Gozo: The Isle of Calypso
Looking through the 658 pictures that I’ve taken thus far, I realize I have to play a serious game of catch-up. I still have some fun pictures from Day 1 and 2 to upload, but I’m going to fast-forward to yesterday’s journey. We woke up to semi-warm Mediterranean sunshine and decided that it would be a good day to take a journey to the Maltese island of Gozo (Maltese: Għawdex, pronounced OW-desh). Gozo’s a quick 20-minute journey by ferry from the mainland and though it was windy, the journey provided a gorgeous view.
The glimpses of Mellieha (above) on the way down to the ferry were pretty outstanding, too. We had a pretty great view of the island of Gozo from the ferry. The island is so small that you can literally see the entire thing and capture it with a camera lens from a distance.
As you can tell, it was a pretty blustery day on the ferry but the views of Gozo were worth standing on the sun deck.
Gozo has been inhabited for around 5000 years and has a insanely long and incredible history. Our day was jam-packed with real life history lessons from start to finish. Tip: If your journey is well-planned, you can see all the major sites in a day. First stop on our agenda?
The Azure Window.
The natural arch is thought to have been created millions of years ago and is absolutely awe-inspiring. The water is the bluest of blues, and the journey to see the arch close-up is a trek along fossilised rock. It’s probably one of the most beautiful things I have seen yet.
After our trip to the Window, we headed to the Citadella (didn’t really get any pics there) which is set on the hill of the capital city. It was built as a fortress of sorts to protect the island from attacks. We got to tour the inside which was a cool glimpse into the past. After our mini tour (and a bout of rain), we headed to the Ggantija Temples, a UNESCO Heritage that dates back to around 3500 BC.
By the end of the day, we were officially exhausted and napped on the ferry ride back home. Our tour guides had everything planned perfectly — we got so much packed during a single day! Without a doubt, Gozo is a great add-on for anyone visiting Malta. And the few Gozitans that populate the small island seemed friendly as well. Fun fact: Gozitans speak a slightly different version of Maltese, a little bit more Arabic-sounding. Just a fun fact to throw in your arsenal of goodies during Trivial Pursuit.
Love from Malta,