DISCOVERING THE ISLANDS OF GOZO AND COMINO MALTA
Gozo and Comino Malta are the two smaller islands of the Mediterranean country of Malta.
Gozo has a beautiful way of life which is a lot quieter than the main island. Over the years I have seen Malta transform into a more modern cosmopolitan area, but Gozo has retained most of its original beauty. For this reason I find Gozo to be very authentic Maltese with less of the commercialism of the main island.
While most travellers tend to do a day trip out to Gozo it’s also a popular place to stay. In fact trying to squeeze everything into just a short day trip can feel incredibly rushed, so if you do have the time I would recommend a day or two on the island.
Travelling to Gozo can be done by boat only as there is no airport in Gozo. Don’t worry it’s a very quick ride across from the main island. Once you are on the island of Gozo you can either catch public buses around the island which is easy enough to do or you can hire a car or join and excursion.
EXPLORING THE ISLAND OF GOZO
Ġgantija temples located on Gozo island are older than the pyramids in Egypt! No kidding the island of Malta has that much history!! Explore the complex located in the village of Xaghra to witness the earliest example of megalithic temples in Malta.
The Cittadella also known as the Citadel is located in the heart of Victoria town in Gozo. The medieval epicentre is mostly intact and the historical site is a must see in Gozo.
Gozo is famous globally for its diving and there are some beautiful locations around the island to suite beginners through to advanced. Some popular spots are the Cathedral Cave, the MV Xlendi ship wreck, the Blue Hole and the Azure Window.
The Azure window located in Gozo is an enormous natural limestones arch. Not only is it the most spectacular spot for sunset it’s also a hot spot for those looking to scuba dive. Wear closed toe shoes when you visit as it’s difficult to walk around and jump from rock to rock with sandals or open toe shoes (which I discovered). You might also recognise this arch from a scene in Game of Thrones in which Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo were married.
EXPLORING THE ISLAND OF COMINO
It’s not hard explore the island of Comino as it’s only 3.5km in size. The main attraction of Comino is the beautiful clear blue waters. Like the island of Gozo, Comino can only be accessed by boat.
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited spots in Malta. The sparkling blue waters are a popular spot for swimmers, snorkelers and divers. Just like you would expect of any tourist spot this beautiful, you can expect to find hundreds of others also enjoying the crystal blue waters. Despite the crowds it doesn’t detract from the beauty of the location or the enjoyment of your time at the Blue Lagoon.
You can organise your ticket to and from Comino online or at one of the many street side vendors at Sliema. If you are looking to stay on the island then there is only one hotel.