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Gozo Island Game of Thrones
Gozo Island

Gozo


Gozo is an island in the Mediterranean Sea and it was provided the backdrop for many episodes of Game of Thrones.

It is 14 km wide, close to north-west Malta, but has its own identity. The island is more fertile than its neighbor and produces grapes, fruits and vegetables on its terraced slopes. From flat-topped mountains, steep green valleys and rocky pastures to long sandy beaches, there are beautiful undeveloped beaches. More Conservative than Malta, Gozo has a quieter and more rural atmosphere.

It was settled around 5000 BC, and it was here that the earliest of the great temples was built. The island is full of thrilling sites, forts and wonderful exhibits, as well as the Agantija, one of the island's best preserved prehistoric temples. Its fortified city, high in the center of the island, was not proof against the Arabs or later Turkish invaders who almost depopulated the island, but it remained self-reliant and during World War II could offer refuge to evacuees from Valletta and provisions for beleaguered Malta. Inland Gozo is sprinkled with sleepy villages and little towns, all with their huge domed churches (The modern church at Xewkija, with one of the largest domes in the world). Like the Maltese, Gozitans are very devout.

Rabat, the principal town, was renamed Victoria for the British Queen's Jubilee. It is built on a cluster of steep conical hills which feature on the coat of arms. It is a handsome town of shady squares, churches and Baroque buildings and quiet lanes where women sit making lace. Day-trippers flood over from Malta, but, with its slow pace and peaceful walks and its reserved but friendly natives, Gozo is a rewarding place to stay.