The Island Of Gozo

Gozo is thought to be the legendary Isle of Calypso, "Ogygia”, as Homer's poem suggests in “The Odyssey” written in about 800 B.C. Local Gozitans have long insisted Ulysses was washed ashore after being shipwrecked near the Island. It is believed that for seven years The Godess Calypso cast a spell over him, until Zeus freed him.

A very peaceful & mystical backwater, Gozo is full of Baroque churches with old stone farmhouses dotted throughout the countryside. The rugged landscape and spectacular coastline offer some of the Mediterranean's best dive sites that await your exploration & have the power to bewitch visitors from across the globe.

Gozo is 67 Km2, 14Km long x 7Km wide & there are approximately 32.000 people living in Gozo, about 7.7 percent of the whole Maltese population.

Gozo Through The Ages

Click on a date below for a brief outline of historic events. For a more detailed history timeline, click the button and discover Gozo

Phoenicians established colonies in the islands - including Gozo, which they named Gwl (pronounced Gahwl). They built the walled town of Gwl (The inner part of present Victoria).

Maltese islands swayed under the control of Carthage.

Romans ousted the Carthaginians during the second Punic War. They never took the islands back. Gozo was given the status of a Municipium (an autonomous region) with the right to mint its own coins. They changed Gozo's name to Gaudos, and repaired & strengthened the town’s walls.

St. Paul is shipwrecked in Malta. Legend has it that the Gozitan’s heard him preach from Xewkija.

Islands passed under the dominion of the Byzantines.

Islands are conquered by the Aglabid Arabs & gave Gozo its present name: Ghawdex (English pronunciation: Aww-desh) as it is still called by the locals. Build today's citadel and dismantled the ancient Phoenician & Roman wall that surrounded the township of Gozo in those days. Named the part of the township outside the citadel Rabat the name by which the locals call their main town.