GOZO OF MALTA

The island of Gozo is small but very significant with history, dating back to ancient times. Dive with us in its water to discover what hides underneath the surface

Words: Emily Georgieva

Photography: John Forson

27 March 2019

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Gozo is one of the islands in the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the 21 islands, which combined form the Maltese archipelago.  Over the years of its existence, it has developed quite an interesting history.  The island has been under Sicilian, British, French, Arab and Roman rule. A few other nations have had immigrated to the land and this is the reason why when visiting, you can get the feeling of stepping back in time. Although it holds Malta's charm, unlike the rest of it, Gozo has not been heavily influenced by the development of the modernisation. In fact, the tiny island has only one hotel.

It is an idyllic location for divers and anyone interested in exploring the underwater world. The Blue Hole, which is known to be around 10 m wide and 25 m deep is essentially a deep tunnel, which directly connects Gozo with the open sea.

The meaning of the island seems to suit it. In Castilian 'gozo' translates in English as 'joy'. It is a place that brings happiness to people, there is no doubt about that.

The mythology mentions the island as well. It is believed to me mysterious and mystic. Homer's Odyssey describes it as the isle that has once belonged to the Greek nymph Calypso. From the historic sites to the rocky surface, the island reveals a panoramic view of the sea.

Gozo is also known as the sister island of Malta. Apart from the views, it holds something very ancient in its possessions. The Ġgantija Temple is a prehistoric temple, existing from Neolithic times and represents a huge part of the cultural heritage of the island. It is older than the pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

Whether you prefer to explore the ocean from afar from the comfort of a boat or you would like to enjoy the crystal-clear viability of the water and dive in, Gozo is a place that must be visited at least once in a lifetime.

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