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Malta and Gozo (Travellers)

Malta and Gozo (Travellers)
by Susie Boulton
"Travellers Malta & Gozo" is the perfect guide for visitors who want to access the best of this perennially popular island. It offers expert advice, tracking down the best sights and experiences; detailed background on people, geography, culture and history; clear and accurate mapping for orientation at country, region and city levels; suggested walks and tours to somewhere a little different, including a cruise in Valletta Harbour and a walk along Marfa Ridge; impartial and dependable sleeping, eating and entertainment listings; full colour throughout, with over 140 photographs; and a comprehensive coverage of the best of this country, including Valletta, Sliema, Mdina and Rabat, Southern Malta, Northern Malta, Victoria and Gozo island. More information and prices from:
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Time Out Mata

"Time Out" Malta
  "Time Out's Shortlist: guides offer all the usual visitor information, presented in a way designed to take you straight to what you're looking for: reviews of the classic sights and venues in area-by-area chapters, maps with all the entries pinpointed, customised itineraries and visitor basics, all illustrated with inspiring photography. To help you make city-wide choices, they include critical and useful venue selections in a variety of fields - our Shortlists. More information and prices from:
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Gozo

Gozo - inside Ggantija

Gozo - inside Ggantija

Gozo

Gozo is the second largest of the Maltese Islands with a population of around 30,000. The Gozitans live on an island only a third of the size of Malta and live a much slower pace of life than their neighbours. The main industries are farming and fishing.

Because of the smallness and relative quiet of the island, the tourist industry seems more exclusive than Malta. Gozo offers a tranquil base from which to explore all the Maltese Islands.

Gozo provides some excellent walking, great coastal scenery and some of Europe's best diving. Archaeological remains, such as the megalithic temple of Ggantija and the citadel in Victoria provide great historical interest. The island's churches are, well, enormous - many looking more like cathedrals than parish churches. There are some excellent restaurants making good use of local produce and fish.

In Greek mythology, Gozo was thought to be the home of the nymph Calypso who held Odysseus in her spell for 7 years until the God Zeus demanded his release. The Phoenicians probably called the island Gwl - the name used for their sailing ships. Later, the Greeks translated the name to Gaulos and the Romans modified it to Gaudos. Under Spanish rule this became Gozo. The inhabitants call it Ghawdex (pronounced ‘ow-desh’).

Gozo - from the Citadel

Gozo - from the Citadel

The main town of Gozo is called Victoria, although the Gozitans tend to use the older Arabic name of Rabat. The town is dominated by the Citadel, a walled castle area. The town centre is It-Tokk, a large square. Victoria is the place to buy food and antiques or watch life go by.

Getting to Gozo

British Airways and Air Malta provide regular scheduled flights to Malta. There are frequent ferry connections to Gozo and car hire is economic and easy to arrange.

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