When we initially started researching the Maltese Islands for our holiday, we were torn between basing ourselves in Malta – the biggest island of the archipelago – and Gozo – the second biggest island. The scenery looked equally stunning on both islands but there was something that felt a bit more ‘real’ and slow-paced on Gozo. In the end, we settled for Malta, mostly because there was an awful lot we wanted to do there but also because it was more convenient with the airport being so close-by.
But with that being said, we had no intention of missing out on Gozo; On our third day, we caught a bus to Ċirkewwa and then a ferry to the Mġarr harbour on Gozo. From there, we hoped on and off of buses to various places around the island.
Although Gozo is fairly small, we somehow ran out of time and only managed to go to a few of the places we had said we wanted to go to. My advice if you’re going to spend the day there is to hire a car. The buses took us through lovely scenic roads but I was itching to stop every 5 minutes to take photos or to check out the villages we were going through because they all looked so pretty. If we were to go back, I’d want to be able to stop whenever I want to and not have to look at bus timings.
For me, the three highlights were the picture perfect Mġarr harbour, the Dwejra coast line (Azure window, the Blue Hole and the Inland sea) and Ramla bay with its ochre-sanded beach. We also briefly drove through Xewkija, Victoria, San Lawrenz, Ta Pinu and Nadur, which all looked very stunning.