Like many, we were absolutely devastated to hear the news that the Azure Window – one of the Maltese Islands’ most iconic and beloved landmarks – had collapsed into the sea on 8 March.
For a moment, we were worried that a visit to Gozo – Malta’s littler sister – would never be the same again; that it would feel different. But, of course, it only took a few seconds for us to remember the hundreds of reasons why Gozo remains one of the most beguiling destinations anywhere in the Mediterranean, and why a trip here is an absolute must when you’re in the region. Here we present just a few of them.
World Class Diving
Gozo is considered one of the top three scuba diving spots anywhere in the world. The fact that tens of thousands of people travel here to dive every year is no coincidence – they’re attracted to the exciting underwater landscape, the interesting wrecks, the clear blue water, the dynamic sea life and the fact that the temperature rarely drops below 16°c, even in the winter. In fact, the island has become a center for diving excellence in every sense of the world as, from the scuba schools to the associated social life, Gozo epitomizes everything that enthusiasts love about this exhilarating sport.
Gozo is a foodie destination in its own right, so much so that Maltese gastronomes regularly take the ferry across to Gozo for lunch, dinner or even a whole weekend of excellent food and wine. As always, good food starts with fresh ingredients, and this island is renowned for producing a range of unparalleled delicacies – from fantastic fruit and vegetables to sheep’s cheese, thyme honey, and delicious seafood. This penchant for quality has attracted top chefs too (many of them born and raised in Gozo) who have created fantastic eateries for food lovers to really enjoy amid true Gozitan hospitality.
Gozo is a rambler’s paradise, and it’s equally popular with walkers, joggers, abseilers, and climbers.The prime reason for this is that Gozo tends to be much greener and more open than Malta, so there are plenty of off-road spots to explore and get lost in. We recommend the walk from Kercem to Dwejra, which takes in the rugged coastline leads down to the Inland Sea, or the more adventurous Marsalforn to Ramla l-Hamra route, which requires more effort but is well worth the stunning views of the famous ‘red sand’ beach at the end.
When it comes to those with an interest in the Mediterranean’s chequered past, few destinations will delight like Gozo does; the island is dotted with incredible historic landmarks at every turn. Unmissable highlights include the 7,000-year-old Ggantija temples, which are reputed to be the oldest freestanding stone structures in the world, the recently-restored Citadella, and charming Calypso’s Cave. That said, almost every town and village has a fascinating history of its own, and you can choose to get to know everyone.
A Place To Call Home
Gozo has become a home-away-from-home for thousands of people, and every year hundreds more fall in love with the island and decide to set up here. And for good reason! Gozo is a lovely place to spend time and there are a plethora of properties to choose from – from new-build apartments with lovely sea views to delightful houses of character or traditional farmhouses with room for a swimming pool. Whichever one is right for you, we know it will effortlessly become your dream home in the Mediterranean.
Whether you’re looking for a permanent residence or holiday home on Gozo, talk to RE/MAX. Our expert team will help you find exactly what you’re looking for in our unmatched database of properties so that you can concentrate on the important business of enjoying everything that this wonderful island has to offer!