Find all relevant information regarding the beautiful island of Gozo!
Malta and Gozo are within easy reach of each other by means of frequent and direct se service.
A regular ferry service carries passengers and cars between Malta and Gozo. You take the boat at Cirkewwa at the far north of Malta and land at Mgarr Harbour in Gozo. The crossing takes about 25 minutes. The ferry service is available round the clock from July to September and from 5.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. from October to June.
The Gozo Channel Company is responsible for the running of these services.
Places to visit in Gozo
No visitor has ever been to Malta and left without visiting her sister islands, Gozo and Comino. Gozo, aptly termed as the island where time stands still because of the tranquility it exudes, is greener than Malta and more rural allowing for sweeping views of terraced fields, glimmering shore-lines, and imposing churches. Comino, a mile long and uninhabited, is a veritable paradise with a lagoon bluer than turquoise.
The Island of Gozo has often been referred to as the island of sunshine and history and with good reason. With a history boasting 6,000 years of civilization, every square inch of its land, its temples and monuments bear witness to these past civilizations. For those of you with an appetite for culture, Gozo is strewn with fascinating historical and archaeological sites, some of which date back earlier than the Pyramids!
Museum lovers will find a variety of treasures to discover on Gozo. Each museum houses fabulous artifacts from various fields and eras be it art, archaeology, natural history, wartime, the temples or our celebrated maritime history. And more treasures can be found in one of the 55 churches built on the island of Gozo!
And for those who wish to take it easier on Gozo, simply stroll around our charming towns and villages and enjoy the uniqueness and tranquility that is so very typical of the Island of Gozo.
Gozo- Marsalforn Bay, Ramla Bay, Xlendi Bay, Hondoq Ir-Rummien Bay, San Blas Bay, Imgarr ix-Xini Bay, Dahlet Qorrot Bay.
Comino- Blue Lagoon, Santa Marija Bay, St. Nicholas Bay, Crystal Lagoon
Weather in Gozo
Malta's climate is typical of the Mediterranean and is strongly influenced by the sea. The Maltese Islands have a pleasantly sunny climate with a daily average of around 12 hours sunshine in summer going down to 5 to 6 hours in mild-winter.
Summers are hot, dry and very sunny. Day-time temperatures in summer are often mitigated by cooling sea breezes.
Spring and Autumn are cooler, except when the occasional Scirocco wind from Africa brings unseasonably high temperatures and humidity.
Winters are mild, with the occasional short cold spells brought about by the north and north-easterly winds from central Europe.
Annual rainfall is low, average 568mm a year. Bathing in the sea is quite possible well into the 'winter' months, and the peak beach season can last until mid-to late October.
Check out the weather here Gozo Weather.
Geography of Gozo
Malta and Gozo enjoy a healthy climate, with mild winters and a hot summer season. Cold winds, snow, frost and fog are unknown. Rain falls between September and April. It seldom rains after April, and nearly never in summertime.
The temperature averages 57.5 degrees Fahrenheit in winter (Nov-Apr) and 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer (May-Oct). The hottest period is from mid-July through mid-September although the islands seldom get too hot, as hot summer days and nights are regularly tempered by cool sea breezes.
There are no mountains or rivers. The majority of fields are small and terraced, but despite lack of rain and other adverse terrain conditions, agriculture is well developed.
Driving in Malta and Gozo
In Malta and Gozo, driving is on the left hand side. There are speed limits of 80km/h on the open roads and 50km/h in built up areas, unless otherwise indicated on relevant road signs.
If you intend to rent a car or drive in Malta, it is advisable to take our comprehensive insurance. National or International driving licence are accepted.
Electricity in Gozo
The electrical supply is 230 volts/-10%. The frequency of the supply is 50 hertz. The three-pin rectangular sockets are used in Malta as in Britain. Adapters are very eas to find.
Medical care in Malta and Gozo is available through both public and private hospitals and the quality of medical care in Malta and Gozo is excellent. However we suggest that before you travel to the Maltese Islands, all necessary measures are taken to ensure that you, and anyone else travelling with you, is up-to-date on all routine and recommended immunizations according to schedules defined in your country of residence.
We strongly recommend that you consult with your doctor for specific information related to your needs and your medical history; recommendations may differ for pregnant women, young children, and persons who have chronic medical conditions.
Malta and Gozo has an excellent health service. Hospitals are modern and supported by a regional network of health centres. Travellers do not normally require certificates of vaccination or immunization to enter the Maltese Islands. Visitors from EU member states should make sure that they have a European Health Insurance card. It is advisable that all visitors, irrespective of their nationality, take out a personal medical insurance policy. Malta has reciprocal health agreements with Australia and the United Kingdom. Nationals of these countries, visiting the Islands for no longer than one month, are entitled to free medical and hospital care in both Malta and Gozo.
Visitors receiving special medical treatment should bring a medical prescription or a letter of introduction from their family doctor, in case they need to purchase particular medicines.
Public General Hospitals
Mater Dei Hospital
B'Kara MSD 2090
Tel: 356 25450000
Gozo General Hospital
Tel: 356 21561600
Fax: 356 21560881
For more information on health sevices click here.
Pharmacies are found throughout the Maltese Islands and are open during normal shopping hours. On Sundays, chemists open on a roster from 09.00 until 12.30 in Malta and from 07.30 until 11.00 in Gozo. See pharmacy roster.
Water and Milk
Tap water is perfectly safe to drink throughout the Maltese Islands. Local and Imported bottled mineral water is available in shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars. Milk is pasteurised and available daily in cartons and bottles. All dairy products are safe for consumption.
Language in Malta and Gozo
The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English.
Maltese, a language of Semitic origin written in the Latin script, is the national language of Malta. Over the centuries, it has incorporated many words derived from English, Italian and French.
Italian is also widely spoken.
Malti - The Maltese Language
The Maltese language is a source of fascination to both visitors and linguists. The Maltese speak a unique language, Malti, the only Semitic language written in Latin characters.
Through the ages, many foreign words, particularly English and Italian, have become part of the language. English, which is also an official language, is widely and fluently spoken and is the language of international business.
What is surprising is that the islanders managed to retain a unique language in face of so many others brought by various powers over the centuries. Maltese was largely only a spoken language until the latter half of the 19th century when its grammatical rules were defined and written down.
The earliest written evidence of Maltese is a ballad by Pietro Caxaro, (d.1485). The Knights attempted to script it as well. The survival of the language is perhaps testament to the resilience of the Maltese to remain a distinct people and culture. Malti is thought to derive from the language of the ancient Phoenicians who arrived in Malta in 750 B.C.
The influence of the Arabs who made the Islands home from the 9th to 13th centuries is clear in the Maltese language whose roots are closely akin to Arabic. Place names and numbers are the most obvious examples of Arabic influence on the language.
For non-native speakers trying to learn Malti, the most awkward sound is similar to the Arabic q - an almost silent, but difficult to master, glottal stop. If you are interested in learning Maltese, several language schools on the islands run courses in Maltese for non-native speakers.
Malta is now in the E.U and therefore our currency is in Euro.
Banking hours usually are between 8.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; they are open until 11.30 a.m. on Saturdays. Some banks are open to the public for longer hours. Opening hours change for the winter and summer seasons. Foreign exchange facilities are available at the International Airport on a 24-hour basis all year round. There are also a number of automated foreign exchange machines scattered around the islands as well at automated teller machines (ATMs). Also, a number of exchange brokers operate on the islands.
The following banks operate in Malta and Gozo:
Bank of Valletta
Access, American Express, Carte Blanche, Diners Club International, Master Card and Visa are accepted by most hotels and restaurants and a good number of retail outlets. Card-holders should check with their credit/charge card company for details on merchant acceptability and other services that may be available.
Shopping in Gozo
All shopping arcades and shops in Gozo are situated in very central places and visitors may easily reach these localities either by private or public transport. Shops are open daily from 08.30hrs to 12.00hrs and from 16.00hrs to 19.00hrs. Shopping malls in Gozo located in the capital city Victoria are Duke Shopping Mall & Arcadia Shopping Mall
In commercial areas frequented by tourists however, most shops remain open until approximately 10.00 pm. The shops in these localities offer all that customers may need such as food, fashionable clothes for all types of occasions and clients, souvenirs, shoes, hifi equipment and household accessories. Shops are not open on Sundays and public holidays.
Major credit cards, travellers cheques and eurocheques are accepted at most leading shops and restaurants. Card-holders should check with their credit/charge card company for details on merchant acceptability and other services that may be available.
There is an open-air market, open Monday to Saturday, in Victoria the capital city of Gozo.
Another open-air market, is open on Wednesdays from 7.00 a.m till noon.
Victoria the capital city of Gozo.Malta and Gozo have 14 annual Public Holidays. With the exception of Good Friday, whose days varies from year to year, every other Public Holiday is celebrated on a fixed day of the year.
The dates are the following:
1st January - New Years Day
10 February - Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck
19th March - Feast of St. Joseph
31st March - Freedom Day
March/April (date changes) - Good Friday
1st May - Labour Day
7th June - Sette Giugno
29th June - Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul (L-Imnarja)
15th August - Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady (Santa Marija)
8th September - Feast of Our Lady of Victories
21st September - Independence Day
8th December - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
13th December - Republic Day
25th December - Christmas Day
Local and international telephone calls can be made from hotel rooms, and credit and charge cards are normally accepted. Telex facilities, as well as facsimile machines, are also available at most hotels.
Go plc provides a 24-hour international telephone, telex and facsimile service at its St George's Branch. A similar service is available from the Valletta Branch in South Street. However, the service is only available during office hours and from Mondays to Saturdays. The services of overseas telephone calls, telex and facsimile, are available from Maltacom's Branch Offices at Bisazza Street and Plaza Shopping Complex in Sliema, Malta International Airport , at Qawra and at St Paul's Bay. These Branch Offices are open daily between 8.00 am and 10.30 pm.
There are 520 card phones in Malta and Gozo in the streets, public areas, Malta International Airport , Maltacom branches and tourist frequented areas. At least one card phone in each village of Malta and Gozo is available. Phone cards are on sale from Maltacom Branches, HSBC Bank branches, Post Office branches and over 400 other retail outlets, which display the Telecard sign.
Important telephone numbers:
00 International Direct Dialling Access Code from Malta
356 Malta Country Code
150 Star Services
133 Telephone Faults
190 Directory Enquiries
194 Overseas Operator
195 Time check
153 Government Information Service
179 Support line for abused children & adults
244371 AFM Helicopter Section
238797 AFM Patrol Boat Section
247858 Price Control
Time in Gozo
Malta and Gozo are on central European Time (CET), that is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in winter and two hours from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October. The islands are six hours ahead of Eastern Seaboard Time (EST) in winter and seven ahead from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in September.