Gozo offers some of the most stunning coastal hikes in the Mediterranean. One of the most beautiful is a walk from the Xwejni Bay to Wied il-Ghasri. A return walk is less than 5 km, so it’s suitable for anyone. Along the way, you’ll pass salt pans and limestone cliffs.
You will get to enjoy the stunning views of the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean. And, of course, you’ll have the chance to dip into the sea. Postcard-worthy views are at every turn. So, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the beauty of Gozo’s coastline.
- Distance: 4.54 km
- Walking Time: 1 h 10 mins
- Level: Easy
- Uphill: 40 m
- Downhill: 40 m
- Highest Point: 30 m
Best time to go: anytime, but avoid mid-day heat between June and September
Gozo Coastal Walk Map
You can also access the tour guide on Google Maps.
The hike starts in Xwejni Bay, known as Il-Bajja tax-Xwejni, in Maltese. The bay is in the north of Gozo, close to the towns of Zebbug and Marsalforn. There is a shallow pebbled beach, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. On the western side of the bay, there is an underwater double arch and a cave famous for scuba diving.
Salt Pans and Billinghurst Cave
From Xwejni Bay, head north, and you will soon see the salt pans. The salt pans in Gozo are unlike anything you will see anywhere else. They are the result of a centuries-old traditional process for harvesting salt. The pans are split into rectangular pools filled with seawater. The water is then left to evaporate using the sun’s heat. Salt harvesting starts in April and lasts till August.
Not only are the salt pans a fascinating part of the island’s history, but they also look beautiful. They glisten in the sunshine, creating a moon-like landscape.
Continue the Gozo coastal walk by following the road or head down and walk on the coast. When walking on the limestone, look under your foot to see different fossils. Fossils are the traces of plants and animals from a distant past. Limestone is almost entirely made of fossils. On this hike, you can find shells but also sea urchin fossils.
After 20 mins walking from Xwejni Bay, you will see a Billinghurst Cave. It is an amazing deep cave, a fantastic spot for diving, swimming and snorkelling. But what makes it unique is the deep blue colours and surrounding underwater caves. The blue is particularly vivid when the sun is out and the sea is calm.
If you walk during the summer, I recommend having a quick dip. But don’t swim in rough seas. The rocks are very sharp, so it gets quite dangerous.
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The Għasri Valley – Ta’ Gurdan Lighthouse and the Sea Canyon
After 5 minutes of hiking inland, you will reach a small parking area. It’s on the top of the cliffs surrounding the sea canyon. Head down the stairs on your left to Wied il-Għasri. This is our end point of the hike before we turn back.
Wied il-Għasri Valley is a gorge-like valley surrounded by high limestone walls. It is known for its tiny pebbly beach, which is 300 metres away from the sea. It’s a quiet bathing area beloved by swimmers, snorkelers, and divers. It is not difficult to understand why it is so popular. The gorge is lengthy and slender, making the waters tranquil. On windy days, this place is especially remarkable. You can listen to the noise of the sea crashing against the high cliffs.
After you enjoy the Wied il-Għasri Valley, go up the stairs and return to Xwejni Bay in the same way. If you still have time and energy, you can walk to Wied il Mielah Arch, a few kilometres away. Check my trekking guide on how to get there.
It is a must-do for nature lovers. So, don’t skip it. You will be amazed by the beauty of the sea, cliffs and the surrounding nature.
Here are some more Gozo guides you should check out:
- Hike in Gozo – from the Mgarr Harbour to Xlendi
- Hike to Wied il-Mielah Arch
- Ghasri Valley guide
- Mgarr Ix-Xini – insider tips
- A guide to Xlendi town and its surroundings
- A hike from Mgarr Harbour to Hondoq Bay