A Day Trip to Gozo
Updated: Apr 6, 2020
I’m currently in Malta with my good friend Hannah (we trained together as student nurses in Nottingham). Hannah knows Malta very well, so she’s been the ultimate tour guide, taking me to tourist hotspots and hidden gems alike.
On our first afternoon we arrived at the apartment (we’re staying in the village of Mellieha), dropped our stuff off and headed straight back out the door to catch the ferry to Gozo.
Malta’s little sister island, Gozo, is just a short ferry ride away. We caught the ferry from Cirkewwa (don’t worry about getting a ticket on the way out, you just pay on the way back!)
Gozo was my first experience of Malta’s bus system, and an experience it is. The buses can pretty much get you anywhere, but the phrase “they’re like buses, you wait ages for one and then three turn up” definitely originated in Malta! Prepare to wait a while sometimes. But at €1.50 for a ticket that can be used for two hours, hop on and off, it is by far the easiest way to get around. You wouldn’t get me behind the wheel of a car here, let’s just say that the driving style is quite erratic - haha!
Our first stop was Victoria, the capital of Gozo, and the home to a beautiful Citadel atop the tallest hill in the city.
It's very Game of Thrones (quite a bit of season one was actually filmed on Malta and Gozo).
We stopped in a sunny square for cappuccinos and pastizzis. A Maltese pastry that I can’t get enough of, I’ve had one everyday since we’ve been here. Filled with either cheese or spicy peas, they’re a buttery, crispy dream!
After wandering all the little back streets, admiring trinkets and tat in equal measure we jumped back on the bus and headed somewhere in search of a more laidback vibe.
Marsalforn was perfect. A small sea front town with a bay of sparkling turquoise water.
We rested our feet at one of the many seafront bars and enjoyed some Maltese wine (which greatly exceeded expectations!)
Then walked down for dinner at Pierre’s. Their pizzas are excellent and you can sit right out by the water as the sun sets.
A seriously good start to our Maltese adventure.