Azure Window & Dwejra
Out of the towns, there are idyllic rocky inlets ideal for snorkelling and swimming in aquamarine seas, and dramatic landmarks such as the Azure Window, an amazing landlocked seawater pool reached through a rock tunnel. This 100-metres high natural arch, hollowed out of the Coastline at Dwejra by thousands of years of wind and waves, has got to be the island's most famous landmark in Gozo. The window has even attracted the likes of several film-makers, and even appeared in American mini-series 'The Odyssey'.
Gozo Caves & the Ggantija Temples
On Gozo, the two caverns of Xerri's Grotto and Ninu's Cave in Xaghra are filled with incredible alabaster stalactites and stalagmites, and close by, there's Calypso's Cave, a dark hole in the cliffs where as Greek mythology has it, Odysseus was imprisoned. For man-made caves, don't miss Malta's Hal-Saflieni Hypogeum, a vast underground temple with layers of eerie burial catacombs. The main must-see when visiting Gozo are the Ggantija temples in Xaghra, a group of vast rock monuments thought to have been built over 5,000 years ago. The temples are said to be one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and date from around 3600 to 3200 BC. Legend has it due to the gigantic dimensions of the megaliths, some locals believed that the temples were the work of giants. The temple site bears witness to this ancient legend, and the name, 'Ggantija', is Maltese for giant.
There's plenty to enjoy in Gozo, from spectacular scenery to quiet harbour villages, but the capital Victoria, with its cathedral, main square and interesting museums is well worth a trip. Rich in history, the capital was named after the English monarch 'Queen Victoria, to commemorate her Silver Jubilee in 1897, but even today many locals still call it by its original name, Rabat which means city. Enjoying an elevated position, this little commercial hub with its street market (known as it-Tokk) also contains the Citadel (known often as the Gran Castello or the Cittadella), an impregnable point which owes its origins to the late mediaeval era, and which was re-fortified by the Knights of the Order of St. John to act as protection for the inhabitants. The town is divided into two main areas; the Old Town and the Citadel, built on a hill over 500ft above sea level it enjoys fabulous views lush valleys and the sea and is home to a museum. The Old Town essentially a square is the hub of the town and you can wander the narrow, twisting streets and take in some interesting architectural features.
Gozo holiday resorts
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