All about Gozo Malta
Explore the beauty of Gozo Malta
The Maltese Archipelago consists of a number of islands, three of which are inhabited. The main and biggest island being Malta, second in size Gozo and the little Comino. Its location in the center of the Mediterranean has it given a historically strategic importance as a naval base.
Inhabited since approximately 5900 BC, a great number of foreign influences, including the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Knights of St. John, French, and British, have left some sort of mark on the country’s ancient culture.
Interestingly the islands of the archipelago lie on the Malta plateau, a shallow shelf formed from the land bridge between Sicily and North Africa which became isolated once the sea levels started to rise after the last Ice Age. Malta was considered an island of North Africa for centuries, but technically the archipelago is located on the African tectonic plate.
Gozo is famed for its character and places of interest. Some of these include the Calypso’s Cave and the Ġgantija Neolithic temples which are among the oldest surviving man-made structures. Renowned for its gorgeous natural landscapes and imposing architecture, the Maltese islands but especially Gozo, were broadcasted countless times in movies and TV series, many of which you can visit on your stay. Gozo covers 67 square km (26 sq mi) which is approximately the same area as New York City’s Manhattan island, is 14 km (8.7 mi) long and 7.25 km (4.50 mi) wide. Can you walk around Gozo?
“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders.
He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface, and he is free.”
– Jacques Yves Cousteau
The weather in Gozo Malta
At the Maltese Islands we enjoy a typical Mediterranean climate were the year is made up of two very different seasons. The summer is typically hot and dry followed by a cool and wet winter. The transitioning between these two occur quite sudden with no definite time for when.
As the weather around the Mediterranean shifts to summer, spring is also a season of indecisive weather. The Maltese Islands experience sunny skies, hot temperatures, and light and variable winds throughout the summer. Autumn is a rather brief season. In the winter mid-latitude depressions bring bursts of cold air with them. This cold air collides with warm moist air, causing vertical instability in the region. Waves of cold air from over the Arctic can lead to strong depressions.
The Maltese Islands, due to their geographical position as islands, have to deal with consistently high relative humidity levels between 65% and 85%. Anyways, the islands are among the sunniest in Europe, experiencing up to 8.2 hours of bright sunshine a day!
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An island of many wonders
Fun Facts about Gozo and Malta
A prisoner of Love
There is a cave in Gozo which overlooks Ramla Bay which is rumoured to be the cave that the nymph Calyspo inhabited and kept Odysseus as a "prisoner of love" for seven years.
World class diving
Gozo is one of the worlds top diving destinations! Nothing new among divers, but the average person visiting the Maltese Islands may not know that this this is their opportunity to try diving for the first time. Some of the most famous sites being the Blue Hole, Inland Sea and Cathedral Cave.
End of the Cold War
In 1989 Malta hosted a summit between US President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. This meeting led to the end of the Cold War.
The oldest temple
The oldest surviving temple known to mankind can be found on Gozo: Ggantija temple. It is a megalithic temple complex from the Neolithic and older than the pyramids in Egypt.
The Maltese Islands have one of the best climates in the world and enjoy over 3000 hours of sunshine every year! This makes it perfect for a holiday during any month of the year.
UNESCO World Heritage
The Maltese Islands have three UNESCO World Heritage sites: the City of Valletta, the Megalithic Temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum.
Gozo’s ENTIRE population was in 1551 kidnapped by Corsair pirates. When the Ottoman Navy attacked, less than 50 elderly folk were left behind; all the rest were either murdered or sold into slavery.
The Fungus Rock
The Knights of Malta, during their rule between 1530 and 1798, greatly prized a rare plant – known as General’s Root. This plant grows only on Fungus Rock, whose access was tightly controlled as it was considered an important medicinal cure for ailments including dysentery and impotence.
A church for every day
There is an impressive 365 of churches all around Malta and Gozo, enough to stay in Malta for exactly one year and visit a different church every day.
Gozo is a Hollywood Star
Countless movies and TV series were already produced on the islands, still ongoing.
Carnival of Nadur
Gozo holds their own carnival festival in the small town of Nadur. During February a five day event with its own floats, music, food dances and parties fills the streets. If you happen to be on vacation during this time make sure you join the fun!
One village in a dome
The Xewkija dome is, arguably, the third largest in Europe (battling it out with the Mosta dome in Malta) and can fit the entire village of 3,000 people inside it.