In today's stressful lifestyle, taking time to unwind and just be has become an absolute necessity. For those who wish to switch off and regenerate, Gozo is the place to be.
Historically, the island has always been distinct from mainland Malta; different milestones, traditions, happenings and topography have distinguished the island both on a national scale and as a travel destination. A lower population density and the slower process of urbanisation have contributed to conserving the island's characteristic aura, which wins over the traveller who is looking to slow down.
Wherever you look, the sea is never more than a stone's throw away and it's Gozo's remarkable coastline that stimulates the imagination so strongly: tiny creeks, beaches of red sand, turquoise bays, stretches of limestone criss-crossed with tiny saltpans and majestic high cliffs falling in a sheer drop into the clear waters.
Food and drink are a big part of daily life in Gozo. A hilly, fertile Island surrounded by the Mediterranean, it is in an excellent location for healthy and tasty produce. There is a wide variety of restaurants that offer both fine dining as well as more casual eateries offering traditional food. Gozo is host to some of the best award-winning restaurants on the islands and with picturesque views of harbours and bays, it's easy to find a restaurant in a spectacular setting. Restaurants abound in Rabat, Mġarr and in the fishing villages of Marsalforn and Xlendi.
Off-the-beaten track, you will find small local producers offering tours and hands-on experiences, including fruit-picking, olive oil and wine tasting.
Village bars open early in the morning for the early risers who attend the first mass of the day and close fairly late at night, catering to the socialising needs of locals and visitors.