Gozo is the second largest of the three main islands in Malta’s archipelago. Its boasts beautiful beaches such as Ramla Bay, cliffs and caves, intriguing scuba-diving sites, ancient history and homegrown wine – all of which have helped to make this compact beauty a rising star of Mediterranean getaways. Here’s our guide for Gozo’s top attractions.
As the Maltese islands are predominantly made of limestone, they are pocked with caves both underwater and around the shore. The most famous on Gozo is Calypso Cave, where people come to enjoy the birds-eye ocean view, framed by the arch of the roof. According to the Greek legend of Homer’s Odyssey, this is the place where love-sick nymph Calypso seduced Odysseus. Below the cave, you can see the ruins of a defence fortification built by the Knights of Malta in the 18th century.
The checkerboard sea pools of Xwejni Bay look like an elaborate art installation – but they are in fact centuries-old salt pans, with around 300 of them spanning two acres along the north Gozo coast. The traditional harvesting of salt still takes place here, in a process whereby the crystals are left behind by the natural evaporation of sea water. The natural resource is processed and stored in the caves along the coast – you can easily find jars of “white gold” for sale in Malta’s souvenir shops.