The Incredible Maltese Island of Gozo

The attractive island of Gozo is only a 25 minute ferry ride from mainland Malta. Although portion of Malta, Gozo carries a far more relaxed lifestyle than its bigger neighbour and also the Gozitans, who're very proud of their traditions and culture, love nothing more than welcoming guests to their island. The slow pace of life in Gozo will suit holidaymakers thinking of getting away from it all and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday living.

One of many features you will notice on the ferry crossing is the amount of churches about the island using the striking dome of Xewkija's Rotunda Church dominant. Gozitans claim it is the third largest unsupported dome in the world. Through the summertime each village holds a "Festa" in honour of its patron saint with processions, band marches and wonderful firework displays.

The island of Gozo is only 14km long and 7km wide and English, as Malta's official second language, is widely spoken. Featuring its many fertile valleys, farming and also the local fishing industry remain as vital today as they are already for years and years. The med is definitely accessible in a 10 minute drive from just about everywhere around the island with beaches varying through the golden sands of Ramla towards the pebble beach of Dahlet Qorrot; there is certainly plenty to suit every age.

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Malta and Gozo have reached the crossroads with the Mediterranean where you can vivid history dating off their pre-historic megalithic temples - the oldest free-standing buildings on the globe would be the Temples of Ggantija in Gozo dating back 3500 BC (1000 years prior to the pyramids and today a global Heritage Site) - through settlement with the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Knights of St John and also the British, most of whom have died traces with their periods of occupation of the islands.

The capital area of Gozo is Victoria, still known locally as Rabat, previously being renamed in honour of Queen Victoria for her Golden Jubilee in 1887. Dominating the skyline of Victoria will be the ancient Citadel. This Fortress is considered a strong point since the Bronze Age with continuing development as a result of the time in the Knights. Wandering with the narrow streets with the old town underneath the Citadel will take you back with the centuries and there are lots of bars and cafes near the primary square having its daily market.

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