Three Walks in Gozo You Should Try
Although tiny in size, visitors are usually amazed at the amount of activities you can partake in while on the island of Gozo. If you’re visiting outside of summer, during the cooler months from October to May, we highly recommend going for one of the popular Gozo walks. We have already featured a walk that is close to our properties in the village of Xewkija. In this blog, we’ll be featuring three offical walking routes that are outside of the village of Xewkija and take you to some of the most beautiful natural sites on the island.
Daħlet Qorrot Walk
This 10KM circular walk starts from Nadur’s village square. The heart of a Gozitan village is always the square and in-Nadur square is usually bustling with life especially during the evenings when locals meet for a drink in the square’s numerous bars. In-Nadur is best known for its village festa and carnival. This is when thousands of people congregate in the village square and the surrounding strees for these activities.
Leaving the piazza behind, you’ll walk towards the beautiful natural area of Il-Qortin ta’ Isopu where you’ll be able to see the 1667 Knights of St. John tower. This tower is featured in our blog about the watchtowers still standing in Gozo that were built during the Knights’ era. As seen in these images, the tower is surrounded by wonderful garrigue terrain known for its wild rock roses and endemic Maltese spurge. From this area, you’ll also see a stunning panoramic of the Medirerraean sea that surrounds the island of Gozo.
From Ta’ Isopu you’ll walk to Daħlet Qorrot, a pretty little bay that is very popular with Gozitans, especially those living in Nadur, as it seems to have preserved its authenticity. At Daħlet Qorrot you’ll still see fishermen preparing their fishing nets for their daily fishing trip and traditional boats bobbing on the ripples in the bay. Daħlet Qorrot is an ideal swimming spot but if you’re doing the walk during the wintery months, this is also a good location to stop for a picnic to recharge yourself.
The walk takes you through valleys, the village of Qala and back again to the Nadur village square. Keep a camera handy throughout the walk, you will need it.
Difficulty: Moderate with some steep inclines
The route is also ideal for bike rides.
This walk starts and ends in Victoria and takes you to the westernmost coast of Gozo and throughout you’ll see different aspects of the island ranging from sleepy hamlets to gorgeous natural features.
At the start of the walk, you’ll go through some of the beautiful old narrow streets around St. George’s Basilica in the historic part of the Victoria. The trail also takes you to Gozo’s most fertile valley: Wied il-Lunzjata. Some features here, such as the arched entrance, date back to the time of the Knights of St. John.
The route takes to Ta’ Sarraflu pond where you can enjoy panoramic views of Xlendi and the Cliffs sandwiching one of Gozo’s most popular resorts. The meandering coastal trail from here takes you to Dwejra, a site of huge natural and ecological importance. Dwejra is home to the Fungus Rock, the pretty Inland Sea, a 1652 Knights of St. John watchtower, numerous fossils, and some mysterious cart ruts.
From Dwerja you’ll retrace your steps up to the small village of San Lawrenz. The trail takes you to what is thought to be one of Gozo’s first settlements (the area of Ghajn Abdul and Mixta Cave) and through Santa Luċija, an idyllic hamlet that is full of character. In 2008 this hamlet was awarded the title of European Destination of Excellence for its initiatives in preserving intangible cultural heritage.
The walk ends at It-Tokk square in Victoria where, although not part of the trail, we definitely suggest you visit the Gozo Cittadella for leisurely walk through its quiet streets.
The walk to Ramla starts from Marsalforn bay, goes through one of the island’s most fertile valleys (which is particularly beautiful from October to April) and passes you through the historic village of Xagħra.
Xagħra boasts a historical heritage like no other village on the island with Ta’ Kola Windmill, one of the few surviving windmills on the Maltese Islands that date bck to the Knights’ Period, and the world-famous Gġantija Temples. The latter is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is thought to have been built more than 5,000 years ago. The temples predate Egypt’s pyramids! This walk takes you to these temples and we highly suggest you stop to check them out. You may find more information about tickets here.
From Gġantija, the walk route takes you to a picturesque road that leads you to the beautiful Ramla Bay. With its red sand, Ramla is arguably the Maltese Islands’ most beautiful beach. It has remarkable geological, historical, archeological, and ecological features, a gem for the island of Gozo.
Ramla is ideal for a swim between May and October and it also makes for a perfect setting for a picnic, especially during autumn, winter, and spring.
Difficulty: Moderate with some steep inclines
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