Gozo, with its famous Citadel which has been at the heart of the island’s activities since Neolithic times and has been aptly called the crown of Gozo. It became the focal point of Gozo around 1500 BC, when it was first fortified by the Bronze Age people.
The Phoenicians developed it further and the Romans turned it into their acropolis dominated by a temple dedicated to Juno. The north side of the present fortifications date from the times of the Aragonese, while the southern flank, overlooking Victoria, was raised by the Knights of St. John between 1599 and 1603. The name of Victoria was given to the town in 1887, in honour of Queen Victoria in her jubilee year. Lying precisely in the centre of the island it is the island’s most populated. Ride the bus tour to Republic Street, which is a main street flanked by shops, banks, and restaurants.
The City Sightseeing bus tour of Gozo visits the fascinating and ancient Ggantuja Temples and Fungus Rock. Hop off at Dwejra and experience the most popular attraction; the Azure Window. The Azure window is a monumental limestone archway created by thousands of years of sea erosion. For such a small island, Gozo has a high concentration of Churches -22 in all. Admire the Xewkija famed rotunda church, which has a capacity of 3000, enough to hold the entire population of Xewkija village! The church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and was completed in 1981. It boasts the fourth largest supported dome in the world at 74 metres high, with a diameter of 27 metres and a circumference of 85 metres. Its total weight is calculated to be around 45,000 tonnes! City Sightseeing’s tour will help you to discover Gozo - one of the most untouched and unique islands in the Mediterranean. With its picturesque and tranquil towns and villages, where life has barely changed for hundreds of years and many traditions are still upheld.