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Malta is a popular tourist destination as a result of its beautiful coastlines and rich history, but if you really want to get away from it all, you’ve got to visit Gozo. With some of the most spectacular scenery, gorgeous beaches, and fascinating historical sites in Malta, visiting Gozo really is a holiday to remember.
As the Maltese islands’ geological structure consists mostly of limestone, it has lots of caves of various depths and difficulties. Cave diving options are available in places such as Shrimp’s Cave, Billinghurst Cave or Coral Cave. Fish and local fauna can often be seen in these caves. Non-diving caves are also available. Examples are Ninu’s Cave, Xerri’s Grotto and Calypso Cave where legend says the love-sick nymph Calypso seduced Odysseus in Homer’s epic Odyssey. Formed in upper coralline limestone, these caves contain many stalactites and stalagmites, as well as stunning views.
The north coast of Gozo is characterized by the checkerboard appearance of natural salt pans protruding into the sea. Some of the salt pans are still in use and visitors can see salt being extracted from the sea. Once collected, the salt is stored and processed in the caves along the coast. The rock formations and the surrounding scenery are breathtakingly beautiful. Visitors can learn a lot of local history when they visit here, as the 350 year-old salt pans have been passed down through families generation after generation.