24 Hours in gozo malta j gastrointest oncol impact factor


The ferry to Gozo is located in Cirkewwa, a small town on the northern coast of Malta, about 20 minutes from St. Paul’s Bay and less than an hour from the capital city of Valletta. The ferry leaves for Gozo about every 45 minutes, depending on the season. We rented a car from where we were staying in St. Paul’s Bay, a popular tourist area with a lot of outdoor cafes and bars and sweeping views on Malta’s striking blue water. The drive to the ferry is easy and the roads are well-marked. Happily, we had no problems with getting additional surprise fees for renting the car or any weird extra fees. As a matter of fact, when we were returning the car we called the owner and were told just to drop the keys in the mail slot. No drama car rental is appreciated!

At the ferry terminal, cars line up and are let on without charge. Charges do come into play on the way back (15 Euros for the car and driver and about 6 for each passenger). The ferry has a cafeteria that offers a variety of snacks, including a few Maltese favorites, such as these flaky savory pastries (pastizzi), which come in a variety of flavors such as cheese, mashed peas with Indian spices or chicken. You’re not allowed to ride in the car hold area during the trip, so hitting the snack bar is great way to pass the time. Try the local snacks!

The roads on Gozo are pretty varied. We found some nice stretches of well paved roads, roads that weren’t paved at all, and roads that were riddled with pot holes. Despite that, getting around was easy using basic GPS navigation. And because the island is pretty small, getting from one area we wanted to see to the next was pretty easy. We also traveled in April, which meant that the area was light on traffic and tourists.

Note: There are companies that do a “ hop on hop off” style bus tours, where you buy one ticket and are delivered to several main attractions on the island. This is a good option if you aren’t interested in driving. However, we saw many people standing around waiting for the bus which can eat up a good portion of your time in the island if you are only visiting for the day. There is also a public bus. Be aware that in order to ride the bus you need to buy a new ticket each time you get back on, which can become costly if you plan to visit several places. What to See on Gozo

According to the legend, in 1883 a peasant woman who was walking past the church claimed to have heard a voice asking her to recite three Hail Marys. Since then, many miracles are believed to have occurred on the holy grounds for the visiting faithful. Momentos of those who were healed after visiting the sanctuary are hung on the walls in the vestibules of the church.

The quaint crafts village has shops with local artisans creating handcrafted items. Most of the crafts are traditional, such as pottery, glass, jewelry, gourmet foods or textiles. But while they are inspired by tradition, they can have a touch of the modern depending on the particular interest and specialty of the artist. Many of the shops are actually operated by the artist themselves, which makes the visit and purchasing something to take home a little more personal and memorable. Dwejra

Dwejra is now probably best known as what is now the former home of Gozo’s Azure Window. This beautiful iconic rock window formation is pictured on postcards and tourist posters throughout Gozo. Sadly, the arch collapsed in a heavy storm in March 2017, and standing where it once was I can say there is no visible evidence that it ever existed. The area, however, remains beautiful and is still worth a visit.

Comino and Cominotto are two small uninhabited islands situated between the main island of Malta and the island of Gozo. Visitors who decide to make a stop at Comino Island, which is possible by Camino Ferry, will be rewarded by a chance to experience the Blue Lagoon. Since cars are not permitted on these islands, visiting would probably be better for another full day. Comino offers opportunities for swimming, hiking, sun bathing and snorkeling. Snacks are also available from any one of several food stands that serve anything from sandwiches, pizza, beer and wine, to the puzzling offering of a pina colada served in a fresh coconut. Several companies offer day long boat excursions that stop at the Blue Lagoon, but we found it much less expensive and more convenient to take the public ferry. For those staying in Gozo a little longer, taking the ferry from there to Comino is also a good option. One local gave us the best suggestion of all, which was finding a private boat operator to take you to Comino for an evening party when the island is all but empty. If only we had more time, we would have done just that.

Generally we found the food in Maltese restaurants to be pretty standard on most menus. Traditional cuisine has strong influences from Sicily and North Africa, but expect menus to reflect tastes of frequent English visitors. Every place where we enjoyed a meal on Gozo surprised us with the quality and quantity as compared to places we visited on the main island of Malta. Most every restaurant in Malta has appetizers including garlic bread (with or without cheese), grilled octopus, mushroom sautéed in garlic, and fried calamari. Salads are typically Greek, Chicken Caesar or Maltese Cheese Salad (a basic salad topped with a feta-like local cheese). There will be a few pasta dishes, pizza, a risotto or two, lamb shank, bigoli (also called beef olives, a traditional rolled beef dish), mussels steamed in wine, burgers, chicken, beef, a few fish dishes, and always rabbit. Where to Stay on Gozo

Staying in the capital, Victoria, offers the most opportunity finding a variety of restaurants and evening activities on Gozo. Our pick is the Duke Boutique Hotel. The staff were very friendly, the breakfast (which was included in the rate) was very good, and the location was very central. Best of all, we selected a room that had a hot tub, which turned out to be a full-sized version set up on our private terrace. The price, at the time of our stay in April, was under $100 US. Gozo Locals

While is it difficult to generalize, we found the mostly bilingual population of Malta to be very chatty and extremely welcoming. The Maltese people are incredibly proud of their heritage, and that pride seemed to be even more concentrated on the island of Gozo. Strike up a conversation with a local and you’ll get passionate recommendations for events and things to do that you won’t find in guide books. Connecting with a local is by far our best recommendation for what to do in Gozo in 24 hours, and will probably provide the best memory of your stay.