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Gozo is only a 30-minute ferry ride from Cirkewwa in the North of Malta and is far less densely populated than the mainland. This means that it has been able to retain its more rural atmosphere. Gozo’s landscape is also distinct with greener flat- topped hills and winding valleys and the pace of life is noticeably slower. Add to this the wide selection of luxurious converted farmhouses available to rent on the island and one can start to appreciate why the holidaymaker feels a sense of exclusivity when visiting. In a sense Gozo can be viewed as a window into how Malta was in the past.
 
Although there are a number of places of historical significance, particularly in and around the Citadella, this island is all about connecting with the elements. There are some wonderful places for walking and hiking around this very accessible 67 square kilometre island. The countryside is usually bursting with colours from the blossoming hibiscus, oleander, mimosa and bougainvillaea while the timeless coastal landscape is tirelessly being battered by the onslaught of unpolluted Mediterranean waves. The crystal clear waters are a paradise for the diving and snorkelling community with unrivalled sites such in and around the inlet sea of Dwejra. The village centres are a sleepy tranquil affair with very friendly locals (some of who still keep a key in their unlocked front doors) and it is not rare to come across Gozitans selling local craft (lace and knitwear) directly from their homes.
The most popular sites of the island include the compact and beautiful walled medieval Citadella, the Ggantija temples (the world’s oldest known freestanding temples), ta’ Pinu Sanctuary (a majestic Basilica built on the spot that a female peasant is said to have heard the voice of the Virgin Mary), Dwejra and the Azure Window (an inlet sea surrounded by dramatic cliffs and an endangered gigantic stone arch jutting out into the Mediterranean sea).
 
The accommodation, dining and entertainment venues in Gozo are naturally more limited than those in Malta, however, there are a number of top notch hotels and restaurants that offer fine dining usually in restored spaces full of character.
 
A stone throw away from Gozo is the little and the all but uninhabited island of Comino. The island is a pleasurable half day walk with 360 degree views of Malta and Gozo but its main attraction is undoubtedly the Blue Lagoon. Seeming to be purposely made for picture perfect postcards, the waters in the Blue Lagoon are a wonderful turquoise colour. A splash in these waters is an absolute must!
 

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