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Gozo CitadelGozo, which in Maltese is called Għawdex (pronounced: Awdesh), is popularly called The Island of Calypso, that is a nickname originating from the Greek mythological location of Ogygia referred to in Homer's Odyssey. In this epic poem, the fabled island was controlled by the nymph Calypso, who had detained the Greek hero Odysseus for seven long years as prisoner of love. The Gozitans thrive on fishing and agriculture and this is evident in the small fishing villages that dot the island. The scenery provides a spectacular backdrop of limestone farmhouses, rolling hills and clear Mediterranean blue sea.

Aerial view of GozoGozo, meaning “joy” in Castilian, is the second largest Island of the Maltese archipelago, with a population of approximately 30,000. Though separated from mainland Malta by a 5km stretch of sea, Gozo is distinctly different from Malta. The Island is a third the size of Malta, more rural and simple, its culture and way of life rooted in fishing, as well as in primitive pastoral and agricultural activity.

Exuding a relaxed pace of life, Gozo is the ideal secluded safe haven and at just 25 minutes or so by ferry from Malta, the hop can easily be made for even the shortest stay. Life in Gozo was harsh for well over two millennia, as the Islands were left exposed to any passing raiders, much more so than Malta with its natural harbours and defences.

Gozo and its inhabitants have their own distinct character and identity, with noticeably different lifestyles, accents and dialect. Gozitans are known for their friendliness and welcome to visitors, going out of their way to indicate a direction or help a visitor find their destination. Festas and carnival times in Gozo also have a different feel to those on Malta.  The village of Nadur celebrates carnival with a black sense of humour, quite unlike its more joyful counterparts elsewhere.

The real beauty of Gozo, apart from its stunning seascape and interior, lies in the villages.  Here, it seems as if time really does stand still. The locals treasure their peace and the villages are tranquil, proving to be a wonderful respite from the trials and tribulations of everyday life for visitors.

Village bars open early in order to cater for the early risers who attend the first mass of the morning and close fairly late at night, catering for the socialising needs of locals and visitors. These watering holes have stayed unchanged for decades, the only sign of time passing by being the food and drink displayed for sale on the solid shelves and the Edwardian glass cases.

All roads in Gozo lead to Victoria, also known as Rabat, which is where the fortified citadel sits atop a summit.

Victoria is not just the geographic heart of Gozo, but also the centre of everyday activity. It manages to combine the bustle of its market and shops with a relaxed and sociable atmosphere. It is a great place to watch the Islanders go about their day, especially when the main market square, It-Tokk, comes to life. The town also has a thriving cultural life all its own, with some surprising attractions ranging from opera to horse races in the main street on festa day.

Gozo is well served by restaurants, where the eating is good and varied. Apart from restaurants and cafés offering local dishes as well as continental menus, one can also enjoy themed restaurants, such as Chinese or Indian.

Transport Links

Gozo lies 7km off the north coast of Malta. the majority of visitors come to Malta by air. Links to the various airlines are listed below. to get from Malta to Gozo there are several options:

Getting to Malta


By Sea

Getting to Gozo

Public transport -> Gozo Ferry @ Cirkewwa

For main flights there is a ferry shuttle direct from the airport to Cirkewwa. Alternately you need to get a bus to Valletta and then another one to Cirkewwa

Shuttle Bus Service:  Airport to Ferry terminal @ Cirkewwa

A direct shuttle bus service operates between Malta International Airport (MIA) and the Gozo Ferry Terminal at Cirkewwa. Their are eight direct journeys on a daily basis from the airport to Cirkewwa. The bus fare is around €5 per person. Bus Tickets can be purchased on board or seats can be pre-booked by calling Gozo Channel on (+356) 2210 9001 or email: for more information. or visit the Gozo Channel web site.

Taxi -> Gozo Ferry service @ Cirkewwa

There are taxis at the airport but on busy days you may have to wait. It is usually better to book transfers to Gozo in advance. We can arrange this for you.

Gozo Ferry @ Cirkewwa

Sea Plane -> Gozo Mgarr Harbour

This service operates from the grand Harbour and you will need a taxi form the airport to the seaplane service. the plane lands at Mgarr Harbour in Gozo