Gozo

Gozo

It’s the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago, locally known as ‘Ghawdex’ is only 14kms by 8kms with a population of 30,000 people.

The topography of Gozo is quite different from Malta, it’s full of hills, with green valleys that leads to sandy and rocky beaches and sea side towns. Throughout the years , Gozo was nicknamed as the island as the three hills which was adopted later on in their own coat of arms and flag.

Gozo it has been associated with Ogygia, the island of the beautiful nymph Calypso and according to Homer in his book the Odyssey, Calypso trapped Ulysses for years on the island. A site related to this local legend is called Calypso cave situated only 5 minutes drive from Ggantija temple.

Gozo is quite rich in cultural and historical sites. Inhabited since the Neolithic period 5200b.c, it offers diverse archaeological sites, which range from Ggantija temple, the oldest free standing monument in the world, to Roman remains, Arab tomb stones and the Citadel, the old medieval fortified city.

The current capital city of Gozo is called Victoria, named after Queen Victoria. It has always been governed by Malta and today a Minister is elected by the Gozitans,whilst the executive powers are in the hands of the Prime Minister.

Gozo has got their own Diocese, with the main seat of the bishop is in the Cathedral, dedicated to Santa Maria inside the old capital city, the Citadel.

The main economy is based on tourism, which close to 50% of the GDP derives from this industry. Tourism on the island is quite diversified, mostly on day trippers, divers, agro tourism, cultural, sports and retirees.

Visitors can reach the island by ferry. It’s a 20 minutes crossing and there’s a ferry every 45 minutes which can accommodate both passengers and cars from cirkewwa terminal.