If you’re pondering activities in Gozo, the coastal town of Marsalforn needs no introduction. Bustling with holidaymakers during the summer months and serene in winter, Marsalforn Bay has been a postcard-perfect destination since the early days of the tourism industry in the late '60s and '70s. There are many reasons why this seaside resort remains a favourite in Gozo.

Marsalforn is one of the larger bays on the island. Surrounded by several hills, its main attraction is its clear blue crystalline sea – a mesmerising scene in all seasons and a joy for artists and photographers alike. As an anchorage point for fishermen, the brightly coloured luzzus have always adorned the little harbour. Even today, one might still encounter fishermen hauling in their catch or tending to their nets at Il-Menqa, considered the soul of Marsalforn. This connection to the sea is also why Marsalforn boasts numerous seaside restaurants.

Marsalforn can best be described as a seaside resort complete with everything, including a church dedicated to Saint Paul’s Shipwreck. The church’s steeple and clock tower, visible from the bay, add a picturesque touch.

When choosing Marsalforn for your seaside holiday, you’ll find a range of accommodation options – hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses, and self-catering apartments. Many are located within a five-minute walk from the beach, while others offer glorious bay vistas and open sea views. Waking up to a stunning sunrise or witnessing a fiery sunset from balconies and terraces is a fantastic experience. A seaside holiday in Marsalforn also means convenience, with various shops and amenities reducing the need for trips to the rest of the island.

Hiking, swimming, snorkelling, diving, and even fishing are all part of the classic seaside holiday in Marsalforn. Start your day with a brisk walk at sunrise. You can stroll along the promenade or be more adventurous and head to the tracks leading to Xagħra or Qbajjar. A walk to Qbajjar is like walking along the water’s edge, especially if you continue to Xwejni and the saltpan area. Hiking inland through Marsalforn Valley or further to climb Merżuq Hill offers amazing views.

Swimming, snorkelling, and sunbathing are essential activities in Marsalforn. Along the shore, there are various swimming spots. Families with young children favour the a sandy area in front of the local police station and sheltered by the breakwater promontory. Stronger swimmers enjoy the rocky areas like Il-Ponta ta’ Santa Marija and Għar Qawqla. These spots are for robust swimmers and should be avoided in rough weather.

Marsalforn is also home to several diving centres. Diving is a popular activity in Gozo, offering an underwater world to explore. For those who prefer something less intense, snorkelling provides a delightful glimpse beneath the surface.

Beyond Marsalforn Bay lies the pebbly inlet of Qbajjar and the cove of Xwejni, characterised by shallow pools surrounded by large boulders. Both Qbajjar and Xwejni are swimming zones and, like Marsalforn, are ideal fishing spots for those who enjoy angling.

Marsalforn is a perfect seaside resort with stunning views, clear waters, and numerous restaurants.