Flights into Malta's Luqa airport are plentiful and next Easter sees flights at only £72 return from London Luton. With self-catering accommodation for a family of four being in the region of £300 for a week's rental, an Easter break could cost as little as £600. Even with spending money, the cost of this family break comes in at less than £1000.
Gozo is idyllic. With only 30,000 residents, there is an air of calm surrounding the island and the rural scenery is stunning. The Capital city of Victoria is bang slap in the middle of Gozo, a mere 6 kilometres from the ferry dock. The city formerly known as Rabat, (it was renamed after Queen Victoria in 1897), boasts 15th century walls which incorporate a couple of informative museums and an old prison. The views from the battlements are amazing and, to see the whole island of Gozo stretched out beneath you, is beautiful.
As mentioned earlier, the bus system is excellent on Gozo and daily bus passes for the family will only set you back 5 euros. We spent a couple of days exploring the island and stopping off at inviting beaches and coves. One of the highlights of our many bus trips was to Dwejra on the west coast of the island, Here, the Blue Hole and Azure Window are breathtaking geological features which make for a great afternoon's entertainment as you leap over the cratered limestone and peer into the rockpools. Xlendi, just down the road and along the same bus route, makes for a wonderful al fresco meal as the sun sets in the cove. Ramla Bay with its red sand is also worth a stop, although it can get pretty rammed in the height of summer.
Beautiful squares, looked down upon by magnificent churches, are dotted around Gozo and it's worth asking locals whether the local villages have any community events planned. We were lucky enough to coincide with a feast day in Qala and saw another side to this sleepy island; the locals definitely know how to party!
Gozo really is the place to go. It's laidback, it's cheap and it's geographically stunning. The self-catering accommodation is amazing value for money; old characterful buildings have been renovated and most have pools - what more could a family want on a value-rich holiday? A lot of holiday-makers head to Malta for their guaranteed sunshine in the spring months but Gozo, in my opinion, is a better alternative.
Go to Gozo - I promise you won't regret it.