Unveiling the Wonders of Gozo: Fun Facts you didn’t Know!

Prepare to be amazed as we take you on a journey to Malta’s captivating sister island—Gozo! While enjoying your holiday, don’t miss the chance to explore this hidden gem. Let’s dive into some surprising facts about Gozo that will leave you in awe.

The Ġgantija Temples: A Window to Ancient History!

Did you know the Ġgantija temples on Gozo are among the oldest in the world? Dating back to 3,600 BC during the Neolithic period, these temples predate even the famous pyramids of Egypt! The name “Ġgantija” means “Giants’ Tower,” and these magnificent structures stand as a testament to the skill and ingenuity of our ancient ancestors. As you explore, keep an eye out for ancient graffiti etched into the rocks—a reminder that rebellion has always been in our nature!

Bird's-eye view of Ġgantija temples
Bird's-eye view of Ġgantija temples

Gozo’s Grand Churches: A Divine Connection!

Just like Malta, Gozo is renowned for its impressive churches. With approximately 46 churches, you’ll find architectural marvels scattered across the island. One notable example is St. John the Baptist Church in Xewkija, built in 1678. What truly sets it apart is its gigantic dome. With an internal diameter of 27 meters (89 ft) and a height of 75 meters (246 ft), it is the third-highest unsupported dome in the world! It’s hard to believe such a small island can hold such grandeur. Don’t underestimate Gozo—it’s full of surprises!

Ta' Pinu Church in Għarb, Gozo
Ta' Pinu Church in Għarb, Gozo

Lights, Camera, Action! Gozo on the Big Screen!

Gozo has played a starring role in several Hollywood movies. Films like “By The Sea,” featuring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, were shot along the picturesque coast of Mġarr ix-Xini. Additionally, “World War Z” and “Brideshead Revisited” have also left their mark on our beautiful island. However, the most famous appearance is undoubtedly in the legendary TV series “Game of Thrones.” The iconic Azure Window served as the backdrop for the wedding between Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo. Sadly, both the Azure Window and their fictional union met an unhappy ending when the natural arch collapsed into the sea in March 2017. A bittersweet memory indeed!

Mġarr ix-Xini bay, Gozo
Mġarr ix-Xini bay, Gozo

The Nadur Carnival: Let the Festivities Begin!

While Rio de Janeiro may be synonymous with carnival, Gozo has its own vibrant celebration in the charming village of Nadur. Taking place in February, this lively event showcases colorful floats, infectious music, delectable food, energetic dances, and unforgettable parties. If you’re lucky enough to visit during this time, be sure to join in the fun and experience the contagious spirit of the Gozitan people. We know how to throw a party that will leave you with cherished memories!

Two people dressed up for carnival, Gozo
Two people dressed up for carnival, Gozo

BONUS… Pirates of Gozo: Tales of Adventure!

If there’s one island that has faced the brunt of piracy, it’s our beloved Gozo. Ravaged countless times by the notorious Barbary Corsairs, our island has endured its fair share of thrilling tales. Stories of these “evil” pirates are plentiful and have become a part of our rich history. Speaking of piracy in Malta, if you’re interested in guided tours in Valletta that delve into the other side of the story—the Maltese Corsairs, our version of the Barbary Pirates—click HERE.

Now that you’re armed with these surprising facts about Gozo, it’s time to embark on your own Gozo adventure. Discover the wonders of this charming island, soak up its history, and immerse yourself in its captivating stories.

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