Malta's laidback little sister

Gozo is sometimes described as Malta’s sleepy little sister.  And it’s true that it has a slower pace of life and air of tranquility compared to its busy neighbour.  But Gozo has more to offer than a simple day trip from Malta.  Stay here for a week and you will have plenty to see and do including:

  • Explore the citadella at Rabat, a vast limestone edifice visible from almost anywhere on the island.  Spend a couple of hours wandering the fortifications and admiring the views of the island.
  • Take a coastal walk and see the salt pans , hand carved rock basins used to save salt before storing it in nearby caves.
  • Relax on the beach at Ramla with its striking terracotta coloured sand and shallow waters.  Or opt for the totally undeveloped but also hard to access San Blas beach.
  • Have a delicious fish lunch at the charming seaside town of Xlendi, also a lovely place to watch the sunset.
  • The most photographed sight on the island, the Azure Window, sadly collapsed in 2017, but you can still enjoy a swim in the nearby inland lagoon and blue hole or take a boat tour to view the amazing coastal rock formations.
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage neolithic limestone temples at Ggantija.


Gozo is only 14km by 7km at its widest point so nowhere is far from anywhere else.  This makes it ideal for walking and many of the walks take in the main sights.  So you can stay in a lovely hotel and walk as little or as often as you wish.  There is a decent walking guidebook with detailed maps.  Alternatively Shearwater can book you on a private self-guided trip with a specialist walking holiday provider.  

Ideas for a trip to Gozo

Here are some ideas for trips to Gozo all of which can be adapted for you and we are always happy to create a bespoke trip from scratch.

Self-guided walking holiday on Gozo

from £1269 per person
Stay half board at a serene and secluded hotel in 400 acres of grounds with swimming pool and tennis courts. From here take numerous day walks, along ancient roads and farm tracks, all maps and routes provided.

Villa holiday in Gozo

from £575 per person
Stay in a comfortable villa with a pool on the outskirts of Victoria, a 15 minute walk from restaurants and shops. Hire a car to see the island or investigate the island on foot following routes set out in the complimentary walking guide you receive with your booking.

Malta and Gozo discovery - private tour

from £1399 per person plus flights
With private guides throughout the trip, this highlights tour of Malta and Gozo explores the wealth of historic attractions on these Mediterranean islands. Discover contrasting island lifestyles; see colourful Maltese fishing boats and sample wonderful food and wine along the way.

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