A treat for the senses, Gozo and all its surroundings are a delight to take in, with its picturesque views, the experience of the bustling village square, and the refreshing smell of the sea. When roaming around and discovering a beautiful place like Gozo, who would want sit cooped up in a car, unable to fully take in all the character that the island has to offer?
As of late, cycling tourism has taken off like crazy in Gozo and numerous routes have been planned out to help cyclists – novices and pros alike – to really get the best of what Gozo has to offer.
To make the most of your cycling adventure, we suggest travelling to Gozo between the months of October and May when the weather is more favourable for outdoor activities. Several travel companies on the island offer guided bike tours – but if you prefer to go at it alone, here are three of Gozo’s best cycling routes.
The Scenic Route
If the sea holds a special place in your heart, then you’ve come to the right place. Starting from Mgarr, cyclists can take in stunning views of Comino on their way to Qala, from there to Marsalforn to learn about the specifics of Gozitan history at the Qbajjar salt pans, and finally, once you’ve covered most of the coast, you’ll be rewarded with the magnificent view in Dwejra.
The Historical Route
This route will take you on a live history lesson across Gozo – roam through the pristine streets of the fortified city of the Citadel in Victoria, and visit the national museums that hold centuries of history within. Along your way into Xaghra, you’ll be able to marvel at the Neolithic Ggantija Temples and the Ta’ Kola Windmill, just before heading down to Calypso’s Cave. This route gives you an introduction to a variety of national treasures that are a sight to behold.
The Easy Route
Cycling in Gozo can be tricky – some roads are not ideal for cyclists and what with traffic at peak hours, some routes are best avoided. For a relaxing journey, it’s best to stick to village streets where the plain is often flat and smooth. We recommend visiting the villages of Nadur, Marsalforn and Zebbug, as this provides a fantastic way of seeing the locals in action and getting to know the ins and outs of Gozitan life.
Renting A Bicycle
Unless you have your own trusty bike on hand, there are a couple of great bicycle rental places available to help you get the wheels of your dreams while you’re in Gozo. Rates are usually reasonable and include a helmet and a lock, ensuring that you won’t have to worry about a single thing as you make your way!