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Experience Gozo like a local. Learn everything you need to know about Marsalforn, Gozo.
Getting To Marsalforn
Marsalforn is a super-popular seaside resort on the north coast of Gozo. Getting to Marsalforn is easy. From the Gozo Ferry Terminal, it takes 15 minutes by car and it is serviced by a large car park minute from the water’s edge. If you are travelling to Marsalforn by bus from the ferry, you take the 323, or 301 to Victoria, then the 310 to Marsalforn Bay. Or the direct 322.
Staying In Marsalforn
Marsalforn Bay is pulsating with life from May through to October. Through the summer months, it becomes alive with choices. Choose from a plethora of bars, restaurants, and kiosks offering everything from first-class dining, to local snacks. You will also find a cool selection of independent shops selling clothes, souvenirs, and everything you need for the beach. Marsalforn is also home to numerous dive schools so it’s no surprise that it’s a favourite location amongst divers and snorkellers worldwide.
Marsalforn bay has a small sand and pebbly beach plus plenty of rocky, beachside areas to laze around on. To the left of the bay, you will find the water polo site and lots of places to jump in from the shore. To the right, continue to walk past the fishing port and you will arrive at Għar Qawqla, a large rocky area, perfect for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling. During the high season there are sun loungers here and around the bay. It’s also a great place to watch the moonrise from October to December. Discover the ultimate list of Gozo’s beaches here.
In January or early February, the feast of Saint Paul (San Pawl) is celebrated in Marsalforn. Check our events for updates.
August and September are the busiest months in Marsalforn
In August, the Maltese and Gozitan families spend their holidays by the sea so you get a real feel for local culture during the highest season. The heat is on so it’s all about things to do in the sea until the sun cools down at dusk! The little working port at Marsalforn is busy throughout the year with small fishing boats in and out with their daily catch, plus you can take a trip to Comino and the Blue Lagoon from here too.
The Best Of Marsalforn
Browse accommodation, cool places to eat and drink, plus must-see sights in Marsalforn. Bookmark this page if you’re visiting us soon as we update it often – and get in touch if you would like us to curate a memorable island experience for you.
Eat In Marsalforn
Start your day with a nourishing smoothie from Alive Bistro. Their menu is crafted with wellness in mind and includes smoothie combos such as Summer, Detox, and Matcha. They also sell divine vegan cakes… grab a slice for takeaway and enjoy it with an ocean view.
Escape the midday heat and dine at this traditional waters edge eatery. Il-Kartell serves catch of the day from ocean to plate and has a super choice of elegant Mediterranean dishes, platters and salads. For seafood fans, we recommend their signature Linguine al Kartell.
Have dinner with a view at Ristorante Arzella. This gorgeous restaurant takes prime position on the right-hand corner of the bay with an elevated dining area to watch the sunset. Enjoy a creative menu of superb fish dishes and choice cuts of meat plus pasta and risotto options.
Drink In Marsalforn
Coffee lovers rejoice. Coffee Circus Joy is friendly and vibrant hang out to get your caffeine fix along the seafront. They serve up specialty coffee that is delicious and fair to the farmer and also has a selection of sweet bakes.
Things To Do And See
Salt Harvesting In Xwejni
Take a walk from Xwejni Bay to the unique chequerboard salt pans. From mid-May to the end of August you can watch the salt being harvested once a week, using traditional methods; this is a true labour of love and a must-see. Be sure to buy a bag of salt from Xwejni saltpans shop – it tastes divine!
Visit in the morning before temperatures soar. Located about 20 minutes by foot from the saltpans, Wied Il-Ghasri is a secluded inlet with a pebble beach and a crystal clear sea canyon, accessed by around 100+ steps. Bring your snorkel to discover underwater caves and allow time to soak up the magical energies.
Whether you are an experienced diver or a complete beginner there are many first-class diving schools, in Marsalforn. Discover exactly why Gozo is considered one of the top spots for diving in the Mediterranean.
Take to the crystal clear ocean enjoying an array of watersports in Marsalforn Bay through the summer months. There are plenty of options to choose from which will guarantee lots of fun for all the family.
Watch The Sun Set
Be in the present moment and watch the sunset illuminate the sparkling saltpans at Xwejni – a truly mesmerizing sight. Top tip – head to the nearby Crab Shall Kiosk Xwejni (5 minutes by foot) on a Wednesday evening for a live jam session with laidback island vibes.
Sunbathe At Ghar Qawqla
Rent a sunbed and umbrella at Għar Qawqla, a tucked-away swim spot around the bend from the main bay which offers a vast rocky area that’s perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling. Check our listing of swim spots in Gozo including those which are off the beaten track.
Accommodation in Marsalforn
Don’t miss these other things to see and do nearby Marsalforn
- Walk the cliffs to the right of the bay towards Għar Qawqla, to get a birds-eye view of Marsalforn Bay.
- Take a Paddy course at a local dive centre.
- Visit Dreams of Horses Equestrian Therapy Centre (12-minute drive from Marsalforn)
- Dine with a view and a spectacular sunset in Zebbug (June- September).
- Visit the ancient Ggantija Temples in Xaghra (10 minutes drive from Marsalforn)
- Do Karaoke at On The Rock Bar (Tuesdays)
- Book a Yoga Class with Yellow Rock Yoga.
- Find the quirky double-coloured bench located near the main bus stop and grab an Instagrammable selfie. The landmark bench is so famous it even has its own Google Map address.