Gozo is one of three inhabited islands that are part of the island group Malta. The island has a surface of 67 square kilometers, it is about 15 kilometers long and 7 kilometers wide. Gozo is distinguished from the island Malta by its green nature and rustic setting. Gozo with its nature, cultural and historical sites, numerous annual festivals is an attractive destination for foreign and local tourists.
With an average mark of 8,1 for the QualityCoast Policy Award 2012 and outstanding points in Identity and Socio-Economics, Gozo is a perfect place to go for visiting a green island with its own local identity. The beautiful bays, the green hills and the impressive rock formations is giving the island an unique beauty. In addition, Gozo has many points of interest, such as the Medieval Citadel or the impressive temples of Ggantija, the world’s oldest temples. These are UNESCO World Heritage and were built 5500 years ago.
- Most of the local food and dishes are 100% organic. The Gozian food production is one of the targets of “Gozo Eco-island 2020”
- Eco education programs are present in almost half of the schools in Gozo but also through different NGO programs. (NGO’s support education as well)
- The bathing water quality in Gozo has “Excellent” status according to the EEA / EU Bathing Water Directive
VISTAS BEST PRACTICE CASES:
Points of improvement:
- Gozo community should consider an application for a Blue Flag Award. This could help improving the image of Gozo and Comino as a coastal tourism destinations