If you are planning a visit to Gozo, you will no doubt want to know what the weather is like, what currency we use and whether Gozo drives on the left or on the right. Answers to these questions and many more can be found right here. And if there is anything else you want to know please feel free to contact us.
The weather in Gozo is typical of the Mediterranean and strongly influenced by the sea. The Maltese Islands have a sunny climate with a daily average of 12 hours of sunshine in summer and 5-6 hours in mid-winter. In July and August you will only need very light, cool clothes while winter may require a bit more warmth and a windproof jacket.
Currency & Banks
The Maltese currency is the euro.
Banks in Gozo are normally open until early afternoon from Monday to Friday, and until midday on Saturday. Some banks/branches work longer hours. Summer and winter opening hours may differ. There are a number of ATM machines from which you can withdraw money at any time. It is also possible to exchange foreign currency notes in banks, exchange bureaux and 24-hour exchange machines. International bankcards are accepted.
In Malta and Gozo, driving is on the left. The speed limit varies between 35km/h and 60km/h depending on whether you are in a built-up area or open countryside. It is worth paying attention to the relevant road signs.
Electricity is 220-240 volts and the frequency of the supply is 50 hertz. The sockets and plugs are the three rectangular pin plugs (as in the UK). Converters and adapters are easy to find.
Getting Around Gozo
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The Gozo General Hospital offers an excellent quality of medical care. However we suggest that before travelling to the Maltese Islands, all necessary measures are taken to ensure that you, and anyone else travelling with you, are up-to-date on all routine and recommended immunisations according to schedules defined in your country of residence. We also recommend that you consult with your doctor for specific information related to your needs and your medical history. Visitors receiving special medical treatment should bring a medical prescription or a letter of introduction from their family doctor, in case they need to purchase particular medicines.
Visitors from EU member states should make sure that they have a European Health Insurance card. It is advisable that all visitors, irrespective of their nationality, take out a personal medical insurance policy.
These are some medical tips for travellers to consider before travelling to Gozo.
The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English. Maltese, which is the national language, is a Semetic language written in Latin script. Over the years, many foreign words, particularly from English, Italian and French, have become part of the language.
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Malta and Gozo have 14 annual Public Holidays. Apart from Good Friday whose date varies from year to year, every other public holiday is celebrated on the same date each year. The following is the list of the Public Holidays:
- 1st January – New Year’s Day
- 10th February – Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck
- 19th March – Feast of St. Joseph
- 31st March – Freedom Day
- March / April (date changes) – Good Friday
- 1st May – Labour Day
- 7th June – Sette Giugno
- 29th June – Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul (L-Imnarja)
- 15th August – Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady (Santa Marija)
- 8th September – Feast of Our Lady of Victories
- 21st September – Independence Day
- 8th December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
- 13th December – Republic Day
- 25th December – Christmas Day
The following is a list of useful telephone numbers for visitors to Gozo:
Directory Enquiries: 1182
Directory Enquiries: (Go Mobile) 1187
Directory Enquiries: (Vodafone) 1189
Emergency Rescue by Helicopter: 21244371
Emergency Rescue by Patrol Boat: 21238797
Fire Brigade: 112
Flight Information: 52302000 (rate per call €1.00) *
Government Information Service: 153
Gozo Ferry: 21556114
Hospital – Gozo: 21561600
Hospital – Malta: 25450000
Lost Property: 21224781
Overseas Operator: 1152
Passport Office – Gozo: 21560770
Passport Office – Malta: 21222286
Time Check: 195
Weather Information (basic): 52302021 (rate per call €1.00) *
Weather Information (detailed): 52502002 (rate per call €5.00) *
- Flight and Weather information services are also available, free of charge at http://www.maltairport.com or from the Information Channels on local TV networks.
Direct Dialling Code for Malta: 356
International Direct Dialling Access Code (to make an overseas call): 00
There are public payphones, taking phone cards, all over the island. The cards are available from Go mobile branches, post offices, banks and numerous retail outlets displaying the Telecard sign. G-Cards, Go mobile and Easyline are also available.