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10 unique settings in Gozo for outstanding Instagram moments.
An insider’s guide to a selection of Gozo’s unparalleled locations for Insta-friendly photo opportunities.
The island of Gozo boasts several prominent landmarks and untouched rural locations, not to mention its spectacular sea views and rugged coastline—all itching to be explored and photographed. In fact, most places feature regularly on Instagram, and it was quite a feat to narrow down the list of eye-catching spots. Be assured, however, that each of these venues will enhance your Instagram feed straight away! And the best thing? They won’t cost you anything to visit!
Read on for 10 of our favourite Insta locations around Gozo!
1. Mġarr Harbour
It’s only fair that we begin with the stunning gateway where the Gozo ferries berth. As the ferry approaches the island, find your way out on the deck, and take an epic shot with a backdrop of the marina, Fort Chambray, and the Mġarr church of Our Lady of Lourdes, with the majestic Għajnsielem church further inland.
If you arrive at sunset, capture the splendid colours framing the port as the boat glides in between the rocky breakwaters. Walk up the hill to the Mġarr church and feast your eyes—and camera—on the scene below. Alternatively, stroll along Triq iz-Żewwieqa, the overlying country road running parallel to the coast, for an elevated vantage point of the harbour.
Bonus photo op: Walk around the waterfront to the opposite side of the ferry berthing area, and you will come across the predecessor of the Gozo Channel vessels, known as id-Dgħajsa tal-Latini, which linked the two islands until the 1970s
2. The Mosaic Stairs of Għajnsielem
Hidden in a narrow alley to the side of the Grand Hotel, a shortcut connecting Triq Sant’ Antnin—overlooking the harbour—to Triq il-Ħamri is characterised by a secret work of art: a gorgeous flight of 47 stairs covered in colourful mosaic tiles, inspired by the multicoloured boats in the marina. The project, ‘Reflections and Connections’, was created by Għajnsielem residents and local mosaic artist, Mary Portelli. The natural light might be minimal here, but the vivid patterns will immediately add colour to your profile.
3. The Gothic Għajnsielem Church
While in Għajnsielem, take a closer look at its aforementioned parish church. The colossal Gothic-style building, dedicated to Our Lady of Loreto, will leave you awestruck as you gaze up from its spacious parvis. The beautifully carved stonework and towering belfry will provide the ultimate background for your shot.
Bonus photo op: Take a seat at the bronze monument to the side of the church: a village bench depicting the varying ways locals communicated through the ages.
4. Xatt l-Aħmar Belvedere
This charming viewpoint over one of Gozo’s most popular diving sites offers an opportunity to sit and feast your eyes on the Xatt l-Aħmar coastline with Comino and Malta lying across the channel. Apart from the incredible scenery, the belvedere itself offers a pretty setup, with blue and white mosaics adorning its low wall to reflect an aquatic theme, complete with marine life and diver. Come here for a panoramic photo with impressive island views!
5. Tal-Mixta Cave
This must-see gem offers one of the most breathtaking views on our islands—and a superb Instagrammable spot! Pose at the mouth of the cavern overlooking the picturesque Ramla l-Ħamra and the fields surrounding the notorious beach. Crawl through the smaller opening to the side for a secondary photoshoot with open sea views. Sunset is the best time to come to Tal-Mixta for a mind-blowing Insta snap.
6. Statue of the Risen Christ
It’s no Rio de Janeiro, but Tas-Salvatur Hill just outside Marsalforn still boasts a prominent 6-metre statue of Christ, albeit five times smaller than its Brazilian counterpart. It’s a steep but manageable walk up the hill, though you need to climb the highest part to reach the statue, which stands at almost 100 metres above sea level. The 360-degree view of the Gozitan landscape is worth it though, as are the great shots you will capture for your feed.
7. Lunzjata Valley and Chapel
Nothing beats a peaceful ramble in a lush Gozitan valley accompanied by the soothing sound of running water. Sandwiched between Kerċem and Fontana and once frequented by the Knights of Malta, today, the Lunzjata Valley is a centre of agricultural enterprise. An unassuming chapel, in honour of Our Lady’s Annunciation, sits on its threshold, appearing to emerge from the adjoining rock wall. Rebuilt in the 16th century, the chapel provides a serene place of worship for travellers and farmers. Pause from everyday life by sitting on the wall and gazing out onto the idyllic rustic setting below.
8. Xlendi’s Salt Pans
There are numerous natural salt pans along the coasts of the Maltese islands, but one of their lesser-known locations is in Xlendi, although these are no longer used in salt production. Cross the stone bridge spanning the narrow inlet just outside the main bay, and walk up to the Xlendi Tower, which overlooks these salt pans. The setting is perfect for contemplating the sweeping view of the stark cliffs guarding the west coast of Gozo
9. The Basilica of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu
It is unconventional to come across a church that stands detached from any village on our islands—and is also an architectural masterpiece. This is probably why Ta’ Pinu is one major crowd-puller in Gozo! Walk up the nearby Ta’ Għammar Hill, and allow your breath to be taken away by the Basilica’s magnificent design, its multicoloured parvis with artistic mosaics and marble statues, and the encompassing country and sea views.
10. Wied il-Mielaħ
When Gozo lost its iconic Azure Window to the elements in 2017, the smaller but striking arch at Wied il-Mielaħ, close to Għarb, quickly soared in popularity. The perfectly horizontal frame of this window, itself formed by the sea and storms, is yearning to be immortalised in a memorable photograph. Go down the steps along the neighbouring cliff to get as close as possible to this amazing rock formation.
These are but a few of the Insta-friendly locations around Gozo, which, with the island’s mild climate, can be enjoyed all year round. Consult your maps and marvel at the natural and historic landmarks found here. Get snapping at these remarkable spots for a unique Gozitan adventure that will remain in your heart—and your Insta feed—forever!
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