Gozo is just a few steps away from Malta. Though separated from mainland Malta by a mere 5 kilometer stretch of sea (25 minutes by ferry) Gozo is distinctly different. The Island is a third the size of Malta, more rural and much more tranquil. Gozo is known for its picturesque scenery, pristine coastline and untouched country trails. Baroque churches rise from the heart of small villages and traditional farmhouses dot the rural landscape. Its culture and way of life are rooted in traditional and yet open to the present.
Developed just enough but not too much, Gozo is a masterpiece wrought by nature and shaped by 7,000 years of culture. Myth and reality meet there on what is believed to have been the Isle of Calypso in Homer's Odyssey, where the sea nymph held Odysseus (Ulysses) in her thrall for seven years.
The people of Gozo, numbering at 31,592, have nurtured Calypso's Island into the beautiful place we know today. Today, based on values of sustainability and the need to protect the natural environment, the Government of Malta has embarked on an ambitious yet achievable vision of Gozo as an eco-island (Visit Gozo, 2017).