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Gozo: Slow down and live in the moment on an island escape

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Working off to a distant island has at all times been fairly interesting – and, after a 12 months the place social distancing has turn into the brand new regular, it’s now an much more engaging prospect.

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In contrast to different Mediterranean vacation hotspots, the island of Gozo nonetheless enjoys a extra “under-the-radar” standing, the place a peaceable, laid-back vibe, heat welcome and pure magnificence exchange the overcrowded hustle and bustle of extra over-laden isles. However for these within the know, this sun-drenched gem off the coast of Malta, simply accessible through ferry in simply 25 minutes, gives a charmingly rugged, untouched backdrop wherein to decelerate and unwind.

Though slowing down definitely doesn’t imply coming to a standstill. The nice outdoor is Gozo’s playground, and adventures await at each flip. Guests can hike the Ta Cenc Cliffs, uncover the hidden coves of Mgarr ix-Xini, go diving within the Santa Maria Caves, take to the azure ocean on a ship journey and discover the island’s dramatic shoreline on horseback.

Gozo’s azure waters are excellent for swimming in

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The island additionally provides up quite a few stretches of sandy seaside lapped by glass-clear sea. Ramla Bay is famed for its evocative golden-red sand, in contrast to the rest on Gozo or Malta; together with Hondoq ir-Rummien, the place turquoise water meets white sand, it is likely one of the island’s best-loved and hottest seashores. Guests in search of extra of an off-the-beaten-track expertise will discover a wealth of secret coves and bays to bump into too. Head as a substitute for Wied il-Ghasri, San Blas, Ghar Qawqla, Dahlet Qorrot, Mgarr ix-Xini or Xwejni to take a dip and absorb the solar in blissfully secluded environment.

Gozo’s wild landscapes are simply accessible by bike

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Only a boat-ride away, Gozo’s little sister island, Comino, is house to 2 of probably the most lovely seashores in all the Mediterranean: Santa Marija Bay and the famend Blue Lagoon, solely accessible by sea. Comino provides a fair quieter prospect wherein to get pleasure from breath-taking views and Insta-worthy pictures whereas mountain climbing its compact 3.5sqkm of terrain.

Gozo isn’t wanting stand-out vistas both. Whereas exploring by bike or on foot, cease off to soak up the chic Dwejra and the Inland Sea, Ta’ Cenc, Wied il-Mielah and the Sanap Cliffs. The view of Ramla Bay from the Mixta Cave, and people of Comino and Malta from Qala, are price taking the time to totally admire.

Pure magnificence: Views over Ramla Bay’s red-gold sand

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Unchanged in some ways for a whole bunch of years, Gozo can also be one of many world’s main locations in terms of sustainability, incomes a spot on the Sustainable World High 100 Locations listing due to the adoption of sustainable tourism practices and the considerate preservation of its pure setting, tradition and group. The medieval Citadella, the island’s magnificent citadel that dominates its capital, Victoria, dates again to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However even this barely scratches the floor of its wealthy historical past; the positioning is believed to have attracted settlers since Neolithic occasions. In the meantime, Ta’ Pinu, the Roman Catholic basilica and nationwide shrine to the Virgin Mary, provides beautiful views of the Gozo countryside, plus hanging neo-romantic structure.

After an extended 12 months caught indoors, Gozo might present the perfect antidote for world-weary travellers: open-air journey amid mystical, untamed landscapes; the liberty to discover beneath the waves at a few of the Mediterranean’s finest dive websites; and the possibility to press pause and stay within the second, a world away from the on a regular basis. Oh, and common summer season temperatures of 27 levels. Let’s not overlook about these…

Santa Maria Caves provides among the best dive websites on Gozo

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Journey necessities

Gozo is accessible from Malta through a 25-minute ferry journey. Common direct flights often run between the UK and Malta in the course of the summer season, taking round three hours and quarter-hour one-way.

Go to visitgozo.com to seek out out extra and e book your subsequent island escape, as soon as international journey is permitted.

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