The story goes that Malta has enough churches to visit a different one every day of the year. This is very nearly true and the concentration of churches in Gozo is just as dense. Every little village has its own church. They are often huge in comparison with the population they serve, but a good church is a matter of religious pride and Gozo’s villages are traditionally religious.

The churches vary enormously, from seventeenth-century baroque to twentieth-century neoclassical, from small and intimate to one of the largest dome in the world, from serving simple parish duties to the welcoming pilgrims from all over the world. The churches are usually open for mass in the early morning and evening and in Gozo they rarely close during the day so you can drop in whenever you wish – to pray or just to take a look around.

Gozo’s rich early history makes for some fascinating archaeological tourism.