Exploring the rugged landscapes of Gozo, steeped in centuries-old history, can feel akin to wandering the sublime halls of a living, breathing, outdoor museum.
But there’s nothing stuffy about this untouched island 25 minutes off the coast of Malta. You can just as easily get a sense of the destination’s character and traditions by taking a moment to pause in one of its many charming village squares – such as those in Xaghra, Nadur, Gharb, Qala, Xewkija, Sannat and Ghajnsielem – to drink or dine while watching the hustle and bustle of island life pass you by.
Yet there are ample grand examples, too, of Gozo’s rich heritage: for one, the Cittadella. The Old Town of the island’s capital, Victoria, this striking medieval walled city has a cobweb of narrow, winding streets to get lost in. Thought to have been settled from as early as the Neolithic period, the area is now packed with historic buildings, including St George’s Basilica, an impressive Baroque church, and Independence Square, the beating heart of Victoria.
Elsewhere, the spectacular Ggantija Temples in Xaghra are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. And for good reason – this megalithic temple complex from the Neolithic era is the oldest example of the Megalithic Temples of Malta, and even predates the Egyptian pyramids…