The Maltese Islands are situated in the centre of the Mediterranean - 93 km south of Italy and 290 km north of North Africa. Gozo lies about 5 km in the North West of Malta and the distance between Ċirkewwa in Malta and Mgarr Harbour in Gozo, involves a 25 minute ferry crossing. It therefore enjoys warm summers and mild winters and this makes it the ideal holiday destination at any time of the year.

The official coat-of-arms of Gozo is a field divided horizontally: the upper two thirds silver; the lower one third made up of six parallel wavy horizontal bands alternately silver and black, the top one silver, the bottom one black. Upon the upper part, three slightly pointed hills in black, the centre hill higher and in front of the other two hills. Above the shield is a mural coronet with five eschaugettes and a sally-port in gold. Simultaneously with this emblem, Gozo earned its popular nickname the Island of the Three Hills probably derived from the hilly view when observed from mainland Malta. Throughout the years Gozo has been vastly influenced by the cultures and history of a series of dominators including the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, the Knights of St. John, the French and the British, who all left their mark on the cultural and the folkloristic heritage of the population.

In comparison with mainland Malta, one finds a more varied geology and larger relief contrasts, with typical flat-topped hills. Over 31000 people inhabit the island and this amount to one-twelfth of the overall population of Malta. When compared to the overall area of the Maltese Islands, Gozo covers pproximately one-third of that area. This means that the island of Gozo is not overpopulated, and therefore greener and quite more peaceful.

The main sources of income are from Tourism, Agriculture, Fishing together with a number of small and medium-sized enterprises. Politically, Gozo and Comino form one of the thirteen electoral districts of the Republic of Malta. Five representatives are elected to the Maltese parliament, and to better look after the Gozitan people's interests, one of these is always a central government cabinet minister. Besides, each of the fourteen localities or village communities has their own local council and therefore their mayor.

Inspired by the mysterious and yet superbly skilful megalithic builders of the temples of Ggantija, the Gozitans have adopted and perfected their building tradition. Thus, Gozitan architects and stone masons have, over the years, laboriously built churches with domes whose stunning dimensions dwarf the villages in which they stand. Most churches were constructed during the baroque period with the characteristic accent lying on the grandiose and the aesthetic.

Villages in Gozo reflect a way of life simultaneously rural and refined with superbly proportioned squares and carved balconies. From the old traditional farmhouses with their typical archways to the most contemporary houses, the incredible amount of architectural detail is surprising in its creativity. Balconies are embellished with balustrades, flower pots, Georgian style facades, roof gardens and bougainvillaea.

The countryside is recognised by its rubble walls and the prickly pear hedges peeping over or bordering terraced fields. Green hills and fertile valleys separate one village from the other. Wherever you look, the sea is always within the reach of the eye. In fact, Gozo has an amazing coastline with its tiny creeks, sand beaches, blue sea, majestic rock formations and protruding watchtowers. Low lying coastal stretches of limestone, are chequered with salt pans while high and dramatic cliffs trigger awesome emotions with their native blend of salty air and wild herbs.

At the foot of the cliffs at Dwejra, the Azure Window is the superb companion to another interesting landmark Fungus Rock upon which, recorded since the times of the Knights of St. John, grows a very unique type of fungus with alleged therapeutic properties. Close by, the Inland Sea provides a wonderful opportunity for a boat trip with a difference. On the opposite side of the Island, look out for the unforgettable view from Calypso Cave overlooking the beautiful and distinguished red sands of Ramla Bay (the place were Calypso alledgedly entertained Odysseus). Also for those who would not miss a chance for a swim, a short stroll, or just to relax, the crystal clear waters of Marsalforn and Xlendi bays beckon the visitor's appeal. Furthermore, Marsalforn and Xlendi together with Mgarr Harbour, are Gozo's main fishing villages. Being an island, the fishing industry has been cared for since generations. No wonder that there is no bay which does not shelter a variety of fishing boats and with several boathouses for their maintenance.

The traditional fishing boat is the colourful luzzu with its normally blue bulwark and with the eye of Osiris on white, red or brownish background on the prow. Especially when it's calm, the reflection left by berthed fishing boats on the water inspires a lot of artists' imagination. Most nostalgic is also the scene of vessels leaving harbour at early dawn, or on their return at sunset. The image of luzzijiet with their bows skimming through the calm blue water, leaving behind streams of silver ripples is simply unforgettable. The day's catch is, apart from any romanticism, obviously the toiling fisherman's most important aspect of his trade.