The Maltese archipelago lies virtually at the center of the Mediterranean, with Malta 93km south of Sicily and 288km north of Africa. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino.
Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative center.
Gozo ( Maltese: Għawdex )is the second island of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is part of Malta.
Compared to its southeastern neighbor Malta, Gozo is more rural and known for its scenic hills, which are featured on its coat of arms.
The island of Gozo has long been associated with Ogygia, the island home of the nymph Calypso in Homer’s Odyssey. In that story, Calypso, possessed of great supernatural powers, and in love with Odysseus, holds him captive for a number of years, until finally releasing him to continue his journey home.
The island has a population of around 37,000 people (all of Malta combined has 445,000), and its inhabitants are known as Gozitans (Maltese: Għawdxin). It is rich in historic locations such as the Ġgantija temples, which, along with the other Megalithic Temples of Malta, are among the world’s oldest free-standing structures.
The island is rural in character and, compared to the main island Malta, less developed. Azure Window is a remarkable geologic feature of the island; it is a natural stone arch that was formed millions of years ago when a limestone cave collapsed.
Gozo is considered one of the top diving destinations in the Mediterranean and a centre for water sports.
With the superbly sunny weather, expansive beaches, a thriving night-life and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do. With a little help from any guidebook, captivating places of interest are immediately identified – the world famous Hypogeum selected as a place of World Heritage by UNESCO, prehistoric temples and grand palaces are but a few. The long relationship between the Islanders and the various nationalities that occupied Malta over the centuries has created a marriage of styles and traditions, giving the Islands a fascinating eclectic culture.
The narrow meandering streets of their towns and villages are crowded with Renaissance cathedrals and Baroque palaces. As the countryside is dotted with the oldest known human structures in the world, the Islands have rightly been described as an open-air museum.
This impressive rock formation you find in Dwerja , on the other side of the island , 16km from our home .On one side you find Azure Window and Fungus Rock and on the other side you find the Inlet Sea from where you can take a small boat to view the Azur Window from the sea .
Ramla Bay is the largest sandy beach on the island. Located in Nadur, 4 km from our B&B in Qala Gozo
Ta' Gurdan Lighthouse
The lighthouse in Ghasri is a good starting point for country walks.
The megalithic stone temples of Ggantija date back to 3600 BC- are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The fortified medieval citadel is in the centre of Gozo , in the capital city of Victoria. It gives you a 360* view of the entire island from its bastions. A unique place of heritage, museums, shopping and art.
During the whole year, you can enjoy all kind of activities, events in Gozo. Every season offers you a wide variety of things to do.
Carnival is the big start of the new season. The colorful dance groups and floats guaranty you a splendid time on Gozo. On our little square of Qala, the carnival evening is a pleasure for young and old and a must see. While in Nadur, our neighbor village, it is party time for the youth!
Easter celebrations are hug in Gozo. Every village has his own Easter procession. In Qala, the big Easter procession is held on Palm Sunday.
From June until September, you can enjoy every weekend a village feast, a village ' festa'. Qala festa is know for its incredible firework shows. A must see ! Qala festa is always during the weekend of the first Sunday of the month of August. The local 'bandas' are playing, lots of people on the square, lots of fireworks; or on the ground or in the sky!