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Gozo

Name Start Date Location For Nights Days Price
Glorious Gozo in the Spring 18th April 2015 Gozo All 7 8 £799
Strolling and Exploring Glorious Gozo in the Spring 18th April 2015 Gozo Strolling / Exploring 7 8 £799

Gozo—lying off the coast of Malta is indeed a joy—actually Gozo in Castillian means joy.

Gozo is a joy to walk, is slightly undulating and in spring covered in wild flowers. You are never far away from the sea.

Our walks take us on cliff tops and in sandy bays, Gozo has a fabulous coast line. We walk through sleepy village streets, over green hills and through picturesque valleys. Normally we finish our walks in a sandy cove for that well earned cuppa.

Paths are good,  the walking is easy to moderate but there is much for the discerning walkers to discover. We use local guides to show us the way.

The climate is warm at the time of year we go, but  it rarely rains so no need for lots of rainwear.

We stay at Xlendi—a superb little cove, excellent sea swimming, good cafes and walks on the doorstep.

We have chosen the owner managed Hotel San Andrea, right on the shoreline.

It has excellent twin bedrooms, with baths, and a restaurant  to make your mouth water.

A relaxing, walking holiday to savour.

Gozo—the place– back in time

Gozo—lying off the coast of Malta means joy in Castillian—and indeed it is a joy to walk. It measures 14km by 7 km , only slightly undulating, and in spring covered in beautiful wild flowers.It has a long and proud history as an independent  part of Malta, and over the centuries Phoenicians, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, French and British have shaped its individual culture. This mix of races has also left its mark on the buildings, churches and villages that we visit on our walking tours. The pace of life is slow, but the services provided by our Gozitan hosts is rarely beaten on a Walking and Exploring holiday. We have arranged this holiday to combine lovely walking with getting to know the history, culture and magical places that make Gozo so special.

The Walking

You are never far away from Gozo's spectacular coastline—with towering cliffs, tiny creeks, sandy bays and hidden beaches of red sand. We walk through sleepy village streets, over green hills and through picturesque valleys. Usually each day finishes at the crystal clear waters of a quiet cove or lagoon. Walking is easy to moderate, but there is much for the discerning walker to discover. Paths are good, but you will need the help of our local guides to navigate, signs and way marks are not much in evidence. But a superb experience—we call it "Walking back in time"

Getting to Gozo

There are flights from most major airports to Malta, and you will be transferred to the island by a thirty minutes mini bus ride to the ferry that links Malta and Gozo. A thirty minute ferry journey and twenty minute mini bus ride to Xlendi. Flight time is three hours.

We will quote you from the nearest airport to you, but dependent on flight days and times, we may advise different airports at the time of reservation—but the choice is yours.

Travel around the island is easy—buses are regular, and our trip to Malta is a major part of our historical exploration.

We transport you to the walk start each day and also to the various historical sites we visit.

Gozo's Climate

Is typically Mediterranean, mild winters and hot summers—too hot for strolling. We organize our holidays in March/April—lovely spring flowers and a green paradise, and October, when it is still lovely and warm, ideal for strolling.
Currency is the euro.

Gozo is in the Euro zone and is an EEC member state.

Historical wonderland

Because the island is relatively small we do walk through it’s historical magnificence.

The splendid  churches alone are worthy of your attention, but add the historic town of Rabat—Victoria-  quant villages and harbours, salt pans, pre historic cart tracks—as well as exploring Valletta and Mdina on the mainland— so much culture, so little time.

Your walking and tour guides

Ian and Carol are your local walking guides—an English couple settled on Gozo, who know the island s many routes inside out. Walking starts at 9.30am and we walk for three hours, before lunch—either a packed or café lunch . Another two and a half hours in the afternoon, usually finishing with a cuppa or beer. Five days of walking and one free day.

Alan Garner and Chris Bland are your tour guides—looking after all other aspects of the holiday for you.

Groups arranged for as well.

If you run a walking group, we can cater for your groups needs on Gozo. We will propose a programme to you ,then we agree the activities. We arrange everything for you—flights, accommodation and programme—and we use our buying power to conclude the best deal we can for your group.

Your accommodation

The San Andea, located in beautiful Xlendi Bay, is a modern 28 bedroom hotel,. Family owned, it provides an intimate,, comfortable and friendly atmosphere. All bedrooms have baths and showers, hairdryers, internet connection, direct dial phones and satellite television., and air conditioning.

Some rooms have balconies looking over the bay—there is a small supplement for this—and are twin bedded.

There is a small single supplement for those wishing to have sole use of a twin room.

A lovely roof top terrace adds character to the hotels charm.

Breakfast and dinner - good food, well cooked

Breakfast is taken in the hotel’s dining room or on the outside terrace, by the bay. Plenty of choice, buffet style, but a full English can be served at a daily supplement.

Dinner—three courses from a table d’hote menu that changes each day. Locally caught fish is a speciality.

The starters are filling, and main courses come with vegetables grown on the island.

Sweets are scrumptious too.

We generally eat inside during the time we are on the island, but if it’s a warm evening then outside eating is highly recommended.

All through the day, the hotel serves drinks and snacks, with particularly delicious ice cream.

Gozo and Strolling and Exploring Holidays

We run a Strolling and Exploring holiday in Gozo—walking for four days and exploring this magical island with Ian and Carol our walking guides, as well as exploring the history, plant life, buildings, villages and churches—including visiting Malta—Valletta and Mdina.

The island is superb for simly ambling about and at every trun there is a new interesting thing to look at.

Plenty of stops for tea and drinks along the way.

A strollers dream in Glorious Gozo

Gozo, off the coast of Malta is ideal Strolling country—it’s relatively flat, has lots of interesting villages and a historical past to enthrall you. It has a magnificent coast line for walking too, and you are never far from the sea on our walks. We are never short of historical places to visit in the afternoons, and we travel to Malta as well to visit the city of Mdina. We stay in the lovely fishing village of Xlendi, and our hotel—The San Andreas—is located overlooking the bay. It is a is a modern 28 bedroom hotel,  family owned, it provides an intimate, comfortable and friendly atmosphere. All bedrooms have baths and showers, hairdryers, internet connection, direct dial phones and satellite television., and air conditioning.

Some rooms have balconies looking over the bay—there is a small supplement for this—and are twin bedded.

There is a small single supplement for those wishing to have sole use of a twin room.

A lovely roof top terrace adds character to the hotels charm.