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The sister islands of Malta | Gozo and Comino

Perhaps you’ve been to Malta, but at least you’ve ever spent a day in one of its sister islands? If you have never done this then you should as it will bring you to discover an enchanted land.

Gozo island, Malta

Gozo island, Malta

Gozo is an island very special! It is just 5 km from Malta, full of archaeological sites and linked with the legend of Calypso narrated in Homer’s Odyssey and it can be reached in only 20 minutes by ferry from Malta. It is an interesting place for both stopovers and a trip of long duration. Gozo is an island very simple and rural and bases its culture around fishing, agricultural and pastoral activities. Since the Middle Ages the island was subject to looting by barbarians and Saracens, a period which marked the island tremendously, which was recovered after a long time with the arrival of the Knights. According to my30stravelblog.com, in Gozo it seems that time has stopped; the squares are quiet, the bars open very early in the morning and close late at night and are used by locals and tourists as a place of socialization. These eateries have not changed over time and you can see from the packaging of drinks and food for sale on the shelves and in the windows of the houses.

Gozo harbor

Gozo harbor

Gozo, Malta

Gozo, Malta

Gozo

Gozo

Victoria, also known as Rabat, is the citadel of Gozo situated on top of a hill. This is the central place where locals perform all the daily activities. It is a great place to learn about the customs of the local people, especially during the En-Tokk, the main market. All over the island there are restaurants where you can eat a variety of cuisine, but I always suggest to try the local cuisine. It is definitely a “good” to know and to immerse yourselves in the local culture.

Comino and Gozo on the background

Comino and Gozo on the background

Between Malta and Gozo lies Comino which is a tiny island, a paradise for lovers of water sports, the island of the Blue Lagoon (better known as the Blue Lagoon) with crystal clear waters. It is a place of refuge throughout the year for a Car-free and carefree life. Comino was uninhabited until the Roman period, which is considered a hunting ground and outpost defense. Often used by pirates as a base for operations in the Mediterranean. After the Second World War, Comino remained an isolated place until the tourism discovered it in the mid-sixties. Now tourists have a single accommodation. In the south-east of the island is located Earth of Santa Maria, built in 1618 as a strategic point of view.

Comino island

Comino island

Photos: leslievella64, Ian Pace, picqero, Chiara Andrea

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