Gozo is Malta’s second largest island, and it’s a lot quieter than in Malta. In my previous blog posts I explained how to get there, and what beautiful natural attractions the island has to offer. Although it is a lot more quiet on Gozo than in Malta, there is so much to do and see that you can easily spend a week here! Most people only go on a day trip but I strongly recommend you to stay for a longer period. You won’t regret it. And for those who prefer a more active holiday, I present you five cool acitivities to do in Gozo.
Let’s start off with a relatively easy activity. You don’t need much stuff to go on a hike in Gozo: good hiking shoes, some water, sunscreen, and you’re good to go! I started my hike from the town of Gharb in the west and headed east along the coast. That took me along places such as Wied Il-Mielah, Wied Il-Ghasri, and the Xwejri salt pans, three of my favorite natural attractions in Gozo. For avid hikers it is actually possible to do the loop around the entire island of Gozo, a solid 50 km hike!
Rent a quad in Gozo
Don’t want to walk that much but still want to see cool places? Rent a quad. Man I wished I had a quad a couple of times when I had to turn into another narrow gravel road again with my car. Quads are perfect for that. This way, you get a chance to ride along the beautiful scenery of the countryside. You can basically go anywhere on the island with the quad, it’s not much slower than a car and the island is not that big. My favorite attractions were the Tal-Mixta Cave near Ramla beach, and the famous Dwejra inland sea.
Kayak in Gozo
Kayakking is a really fun activity to see the island from another side. I rented a kayak through Gozo Adventures in Hondoq Bay. From there, no matter if you head east or west, you’ll come across a few beautiful caves along the coast. Want a bigger challenge? Kayak all the way to the Blue Lagoon at Comino island and back, it’s pretty cool and very doable!
Boat charter to Comino
Does kayaking seem like too much effort for you? Worry not! You can also rent a boat and feel like a proper rich-ass mofo! Antonija and Andy from Lust4Life are a super friendly couple who organise yacht charters with their own boat. They provide drinks and snacks and take you wherever you want. I met them in Mgarr and spend a lovely afternoon with them and their boat in Comino, where I swam in the Crystal Lagoon and stand-up paddled at the Blue Lagoon.
Climbing in Mgarr Ix-Xini
Gozo island is the perfect place for climbing. Together with an experienced climber from Gozo Adventures I headed out to Mgarr Ix-Xini, one of the best climbing locations on the Maltese islands. Mgarr Ix-Xini is a limestone gorge with a number of bolted and traditional routes. I only had indoor climbing experience so in Gozo it was my first outdoor adventure! Some climbing routes are fairly easy and I found it a really fun experience! Tip: head out to the beach at the end of the gorge, there’s a nice bar there that serves fresh fish and beers!
I bet there are many more cool activities to do in Gozo, but the rest of the time I relaxed at the pool of the Kempinski hotel where I was staying. Want to read more about Gozo? Find out how to get to Gozo and what other attractions are worth visiting!