Gozo Citadel

Address: It-Tegha tal-Belt (Castle Hill), Victoria, Malta

- Free


Visit Gozo’s labyrinthine stronghold – at the heart of the island’s history.

Rising out of the centre of Gozo’s capital Victoria (or, to locals, Rabat), the citadel remains much as it did in the time of the Knights of Malta (1530-1798). Gozo’s main defensive stronghold since at least Roman times, the citadel is wonderful to wander around with its tiny alleys, historic buildings and high rampart walls offering panoramic views. Here you will find Gozo’s oldest houses, its cathedral, four small museums (Archaeological, Nature, Folklore and the Old Prions; www.heritagemalta.org), as well as the best Gozitan lunch going (at Ta' Rikardu next to the cathedral). The cathedral audio guide (included in the entry fee of 3 euros between 10am-4.30pm Monday-Saturday,) also gives you a brief guided walk around the rest of the citadel.

Value for money

Expert tips

Beware the steps up to the citadel when wet – they can be very slippery indeed.

Inside the cathedral, look up at the inside of the dome. Now come outside and look for it. It isn’t there. It’s a trompe l’oeil.

If it is open (usually between Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-1pm, entry by donation) drop in to the Gunpowder Magazine, Low Battery and Silos (www.wirtghawdex.org) for a look at a newly renovated corner of the Knights’ fortifications and an unusual chance to go into one of their many grain silos.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Education
  • Great views / scenery
  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Design and architecture