-Gozo offers laid back travel.
Travel Business Review - 24 January 2013
The little island of Gozo, near Malta, offers laid-back travel for tourists.
The island can be reached via a 20-minute ferry ride from the northern tip of Malta. Travellers, especially nature lovers, can then experience the wild terrain of rocks and sheer cliffs that the island has to offer. Travellers to Gozo should, however, be prepared for the not-so-luxurious facilities that are available on the island, but there are a few good hotels and rented farmhouses with pools. The 10-mile by five-mile island may not offer the usual five-star facilities that are normally found on island resorts, but it is still a treat for those who enjoy laid-back travel with some activity thrown in.
The island offers an eclectic mix of relaxation, hiking and scuba diving experiences. Once travellers reach the island, they can head to the ramparts of the ancient Citadel in Gozo's capital, Victoria, from where they can enjoy an aerial view of their surroundings. The Citadel was built on the site that housed an old Roman temple, after which the Moors, and finally the Knights of St John, developed it as a defence against pirates.
The huge churches that have been built on the island will impress most travellers. Compared to the tiny stone houses, the churches are huge and their domes and spires tower above the landscape. The island also houses prehistoric temples that are believed to be even older than the Egyptian pyramids. It is believed that some limestone structures date back to 3,600 BC, the oldest freestanding structures in the world.
Those who enjoy shopping should visit the little bar-cum-souvenir shop, called Ta' Rikardu, which is in a cellar cut into the walls. The bar's owner makes and sells his own wine. The main square has stalls that sell lace tablecloths and handmade jumpers, while fresh fruit and bread are also on sale.
Beach lovers will appreciate the island's two beaches, Ramla Bay and San Blas Bay. There is also Xlendi, which is a fishing village. At Dwerja, visitors can take a boat that meanders through caves lined with pink coral, and there is a cliff that may be used for scuba diving.
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