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[[Image:100 1979.JPG|thumb|250px|Landscape of Gozo featuring Xewkija Church]]
'''[http://www.visitgozo.com/ Gozo''' ] is an island one of the three islands of the [[Malta|Maltese archipelago]] situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, just 95km south of Sicily. SmallerIt is smaller, more remote and less built-up than its sister island Malta itself, but it is a popular destination in its own right, particularly for more mature British and German couplesand those who wish to immerse themselves in the culture of the place. With its pretty if unspectacular countrysidecountrysides, beautiful sunsets, spectacular coastlines and interesting a high concentration of churches , alongside historic fortifications and megalithic temples it makes a good excursion from Malta and an even better destination for a relaxed peaceful and relaxing short break.
==Cities==
* [[Victoria (Malta)|Victoria]] - Also called '''Rabat'''by the locals, is the island's capital city. Here lies the ancient Citadel, the island’s fortress which was used as a safe haven when the island was frequently raided and only real citypeople were taken by pirates and sold into slavery in the 15th and 16th centuries.
There are also a number of small villages on the island:
There are also a number of small villages on the island* '''MgarrIx-Xatt tal-Imgarr''' - Not to be confused with Mgarr, Malta, this is where the Gozo ferry arrives from Cirkewwadocks. The areas has plenty of seaside restaurants specialising in fish and seafood.* '''Ghajnsielem''' - A sleepy village that is on the hill above Mgarr which is mostly residential and not worth stopping at on your way to the capitalboasts a healthy village life.* [[Xaghra]] - where the Ġgantija Temples , Ninu's Caves, a Toy Museum, the Calypso Caves and Ramla Bay are located.* '''Qala''' - where 'Ġebla l-Wieqfa' (another , a prehistoric dolmen) is located. Other interesting things to do in Qala besides immersing oneself in the colourful village nightlife, are to visit Ħondoq Bay, 'go to the panoramic Belvedere' offering which offers a nice breathtaking view of Malta & Comino and walk to the main islands of the Maltese archipelago and a small local fortress at present in restorationwhich is presently being restored.* '''Nadur''' - where Ramla Bay is locatedthe largest village in Gozo. Situated on one of the island's highest points, it boasts two Watch Towers and a Maritime museum, as well as the beautiful sandy San Blas beach and Dahlet Qorrot beach.* '''Xewkija''' - featuring an impressive large rotunda church visible from almost all villages , the Mgarr ix-Xini watch tower and towns in Gozothe beautiful Mgarr ix-Xini beach.* '''Għarb''' and '''Għasri''' are 2 small villages in the western part of Gozo among between which lies the 'Ta` Pinu' basilica, which is a Marian shrine built on the spot where on 22nd June 1883 the Virgin Mary was heard by Karmela Grima calling her for prayerprayers.* '''San Lawrenz''' - where 'Dwejra' (, the Azure Window) is , the Blue Hole, the Inland Sea and the Fungus Rock are located.
and some Some settlements that are used primarily as summer residences and will be mostly deserted during the rest of the yearwinter months are:* [[Marsalforn]] - A popular seaside resort north west coast of Gozo. The famous Xwejni salt pans are located hereas well as the Qbajjar watch tower, as well as numerous bars and restaurants. [http://www.gozoandmalta.com/marsalforn.php]* [[Xlendi]] - A Another popular place of entertainment seaside resort located south west of Gozo. The beach here is small but enclosed between high spectacular cliffs which make Xlendi one of the best spots in Gozo.[http://www.gozoandmalta.com/xlendiXlendi has its own watch tower as well as a club and some bars and restaurants.php]
==Other destinations==
==Understand==
One sometimes gets the sense that Gozo is how Malta could have beenin years gone by. With the exceptions of Marsalforn and Xlendi, it has been largely spared from short-sighted overdevelopmentover development, the traditional way of life and society has survived betterbeen largely preserved, and the land has been maintained better , thus giving a more fertile ground. Buildings and houses on in Gozo are mainly done constructed with natural materials, as opposed to many of the concrete and breeze-block constructions on the mainland.
===History===
==Talk==
It should also be noted that if you do learn some The language spoken in Gozo is Maltese, although there are different dialects throughout different parts of the country. People on Gozo The Gozitans speak Maltese with a slightly different and quaint accent from the main Maltese islanders, and people from the different Gozitan villages each have their own different dialect. Like the main island, English is also an official language of Gozo and most of the locals have a good grasp of the language. ==Getting to Gozo==There is the [http://www.gozochannel.com/ ferry] from [[Ċirkewwa]] on Malta to [[Mġarr]], Gozo's main harbor. It departs every 45 minutes in the summer and almost as often in the winter. A round trip costs €4.65. To get around Gozo, and to visit the best sites have a look at the 'Get Round' section, underneath this paragraph. One can take a 'Hop On Hop Off Bus which starts outside the ferry terminal and this service is synchronized with the ferry arrivals and departures. One can also take the public bus, a taxi or hire a car. ==Get around== ===Hop-on Hop-off Bus - sightseeing=== This is simply one of the ways to see everything that Gozo has to offer in a day. Seeing Gozo from an open topper bus is a great way to appreciate the ‘Calypso's island’. The open top bus tour of Gozo starts from the harbour of Mgarr. One can 'Hop on and Hop off' at his or her leisure at conveniently located stops along the route. In Gozo, there are a number of hop-on hop-off providers which offer a practical tour service linking all the most popular places of interest on the island and more. Each tour includes an audio commentary in 16 languages.  Start Point: Mgarr Frequency: 45 mins Season: All Year Round Ticket Length: 1 day For information about this service, please contact one of the following companies:  ==== '''City Sightseeing Gozo'''====[http://www.city-sightseeing.com/tours/malta/gozo.htm] City Sightseeing Gozo is the franchisee with City Sightseeing which is now the world's largest open top Hop On Hop Off tour operator with sightseeing tours in 100 locations. Commentary: Maltese, English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Hungarian, Danish, Bulgarian, Dutch, Russian, Polish and Hebrew pre recorded commentary Operates with a new fleet of air conditioned double decker buses.
Like the main island, English is also an official language of Gozo.
==Get in=Public Bus===There is the [http://www.gozochannel.com/ ferry] from [[Ċirkewwa]] on Malta to [[Mġarr]], Gozo's main harbor. It departs every 45 minutes in the summer and almost as often in the winter. A round trip costs €4.65. Bus stops are outside the ferry terminals, and it is synchronized with the ferry arrivals and departures. The bus ride to [[Victoria (Malta)|Victoria]] takes around 20 minutes. On the Malta side, buses run from Valetta's bus terminus to Cirkewwa taking about 75 minutes. There are plans to build a small airport on the beautiful and unspoilt Ta' Cenc cliffs of this tiny island, but hopefully someone will realize that the main airport, which already stretches across almost a quarter of Malta itself, is more than enough.
==Get around==*The bus system in Gozo is possibly even more antiquated than on Malta proper, with plenty of the same quaint 50's style buses to take you around at a leisurely pace. All buses depart from the bus terminal in Victoriaowned and operated by [http://Rabat and go to most villages around the islandwww. Be very sure to check the timetable to make sure you can get back when you want to, as sometimes buses will go from Victoria and not make a return triparriva. A bus fare is a mere €0com.48 one way, though you may also be charged the same amount for your bagsmt Arriva].*The taxi drivers bus tickets that are unscrupulous, bought in Malta are not valid in Gozo and will try to charge vice versa. So the unsuspecting tourist as much as they tickets can. There is an approximate price list posted at the taxi stand at the boat dock, and another at be purchased directly on the bus terminal in Victoriawhere a 2 hour ticket costs €2. Don't accept 20, a price that is unreasonably higher than the suggested price1 day ticket costs €2. If you end up taking more than one or two taxis 60 and a 7 day you are better off hiring a carticket costs €12.00. *A car is probably the best option if one has a busy schedule. If not, hitchiking ===Hitchiking=== It is a nice way to get around, make new friends and discover new places. Cycling is also a good option, but keep in mind that most of the roads are hilly and there are no clearly marked cycling paths.*Even If travelling on foot , many of the distances within villages are negligible and most of the roads are fairly quiet and pleasant to walk along. There is also a footpath network, though the paths require good shoes and a good map (they are not always very clear clearly marked on the ground).However, be prepared to walk for longer distances if travelling between different villages, with distances ranging from 1 to 5km from one village to the next.  ===By car===
If you need complete flexibility and want to spend more than just a day in Gozo, one of your options would be to rent a car. You need to be over 21 years old and hold a valid driving license. It's fine to travel to the mainland Malta with a hired car and the only extra charge incurred for doing so will be a pricier ferry ticket at €15.70.
'''By car'''*Trust Rent-A-Car [http://www.tracgozo.com] or;
If you need flexibility and speed in getting around, your best option is to hire a car. (try TRAC +35699826339 [http://www.tracgozo.com] or * Mayjo car rentals [http://www.mayjocarhire.com]). You need to be over 21 years old and hold a valid driving license. It's fine to travel to the mainland Malta with his hired car.
'''===By taxi'''===
You will find white taxis also on the island of Gozo however these tend to be more expensivethan other means of transport. Some taxi drivers are unscrupulous and will try to charge the unsuspecting tourist as much as they can. It There is an approximate price list posted at the taxi stand at the boat dock, and another at the bus terminal in Victoria. Don't accept a price that is unreasonably higher than the suggested to prebook your taxi price. If you end up taking more than one or airport transfer with two taxis a local companyday you are better off if you chose something else.
==See==
*'''Ta' Pinu Basilica''', situated in open countryside is an important place of pilgrimage as miracles are claimed to have occurred here. The interior of the Basicila is rich in decoration. One can enjoy views of open countryside from outside the church.[http://www.gozoandmalta.com/museums-and-churches.php#tapinu]
*<see name="klavier shoppe" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">the Klavier Shopper in Rabat is the best placearound Gozo to buy a piano. They also have piano lessons,piano musicbooks,they've pretty much got piano everything.</see>
===Itineraries===
*If one only has one day, it is recommended to spend the morning in the Citadella of '''Rabat''', have lunch there, in the cafe next to the cathedral, and spend the afternoon either at '''Ramla il-Hamra''' or '''The Inland Sea'''. At least one week is needed to visit in detail the main attractions the island has to offer.
*Outside the busiest areas and outside the high season, hitchhiking is easy here and can lead to unexpected social interactions and changes to one's plans.
*Gozo boasts one of the most remarkable churches on the archipelago, situated at Ta'Pinu, which was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1990. A record of his visit is situated at the rear of the church.
 
=== Pistol Shooting===
One of the most popular places to go shooting in Malta is at Gun Blast Shooting Range. The Organisation is authorised for training and to organise and supervise shooting competitions on the local and national level. In order to realise these goals its certified and qualified instructors hold courses on such subjects such as pistol safety, pistol parts and operation, shooting fundamentals, ammunition, skills for operating a pistol, shooting positions.
 
The range is open for Pistols on Saturday and Sunday.
 
The open hours for winter are:
Saturday – 8.30 till 16.00.
Sunday – 8.30 till 16.00.
 
Bookings to shoot at the Gun Blast Shooting Range can now be done by sending an email on [email protected] or through its website: http://gunblastshootingrange.com/booking/.
==Eat==
As Gozo is the breadbasket of Malta, the ground is more fertile, and the place is more rural. Therefore there is more fresh produce to be had. One should definitely try Gozo's own cheese: Gbejniet. This cheese is lovely when had fresh, but also nice when cured with pepper and vinegar.
==Drink==
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