Depending on when you want to visit Gozo, the island offers different activities and weather to enjoy. Every season has something particular and unique to experience, and All Nations is open all year around.

Summer 

Summer is the ideal time to enjoy Gozo’s many beaches and the leisurely way of life that this season brings with it.  Just take life at face value, and enjoy a sip of local wine in the traditonal pubs in village squares, places where you can meet the  locals and enjoy the laid back way of life. You can enjoy some of the local delicacies like the traditional Gozitan ftira (a delicious oven baked dough topped with ingredients such as fresh cheese, maltese sausages, tomatoes, anchovies/tuna, maltese sausages and tomatoes) or ħobż biż-żejt (bread spread with locally made olive oil).

Fireworks, band marches, beautifully decorated village churches and patron saints in spiritual guard. Add crowds of people, local food and a vibrant atmospehere and enjoy the sight and sound of a Gozo festa. The festa season in Gozo starts in May, though it is in summer that the majority of local feasts take place.  Practically, every week during summer has a festa dedicated to a patron saint in a locality around Gozo, showing that this island is passionate about religion celebrations and traditions. Each locality strives to have the best fthat every festa has a surprise in store for its visitors. 

Taking a boat ride around Gozo’s coastline can provide another alternative to simply staying on the beach, and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. Snorkelling is an interesting option and a trip to nearby Comino, taking a boat ride from Mġarr, is highly recommended.  Comino still holds a magic of its own, as its sheer limestone cliffs and deep caves were used as a hiding place to marauders and corsairs centuries ago, and provided a setting for many novels and films, including the Count of Monte Cristo.

Diving is a mainstay during this period and many choose to enjoy the internationally renowned dive sites and scuttled wrecks along Gozo’s coast line.  The various diving schools in Gozo provide expert and safe guidance for the enjoyment of the unique, underwater environment.

For those who watch out for cultural events, the Victoria International Arts Festival is a feast for the senses.  For five weeks every year in June/July, Victoria joins the festival cities of the world with an international composition of artistes and ensembles who annually leave a lasting imprint on the cultural soul of the island. it is an unmissable event for music lovers. The Jazz festival held annually at Mgarr harbour to the Qala International Folk Festival and as the day cools down into the long summer nights, there is likely to be a square or two lit up with an event to be enjoyed under the stars.

Spring

Spring is the season when Gozo discloses its full beauty. The island awakens to rolling hills of burgundy and gold, as patches of clover and haystacks adorn the countryside. This is the ideal time to visit Gozo and enjoy walks and the coast being as no other words can describe its magnificence.”

Nearly deserted beaches at this time of year can provide the ideal hideout to relax and enjoy the lushious sun and warm weather. The water may be still cold for a dip but the unique seaside environment is unbeatable for a picnic, while the weather is still mild and the temperatures around a bearable 25 degrees celcius. As for the most adventurous, Gozo can provide the ideal ground for some climbing along some exciting routes. Spring is also about Easter, as the religious festivities connected with the Holy Week take place during this season. Live re-enactments portraying the passion of the Christ take place all around Gozo, with exhibitions highlighting the original passover including the last supper of the Christ, mixed with a touch of local traditions and folklore. 

Easter Sunday is a true celebration. The joyful peeling of bells and band marches accompany a number of processions with the risen Christ, as people share the traditional figolli which they would have prepared days before. Spring is also about music, with the full calendar of the Gaulitana Music Festival, an established event for music and culture lovers. The festival features a series of concerts set against the backdrop of a number of beautiful locations around Gozo. For so many reasons, Spring is indeed the time to visit Gozo.

Autumn

Autumn is a great time to visit Gozo for anyone wishing to enjoy the island without the summer crowds and with mild weather that allows swimming till well into November, without the scorching sun. While the excitement and bustle of summer may seem to have ebbed away, Gozo is still replete with wonder as the first rains start giving the island a new lease of life as the warm weather generally persists. 

Cultural life is in full swing during this season. Three of the main cultural events of the island take place during autumn. The two main opera theatres in Victoria (the Astra and Aurora opera theatres) hold two operas during the month of October as key cultural events in Gozo.

November also sees the staging of the Festival Mediterranea, which like the operas, has become an established event in Gozo’s cultural calendar. The festival is organised annually by the Astra Theatre in Victoria. The festival uncovers Gozo in all its facets including classic and symphonic music, archeology, history, folklore and cuisine. As showpieced by its organisers, “Festival Mediterranea unveils Gozo as a mosaic of Mediterranean civilisation, heritage and art. It is indeed a showpiece of a hundred things our own, an opportunity for a break from the routine of conventional life; a chance to immerse oneself in the mellow world of Gozo’s autumn, and explore and live the cultural tradition of its 7000 years of history.” If you would like to enjoy cultural life in its full essence, Gozo definitely is the place to be in Autumn.

Winter

Mild sunny winters are one of Gozo’s many blessings. If it is cold, dull or snowing anywhere else in Europe, you can count on Gozo for warmth and bright days. The island can be the perfect winter destination with a choice of health-restoring activities. Climbing, hiking, biking or simply walking in the countryside are ideal from October till April when the weather is mild and not prohibitively hot. For the less adventerous, unwinding in one of the spa facilities around the island is pure therapy for the mind and soul. Spas offer a wide range of treatments and therapies from across the world as well as saunas, jacuzzis, steam rooms and indoor swimming pools.  One can also try the oriental hammam experiences and the authentic indian ayurveda, promising rejuvenation and deep relaxation. Yoga, pilates and aquaerobics are also available.

Gozo still brims with activities during the winter season.  Christmas and Carnival are the two main winter festivals celebrated here, with an in-between cultural calendar that attests to a thriving artistic community.  Christmas is a very special period in Gozo, a great time to enjoy local customs, traditional crafts and typical seasonal cuisine. Villages prepare live cribs and live reenactments of the nativity scene.  A whole area in Għajnsielem is transformed to re-create the nativity scene, immersed in the core of a Gozitan village.  Long forgotten customs and traditions are again re-lived by those attending this event.  

Carnival in February is pure fun. During these celebrations Gozitans shed their usual customary religiosity centred around the celebrations of their feasts.  Every village has its own twist on a feast that literally breaks the winter quiet. The organised carnivals in Victoria, Nadur and Xagħra, among other localities, show off carnival dances, hilarious sketches, costumes, floats, and the traditional kukkanja. Then there is the notorious, spontaneous carnival held in Nadur, that stands out for its creativity without limits. 

Today, participation in the Nadur carnival has grown so much that people from all over the island flock for the three days of fun, colours and sounds where everyone can be anyone they want through provocative disguise.

One could be easily carried away by the party atmosphere of costumes, dance and music but most of all of sheer imagination and creativity. Carnival has grown significantly in Gozo in the past two decades, becoming a major annual festival that attracts visitors to the island looking for a unique fun experience. Its atypical and extreme nature has been a contributing factor to its success, and has been pulling bigger crowds.  Carnival in the villages offer a glimpse of Gozo’s diverse culture, distinctly traceable to each locality.

Winter may be dull elsewhere but here, this little island community reinvents itself with every season and winter in Gozo offers a tranquil break that is coloured with one’s choice of cultural events and festivals.

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