The Maltese archipelago lies at the centre of the
Mediterranean, Malta being 93km south of Sicily and 288km north
of Africa. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo
& Comino with a total population of 400,000 inhabitants over
an area of 316sq km and a coastline of 196.8km (not including 56.01
km for the island of Gozo). The 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.
GOZO, or GHAWDEX [Awdesch] as it is locally known,
lies 20 minutes away by ferry from Malta. Measuring about one third
the size of Malta it has a character quite distinct from Malta,
it is more a fishing and farming community and the countryside is
greener and more spectacular. Controls over building developments
keep Gozo unspoilt. Flat-topped hills and intensely cultivated fields
characterize the landscape whilst the coast has rugged cliffs, steep
valleys and beautiful inlets. Baroque churches and old stone farmhouses
dot the countryside.
With mostly sunny weather, expansive beaches, a thriving
nightlife and 7,000 years of 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 Islands also come complete with historical sites,
forts and amazing panoramas, as well as one of the archipelago’s
best-preserved prehistoric temples,
Ggantija. Steeped in myth, Gozo is thought to be the legendary Calypso’s
isle of Homer’s Odyssey – a peaceful, mystical backwater.
Gozo’s rugged landscape and spectacular coastline
await exploration with some of the Mediterranean’s best dive
sites. Gozo also possesses a nightlife
and cultural calendar all of its own, with some great dining out.