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Destination guide

A reef diving experience awaits from Gozo island villas

The beautiful island of Gozo is part of the Malta archipelago and is best known for its spectacular diving opportunities. Coral reefs, undersea caves and nearby shipwrecks all make for incredible underwater adventures. The waters around Gozo are warm year-round, so diving is always available. You can find many villas to rent in this part of Malta, particularly if you enjoy a farmhouse aesthetic. A villa holiday on Gozo provides you with flexibility and a beautiful setting no matter when you visit. You can find a villa to rent close to the exciting capital city of Victoria, or you might look for one that's in a more peaceful countryside setting, depending on the experience you desire.

 
History

Exploring island history near Gozo villa rentals

Gozo is a place steeped in history. It's here that you'll find the striking remains of the great Ggantija temples. They were raised before Stonehenge and the Giza pyramids in Egypt, making them among the oldest human structures on Earth. They're located in the middle of the island, rising in rough-hewn dry stone to reveal a series of shadowy apses and ritualistic altars. The Gozo Museum of Archaeology can help you make sense of those prehistoric sites. It makes its home in the heart of old Victoria, hosting Neolithic religious trinkets, pottery fragments and decorative arts. The town of Victoria is also awash with its own treasures, with the enthralling Cittadella top of the list – it's been a fortress since Roman times and now anchors on a stunning cathedral, dating from the 1600s.

Beaches

Find the best beaches near Gozo holiday rentals

  • Ramla l-Hamra is Gozo's chart-topping beach, stretching between 2 green headlands on the north coast with its clean, golden-hued sand
  • Glowing white powder that edges into a deep bay of sky-blue sea awaits at Hondoq ir-Rummien, on the south coast, while plenty of rocky sunbathing spots beckon on the surrounding cliffs
  • Hidden San Blas Bay has turquoise-blue waters and curiously red-tinted sand
  • The cliff-ringed inlet of Dahlet Qorrot is a great choice if you're partial to a spot of snorkelling – it's off the beaten track on the north-east coast
Restaurants and bars

Discovering the top restaurants in Gozo

Traditional Maltese cuisine comes with a twist of North African spice in the eateries here, while seaside taverns along the shore cook up seriously fresh seafood on open grills:

  • Off-the-beaten-track Ix-Xatt l-Ahmar is home to some of the best seafood restaurants in Gozo, where the catch of the day is brought in by local fishing folk each morning
  • Pop-up food festivals in the smaller villages have local stalls selling nougat and sweet fruit pastries
  • Victoria's piazzas have restaurants cooking hearty Maltese ravioli and meaty fenkata – rabbit stew
  • Taverns in the countryside, around small villages like Nadur and Gharb, serve homemade sheeps' cheese, Maltese olive oils and Gozitan wines
Essential info

Essential facts for those staying in Gozo holiday cottages

  • Gozo is much more rustic than Malta's main island, so it might be best to rent a car to get around the countryside
  • Driving in Malta, like in the UK, is done on the left-hand side of the road
  • The currency in Malta is the euro
  • Gozo has a population of just 31,000 people, so expect it to be a quiet place
  • Call 112 in case of an emergency when staying in Gozo

How many holiday rentals are available around Gozo?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,013 holiday lettings around Gozo. From 220 villas to 125 farmhouses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Gozo?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Gozo. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Santa Maria Estate: 195 holiday homes
  • Xagħra: 907 holiday homes
  • Kerċem: 813 holiday homes
  • Marsaskala: 1,152 holiday homes
  • Sliema: 1,532 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Gozo! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Gozo?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Gozo with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Xagħra: 907 holiday lettings
  • Kerċem: 813 holiday lettings
  • Marsaskala: 1,152 holiday lettings
  • Sliema: 1,532 holiday lettings
  • Valletta: 1,492 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Gozo?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Gozo. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Malta National Aquarium: 2,186 holiday rentals
  • Sliema Promenade: 2,149 holiday rentals
  • Bugibba Square: 2,186 holiday rentals
  • Mdina Old City Gate: 2,186 holiday rentals
  • Spinola Garden: 2,186 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gozo listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Gozo

Xagħra
907 holiday rentals
Kerċem
813 holiday rentals
Marsaskala
1,152 holiday rentals
Sliema
1,532 holiday rentals
Valletta
1,492 holiday rentals
Gharb
655 holiday rentals
Qala
1,128 holiday rentals
Victoria
859 holiday rentals
San Lawrenz
655 holiday rentals
Floriana
1,516 holiday rentals
Saint Paul's Bay
1,715 holiday rentals
Ghajnsielem
1,180 holiday rentals
Mellieha
2,024 holiday rentals
Birgu
1,342 holiday rentals
Nadur
1,126 holiday rentals
Sannat
1,039 holiday rentals
Munxar
858 holiday rentals
Senglea
1,351 holiday rentals
Swieqi
1,532 holiday rentals
Xewkija
970 holiday rentals