Best way to explore Gozo
We think the best way to explore Gozo is by bike. As experienced and trained cyclists we selected an e-bike. We didn’t bring any cycling gear and I don’t think their are shops that rent racing bikes. Next to that, the landscape is quite hilly and to still cover some distance we didn’t want to spend too much time. Conclusion is simple, we can very much recommend an e-Bike as it’s fun (and safe) to take the route we have done.
We started our trip in Nadur in front of the hotel and rode clockwise around the island. We crossed small towns but focussed on the coastal line mainly.
It was convenient we explored Victoria the day before as it would not be convenient with the bikes. Also it would eat up a big part of your time.
Gozo Segway Tours company delivered the bikes in front of our hotel. Very convenient for a small extra price of 5 € per person. We selected the option of 3 to 6 hours which was 25 €. A lock and helmets were inclusive.
Kevin was really helpful to make our trip a success. Marie-Claire had a brand new Specialized city bike and I had a regular MTB. Our route had quite some offroad parts and although Marie-Claire had a city bike she managed to do all parts of the track. I was happy to have my MTB 🙂
We finished our trip in Victoria where we met Kevin again. He offered us a free lift back to our hotel.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to Gozo Segway Tours if you are on Gozo. They offer a great service.
While riding the coastal line of Gozo we had a great time. As said before, it’s a great way to explore the island in a more sportive or adventurous way. Below you can find a few really nice sceneries of the island.
In the north east of Gozo you have plenty of salt pans. Some have all kinds of forms, but you also find more rectangled ones, all nicely next to each other. Wikipedia learnt me that they are “shallow open, often metal, pans used to evaporate brine. They are usually found close to the source of the salt.”
During our trip we had a few insane hills to conqur. If you read under the biking section of our blog, you know we are quite experienced but slopes which were 35 to 40% we never had before. We were lucky to have the e-bike to get over them.
We had the impression that they only use 1 single type of stones to build houses or fences in Malta, limestone. I can’t remember we spotted anything else. In some isolated area on Gozo we passed a quarry where the stones are grinded out.
Cliffs! You have them almost everywhere around the island. The look very similar to the ones in France or UK. In the beginning they are very impressionant, but after dozens of them, you get used to them 😉
Still, on yet another single track, we could explore the sea, the cliffs and a road towards a village on the hill. Pictures can never tell the real view, but still I think the picture below gives a very good impression.
There is a hiking track around the island but most parts you can also do by bike. We ended up on several single tracks which are always a pleasure with an MTB.
A few single tracks were really close to the cliffs, but with some attention it was more than safe. Check out the video to get a better impression. The experience was great and although we enjoyed our touristic ride, I can imagine it must be great to come for a real ride.
Several marvelous sceneries
We red a lot about the beaches on Gozo and Malta, but to be honest we were not really impressed. They are small, and they don’t qualify to our definition of “Bounty beaches”. Maybe we are too severe, but in any case, they couldn’t convince us.