Towns in Gozo
Gozo is the sister island to Malta. Although it is much smaller, this little island packs a punch when it comes to culture and beaches. Many Maltese people will confirm that life in Gozo is more laid-back, partly due to the dependence on agricultural production. Don’t be surprised if you find a herd of sheep blocking your road, or a horse-driven cart pulling cargo holding up traffic here!
The capital city of Gozo is known by two names, Victoria and Rabat. Street corners feature carved statuettes depicting holy figures, protecting residents. The old Citadel is a fortified city, with spectacular views of the rest of the island.
After departing from the ferry, passengers land in Mgarr. Ascending the road from Mgarr to the rest of Gozo, you can’t miss the stunning gothic style Our Lady of Lourdes chapel. The 18th Century Fort Chambray, found in Ghajnsielem, boasts amazing views of the southern cliffs and Comino.
San Lawrenz is a quiet rural village with a very small population. Located on the west of the island, is home to the majestic Dwejra Bay. As it is the highest point of the island, it enjoys views of the protected Fungus Rock and the geological wonder of the Azure Window.
Property in Gozo is similar to that in Malta, with a great choice of property to rent or to buy. Properties range from large villas, townhouses and houses of character, to apartments and maisonettes. Gozo property features include detailed stone balconies, thick limestone walls to keep the interior cool, and often a swimming pool in larger properties.
Despite the close proximity of Gozo to Malta, there is certainly a particular character to the smaller island. The peculiar features of Gozo are what makes it so distinct from Malta - features such as the folklore museum in Gharb, or the traditional “ganutell” (Maltese embroidery) practised by a few craftspeople in Victoria. The Gozitans enjoy a way of life that is traditional and old-fashioned, certainly at a slower pace than the Maltese. These features attract Maltese and foreign nationals looking to retire in a quiet and safe area, never far from a beach or convenience store yet away from the commercialism and noise of Malta.
Don’t miss these locations:
- Ramla l-Hamra - literally “red sand”, this beach is very popular for its beauty
- Ta’ Pinu church - visit the sanctuary for a surreal spiritual experience
- The Citadel in Rabat
- Dwejra and the Inland Sea
- The Azure window
Non-Maltese residents can freely purchase property in Special Designated Areas. The following SDAs are located in Gozo:
• Vista Point, Marsalforn, Gozo
• Fort Chambray, Ghajnsielem, Gozo
• Kempinski Residences, San Lawrenz, Gozo
Dhalia Gozo branch manager Mr David Sultana will gladly point you to one of his property consultants, who specialise in sales and letting of property in Gozo.