Article Updated September 2018
Are You Looking for A Hidden Gem in The Mediterranean? Check Out Gozo, Malta’s Sister Island. You’ll Be Surprised with The Number of Things to Do in Gozo With Kids of All Ages.
Gozo is an island of the Maltese archipelago, south of Sicily. It is known for its popular tourist sites and attractive naturally-occurring landmarks. Thousands of tourists flock to this area not only to enjoy its natural beauty and rich history but also to try some of its family-friendly activities. From various theme parks and museums to boat trips and watersports, there are so many things to do in Gozo with kids.
If you and your family are planning to visit Gozo soon, try these 10 family-friendly activities, and you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience.
USEFUL TRAVEL TIPS
- #01 – QBAJJAR BAY AND QBAJJAR SALT PANS.
- #02 – PLAYGROUND AT THE THREE HILLS GARDEN.
- #03 – TRACKLESS TRAIN GOZO.
- #04 – THINGS TO DO IN RAMLA BEACH, GOZO.
- #05 – GOZO TOY MUSEUM.
- #06 – CITADELLA VISITOR CENTRE.
- #07 – VILLA RUNDLE GARDEN.
- #08 – DAY TRIP TO COMINO.
- #09 – DINE BY THE SEA.
- #10 – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE AND NATURE ACTIVITIES.
- BONUS TIP #1 – HOW TO GET TO GOZO.
- BONUS TIP #2 – HOW TO GET AROUND GOZO.
- BONUS TIP #3 – CLIMATE IN GOZO.
- BONUS TIP #4 – USEFUL INFORMATION.
- BONUS TIP #5 – WHERE TO STAY IN GOZO.
#01 – QBAJJAR BAY AND QBAJJAR SALT PANS.
A great way to spend your day in Gozo is by visiting the Qbajjar promenade in Marsalforn. This place is perfect for a day of sightseeing with the whole family. The promenade offers breathtaking views of the waters and Qbajjar watch tower. Even kids are sure to appreciate its beauty. After strolling, why not take a break with your children along with the other families? You can enjoy a cup of coffee while the kids play around in the open area.
What is most stunning about Qbajjar are the rock-cut saltpans that protrude into the sea at Qbajjar Bay. These saltpans are over 350 years old and they stretch about 3km along the coastline.
According to visitgozo.com: they are part of the centuries-old Gozitan tradition of Sea-Salt production that has been passed down within certain families for many generations. During the summer months, locals can still be seen scraping up the crystals of salt. Once collected, the salt is stored and processed in the caves that have been carved into the coastal rock.
#02 – PLAYGROUND AT THE THREE HILLS GARDEN.
Once you’re done marvelling the beauty of Qbajjar promenade, head over to the nearby Three Hills Garden. This place offers play areas for children of all ages and is one of the most child-friendly places in Gozo. A lot of kids can be seen enjoying the garden, especially with its six play areas and other features.
Aside from that, it is one of the four afforestation projects related to the Eco-Gozo project by the government. It aims to add more green space to the small island in the near future.
#03 – TRACKLESS TRAIN GOZO.
Hop on the cultural and historical Calypso train tour with the kids from Victoria to the village of Xaghra. With full commentary on board, the train tour will go through the following route:
- St. Martha’s Chapel.
- View of the village of Xaghra.
- View of the Rotunda Church, Xewkija.
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Chapel.
- Views from Xaghra.
- Visit the oldest still-standing temple in the world and UNESCO Heritage Site – the Ggantija Temples.
- Ta’ Kola Windmill.
- The Villa Rundle Garden.
- View of the Citadel Victoria.
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#04 – THINGS TO DO IN RAMLA BEACH, GOZO.
Kids love the beach, especially during summer. In Gozo, families from all over the world flock to Ramla Bay, the largest and most famous beach on the island. Nestled in a valley between Nadur and Xaghra, this place is easily accessible by car or bus. It features fine sand and pristine waters that both children and adults will enjoy. Some of the fun activities you and your kids can do here include scavenger hunts, picnics, water games, and more.
#05 – GOZO TOY MUSEUM.
This small and privately-owned museum located in Xaghra will teach you and your kids a thing or two about Gozitan toys. Here you can see a wide array of old toys, which date back to 1970. Let your kids’ imagination soar as they marvel at the beauty of these unique and classic pieces.
Some of the objects in display at the Museum of Toys include an 18th-century Maltese doll with carved wooden head, a 1930’s Noah’s Ark, “Hornby” train set, and Edwin’s “Dinky” vehicles. You can also see some optical, soft, and clockwork tin toys.
Make sure you check the website for the days they are open as it is not consistent throughout the year.
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#06 – CITADELLA VISITOR CENTRE.
Your Gozo trip will never be complete without setting foot to the Citadella. Considered as the island’s centerpiece with so many things to do, this place is known for its stunning architectural designs, as well as visual and narrative shows. Your kids are sure to be entertained with its engaging stories, matched with historic atmosphere of the place. Let their imagination roll with interesting tales of knights, battles, and more. It is definitely an experience they will never forget.
There are quite a few things to see at the Citadella:
- It’s major landmark, the Cathedral of the Assumption.
- The Law Courts in the main square known as the Pjazza tal-Katidral.
- The Old Prison, located behind the Law Courts, which was used as a prison from the 16th century to 1962. It contains well-preserved prison cells and other exhibitions.
- The Gozo Nature Museum, which is dedicated to Gozo’s geography, geology and natural science.
- The Gozo Museum of Archaeology, which is dedicated to Gozitan history from the prehistoric to medieval periods
- Gran Castello Historic House, which is dedicated to Gozitan folklore.
Opening Hours: The Citadella is open 7 days a week, including public holidays (with the exception of New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, August 15 and Christmas Day). Opening hours are 9:30am to 5:00pm.
#07 – VILLA RUNDLE GARDEN.
Located in Victoria, the capital city of Gozo, this nature-themed venue is perfect for those parents who want to enjoy some me time as the Villa Rundle Garden is conveniently located near major shopping areas in town. Kids will have the freedom to play in a safe and well-protected environment, particularly in the play area.
There are even some child-centric activities held in this place occasionally, such as storytelling. The garden will also allow your child to appreciate nature, especially with its beautiful, tall trees and flower beds.
#08 – DAY TRIP TO COMINO.
Families who are looking to make the most out of summer should take a day trip to Comino. Located just a ferry-ride away from Gozo, this island is home to the Blue Lagoon, one of the most virtually stunning beaches in the country. From there, your whole family can bask in the sun and enjoy the pristine waters. Let your kids run free or make sand castles on its fine, white sand. There are several water activities that you can try as well, which are perfectly safe even for kids.
How to Get to Comino:
- The Comino Ferry Services can transport you from Mgarr Harbour to the Blue Lagoon.
- They depart every hour from 08.00am to 18.00pm.
- Departure from the Blue Lagoon back to Gozo is also every hour from 08.15am to 18.15pm.
Costs: Adults €10. Children (5-10 yrs) €5. Under 5yrs – Free
#09 – DINE BY THE SEA.
After a long day of sightseeing and activities around Gozo, it sure is nice to have a casual meal by the sea with the whole family. One of the best things to do at night in Gozo is to visit one of the restaurants in Xlendi or Marsalforn. Many places are considered as a cornerstone of dining and leisure, especially for families.
Some of the meals offered here include soups, fresh salads, pasta, seafood, and other light dishes. With stunning views of the sea and mouthwatering dishes, this is bound to be a good dining experience for everyone.
#10 – OUTDOOR ADVENTURE AND NATURE ACTIVITIES.
Want to have a fun-filled day with your family? Why not try some outdoor activities? There are several businesses that specialize in organizing recreational and physical activities for the whole family, such as kayaking, biking, hiking, climbing, and tours. Most of the adventures being offered here are kid-friendly and will be done with the utmost supervision. Children as young as seven years old can try climbing and abseiling in a perfectly safe and well-protected environment. They can also go biking, complete with guides and safety equipment.
The beautiful island of Gozo is an ideal place for kids of all ages. Let your kids connect with nature while entertaining themselves. Allow them to play on the grass or just marvel at the island’s natural beauty. After all, it’s not every day that they can experience such a relaxing ambience, especially in today’s fast-paced and modern life.
These are just a few things to do in Gozo that you and your family can enjoy on this island paradise. There are tons of other family-friendly activities to try and places to visit here that are sure to make your trip worthwhile. So, go ahead, book that flight with your family and experience the beauty of Gozo.
BONUS TIP #1 – HOW TO GET TO GOZO.
Getting to Gozo is pretty easy and very affordable. If you’re flying into from a major European city, you’ll find direct flights into Malta. When you have arrived, you have to make your way to the Circewwa Harbour which takes about an hour.
From Circewwa Harbour, catch a 30-minute ferry across the Gozo Channel. The ferry is frequent and leaves about every 45 minutes. Please check the schedule for timings which also includes the departure times from Mgarr back to the main Maltese island.
Costs: The fares are very cheap and only costing €4.65 for an adult and €1.15 per child each way. If you’re hiring a car, you can transport the car across the ferry too.
BONUS TIP #2 – HOW TO GET AROUND GOZO.
For such a small island, Gozo has an extensive public bus transport system. With 300 buses to get your everywhere around the island and at a mere cost of €21.00 for 7 days, you’ll have no trouble exploring. You can also rent a car and have the freedom to explore. Malta is a left-hand drive country.
BONUS TIP #3 – CLIMATE IN GOZO.
- Summers are hot, dry and very sunny with temperatures averaging about 31 degrees Celsius.
- Spring and autumn are cooler but only marginally and a lovely time to visit. The temperatures average low to mid-twenties degree Celsius.
- Winters are mild typically of the climate in the Mediterranean. Average temperatures hover around 15-17 degrees Celsius during the day and dipping to about 8-10 degrees Celsius overnight.
BONUS TIP #4 – USEFUL INFORMATION.
- The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English.
- The official currency in Malta is the Euro.
- Electricity is 220-240 volts.
BONUS TIP #5 – WHERE TO STAY IN GOZO.
Luxury: The Duke Boutique Hotel
Located on Republic Street in the heart of Victoria, this boutique hotel has some amazing reviews. Sheer indulgence, a very professional establishment of the highest quality. The rooms are very spacious, clean and very comfortable. The service is exemplary, the breakfast delicious and the views are gorgeous form the balcony.
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Budget Bed and Breakfast: SEAL B&B
Located about 3.7km Xlendi, this bed and breakfast is perfect for families on a budget. They also have cribs if you’re travelling with your babies. SEAL B&B offers a continental or buffet breakfast. The Bed and Breakfast has a nice garden and terrace and free wifi is available for all guests.
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4 Star Boutique Hotel: Cesca’s Boutique Hotel
Cesca’s Boutique Hotel is located in Xlendi, making it nice and close tot he sea. All rooms have a kitchen, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, and a private bathroom. The hotel also boasts a really nice rooFtop swimming pool and the hotel has great views. Staff have known to be helpful and friendly and the room all very clean and comfortable.
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Boat Cabin: Yacht In Gozo’s Scenic Harbour
Now, wouldn’t this be a fun option and its super affordable too! This sailing boat is moored in Għajnsielem, 500 m from the Gozo Ferry Terminal. This yacht also features a sun deck and living/dining area with a kitchenette and table so perfect if you want to prepare your own meals and if you’re on a budget. There is a shared bathroom with a shower.
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Top 10 Things to Do in Gozo With Kids is written by Esther Bajada. Edited by Family Globetrotters.
Esther Bajada is Director for Tourism and Economic Development at the Ministry for Gozo and she is part of the Visitgozo-team, that helps to promote Gozo as a perfect travel destination.
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