Activities in Gozo
The following are activities in Gozo that may be of interest.
The island measures 9 by 4 miles so the sea is never that far away. Ramla Bay (sandy, see photograph) has featured in the Sunday Times top 20 European beaches and is 8-10 mins drive from the village as is Marsalforn Bay. San Blas Bay, Hondoq, Xlendi may take you 10 – 15 mins but all offer wonderful crystal clear waters and safe swimming. Gozo is one of the premier sites in the Med for scuba-diving offering all year round diving on reefs, drop offs, caves and wrecks.
Access to Gozo is via Malta Int. Airport which is very modern but medium sized. Gozo is the second largest Maltese island and lies approx 20 mins by car ferry from Malta (ferry port is 40 mins drive from airport). Taxi transfers or car hire (Budget/Avis etc) are available from the airport or we can arrange pick up/return transfers and car hire locally on Gozo. A car is best for exploring the various bays and sights but taxis are available and there is now a good efficient bus service.
Xaghra village square is 100m distant from the house as the crow flies but being in a cul-de-sac takes 4-5 mins walk. The capital Victoria is about 10 mins drive and to the south of the island i.e. Sannat or Xlendi take around 15 mins drive. The working port at Mgarr is around 10 mins drive and features some excellent restaurants where you can sit out and watch the varied activities.
Excellent restaurants and places of interest abound throughout the island and the village itself contains a number of attractions including the oldest free standing prehistoric temples in the western world – Gigantia dated 3500 BC (World Heritage site). There are also diving schools at Marsalforn and Xlendi. Comino island, with its turquoise Blue Lagoon, is a 5 minute boat ride from the harbour at Mgarr. On the west of the island at Dwerja is the spectacular Azure Window rock formation. There are 2 small banks in the village and several small super markets. In Victoria there is a full range of banking facilities, shops and supermarkets and the historic Citadel to explore. Churches are plentiful and each village has it's own unique church and artifacts.
There are several wellbeing spas/fitness centres around the island and the ones at the Kempinski and Ta'Cenc hotels cater for non-residents.
Bike hire is available in the village.
There are many interesting walks to do including a round the island coastal walk.
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