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How to Spend a Day in Gozo

How shall we explore Malta’s sister island of Gozo?

By car?  By foot?  By bike?

How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Our quad bikes for the day

Gozo

No, none of the above.  We do love a bit of adventure whilst travelling, so we organised a full day tour of Gozo by … quad bike!  No surprise there.  Gozo is Malta’s smaller sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea, steeped in history – it is said to have been the legendary Calypso’s Isle from ‘Homer’s Odyssey’ – with spectacular panoramic views and rugged coastline.  Our quad tour was booked with Gozo Pride Tours – the company also offers half day quad tours and Jeep tours too.

Explore the hidden charms of Gozo whilst enjoying the fun ride that a Quad Bike can offer - Gozo Pride Tours

There were a few conditions we had to follow before heading off on the quads:

  • Must be 21 years of age or over and must show a valid driving license
  • Must wear proper footwear
  • No overtaking and racing allowed
  • Must follow the tour leader at all times

Vroom!  Vroom!  Off we went with our quads carefully following the tour leader, driving steadily (reminding myself not to be a boy racer!) and taking in the views.  After twenty minutes, Ian’s quad was rattling a bit and we immediately stopped to one side to have a look.  Well this was an interesting start.  

The tour guy carried his own set of tools and tried to figure out what was wrong but after a short while eventually ended up calling for help from head office.  After about five minutes, a guy in a jeep came to our rescue with the spare part.  During this time, the guys on the jeep tour drove past us waving goodbye.  Ten minutes later the quad was fixed and off we went again to make up for lost time.  No speeding of course.

How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

How blue is the sea


How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Quick pit stop to take pics


How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Rotunda church in the distance


How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Rotunda church in Xewkija

We were excited to see the beautiful locations and sights of Gozo.  As we were the only ones on the quad tour, we were able to stop freely for those photo opportunities when and where we liked.  Always on the lookout for those ‘postcard perfect’ moments.

Let’s show you the highlights of our trip:

Qala 

Qala is the most eastern village on Gozo and the furthest village from Victoria (the capital of Gozo).  A rural village with many natural and historical sights to see.  Stunning views can be seen from Qala Belvedere.

How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Il-Qala


How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

These views!

Ramla Valley

Here you can admire the picturesque views of Ramla Bay, the best beach on Gozo.  A wide stretch of reddish sandy beach perfect for swimming, relaxing or a quick dip.  As we were a bit delayed, we decided to miss out on the quick dip in the sea and carry on.  This beach does get popular with the locals but never crowded.

How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Ramla Bay

The viewing gallery for the bay is located besides the famous Calypso cave at the top of the hill.  Unfortunately we were not able to see the Calypso cave as the access was closed.  Such a pity.  The cave is mentioned by Homer in ‘The Odyssey’ and some believe that Odysseus was kept here as a prisoner of love by the nymph Calypso for seven years.

How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

At Calypso caves with views of Ramla

Mgarr ix-Xini

Our tour leader asked us if we wanted to go to the location where Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt filmed the film ‘By the sea’.  Without hesitation, Ian replied ‘oh yes please!’  I had a feeling Ian would jump at the chance being a huge Angelina Jolie fan.  

The Mgarr ix-Xini bay is very pretty and the area was so calm and tranquil.  The road down to the bay is quite narrow and steep but does have some passing bays.  Only a handful of people were there either paddling in the water, or enjoying a soft ice cream bought from the only little snack shop in the bay.  We had a wander around and snapped a few pics before swiftly moving on to the next stop.

How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Mgarr ix-Xini

Xlendi Bay

This charming bay is very popular with a narrow sandy beach great for a spot of sunbathing or swimming.  Climb to the top of the cliffs to capture the stunning views of the bay and the pretty sunsets.  Such a peaceful vibe here as it’s not over developed.

How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Xlendi Bay

We stopped for lunch at a small restaurant – a three course lunch was included in the tour.  We opted for pasta to start, I chose fish and Ian chose the omelette for the main and dessert was vanilla ice cream.  Lunch was tasty and definitely filled a little spot, leaving us quite content.

The Quarries

Next stop was the limestone quarries.  How deep were these quarries!  The majority of the buildings and churches in Gozo have been built using this limestone.  The limestone in Gozo has a different colour compared to the white limestone used in Malta.  In the past the limestone quarries provided work for the community and supported the economy of the island.  The stone was easily quarried and was used as décor, columns, including arches in churches.  Nowadays, many of the old quarries are used as either fields or farms.  In fact Limestone Heritage, in Siggiewi, is an old quarry that has been converted into a museum. 

How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Limestone quarry

Dwejra – The Azure Window and Fungus Rock

The famous Azure Window had been featured in many blockbuster films such as ‘Clash of the Titans’, ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ and the backdrop of the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’.  It was such a shame to find out that earlier this year, the limestone arch of the Azure Window collapsed into the sea due to a storm.  One of Malta’s famous landmark disappeared overnight into the sea.  How sad were we to hear about it on the news.  It was a 50m high rock arch in the Dwejra cliffs; the window was formed due to the sea and rain erosion over 500 years.   The view of the window was pretty spectacular.  The Azure Window will now be known as ‘The Azure Pinnacle’ or the ‘Azure Stack’.

How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Azure window

The Fungus Rock also known as the ‘General’s Rock’ stands around 65 m tall and sat besides what was once the Azure Window.  The rock was named after an Italian General who supervised quarrying in the area and fell to his death.  It was also believed that the fungus (Fungus Gaulitanus) grown on the rock had healing properties and was so highly valued, that it was guarded by the Knights of Malta.  If anyone was caught stealing the plant, the penalty was death.

How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Dwejra Bay

Victoria

Victoria, also known as Rabat (to the Maltese), is the capital city of Gozo.  The city has a relaxed atmosphere and is well known for its ‘It-Tokk’ Market.  Open in the morning until early afternoon selling fresh produce, wines, cheeses, handicrafts, knitwear and antiques.  Follow the narrow streets and you’ll find the market in the central square surrounded by lovely restaurants and cafes.  During the day, Victoria is all hustle and bustle however at night it is so silent, you could probably hear a pin drop!

How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Driving through Victoria

The Citadel (also known as the “Crown of Gozo”) sits on the hill and can be clearly seen from around the island.  During the Bronze Age, the Citadel was fortified  and then developed further by the Phoenicians and finally finished during the Roman times.  The Citadel now houses The Cathedral Museum, a few history museums including the Museum of Archaeology, the World Ward II shelter and the grain silos.  If you have time, add the Citadel to your visit – enjoy the panoramic views of Gozo.

How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Fortified walls of Gozo


How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Inside the Citadel

The Independence Square is located in the centre of Victoria, is often busy with tourists buying souvenirs from the local open markets and dotted with many cafés to watch the people walk by.

Top things to do in Victoria:

  • Explore the Citadel
  • Visit Villa Rundle public gardens
  • Take a stroll around the old streets
  • Shop in the markets
  • Visit St George’s Basilica

The Saltpans

The rock-cut saltpans near Marsalform can be seen as a huge chequerboard along the north coast extending into the sea.  These saltpans span along 3 km along the coast.  Traditional methods for salt production are still used, which have been passed down from generation to generation through the families.  The salt crystals are raked up and collected during the summer months, then stored in caves.  Walking past the saltpans, you’ll notice the salt crystals glistening under the sunlight.  Of course, you can buy the local salt to take home as a souvenir.

How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Salt pans


How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Chequerboard of salt pans

We leisurely made our way back to the tour head office, dropped off the quad bikes and were shuttled to the harbour for a speedboat ride back to Malta via Comino caves.

How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Mgarr Harbour


How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape.

Comino caves

Price:

Half day Quad Tour – 65€ per driver and 40€ per passenger.  Only held on Wednesdays.

Full day Quad Tour – 90€ per driver and 60€ per passenger.  Full day tours held from Monday to Saturday.

The tour company also offer a full day Jeep Tour which costs 62€ per adult and 45€ per child (3 to 12 years).

Tour price for a full day quad tour included:

  • Transport to and from your accommodation
  • Helmets for the passenger and driver
  • Fully comprehensive insurance
  • Lunch including soft drink and water
  • 20 min speedboat ride via Blue Lagoon and Comino caves
  • Ferry ticket to Gozo

Please note that the half day quad tour return journey to Malta is by ferry.

What to bring:

This tour is great if you love adventure and doing something a little different.  A great way to explore and see the main sights of Gozo – worth the visit.

Have you visited Gozo?  What are your top things to see and do on the island?

 

 

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How to Spend a Day in Gozo – WhodoIdo: Gozo is Malta's sister island, located in the Mediterranean sea. Spend the day exploring the small, charming island by quad bike and enjoy the stunning coastline and rugged landscape

22 Comments

  • Agness of Fit Travelling 14/10/2017 (21:01)

    Gozo seems like an excellent place to visit and the stunning Malta is truly charming. How many days would be enough to explore all of Malta?

    • Lana
      Lana 14/10/2017 (22:48)

      Gozo is more laid back compared to Malta. We would say maybe a minimum of 5/7 days to explore Malta. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

  • Janine Thomas 24/09/2017 (11:46)

    What fabulous photos and a great post. I would love to visit Malta and have considered it a couple of times, but have always chose an alternate destination. Having read this it will now go back on my “must do” destinations list.

    • Lana
      Lana 24/09/2017 (13:27)

      Great to hear Janine!. We loved it there and have been back to Malta a few times now. Have fun when you go 🙂

  • Jack 23/09/2017 (17:08)

    Great and informative guide, thanks for sharing! Went to Malta a few years ago but didn’t have time for Gozo, next time!

    • Lana
      Lana 23/09/2017 (18:06)

      Thanks Jack! Hope you get the chance to visit Gozo next time 🙂

  • Helene 23/09/2017 (14:42)

    I would love to visit Malta! My friend went this summer and enjoyed it:) Your photos are making me want to go so badly! I wish I had a driving license so I could do a quad tour:D Big fan of loud fast things haha!

    • Lana
      Lana 23/09/2017 (15:05)

      We love Malta! You can always be a passenger on the quad and let someone else do the driving! 😉

  • Anushka Aggarwal 22/09/2017 (12:50)

    I heard about Malta, and it’s amazing beaches, but never heard about Gozo. Gozo definitely is worth visiting place, and wow I love the idea of exploring the place on Quad bike, if I get a chance to visit Gozo, would definitely love to pick this option

    • Lana
      Lana 22/09/2017 (13:04)

      Gozo has more of a relaxed vibe than Malta. If you get the chance to visit Malta, add Gozo to your trip too. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

  • Earths Pilgrim 21/09/2017 (11:35)

    Have heard about Malta but didnt hear much about Gozo. Really helpful. Should plan something for next year

    • Lana
      Lana 21/09/2017 (12:07)

      All the Maltese islands are beautiful and such great fun to explore. I hope you manage to plan a trip soon and enjoy your time there.

  • LaiAriel R. Samangka 21/09/2017 (09:26)

    Truly, this is such an awesome trip. Those cliffs while the waves kissing the coast is just beyond compare. I would love to get here If I get the chance. I love all your stunning photos as well, you must have a good eye for any subjects. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    • Lana
      Lana 21/09/2017 (10:05)

      Thank you for your kind words. For a smallish island it sure does have a lot to see and the sunshine helps too 😉

  • Constance 20/09/2017 (21:44)

    Such amazing photos! I was looking into going to Malta before and I didn’t think about doing a quad tour. After reading your post it definitely sounds like something I’d wanna do, saving this for the future!

    • Lana
      Lana 20/09/2017 (22:03)

      It is surprising just how many ways there are to explore nowadays. If you do go I hope you have as much fun as we did.

  • Danielle 20/09/2017 (20:57)

    Amazing! I’m going next month and this would definitely be something I’d consider. We’re staying in Millieha and hope to spend lots of time in Gozo and Comino. Also even though the azure window collapsed I read there’s a gorgeous coral reef growing in its place!

    • Lana
      Lana 20/09/2017 (21:00)

      Excellent! I hope you have a wonderful time and so pleased you found this post useful to you 😉

  • Medha 20/09/2017 (20:46)

    The pictures are breathtaking. I can so imagine how much fun it would’ve been to explore the place on a quad bike, I love doing that too! Kind of reminds me of Mykonos 🙂

    • Lana
      Lana 20/09/2017 (20:56)

      Thank you for you lovely comment. Yes it was such fun and I do see the comparison to Mykonos.

  • Dominic 20/09/2017 (13:52)

    We almost booked a trip to Malta and were going to stay on Gozo to get away from it all. I’ll have to add it back to my list – it does look lovely, even if the main attraction has collapsed. 4 Wheelers ar a great choice by the way. 🙂

    • Lana
      Lana 20/09/2017 (14:45)

      If you do book your trip, definitely visit Gozo. It was so much fun quad biking around the island! Thanks for the comment. 🙂

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