Tuesday, 6 September 2016

#TravelTuesday - Gozo

Welcome my guest blogger - the lovely 'A Northerner Abroad'
I may be biased due to my heritage, but I really feel Gozo is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Pristine beaches, ancient temples, beautiful churches and a relaxed outlook on life, it’s difficult not to feel relaxed here.

BEACHES
That’s not to say it’s boring. With a different bay or cove to visit every day, Gozo has remained mainly untouched by the influences of tourism and is still a summer-time haven. Only a 30-minute ferry from Malta it’s possible to visit this island as a day-trip, but to make the most of the picturesque coast it’s worth spending a few days. Boat trips around the island, as well as those to Comino and the Blue Lagoon are accessible from Honduq beach.

TOP BEACH PICKS
Dahlet Qorrot,
The colourful garage doors lining the beach line the walk to nearby caves, which provide great cliff diving spots. A great new food truck has just opened too providing cheap snacks.

Hondoq,
Also a great place for jumping in the sea, featuring water sports and boat rides to Comino ,this is a busier option, but is rarely affected by the winds so is always picturesque.

Ramla Bay,
A much busier option, often busy with those visiting from Malta at the weekend, but one of the sandy beaches of Gozo. Plenty of food kiosks here and a great ice-cream van, this is one of the larger beaches.

For more on beaches read my guide at www.northernerabroad.weebly.com

COMINO
The Blue Lagoon has dutifully earned its name. The clear blue sea of the Comino beach is often heavily populated by tourists, so to be alone in this hotspot, it’s best to visit early or late in the day. There are sun loungers on Comino but there is a small fee to hire and there is little room for the amount of people that visit, so is often very overcrowded. I would seriously recommend hiring your own self-drive boat and explore the waters yourself.

THE AZURE WINDOW
Featured on Games of Thrones, the Azure window in Dwerja is a natural forming limestone arch, near the Inland sea and the blue hole (both popular scuba diving sites). The inland sea – a small hole in the cliffs, can be explored by boat, as regular trips are made and are only around €3. A really beautiful natural attraction, but be sure to visit early as it can become very busy due to the introduction of the tourist, open-top buses.

THE CITTADELLA
Although much smaller in comparison to Valletta of Malta, Victoria – the main town centre in Gozo, features the Cittadella; the old walled city rises above the Rabat, and gives view over the entire island. Among the oldest structures on the island – fortified around 1500 BC, the Cittadella contains the majestic Gozo cathedral and many museums such as the WWII Shelters and the Old Prison. Free entry through the grand arches into the fortified city and I would recommend the new museum, giving the history of the cittadella from the ‘Cittadella experience’ in the visitor centre underground. There is also an amazing multi-sense show within the museum which illustrates Gozo’s past.


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For more tips and guides to Gozo and Malta visit my blog: www.northernerabroad.weebly.com

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