"Gwl, Gaulos, Gaudos, Ghawdex... Gozo" Top 5 Page for this destination Gozo by Diana75

Gozo Travel Guide: 496 reviews and 1,368 photos

The second inhabited island of the Maltese archipelago, Gozo is 67 sqkm in size and lies approximately 6 km northwest of the nearest point of Malta.

A ferryboat and a helicopter services are the only connections from Malta to Gozo.

Gozo's name changed during the centuries, from Gwl, the name of their particular sailing ships, how the Phoenicians probably called it, to Gaulos and Gaudos used by the Greeks and the Romans respectively and to the one of Gozo during the Aragonese and Castilian rule. Local population used instead the current Maltese name of Ghawdex.

Gozo has also a long and interesting history. According to legend, the island has a certain connection with Calypso as this is considered Homer's isle of Ogygia where the nymph held the Greek hero Odysseus her companion for seven years. She promised him immortality if he stayed with her forever, but was spared by God Zeus who demanded his release.

All roads in Gozo lead to the capital city of Victoria, also called by the locals Rabat. The ancient Citadel of Victoria, the site of a Roman temple, is the islands most important point of interest.

But Gozo has far much more to offer: megalithic temples, stunning churches, picturesque bays, natural wonders...

  • Last visit to Gozo: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated Dec 8, 2006
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  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2009 at 2:52 AM

    Diana, you brought back my Gozo memories. Bora

  • neodue's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Diana, Very good tips about the island.And nice photos.Very exciting tips.Cheers from Istanbul

  • Fam.Rauca's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2008 at 6:29 AM

    This is a wonderful page with a lot of splendid images and very interesting tips. Good wishes from Vienna! Gabriela

  • babettu's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2007 at 9:12 AM

    Nice photos and very good info, welldone ! ! Stephen

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2007 at 2:08 AM

    Fantastic overview - great info and outstanding pictures. My congratulations. Well, Gozo deserves such pages!

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2007 at 1:10 AM

    Never ever thought of visiting Malta, but you have changed my mind and it is now on my wish list ;-)

  • codrutz's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2006 at 2:49 PM

    Wanted to be the first to comment on your Gozo pages .. you have a real talent of describing places you've seen .. excellent work! I will go to Malta after reading your travelogues :)


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