We have been going to Gozo now for 10 years so doing a travel guide in photos is almost impossible for me, I just know the island too well now. Things a first-time tourist would notice I take for granted, so this is just my normal Pureview of Gozo, not through the eyes of someone seeing it for the first time. I will not really do this is any kind of chronological order – as we were there for 3 weeks, I have several photos of the same place at different times.
For those of you that have never been or even heard of Gozo, it is a small island in the Mediterranean sea and is part of the Maltese island group along with Malta (the largest of the three) and Comino (the smallest of the three). Gozo and Malta have a very long and interesting history. If you want to read more about the history of these islands, here are the wiki links Malta, Gozo and Comino.
We flew into Malta (Via Air Malta from the UK) over Birzebbuga and St George’s Bay.
After landing, we have a set system; my wife waits for the luggage while I go and organise the rental car. We do this because the car can take some time to sort out, things in the Mediterranean take longer and everything is more relaxed. With that all done, we headed straight for Gozo, Malta is too touristy for us. After a hour or so, we finally reached our farmhouse. It is the same one we get every year, yes, I know it is a little boring but we like it.
For dinner the first night we always, and I mean always, go to Xlendi. It has become a sort of tradition now. It is however routed in logic, as in Xlendi there is a little shop that sells hats, lilos etc, essential parts of our holiday. We also traditionally go to Moby Dicks restaurant the first night, although that may well change next year as there is a new, rather good Indian restaurant now in Xlendi called Sapana.
From here on the chronological order breaks down, sorry but I am getting old and can’t remember exactly where we went to next. Also it doesn’t really matter.
From now on it will simply be places to visit or restaurants, or just random photos.
If you happen to be in Gozo and are looking for somewhere to eat, and want a relaxed dinner, with great food, good wine and a friendly pleasant atmosphere. Then there is no place better than Tatita’s in San Lawrenz. However I will say if you are the impatient sort, or expect your food to be very quick, then this is not for you.
Not far from San Lawrenz is Dwejra, this is where you will find the Azure Window. But you need to hurry, it won’t be there much longer. Some reports are suggesting that it will crumble within a year, I personally hope they are exaggerating.
The area is pretty stunning and in July and August, you get a sunset here too.
This gentleman kindly posed for me, so I thought I should at least thank him by making it part of my post.
Now to get a bit random 🙂
One of the places we like to eat at, normally, is the Kempinski Hotel, quite a well known, highly rated chain. This year however was a little disappointing, needless to say we only visited the one time. However I do like the views from the Kempinski so always to get the odd photo. This time though is was not just the view.
Near to where we stay in Ghasri valley is an area called the Salt Pans. I think it is an absolutely gorgeous part of the Gozo coastline and the source of all the traditional salt on Gozo. The natural wind erosion I find quite stunning.
The last area I will show you is San Blas Bay. This is actually my first visit there and I am pretty certain I won’t be going again. I am too old and unfit for the walk, it is literally a 1:2 gradient to walk down, hence the walk back up is a killer especially in 40 degree heat. I believe however a car service is available for 2 euros for the trip up, unfortunately for us it was not available at the time.
Last but not least a couple of aerial shots as we left for the UK.
I am going to upload more photos over time as I get chance to go through them, they will all be put in the same set on Flickr. You can find it here – A Pureview of Gozo