Why visit Gozo?
If you are planning a trip to Malta we highly recommend that you visit the island of Gozo while there. Here are our top three reasons to go there:
Salt Pans make Gozo look like the Moon
Have you ever been to the Moon? Nope? Me neither. But it sure looked like we were on the Moon when we visited this Maltese island recently. The landscapes on Gozo are out of this world. Imagine white sand and salt craters. Gozo has a long history of sea salt production dating back to the ancient Phoenicians’ time. These salt pans are an amazing thing to lay your eyes upon. They make the island look like the surface of the Moon. Gozo’s otherworldly appearance has earned it fame in the film industry. As a result many movies and TV series have used it for filming locations.
Stay at a traditional farmhouse on Gozo
Compared to Malta, this island is more rural and bucolic in character. After a frenzied week of sightseeing and mad driving through Malta, we found the pastoral nature of Gozo very soothing. We stayed at an old farmhouse which the owner left unlocked for us with the key in the door. I think that speaks volumes to how trusting the locals are. Instead of a rooster, a neighbour’s goat woke us each morning with its incessant bleating. And church bells rang several times a day. If you have never been to Malta, have limited time and want to truly rest, come to Gozo. This island is a perfect antidote to any urban fatigue. We recommend renting a farmhouse instead of staying at a hotel. You will get a better feel for this place by staying where the locals live.
See the remains of the Azure Window
When we first booked our trip we were so excited that we were going to see the Azure Window. This iconic rock formation, has been drawing travel photographers to Gozo for a very long time. On top of that, the Window was prominently featured in the Game of Thrones when Deanerys married Khal Drogo. Since we are obsessed with this TV series, we couldn’t wait to see this amazing landmark. Except guess what?! The Azure Window collapsed during a crazy storm, literally a couple weeks before we were due to arrive. That made us so sad! We went to see the site anyway and it was still magnificent. We explained to our then 8-year old what had happened. He was quite taken with the fact that something so huge stood intact for millennia and then in just one moment it all came crumbling down.
But instead of me telling you how amazing Gozo is, just look at our travel photos from this breathtaking Mediterranean island.
Have you been to Gozo? Or are you planning a trip there? Drop us a line.