WHAT TO DO IN GOZO IN THE SPRING ?
In my opinion, spring is an excellent time to visit Gozo, Malta’s sister island. In April, the weather is beautiful, between 20 and 25°C during the day, with a blazing sun and very little rain. This is a very nice season since it’s not too hot yet, contrary to the summer when the temperatures rarely drop down below 30°C, even at night.
These mild temperatures allow you to enjoy many activities that are much more difficult to practice during the summer. Hiking, for example : unless you leave at dawn or when the night falls, walking several kilometers in Gozo in August is quite difficult… Even at 9 am, the sun is blazing.
Hiking and walking
Hiking in Gozo in the spring
Some nice walking trails
In Gozo, there are no real hiking trails, strictly speaking. You will explore the island as you go… The island is not very large (14km over 7), so you can’t really get lost.
Nevertheless, there are very beautiful places where you can go for a walk : for example, I’m thinking about the Ta Cenc cliffs, located between Sannat and Mgarr Ix-Xini. This is where the picture that illustrates this post was taken.
In Qala, you can also walk along the coast, around the beach of Hondoq Ir-Rummien. Further north, Gharb and Ghasri offer very beautiful walks. The island is very rural and it’s possible to walk almost everywhere. Go on the coasts to enjoy the best views.
The sea in Gozo
In the spring, the sea can sometimes be a bit chilly, especially when agitated by the wind. Usually, you can start swimming in May. The water hasn’t reached its maximum temperature yet, which is about 27°C in the summer, but it‘s still very nice and sufficient for a dip (about 20°C).
Scuba diving spots in Gozo
Since you have to wear a wetsuit while scuba diving, the water temperature is usually not a big problem. Malta, and especially Gozo, is famous for its beautiful diving spots. If you are a passionate, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to go discover a few. Scuba diving in Gozo in the spring will allow you to avoid the crowds and enjoy the moment.
I recommend the diving club Blue Waters, situated in Qala.
An activity best suited for the spring
Climbing steep cliffs with an equipment on your back under a blazing sun is not the perfect experience. That’s why I rather recommend you practice this type of activity in the spring ! It rains very rarely in this season, so this is the perfect time. However, strong winds that often sweep the island might force you to postpone your climbing session for security reasons…
Rock climbing clubs in Gozo
Cultural visits : monuments and churches
Do not miss : the Gozo Citadel and the Ggantija temples
For some people, holidays under the sun mean pool and beach all day long. If you are not one of them and also take interest in the history of the island, you can not miss the Ggantija Temples in Xaghra. They predate the great pyramids of Egypt and are classified as UNESCO World Heritage ! I wrote a post about the Ggantija temples that you can read for more information.
The Citadel of Gozo, situated in Victoria, is also a nice place to visit ! This magnificent monument, full of history, has just been renovated and offers breathtaking views of the island.
Gozo in the spring, a good time to visit a few churches
In the summer, under a blazing sun, we usually prefer to lounge by the water instead of pounding towns and villages where the heat is even more present. Spring is therefore an excellent time to visit the many beautiful churches of Gozo. It’s likely that there won’t be as many tourists in this period. Take something to cover your shoulders and avoid wearing short skirts or shorts.
Discover the island of Comino
Hiking in Comino
As I was telling at the beginning of this post, the mild temperatures are perfect to discover the archipelago by feet ! If you want to visit the tiny island of Comino, situated between Malta and Gozo, this is the ideal season. The place won’t be crowded and you won’t suffer from the heat as much, because finding shade in Comino is not easy in the summer.
This small island, which has only four permanent residents, is deprived of vehicles and is also a natural bird reserve. A good place for very nice walks !
Enjoy the Blue Lagoon, without the hordes of tourists
The island of Comino has beautiful coves with crystal clear water, where it’s very nice to snorkel and watch the fish (my favourite activity when the sunny days are back). But Comino is also famous for its Blue Lagoon, that looks like a real outdoor swimming pool with one of the clearest water you’ll ever see ! The only problem is that the place is awfully crowded in the summer, so it’s not very pleasant to go there in this season. Therefore, I recommend you visit the Blue Lagoon of Comino in the spring, and if possible in the morning to be sure to (almost) have the place to yourself. To learn how to easily get to Comino, I invite you to read my post about the transports in Malta, where you will find all the necessary information you need to travel on the Maltese archipelago.
If you visit Gozo in the spring, you will avoid the hottest and the more touristy season. From the month of April, it is possible to do many activities while avoiding the annoyances of the summer. In addition, flights and rentals will be at a more attractive price off-season…
If this post made you want to visit Gozo, I invite you to read some other posts that might be useful : a map that lists the different things to do and see in Gozo, how to plan a one or two days trip in Gozo, the most beautiful beaches of Gozo, or the best restaurants of the island.
Finally, if you’re already planning a trip to Gozo, you might want to read my F.A.Q post about Malta and Gozo.