Coastal challenge – living in Malta 

Two students, six methods of transportation, two activities and great memories of living in Malta


Second-year Queen Mary, Malta Campus students Jeremy and Luiza take viewers on a whistle stop tour of Gozo, showcasing the sights, sounds, and transport options that made them fall in love with Malta. Discover Gozo’s scenic beauty and top tourist sights, how you get around, what it’s like living in Malta, and why a medical degree at Queen Mary Malta is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“We’re doing this challenge to showcase Gozo’s beauty. If you chose to come to Gozo, you’ll fall in love, just like we did.”


A popular diving spot, Marsalforn is particularly popular in summer with tourists and Gozitans alike. Marsalforn was once a small fishing village but now it is known for its large resorts. Visitors can walk along the promenade or enjoy a beach made of pebbles and sand. Rocks either side of the bay allow for sunbathing and act as a safety for those looking to swim. Boat operators run trips through the day.

Salt Pans

The Salt Pans in Gozo’s northern quarters – just a short journey from Marsalforn – need to be seen to be believed. Using sea-water evaporation, salt farmers have an endless supply of artisanal salt, an age-old practice that goes far back in Gozo. The salt harvesting season begins in April where salt is collected twice a week into August. Days begin early due to the strength of the sun.


Known for its quiet atmosphere, Qala can be found on the eastern coast of Gozo. Here you’ll find picturesque sea views, long, winding rural walking paths, and cultural and historic treasures, such as prehistoric standing stones or Menhir. Qala is one of the oldest villages in Gozo, with a thriving music scene and stunning views of Mgarr Harbour.

Hondoq Bay

This small, sandy beach is in Qala, opposite the island of Comino. It is one of the most popular swimming spots on the island. Popular with divers for its varying depths, Hondoq Bay is a great place to enjoy both activities and relax.


If you thought Gozo was peaceful, you should try its smaller sister island Comino. Midway between Malta and Gozo, Comino is inhabited only by a handful of people. It is a popular destination for camping or hiking. The island is a wildlife sanctuary, so special care must be taken when visiting.

Man in green kayak showing how fun living in Malta is.


Once another sleepy fishing village, Xlendi Bay Gozo is now popular with locals and tourists alike. It can be found at the bottom of a steep valley, where you will find bars, shops, restaurants, beautiful blue waters, a promenade, and a few remaining fishing huts. Xlendi Bay is the perfect mix of old and new.