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sports, which can be enjoyed year-round. The terraced fields, bordered by miles of old rubble walls, slope down a myriad of hills and valleys, giving the countryside an irresistible lure for ramblers, especially during the autumn, winter and spring months when the Island attains a green golden hue all around.

Surrounded by sea, Gozo naturally offers a wide range of water sports, such as paragliding, sailing and not to mention, scuba diving. Over the past decade, scuba diving in Gozo has grown immensely in popularity. This is no surprise considering the many scenic dive sites, beautifully coloured coral reefs and caves, such as Cathedral and Coral caves, which over the years have become a habitat for varied and unusual marine life.

The ingredients that make Gozo and Malta so attractive for scuba diving are the unique topography, mild weather and clean pollution-free waters. In summer, the warm sea temperature (averaging 26˚C) makes it possible for divers to wear a light wet suit, making it easier for beginners and the less adventurous, and the waters around the hidden rocky coves of Dwejra invite snorkellers with their safe bathing, which can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Gozo is exceptional for mountain biking for all levels of ability, with its serene environment and breathtaking views. The Dwejra route is popular for beginners and the highlights include the Azure

Gozo’s small size is deceptive – its rich history and unique landscape catches everyone by surprise. The rugged Island is covered by lush vegetation and dramatic cliffs, and is a haven of unspoiled rustic beauty. Inhabited since mythical times, Gozo retains an aura of unblemished splendour, offering a complete oasis from the stresses of modern life.

The Island’s history and past cultures are evident from its Ggantija Megalithic temples (thought to be the oldest free standing structures in the world) and forts dotted around the countryside and along the shoreline. An ancient walled city located in Victoria (the Island’s capital) perched high above sea level dominates the centre of the Island. From the huge walls of the fortifications a breathtaking panorama unfolds, where all the villages with their dominant church domes can be marvelled.

Situated in the heart of Victoria is the Basilica of St. George and the narrow medieval streets that surround it instil a feeling of times gone by. Life on Gozo operates at a much slower pace than its neighbour Malta – yet it’s an exciting destination, providing some of Europe’s most compelling outdoor experiences, medieval architecture, exquisite cuisine and beautiful places to stay.

Gozo’s natural environment is home to a number of invigorating

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