If you’ve ever visited the beautiful towns of Gozo, we can guarantee that you have come across the wonderful doors and windows of many Gozitan homes that are bright and colourful.
They’re easy to fall in love with because they reflect the passion for beauty and artistry of so many homeowners around Gozo.
If you’ve not been to the island yet and are still impatiently waiting for the day to finally arrive, we encourage you to read a little bit about one of the most charming parts of Gozitan homes.
It’s not known exactly when people started painting their doors, but even houses that are hundreds of years old have been partaking in the tradition for quite some time.
The reason why they are so vibrant has to do with the buildings themselves. It doesn’t take much investigative work to see that most houses in Gozo and Malta are built from limestone.
The wonderfully soft rock material is found naturally on the islands and ensured that the inhabitants were not in any need of imported materials and could also live in cool homes during the hot summer’s heat.
So, what can you do to make yourself stand out when your house and all other neighbours’ houses are made of mostly the same material? The Gozitans had the brilliant idea of painting their windowpanes and their doors in bright colours, reflecting their personality and their interests. There are no rules when it comes to the colours of a Gozitan home, it can reflect a favourite colour, the interior design, a hobby or just be an artistic expression.
But it doesn’t end with just the colours, the doors are often decorated with unique wooden patterns or baroque designs that stem from the 1600s. Often the finished doors have a large and charming doorknob and/or knocker as well. The colour of the knocker and doorknob are usually different from the rest of the door, either in plain metal or a complementary colour, making the look of the door really a piece of art.
It might also be interesting to know that the knockers used to be a way to show your wealth and status – the more intricate design, the richer you were.
Doors on Gozo are in general very robust and can often be seen as split into two small doors, allowing for some breeze to run through the house on warm days. The archway in limestone is also sometimes decorated to further extend the beautiful design of the homes. The shutters are in the same colour as the door and they’re the cherry on top of the cake, making the wonderful facade of every Gozitan home complete.
We could go on about the delightful details of the houses for ages, but perhaps you’re thinking that “it’s just a door”. We promise that seeing a winding street with perfectly coordinated small pops of colour will make you think you’ve walked into a postcard and you’ll fall in love with Gozo and the Gozitan homes. Before you know it, you’ve taken 50 photos of doors alone on a single 10-minute walk. Regardless of the origin of this fantastic culture, we know it makes this little island into one of the most charming places you will ever visit.