, is varied and dramatic. A girdle of cliffs on the south coast gives way, on the north coast, to a series of bluffs towering over clayey slopes and sandy bays. Ramla Bay, the island’s largest beach, is one of the most scenic beaches in the Mediterranean, and off the western coast at Dwejra, one could find the best scuba diving ...

The second largest island in the Maltese archipelago has a character more distinct from Malta than the five miles that separates the two islands would suggest. Gozo is more conservative, its populace still rooted in a rural ethos, and it’s much greener; the topography is hilly, and the coastline, much of it undeveloped, is varied and dramatic. A girdle of cliffs on the south coast gives way, on the north coast, to a series of bluffs towering over clayey slopes and sandy bays. Ramla Bay, the island’s largest beach, is one of the most scenic beaches in the Mediterranean, and off the western coast at Dwejra, one could find the best scuba diving to be had in the Mediterranean. Gozo’s capital Rabat is smack in the geographical center of the island, and all roads from the scatter of other towns lead through the capital. Rabat is also home to the Citadel, an old castle set on a high crag that was rebuilt in 1599 after it was razed by the Ottoman army. Now it’s Gozo’s main sight, but the experience of Gozo is diffused: its towns are self-contained small settlements that expand in concentric circles around their cores, where massive baroque churches loom over charming squares ringed by old baroque townhouses, and a rural landscape of hills and valleys separates the towns.

Victor Borg
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Victor Borg has authored whole guidebooks to Malta and Gozo for Time Out and Rough Guides, and has contributed to other guidebooks on Libya and China, where he lives.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: A small island of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Language: Maltese, English
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall
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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring, when the landscape is at its most lush, covered in carpets of wildflowers