Start: Gozo Finish: Gozo
Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate
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Tour code: W07GO
Group size: 2 - 6
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Blessed with a rugged landscape and spectacular coastline, the island of Gozo
is tranquil and verdant. Sleepy towns lay brimming with baroque architecture,
gardens and churches, and only the occasional farmhouse punctuates the
countryside. Such is the beauty here, that Gozo is thought to be the
legendary Calypso's Isle of Homer's Odyssey - a peaceful, mystical backwater.
From our base at one of the island’s top hotels, our self-guided walks will
unveil the island's charm.
Arrive at your hotel in Sannat. The evening is at your leisure to settle in, unpack and enjoy your first dinner.
Meals: breakfast, dinner
Mgarr is Gozo's port, full of traditional and colourful luzzu fishing boats and dominated by the 18th Century Fort Chambray, built by the Knights of St John. The path from here hugs the coast as far as the narrow creek of Mgarr ix-Xini, where Turkish raiders landed in 1551 - the perfect place for a picnic and swim. From here you follow an old mule track up through the hotel's rocky grounds with fine views across to Malta, stopping to explore the remains of a Copper Age temple and Neolithic dolmen.
The north-western corner of the island is only accessible on foot, along easy farm tracks. The first stop is the remarkable neo-Romanesque Basilica at Ta' Pinu, a huge national shrine built on the site of a miracle in 1923. Your route then leads through unique ravine-like wieds (wadis) to Gharb with its stunning Baroque church (1699) and traditional stone houses. The final stretch takes you along the striking cliffs of the north coast where you are rewarded with fantastic views across Gozo's famous salt pans.Two walking options: 3.5hr, distance 12km/7.5mi or 4hr, distance 14km/9mi.
The cliffs near Sannat are the highest and most dramatic cliffs on Gozo and in late spring they are alive with Mediterranean shearwaters. The route takes you past breathtaking views towards Comino and Malta and down through tamarisk trees to the gorgeous Xlendi Bay. Then it's up through the terraced fields, bright with poppies and fields of gladioli cultivated in rows like Provencal lavender.Two walking options: 2.5hr, distance 9km/5.5mi or 3hr, distance 10km/6mi.
Today you could perhaps take a ride on one of Gozo's quirky buses to Xaghra to start your morning, as you head towards the Ggantija Tombs, a massive free-standing temple of 6m-high monoliths, and Calypso's Cave. Lunch on Ramla Bay, undeniably the best beach on the island, then perhaps head on to the lively capital of Victoria for the afternoon. The bustling market square, used as a meeting place since Roman times, is dominated by the mediaeval citadel, with spectacular views over the whole island. But the real charm lies in the maze of tiny back streets clustered around the Basilica, with carved stone balconies, flower-decked doorways and statuettes of the Madonna in street-corner niches.
The walk today takes you to the west coast and the fascinating Punic burial site at Wardija Point. There's a mythical feeling here, like being on the edge of the world. Narrow stone-walled lanes lead down to bamboo groves and to Fungus Rock (named after the 'magic' plant which grew there) and the Inland Sea.
Starting from Qala, it's an easy stroll to Dahlet Qorrot, a tiny harbour with gaily coloured boat houses. Then it's on through fragrant lemon groves, vineyards and past fig and peach trees to San Blas Bay, a hidden beach with gorgeous ochre-coloured sand. Your final stop is Nadur, where the spectacular views at the end of the day are a great finale to your week.
7 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 7 dinners.
All buffet breakfasts and 7 dinners are included.Meals are usually served in
the restaurant or al fresco on the patio under a 200-year-old carob tree.
Breakfast is an enormous hot and cold buffet and dinner is a 4-course affair
offering a mouth watering selection of Gozitan and Italian
specialities.Please be aware that, as Gozo has no rivers, lakes or
reservoirs, the majority of drinking water is produced via reverse osmosis
– essentially, the desalination and filtration of sea water. Tap water is
perfectly safe and drinkable, although you may notice it has a very slightly
salty aftertaste which can vary between hotels, restaurants and cafes
depending whether they have additional filtration systems in place. If you
still have concerns, or are put off by the taste, bottled water is widely
available although please consider the environmental impact of buying and
disposing of plastic bottles.
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