So, What’s the big deal with Gozo?
Gozo seems to carry a lot of prestige in Malta, there’s a real aura of pride around it, and it’s very much ‘the done thing’ to at least have a day trip to the island when you visit.
Getting to Gozo – Go North
Children can’t leave school without any qualifications and there’s no such thing as ‘old people’s homes’
Gozo seems to have held strong to its authentic traditional self.
Gozo is more rural, buildings are more spaced out and it’s much quieter than the Malta.
Granted, mine was only a whistle stop tour, but I didn’t see any high rise buildings or designer shops and from what I gathered, any kind of development on Gozo’s open spaces is strictly prohibited.
The Cittadella, in the capital Victoria
Life on Gozo
By all accounts the government gives residents 2000 Euros each year to maintain their window boxes.
Our guide explained that children are not allowed to leave the education system without any qualifications (not sure if this was Malta in general or just on Gozo).
She also said Gozo is pretty much crime-free and that residents put a lot of pressure on the government to apply the harshest measures on anyone indulging in criminal behaviour on the island.
There are no such things as old people’s homes on Gozo (she continued) since family and friends care for their own, and neighbours help each other.
Ambulances will come and take you to your hospital appointments and the community spirit is very strong.