A Gozo Island Sightseeing Adventure by Scooter

All it took was seeing one photo of the Azure Window on Instagram last year to get me hell-bent on visiting Malta. What can I say; I’m a sucker for any place where I can doggy paddle around in crystal clear water!

The country of Malta consists of many islands, but it’s three largest are: Malta, Gozo, and Comino. Gozo was #1 on my list; I just had to get up close and personal with that Azure Window.

After facing the hassle of having to follow bus schedules on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, I knew the best option was to rent a scooter to go Gozo Island sightseeing since it’s a small island. Even though I suffered a slight fall while riding a scooter around Goa last year and ended up with a cut that required a tetanus shot, I was itching to get behind one again.

Scooter

Forget cars, I’ll ride a scooter all day!

Gozo is very easy to navigate. Most roads lead to the capital, Victoria (also called Rabat), and from there, follow the signs to the end destination. Gozo is about 26 square miles, so it’s impossible to get lost. In some places you can see across the entire island!

Gozo Island, Malta

We drove from Mgarr to Xlendi Bay, Victoria, the Azure Window near Dwejra Bay, Marsalforn, and Ramla Bay, stopping here and there when we wanted, such as small villages like Ghajnsielem. The flexibility of riding a scooter instead of relying on buses allowed us to see places we otherwise wouldn’t have, which is reason alone to rent and ride!

So off we went on a Gozo Island sightseeing adventure – scooter style!

Discovering Gozo’s gorgeous hotspots my favorite way: on a scooter!

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Here are three of my favorite places along the way:

Xlendi Bay

My first glimpse of the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean surrounding Gozo was at Xlendi Bay. The bay is small but picturesque, full of boats and swimmers alike.

Xlendi Bay

We followed a stairwell that took us up a cliff where we could see more of the surrounding cliffs.

Xlendi Cliffs

There are rocks to jump off of into the water, but this is not Gozo’s best beach. The bay and its caves would probably be best discovered by boat.

Xlendi Bay

After Xlendi, it was time to cool off in the water. Following the road back to Victoria, we made our way to the main event (in my eyes) – the Azure Window!

Azure Window

The Azure Window is Gozo’s biggest draw, and it’s easy to see why. The limestone arch creates a perfect window into the sea and cliffs. This area is very popular among scuba divers and boaters, it fulfilled my Maltese dreams to just jump in and swim around.

Azure Window

The arch is even more beautiful in real life than in any photos I captured or have ever seen. You really have to see it to believe it.

Azure WindowThis is also the final resting place of my favorite sandals; the rocks are so sharp near the swimming area that my feet twisted and turned enough to break them! It was so worth it, though!

Azure Window

I’m glad I finally made it here this year – the arch is eroding so quickly that it’s likely to disintegrate in a few years!

After purchasing replacement flip-flops and drying off, it was time to hit the road again. We rode around and stopped off at little sights along the way as we headed to the north side of the island.

Ramla Bay

Ramla Bay

The best beach to swim in on Gozo Island is at Ramla Bay. Located on the north side of the island, there’s plenty of space for everyone. Plus the beach is sandy, which is hard to come by in the Mediterranean.

Ramla Bay

If you have time…

…swing by Victoria or the other inland villages like Ghajnsielem. I didn’t find many to be very exciting, but the large, sandcastle-like churches are impressive.

Ghajnsielem parish church

Ghajnsielem Parish Church

Marsalforn Bay on the northern side of the island also looks gorgeous in the pictures online, but the place we stopped didn’t look so hot. We must have made a wrong turn!

I really wanted to see the Neolithic Ġgantija Temples, but the exhibit was closed when we got there, womp womp. Still, I’ve heard they are a sight to be seen, so I’d say it’s worth checking out.

Logistics

How to get to the ferry
Depending on where you are staying, getting to Gozo from Malta could take some time. I stayed in Sliema on Malta Island and took the bus to the ferry terminal in Cirkewwa. The bus ride lasted about an hour. Keep in mind that although the islands are fairly small, the bus has to make many stops along the way. The ferry leaves every 45 minutes, lasts 30 minutes, and arrives in Mgarr on Gozo.

Where to rent
I rented a scooter just across the street from the ferry terminal. There are many in the area.

Cost
30€ for the day (this may vary depending on where the scooter is rented from). Aside from food, this is the only cost we incurred all day!

Required
Valid driver’s license (international license wasn’t required in this case), and a credit card for the rental shop to keep on file in case of damages.

Don’t forget
Malta used to be under British rule; everyone drives on the left side of the road! And wear a helmet!

3 Comments

  1. July 31, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    You’re so damn cool, and this place looks freakin’ incredible!

    • August 19, 2015 / 8:29 pm

      Thanks, Kate! By the way I’m obsessed with all of your photos lately! 🙂

  2. October 22, 2016 / 2:20 am

    Wonderful post Lavi! I’m glad that I found your article about Gozo Island. Me and my colleagues are going there next year and we’re planning to stay for a month or two. Do you know any cheap accommodation where we can stay? Thanks.

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