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Gozo - Culture, heritage and authentic charm

For a villa holiday with a slower tempo, head to Gozo - Malta’s smaller and greener sister island. Here the rugged rural scenery is fringed by a spectacular coastline of rocky inlets and red sand beaches. Beneath the waves the landscape is just as impressive - a real paradise for divers of all abilities. Unspoilt and peaceful, you’ll experience a villa holiday rich in warm hospitality, rustic beauty and historic and cultural intrigue.

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Ghasri

Ghasri is Gozo’s smallest village and is dominated by Ta Gurdan Lighthouse standing 180m above sea level on a flat topped hill, high above the village. A steep path leads up to the lighthouse, with the reward of spectacular 360 degree views across the island. The village lies nestled between the hills of Zebbug and Ghammar overlooking the Ghasri Valley, which is ideal for walkers and cyclists alike. The scenery ends in a beautiful tight gorge dropping into the sea, a sight popular with divers.

  • 2hrs fromMalta

San Lawrenz

A small hilltop village, San Lawrenz overlooks a secluded valley close to the island’s most spectacular coastal scenery at Dwerja. In the village you'll find charming 17th Century houses with intricately carved stone balconies and a small selection of restaurants, shops and bars. There is also an exclusive hideaway hotel and spa offering fantastic beauty treatments.

  • 2hrs fromMalta

Santa Lucija

Only a short drive from the capital Victoria is the pretty hamlet of St Lucia. Surrounded by farmland and untouched by tourism you can enjoy a walk to Wardija Point for magnificent views to Dwejra and its spectacular rock formation. It is from this area, the most fertile on Gozo, that water was carried along the British aqueduct to supply Victoria.

  • 2hrs fromMalta

Marsalforn

Located on Gozo’s northern coast, the fishing village of Marsalforn is the island's main tourist resort. There are many traditional eateries specialising in fresh fish dotted about the small harbour-town, where in summer the streets come to life as visitors stroll around the promenade, choosing where to spend the mild evenings. The atmosphere is vibrant yet relaxed, popular with both tourists and the Maltese. The villages and bays that surround Marsalforn each have something to offer, from Obajjar bay, perfect for snorkeling to the picturesque Zebbug, elevated above Marsalforn and enjoying superb views over the whole island.

  • 2hrs fromMalta

Victoria

The Gozitans call the charming capital of Gozo ‘Rabat’, its original name before the British Governor changed it in 1897 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Above the town the impressive citadel is a marvelous place to wander around, with its narrow alleys, rampart walls and panoramic views over Gozo. This fortified city is home to a few residents, historically fascinating museums, cafes and shops. Down the hill is Independence Square or It-Tokk where you can stock up on supplies such a towels, sun hats and local crafts in the market or just sit and enjoy the atmosphere in one of the many outdoor cafes.

  • 2hrs fromMalta

Xaghra

Xaghra is a pretty village with a picturesque square lined with pavement cafes and good restaurants. Home to one of the oldest free standing and arguably best preserved religious structures in the world, found at the Temples of Ggantija. Upon exploring the village further you will discover intriguing grottos, a curious toy museum and a beautifully decorated church. Not to be missed is one of the very few remaining eighteenth century windmills, Ta' Kola. On the outskirts of the village, is the mythological Calypso Cave home of the nymph named in Homers Odyssey. The cave overlooks the islands largest beach, Ramla Bay, with its unique honey-red sand, and is only a short drive away.

  • 2hrs fromMalta

Gharb

One of the oldest and prettiest villages on the island is home to the attractive parish church of the Visitation. The church sits alongside the diminutive police station and folklore museum which is packed with objects relating to crafts and day to day Gozitan life. With its history of craft workers it is no surprise that on the outskirts of Gharb you will find the Ta Dbiegi Craft Village where traditional glass blowing, pottery making and iron working can be observed. Remember your purse as many interesting souvenirs can be purchased here. The most popular shrine on Gozo lies within the parameters of Gharb. Ta Pinu is an architectural masterpiece and is the most important pilgrimage site with a vast and remarkable collection of ex-voto offerings. Numerous pilgrims visit the sanctuary all year round, perhaps the most famous being Pope John Paul II who held mass there in 1990.

  • 2hrs fromMalta

Sannat

Sannat is an attractive village with an early eighteenth century parish church. It is primarily known as the gateway to the Ta’ Cenc plateau and cliffs. The plateau boasts unparalleled views from the cliffs that plunge up to 145m into the sea. It is Gozo’s primary birding site where many species can be seen including the national bird, the blue rock thrush. In spring and autumn migrating species make landfall here for the first time in hundreds of miles. After exploring the plateau, you can then relax in one of the village cafes, or alternatively the Islands capital Victoria can be reached within a five minute drive for a wider selection of amenities.

  • 2hrs fromMalta

Your Gozo Villa holiday

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Outdoor pursuits in Gozo

Villa holidays to Gozo are perfect for outdoor adventures, particularly with its hot, year-round sunny climate. Lush vegetation, flat-topped hills and craggy cliffs offer superb cycling, rambling and rock climbing. Here, you’ll find fascinating arches, caves and caverns home to an abundance of fish and sea life. Conventional sports like tennis is available, whilst horse riding is a popular way to experience the dramatic scenery around you.

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Local cuisine in Gozo

When you choose a villa holiday in Gozo, you’ll find fabulous al fresco dining and a wide variety of authentic dishes to try. Life here moves at a leisurely pace, even during the summer holidays, and revolves around farming and fishing – so expect to sample some of the best local produce from tomatoes, peppers and fruits to freshly-caught seafood. To accompany these delights, visitors are treated to delicious, just-baked crispy bread and local wines served young and chilled. Most local bars offer Gozo’s traditional snack, the 'Pastizzi', which is a flaky pastry parcel filled with ricotta cheese or peas.

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Hints of history in Gozo

Historical places of interest are found everywhere in Gozo. A must-see for all villa holiday goers are the megalithic Ggantija temples - thought to be even older than the Egyptian Pyramids. Gozo also has a museum of archaeology in Victoria which is full of interesting remains and pre-historic artefacts. Among its other highlights are the famous and imposing Citadel, and several caves and grottoes dotted around the island – alongside some of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring views in all of the Mediterranean.

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Atmospheric evenings in Gozo

Gozo is not an island for those seeking the bright lights and nightlife of other Mediterranean resorts. Here, the pace of life is slow and relaxed. On Gozo, the main town of Victoria has a thriving cultural life of its own with attractions ranging from opera to horse racing and firework displays at fiesta time. Locals go out of their way to welcome visitors, particularly during village feasts which take place throughout the summer holidays. You'll be tempted to stay put in your holiday villa, simply soaking up the atmosphere and scenery – but with plenty of traditional local bars and restaurants to choose from, you can have the best of both worlds.

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Not to be missed...

  • The Inland Sea, a secluded pebbly bathing pool with crystal clear water and sheer cliffs, can be found at Dwejra in the southwest of Gozo
  • The medieval citadel at Victoria now houses the 17th Century cathedral and a collection of fascinating museums and fantastic views
  • Visit the Ggantija temples which were built around 3,600 BC. These giant stone structures are older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids
  • Go walking, especially in spring, and diving in one of the best spots in Europe
  • Visit the tiny island of Comino and the crystal clear waters of the blue lagoon.

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