Gozo is the sister island of Malta located just 20 minutes away by ferry. This tiny island is a tranquil haven and has a lot to explore, with its rugged coastline, secluded beaches, valleys and even a winery. If you are staying in Malta we highly recommend spending a day exploring Gozo – there’s plenty to explore!
The most common way to reach Gozo is via Malta, we also have a Malta guide for you. Click here for the Malta guide.
1Relax on the red sand beach and explore the Tal-Mixta Cave
This slice of paradise is the biggest beach on the island of Gozo and is also known as the red sand beach by the locals due to its vivid red sand. Ramla beach offers some of the softest sand along with shallow and clear water. It is perfect for families and offers amenities such as a cafe, bar and ice cream truck.
If you do get bored of lounging on the beach just 10 minutes away from Ramla Bay is the impressive Tal-Mixta Cave on one side and Calypso Cave on the other side which are worth exploring in Gozo. Tal-Mixta Cave offers a spectacular view overlooking the Ramla Bay Beach.
If you are looking for the best beaches Malta and Gozo have to offer, take a look at our Malta and Gozo Beach Guide.
How to get to Ramla Bay Beach:
322 bus from Gozo Ferry Terminal, however, a car is the most convenient mode of transport for getting around Gozo.
2Snorkel in the Wied il- Għasri Valley
Ghasri Valley also known as Wied il-Ghasri is a picture perfect narrow creek which is located on the coast of Gozo. Wied il-Ghasri is the hidden gem of Gozo, the beach is tucked in between impressive high cliffs and can be reached only via a narrow staircase. It is a small beach but the calm crystal clear water is rich in flora and fauna making it a perfect spot for snorkelling. The popular cathedral cave ( also known as the blue dome ) commences from this spot.
How to get to Wied il- Għasri:
The most convenient way to reach Wied il-Ghasri is via a car. As this is one of Gozo’s hidden gems, the hop on and off bus or the main tour operators do not cover this location. To make visiting remote places easier take a look at apps that will make your travelling easier.
3Visit Xwejni Salt Pans Salt Pans in Gozo
Just over a mile from Ghasri Valley are 350-year-old rock-cut saltpans which are simply scenic and worth a visit. They stretch about 3km and have been part of the culture in Gozo for numerous generations. It is still a fully functioning salt pan so you cannot walk on these pans, however, if you are lucky you could spot the locals harvesting salt from the pans during the summer months.
4Go Diving in the Blue Hole and Explore Dwejra Bay in Gozo
Dwejra Bay offers three major attractions, the well known Azure Window ( which has now sadly collapsed into the sea after a heavy storm ) it was not only mother nature’s impressive work but this was also a filming location for the Game of Thrones.
The spectacular deep Blue Hole is a popular spot for diving. Gozo Aqua Sports offer many different diving courses along with independent diving.
Just behind the Blue Hole is a circular lagoon known as the Inland sea where the water is calm and shallow making it a great spot for a swim. The Inland sea is ideal for swimming there are also boat trips which run from the Inland sea and gives you a chance to explore the natural rock formations, caves and coves up close.
How to get to Dwejra Bay:
Buses to Dwejra Bay include 31, it is also part of the hop on and off bus. There is also ample parking space if you are driving.
5Visit a winery and take a tour of the vineyard
One unexpected attraction in Gozo is the family-owned winery, Tal-Massar Winery. The winery comes with a private vineyard and offers some of the most breathtaking views overlooking the medieval village of l-Għarb. The owners are so passionate about what they do, that they offer tours around the vineyard, sharing their knowledge on how the wine is produced, and the history behind the place.
You get to sample 4 different types of wine accompanied with some traditional Gozitan finger food.
How to get to Tal-Massar Winery in Gozo:
One of the best ways to explore Gozo is by car. You will also find plenty of taxies on arrival at the Gozo ferry terminal to take you around the island.
6Visit the impressive church of Ta’ Pinu Basilica
One of the most visited sights in Gozo by both locals and tourist is the church, Ta’ Pinu. It is the view on offer and the impressive architecture that draws many visiting Gozo to Ta’ Pinu Basilica. Ta’ Pinu is located on a small cliff and overlooks the countryside of Gozo. As soon as you arrive you will notice the calming atmosphere that surrounds the church, inside stands the shire of Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu along with a range of items which act as a sign of offering from the local Maltese people. The entry to the church is completely free and as with every religious sight you are expected to dress respectfully.
How to get to the church of Ta’ Pinu:
Gozo is best explored by car however if you are opting for the hop on and off bus Ta’ Pinu is also part of the hop on and off bus.