But, being the landlubber I am, I was adamant to get out into those blustery waters – whether I plunged overboard or not.Eventually, after a mix of laughter and trepidation, we abandoned our boat trip around the Grand Harbour – the Gods simply weren't on our side that day.
I was surrounded by multicoloured stalls offering fresh, Maltese produce in every colour of the rainbow.
A mere third of the size of Malta, this small green island is so charming, it's little surprise Gozo means 'joy'.
The island is a patchwork of flourishing farms, and blonde coloured houses.
These two neolithic temples date back 5,500 years ago – older than the pyramids of Egypt.
Constructed at a time when no metal tools were available to the Maltese and the wheel had not yet been invented, the building of these temples must have been quite the conquest.