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About Gozo
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General Overview of Gozo.  

Gozo with a population of just over 31,000 is the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago which is formed by 5 islands. Gozo is popularly called the Island of Calypso, where according to myth, the nymph Calypso held the Greek hero Odysseus as her companion for seven years.

Gozo can be reached by ferry from Cirkewwa which is the northern harbour of Malta. The crossing takes approximately 20 minutes in which one can enjoy spectacular views of the island of Comino which lies in between Malta and Gozo. Upon arriving on the island one can admire the pittoresque Mgarr harbour.

As compared to mainland Malta, Gozo is much greener and peaceful and is described to be heaven for tourists who visit it to enjoy quieter surroundings. In Gozo one will find several sandy and rocky beaches which are among the most spectacular in all Maltese islands. They are all very safe for swimming which makes the island very popular for families with children. The most popular are Ramla Bay which is the largest sandy beach on the island and San Blas bay which is also a sandy beach but accessible mainly by boat or foot due to its very steep passageway. Other beaches worth a visit are certainly Hondoq Bay in Qala, Mgarr ix-Xini in the limits of Xewkija and Dahlet Qorrot in Nadur.

Two very popular tourist resorts are Marsalforn and Xlendi where one can find an array of restaurants, bars, hotels or apartments. The areas are very hectic in summer with tourists but also many local people who have their second home in the area. Both are seaside resorts and therefore ideal for water sports activities. One can take a boat trip around the island which will take you also to the island of Comino and the crystal clear waters of its blue lagoon. Even though Gozo covers only one third of the area of Malta, one will certainly not get bored on the island. The island boosts itself with the oldest free standing manmade religious structure in the world, the Ggantija temples which are believed to be originally used as a place of worship. In Gozo one can also admire the very famous Azure Window which is a natural arch located in the village of Dwejra which is part of the peaceful village of San Lawrenz. The area is especially renowned amongst divers which come from all over the world to experience the magical atmosphere of the undersea. The village of San Lawrenz is a popular area for accommodation as one can find many traditional Gozo farmhouses with private pools and panoramic views in the locality.

Visitors to Gozo will certainly remember the local cuisine which is known especially for fish, rabbit and fresh cheese. One will find several restaurants which serve local food among all localities on the island. Dinner prices are usually quite affordable and most restaurants and wine bars offer a quiet and romantic atmosphere. Gozo is indeed quite a romantic and green island and very walk able. Quite notable is the Citadel situated in the capital city Victoria, which is a historic fortified city. The latter offers a good range of museums along with the main parish church which in August celebrates the Feast of St.Mary, which is an important tradition on the island. Every village on the island celebrates indeed its own patron saint during the summer season and one will hardly find a weekend without celebrations in a particular town which includes fireworks, bands and decorative churches.

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