Wied Il-Ghasri Gozo: A Scenic Island Escape

Welcome to the beauty of Wied Il-Ghasri, a natural wonder on the north coast of Gozo with breathtaking scenery and crystal-clear waters, where nature unfolds in a mesmerising display of landscapes.

A ferry away from the main Island of Malta lies a hidden gem on the Gozo Island waiting to be discovered - the secluded inlet of Wied il-Ghasri Beach. With its high cliffs and turquoise water, this stunning and secluded inlet is a true wonder on the Island.

In this article, we'll guide you on how to reach this scenic location and what to expect once you arrive at this small beach. Prepare to be captivated by the beauty of one of Malta's most stunning inlets, with essential insights on beautiful spots and what not to miss in the surrounding area.

What is Wied Il-Ghasri?

Wied Il-Ghasri, which translates to "the Ghasri Valley", unveils a deep gorge-like formation with stunning steep cliffs carved into the lower coralline limestone and the overlying globigerina limestone. This marvellous secluded inlet is not limited to summer; it offers ideal terrain for a tranquil country walk or any other activity, especially during winter and spring when prickly pears and capers decorate the dry stone walls and around this tiny pebbly beach.

In late spring, the surrounding area transforms into a natural beauty with a carpet of red poppies, making it one of the most beautiful spots on the Island. Wied l-Ghasri is an excellent spot for diving and snorkelling to explore the surrounding underwater caves in the Mediterranean Sea, adding extra excitement to this picturesque area.

A fascinating underwater cave awaits at the valley and the sea intersection, complete with a shaft reaching up to the top of the cliffs, which once housed a system for seawater retrieval used to fill the neighbouring saltpans.

Wied Il-Ghasri Beach

Wied Il-Ghasri Beach, nestled within the embrace of the Ghasri Valley on Gozo Island, is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. Its pristine crystal clear water and secluded tiny pebble beach make it an idyllic destination for those searching for natural beauty and serene relaxation. This hidden gem is ideal for a peaceful swim and quiet bathing on a sunny day. Although it may seem unreachable, a set of steps carved into the cliff provides easy access to this pebble beach.

TIP: As you descend these steps, you'll be greeted with breathtaking views of the rugged coastline, the dramatic cliffs, and the pristine Mediterranean waters below. Keep your camera ready, for you'll want to capture the raw and unspoiled beauty surrounding you at every step.

While Wied Il-Ghasri Beach is a year-round gem, it takes on a different charm during the winter and spring. As the sea becomes rough and the weather becomes more brisk, the beach offers one of nature's most awe-inspiring wonders. The powerful waves crash against the ridges, creating a mesmerising and dramatic display.

You can watch this raw nature from the safety of the shore, providing a truly unique experience. So, whether you visit during the warm summer or the cooler seasons, this tiny beach promises an unforgettable adventure with the beauty of the Mediterranean coastline.

Where is Wied Il-Ghasri?

The Ghasri Valley starts at Ta' Dbiegi Hill on Gozo's north coast and twists through the picturesque village of l-Ghasri. It continues between the prominent landmarks of iz-Zebbug and Ta' Gurdan Hill before reaching the open sea, all in between the awe-inspiring cliffs.

How to Experience Wied Il-Ghasri

Getting There

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Public Transport

To reach Wied Il-Ghasri by bus, you have two options available. Bus number 308 takes you to a bus stop named Fanal, and from there, it's a 36-minute walking distance of 2.7km. Alternatively, you can opt for bus number 309 to the Onici bus stop, a 17-minute walk to Wied Il-Ghasri.

By Car

Driving in Gozo is relatively easy. When embarking on a trip to Wied Il-Ghasri, it's essential to exercise caution when sharing the unsealed road with other vehicles, particularly when navigating turns. Maintaining a slow driving pace is highly recommended to ensure safety and prevent accidents.

By Taxi

Finding taxis in Gozo is easy, as they are readily available from anywhere. Whether you prefer the traditional white taxis or the comfort of ride-hailing services like eCabs, Uber, Bolt, and other private taxi companies, you'll have different options. These services will transport you from your current location to the hidden gem of Wied Il-Ghasri.

Parking and Facilities

At Wied Il-Ghasri, you'll find a convenient parking area with approximately 15 parking spots. It's easy to save this parking location to continue driving until the end of the upaved road, where you'll find a small, free parking lot. Along the route to this parking area, you'll also find a few parking spots allowing you to park and continue walking. The earlier you go, the easier it will be to park, while taking a bike ride is much easier to park at any time.

Facilities at Wied Il-Ghasri are limited, so planning is advisable. No restaurants or snack bars are on-site, so bringing your food and drinks is highly recommended. While an ice cream van operates during the high season, it's better to be safe than sorry. Please note that no restrooms are available, so be prepared. Additionally, considering the scorching heat in summer, sunscreen is essential, especially if you plan to spend some time at Wied Il-Ghasri Beach.

Safety Precautions

When planning your trip to Wied Il-Ghasri, prioritising safety, especially on stormy days, is crucial. The area is known for strong currents and sharp rocks that can pose risks, so it's essential to be cautious. Check the weather forecast diligently and heed all warning signs when visiting.

To ensure your safety, it's advisable to wear proper shoes, especially during hikes, and exercise extreme caution when wearing flip-flops. Windy days can make it challenging to navigate the sea safely. Remember that the national emergency number is 112 in case you encounter any difficulties during your visit on a windy day.

When to Go and What to Expect

Best Times to Visit Wied Il-Ghasri

Summer Months:

  • Warm weather, often exceeding 35 degrees.
  • Expect larger crowds.

Spring and Autumn:

  • Pleasant temperatures.
  • Fewer people are ideal for walking, hiking, cycling, and exploring without crowds.


  • Quieter.
  • Cooler temperatures.
  • Unique charm and a slower-paced experience.

Must-See Nearby Attractions

Starting from the charming village of Wied Il-Ghasri, you'll uncover a wealth of attractions that enhance your trip to L-Ghasri. As you journey from Zebbug through Xwejni Bay, don't miss the opportunity to explore the renowned centuries-old Xwejni Salt Pans. Smaller salt pans can be seen along the way.

After enjoying your time at Wied Il-Ghasri Beach, make sure to include the Ta Gurdan walk, which leads you to the breathtaking Ta' Gurdan Lighthouse, which offers one of the most magnificent scenic views on the Island. Ta' Gurdan Lighthouse is a great spot if you love photography and would love to capture some panoramas. 

Another must-see nearby attraction in Wied Il-Ghasri and Ta Gurdan is the Wied Il-Mielah arch, known by locals as "The mini version of the Azure Window." All these great spots are accessible on foot, allowing you to experience them at a relaxed pace through a leisurely walk.

Other Attractions

There are many exciting attractions for your exploration in the neighbouring town of Zebbug and l-Gharb village. Whether you're travelling by bus or car, the moment you step foot in Zebbug, you're only a 10-minute hike away from the stunning Tas-Salvatur Hill, home to the iconic statue of The Risen Christ. This magnificent sculpture, similar to Brazil's famous Christ the Redeemer, offers visitors a spiritual and visually stunning experience.

As you make your way to Zebbug, include a stop to the remarkable Gozo Aqueducts on your itinerary. These historical canals are a testament to Gozo's rich heritage and architectural invention.

On the other side, from l-Ghasri to l-Gharb, you'll discover the architectural masterpiece of Our Lady of Ta Pinu sanctuary. Nestled within Gozo's breathtaking landscapes, this spiritual haven holds a special place in the hearts of pilgrims worldwide.

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Set your plans

Embark on your adventure through Wied Il-Ghasri, creating unique memories in this beautiful paradise. Whether you're attracted to the crystal-clear waters, the cliffs, or the underwater caves, Wied Il-Ghasri offers something year-round.

With serene beauty, this secluded haven is ideal for nature lovers and those seeking tranquillity. The charm of Wied Il-Ghasri shines in winter and spring, providing a dramatic display of nature's power and beauty. Plan your visit and explore the breathtaking landscapes. Your adventure begins here.

Author: Norbert Bezzina

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