Adventures in Gozo & Sicily

I think I have already waxed lyrical about Malta and my love of islands… So obviously, when I got the opportunity to go on day trips to Gozo and Sicily back in 2008 and 2009, I jumped at the chance!

Gozo is a beautiful island that somehow seems more lush than Malta due to all the greenery. We explored the stunning Cittadella in the capital city Victoria (aka Rabat), visited Ġgantija – a megalithic temple that is older than Stonehenge, older than the pyramids, older, in fact, than any other freestanding manmade structure on Earth – and saw the breathtaking Azure Window as well as several other sights.

Our day trip to Sicily was also wonderful – we arrived in Pozzallo, drove along the East Coast of Sicily in a coach, and visited a market in Modica before making a pit stop to sample some genuine Sicilian pizza (delizioso!). The highlight of the trip was obviously seeing the majestic Mount Etna up close. Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and watching the spluttering lava was incredible. Unfortunately I couldn’t quite capture it on camera, even though my friend and I did try to hike closer to the crater (this is very much not recommended). So what do you do when you find yourself on top of your first volcano and feel a little let down because you could see the lava and smoke much better from the coast than when you’re actually right up there? Well, you take a quick selfie and then seek out a little souvenir shack that sells limoncello and chocolate liqueur, of course!

Arriving in Gozo by ferry
Arriving in Gozo by ferry
Testing the temperature of the water in Xlendi, Gozo.
Testing the temperature of the water in Xlendi
Not sure how I juggled the ice cream and the camera while wading in the sea, but I had a good time!
Not sure how I juggled ice cream and a camera while wading in the sea!
The famous Azure Window at Dwejra, Gozo
The famous Azure Window in Dwejra
The St Anne Chapel in Dwejra
The St Anne Chapel in Dwejra
The Ta' Pinu basilica near Għarb
The Ta’ Pinu basilica near Għarb
A Peace Pole near the Ggantija temples
A Peace Pole near the Ggantija temples
Gigantic rocks at Ggantija
Gigantic rocks at Ggantija
Old walls in the Cittadella in Victoria
Old walls in the Cittadella in Victoria
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View towards the Cathedral of the Assumption
Exploring the alleys of the Cittadella
Exploring the alleys of the Cittadella
Leaving Mgarr to return to Cirkewwa in Malta
Leaving Mgarr to return to Cirkewwa in Malta
Mount Etna, Sicily
Mount Etna, Sicily
Volcano selfie with my friend Eeva
Volcano selfie!

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