This tiny Maltese island is just a twenty-minute ferry ride from Malta. Gozo is coined as Malta’s quiet and quirky little brother and according to the World Database of Happiness, some of the happiest people on Earth reside on this very island. The population is under 40k and Gozo did not even get traffic lights until 1990. The community on this little island is as tight knit as it comes – residents often just leave their keys in the doors.
A and I were charmed here to see the breathtaking Azure Window, where the sea and cliffs create the most jaw dropping scenic landmark, but we left with much more than just a photo op.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch around the coastline of Xlendi Bay which offered incredible views of the high cliffs and stunning turquoise water. The seafood was fresher than ever and the price tag did not do our dining experience justice. I had an entire platter of the freshest octopus, mussels, and shrimp with a side of potatoes and salad for only 14 euros. Definitely my kind of eating!
We only spent a day trip in Gozo which likely wasn’t enough to take in all that the island had to offer. Luckily we were able to take our rental car with us on the ferry which gave us the chance to drive along the pristine Mediterranean coastline and take in the breathtaking views of the unspoiled Gozitan countryside and its rural villages.
Apparently it only costs $35,000 a year to retire on this island dotted in the Mediterranean and you can legally live there indefinitely as a “temporary resident.” A and I have taken note of this and we are plotting our return.