History of Gozo
Gozo’s eclectic past dates back to 5000BC making it the perfect destination for those on a mission to discover the history of the Mediterranean. The Temple Period (4100 – 2500BC) provided the island with what are today the oldest freestanding standing temples in the world. The Ggantija Temples, today a UNESCO site, are situated in the sleepy village of Xaghra, a breathtaking place of mystery and intrigue and well-worth a visit.
Over the years Gozo’s control has been in the hands of many from the Phoenicians, the Romans and the Arabs to, more recently, the Knights of St John, the French and the British. Each left their mark providing today’s travellers which an exciting path to explore.
Another spot worth a visit is the Citadella, situated high on Victoria’s hill. This small, fortified town was built by the Knights during their stay on the islands and today houses the island’s Cathedral, the Museum of Archaeology, the Folklore Museum and the Old Prisons. It also offers panoramic views of the whole island and a climb to the top is well worth the effort.