Gozo is a small island with a big role in the history of Malta, home to only 30,000 people it is also believed to possess the oldest religious structure in the world, Ġgantija. Inhabited since 5000BC the island is one of the oldest continually inhabited places on the planet and it still retains a unique, antiquated character. The accommodation on the island comes generally in the form of private villas which are resplendent with old-world charm, most are located near Rabat, the only city on the island.
Gozo is also home to what many people consider the best beaches in Malta, with the bucolic Ramla Bay being the highlight. The sand is noticeably red and the waters clear but for some the interest lies in Calypso’s Cave, famous from Homer’s Odyssey, which can supposedly be found here. There are many towns to visit on the island, most are quiet and undisturbed by tourism but the village of Xewkija is of particular note due to the wonderful church which can house around 3000 people. The name ‘Gozo’ means ‘joy’ in Castilian and is apparent as a personality trait of many of the islanders.
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