Almost every weekend in summer sees a village celebrating their patron saint’s festival with raucous street parties, fireworks and huge clan flags flying from most buildings, in traditions unchanged since the middle ages.
Louisa, Original Diver
Tranquil, rural Gozo is the island where, according to legend, Odysseus fell under the seven-year spell of the sea-nymph Calypso. These days, Gozo basks in relative anonymity as the smaller sister island of Malta, and diving in Gozo and the spas have replaced sea-nymphs as the main lures for travellers. Lying further south than the northerly parts of Tunisia, the Maltese archipelago enjoys reliably hot summers, perfect for all kinds of other watersports.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Home to some of the best diving in the Mediterranean including the famous Blue Hole.
- A rustic, laid back island that is a pleasure to visit.
- Lots to explore on land such as the ancient Ggantija Temples.
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Our Guide to Gozo Diving Holidays
Original Diving has long been a fan of this secret Mediterranean gem, and can arrange kayaking to the red sand beach at Ramla Bay, or snorkelling at the nearby island of Comino. Gozo is also known for having some of the best Mediterranean diving. Described as the Mecca of Mediterranean diving by a number of diving books and magazines, diving in Gozo is year-round. The beauty of Gozo is its underwater landscape of walls and huge drop offs, caverns, caves and tunnels and reefs teaming with fish. Clear and usually calm waters mean that visibility is typically in excess of 40 metres, and the wide variety of dive sites includes reefs, wartime wrecks and dramatic underwater scenery such as the submerged caves of the 'Blue Hole'.
On land, the interior of Gozo is well worth exploring on foot or on two wheels. As well as charming villages, the countryside is dotted with prehistoric sites - notably the Ggantija temples, which pre-date the Pyramids and Stonehenge.