When families are looking for an easy island break the immediate destinations which come to mind include the Balearics, the Canaries, and the Greek islands. And while these destinations are firm family favorites, especially for travelers from Europe and the UK, there’s another destination sitting quietly in the middle of the Mediterranean, perfect for your next family break.
The second largest island in the Maltese archipelago, Gozo is is an excellent destination to enjoy together with your children. In comparison with mainland Malta, families will find more varied geology, and a greener and more peaceful island which is rural in a way Malta no longer is.
It’s only 25 minutes on the water from Malta to Gozo, and it’s easy to rent a car, to find your own way to the many incredible beaches, nature, food and culture you can enjoy with your kids.
Things to do in Gozo with Kids
Day Trip to Comino
While you’ll have to go a small way off Gozo island, the snorkelling and scuba diving at the famous Blue Lagoon make the day trip to the tiny island of Comino well worth it.
The turquoise waters are mesmerizingly beautiful, and it’s a great place for swimming and diving. For this reason, teenagers in particular really enjoy the day trip to Comino.
In addition to snorkelling and diving, the island is a breathtakingly beautiful place to visit. Once you get there, you can appreciate the view from just about anywhere on the island, but once it’s not until you head underwater that the view becomes truly unreal.
Photo by Flavio Ensiki
Whether you’re staying in Rabat (Victoria) or just visiting, there’s a lot to see here, and Villa Rundle Garden is one of the chief attractions; a nicely kept city park with plenty of outside space for your kids to play.
Even if your kids are somewhat young, you don’t need to worry about them running everywhere because it’s perfectly safe and well-protected. There are a number of beautiful, tall trees all around the garden that make for great natural shade to just sit and relax while the children enjoy themselves. And this is a great place to enjoy a family picnic.
If you’re planning to visit Gozo during the Easter Holidays or Christmas with your children, make it a priority to visit Villa Rundle because a number of child-centric activities are held here during the holiday season.
Right in between the high towns of Xagħra and Żebbuġ lies the picturesque village of Marsalforn. And one of the main attractions here is the Qbajjar promenade; a popular spot for families and travelers with kids.
Take a stroll down the walkway beside the sea until you reach the Qbajjar Watch Tower. This is a fabulous place to visit with children, as you can climb on top of it to enjoy the magnificent view of the endless sea.
The promenade itself is a nice and wide walkway, and you will always find families sitting and chatting with coffee, as the children play around in the open, wide space.
Once you’re done with the Qbajjar promenade, head over to the nearby Three Hills Garden. The garden itself is beautiful, but it’s more famous as a place for children to play, and also for being one of the four afforestation projects currently undertaken by the local government.
Photo credit: Andrey Gaverdovsky
Another place between the two high towns of Xagħra and Nadur is Ramla Bay, which is a famous beach destination in Gozo for people to visit with their families.
There’s a bus service here that will take you to the scenic beach, but be ready to see a decent crowd here during the peak seasons. While it may not be the quietest place around for adults, your children will love it, and have the opportunity to play with other kids of various ages.
The beach is a lot of fun during the summer for children, but even when it gets a bit cold, it’s fine for picnics and having family parties on the sandy beaches.
You Won’t Find Arcades or Theme Parks Here
Do note that Gozo, just like the other beautiful islands in the area, is not going to be one of those places with arcades and theme parks dedicated to children.
The island is a place where you can take the children out to play on the grass and marvel at astounding structures and natural wonders; a place for relaxation, bonding and for taking a break from the busy, ultra-modern life that we all live today.
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