As a holidaymaker, Gozo is an easy to navigate island; totalling 67km² you can travel its length in under 30 minutes by car and most villages are easily within a 15 minute drive from each other. Gozo is known for its unspoilt coastal scenery and well-trodden hiking routes; so whichever mode of travel you choose – even if it’s on foot – you are always guaranteed inspirational backdrops.
Words by VISITGOZO / MINISTRY FOR GOZO | Extract taken from May's 2022 Il-Bizzilla Magazine | Read more here
Despite it’s size, never assume that you won’t find plenty to do on Gozo. This characterful island is proof that good things do come in small packages and won’t be able to see the island in its entirety if you only visit Gozo for one day. Teeming with 7,000 years of history seeping from every corner of its ancient villages and beautiful Baroque churches; there’s rugged rural and coastal landscapes, geological wonders, heritage sites and much more.
Here are some ways in which you can sightsee in Gozo:
Let’s get the basics out of the way first; Gozo has a highly efficient public transport system.
The bus terminal in central Victoria has routes spanning the island. Bus timetables are seasonal with a more extensive service during peak summer months. It’s a simple and reliable way to get around and if you plan using the bus frequently it may be cheaper to buy an Explorer Unlimited Card giving you unlimited travel over 7 consecutive days, or a 12 journey card. Tickets are valid for buses in Gozo and Malta.
Gozo has a number of distinctive white licensed taxis. Taxis are easily found at Mgarr ferry terminal or in the small taxi rank alongside the bus depot in Victoria.
If you prefer being in the driving seat and travelling at your own pace, Gozo’s vehicle hire companies offer a range of transport from cars, 4×4 Jeeps, scooter hire and quadbikes through to bicycles and e-bikes.
If you are looking for a fun, eco-friendly and minimum impact way to glide around Gozo why not try a Segway Tour? Segway companies in Gozo offer differing routes of the island factoring in popular landmarks and lesser known coastal trails; with sessions ranging from 1 hour through to 5 hours. Marsalforn’s Saltpans, Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary and the raw rugged coast around Sanap cliffs are just some of the locations en-route available for visitors to enjoy.
If you like going off-road and enjoy the thrill of rougher terrain while coursing around on all fours then why not try out a Quadbike Tour of Gozo. Some quadbike companies offer quadbike tours that cater for groups of 3 up to about 20 people and include the services of a tour leader who guides groups around countryside and coastal trails, through alleys and pathways taking in either the North or South of the island. The tours last around 4 hours. Drivers must obviously own a driving license.
If you’d prefer to sit back and relax while someone else does the navigating, pedal pushing and steering, a Tuk-Tuk tour is an ideal way for families to stay cool and spend time together whilst easily taking in the sights. Plus, you can be certain there’ll be no arguments over map-reading. Tuk-Tuk guides will drive you around Gozo’s coastal resorts, historic villages and churches; from Xewkija’s Rotunda Church, Sanap Cliffs and Xlendi Bay through to Ta' Pinu Sanctuary and more.
Cycling & E-bike tours
If you ‘d like a low-impact, low maintenance way to sightsee Gozo letting you have fun, keeping you fit and allowing you to reach secluded parts of the island inaccessible by road, then why not book a cycling or e-bike tour? Choose from different tours taking in our south coast cliffs and hidden bays, ancient caves and temples, chapels and footpaths or traversing across the unspoilt beauty of Gozo’s north coast. Tours last between 3 and 5 hours and routes can be tailored according to whether riders enjoy cycling on hilly or flat terrain or prefer an off or on-road experience.
This is a relatively new way to tour Gozo. A GoCar is a three-wheeled vehicle that offers side-by-side seating for two people. GoCars are safe and easy to drive and allow their users to leisurely tour Gozo and experience amazing scenery, small traditional villages, and beautiful hidden gems of the island.