A Day Trip to Gozo, Malta

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There’s no recommendation like that of a friend, so when an old school friend told me “you have got to go to Gozo” while in Malta, I took it as a challenge I was willing to accept. Like something out of a time-warped film set in Hollywood, this incredible island encapsulates everything Maltese living is about: sun, sea, and more sun!!

Although I visited at the end of summer, the sun was scorching as the taxi driver translated the radio announcement to me: “the hottest day on record in a decade” he told me. Thank God, I thought to myself. So it isn’t just me… I’m not the only one melting into the abyss!

We arrived at the bay area in Valletta and I almost threw myself into the shadiest seat on the boat, before the driver hit the engine and we made our way to Gozo.

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Arriving in Valletta

The first thing to hit you in Valletta will be an overwhelming sense of wonder. Embrace it.

The city is UNESCO World Heritage listed and presents one of the most awe-inspiring displays of architecture you will find anywhere in Europe. The church facades, statues and polished marble are just the beginning of this fabulous city that seems to reveal itself in many layers, much like the history it possesses. Be sure to check out the impressive limestone display at the grand entrance of Valletta, before winding your way through the impressive streets that will have you walking through a real-life time machine.

A Day Trip to Gozo Malta | WORLD OF WANDERLUST

En Route to Gozo!

Although I could have spent days if not weeks exploring the hilly streets of Valletta, my task at hand was to make my way to Gozo and so I loaded myself and my camera bag on to the waiting speedboat and set off for the short journey (the public ferry system is equally good and efficient, however, time was of the essence!)

If opting for the ferry, be sure to do your research and plan the day ahead. Ferries do not depart from Valletta, so you will first need to take a bus to Ċirkewwa before hopping on board.

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Things to See and Do in Gozo

With just one day to explore Gozo myself, I jumped on board a 4WD tour of the island in order to pack as much in as possible. Whether it was the sound of the wind or the thick accent I’m not too sure, but I understood precisely zero of what my driver was saying as we sped along the streets, winding up and down the hills and stopping intermittently for a brief photo stop.

From what I could understand (based purely on later research from my extreme intrigue by Malta), the country changed hands throughout history – from the Roman Empire to Byzantium to Arab rule – all of which have had a lasting impression on Malta and how it exists today.

Given the island location between Northern Africa and Italy, it comes as no surprise that Malta was susceptible to pirate attacks and slavery, which was especially prominent throughout Gozo through the late 18th and early 19th century.

Napoleon Bonaparte also had a short-lived reign in Gozo between 1798 and 1800, followed by a short period of autonomy before the British took control later in 1800 until 21 September 1964 when Malta gained its independence.

With such an impressive history it is little wonder there are many historical buildings to see and explore in Gozo, though with the heat of the day I was glad we zipped by, enjoying the wind as it slapped me in the face from the lack of windows on the back of our truck.

The salt flats were an interesting area to check out and quite expansive if you’re looking for a photo op!

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The Blue Lagoon

Touristy as it is, you can’t come to Gozo and not visit the Blue Lagoon… especially if you’re visiting in summer or on the shoulder of it! Located just a few minutes from Gozo, the lagoon becomes a pop-up summer party of sorts, complete with bars, ice-cream boats, water slides and party music. This is a great way to unwind for the late afternoon and cool off after a day of adventuring.

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    January 24, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    very beautiful place to visit. i added this to my list. thanks for sharing locations i can visit in gozo.

    Arun gawande
    January 21, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Nice article

    January 19, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Lovely post. The info on your website will definitely help me in the future. Check my IG account @Vedadku

    January 9, 2018 at 8:08 am

    I love Malta – it’s photography and history paradise. And the language is incredibly fascinating. I was there for two weeks and really barely scratched the surface (although perhaps that’s because I spent nearly all of that time wandering the hilly streets of Valletta….)

    January 8, 2018 at 1:06 am

    This is such a wonderful post, thank you so much for sharing. I recently visited Gozo and Valleta myself and absolutely fell in love with the rich culture of the cities. With every turn I found myself snapping pictures and being absorbed by the beauty and magic that I found myself amongst. It just goes to show much traveling can really affect us.
    I recently opened my blog, once solely a place for book reviews and discussions, to also include my travels, being a solo woman traveler. If you would also like to follow my wandering journey here is the link to my site

    Rebecca and the World
    January 6, 2018 at 8:46 am

    So beautiful, and such an interesting history. The color of the water in the lagoon is incredible – I can just imagine how refreshing it was after the heat.

    January 5, 2018 at 1:13 am

    Wow, I been there last summer and it was amazing. Your post reminds a lots things.
    Thanks for sharing

    December 31, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Really want to go to Malta this summer! 😀

    December 30, 2017 at 4:10 am

    Gorgeous! So jealous you got to go to Malta! I’ve only heard great things. 🙂


    manish kumar soni
    December 30, 2017 at 12:32 am

    your blogs are very good and useful,

    December 29, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Malta is a place I definitely would love to visit. This beautiful place looks like there is so much to explore. I love the Mediterranean vibe. 🙂

    December 29, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Malta is one of my favourite places ever. I literally wrote entire posts based on their doors and wooden balconies. Beautiful place. I’d DEFINITELY go back again. I went in off season in February for a week solo, so it wasn’t hot at all, which I don’t mind one bit lol

    ivana split
    December 29, 2017 at 9:23 am

    what a dreamy place! Thank you for sharing your travel with us.

    December 29, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Love it! I was in Malta last summer and ran out of time, and I was there for a week. I’m planning on going back this next summer, both for Malta and to add in Gozo. It’s such a beautiful place and a hidden gem. 🙂

    December 29, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Very beautiful! And the architecture is indeed so appealing to the eye. I think that most of these incredible building have so much to tell us that exploring just them can take more than a day.