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Getting Away From It All On Gozo

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A November 2010 trip to Gozo by Liam Hetherington

Porto Vecchio Photo, Gozo, Malta More Photos
Quote: For those who find the island of Malta too busy there is always Gozo, her smaller and less developed sister. In search of peace and solitude we paid her a (literally) flying visit...
Sailing in to Mgarr Harbour Photo, Gozo, Malta
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There are two ways to get to Malta’s sister island of Gozo – by sea and by air. On my visit I explored both options.The easiest – and by far the most commonly used – means of crossing to Gozo is via ferry. This is surprisingly easy and does not need to be pre-planned. From the Floriana bus terminus simply look for the number 45 or 145 bus. This will take passengers directly to the ferry port at Ċirkewwa. The island of Gozo is located directly across the channel, just beyond Comino. The bus, as ever, was dirt cheap: less than a euro for a 65 minute journey. Heading north from Valletta rather than south we saw new areas of Malta for the first time as we skirted the yacht moorings at the bott...Read More

Xaghra

Cornucopia Hotel

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Hotel | "Getting Away From It All"

Cornucopia Hotel Photo, Gozo, Malta
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Our quest was to get away from it all. In Gozo we were able to count ‘it all’ successfully got away from.The village of Xagħra is located almost in the middle of Gozo, maybe three miles north-west of the port at Mġarr and half that east of the island’s capital Victoria (Rabat). It is not a big village, with one central pjazza, but the side streets do ramble on a bit. The Cornucopia Hotel is situated right on the edge of town. There is a central hotel complex, but we had hired our own bungalow. These are located across the street and built down the valley wall so that all our views were directed away from Xagħra. From the lovely verandah we had a 180º lookout north-west over the isla...Read More

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Cornucopia Hotel
10 Gnien Imrik Street
Xaghra, Gozo, Malta
(+356) 21556486

Oleander Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Great Gozitan Grub with Global Glam"

Oleander Restaurant Photo, Gozo, Malta
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For a village Xagħra has a number of different eating options. There are probably three or four restaurants dotted around the long central Pjazza Vittorja that lies before the surprisingly grand Church of Our Lady of Victory. We had heard good reports of Oleander so we decided to dine here on our first night in Gozo. And it was a good choice.The restaurant may have been in a rustic stone-built building with supporting arches but it had the semi-glam attitude of somewhere more cosmopolitan with its Buddha Bar soundtrack and walk-in wine cellar. We decided to stick to the water and (in my case) Cisk lager. As beers go I much preferred the Cisk to Malta’s other local brew, Hopleaf. ...Read More

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Oleander Restaurant
Pjazza Victorija, Xaghra
Gozo, Malta

Ggantija Temples

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Attraction | "Ggantija - the Giantess's Watchtower"

Ggantija Temples Photo, Gozo, Malta
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It was the Age of Reason, but when foreign visitors came to Gozo and saw the huge weathered stone constructions jutting clear of the turf they could come to only one conclusion: at one time giants had roamed this island and here they had left the remains of their watchtower. What else could explain these massive shattered stone circles crowning the uplands? The men of science thus named this magical spot after a giantess. Ġgantija.Obviously no giants ever lived here. Instead what these learned experts were looking at was yet another relic of the megalithic civilisation that had left their mysterious ...Read More

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Ggantija Temples
Xaghra
Gozo, Malta

Mgarr

Porto Vecchio

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Restaurant | "Harbour Views"

Porto Vecchio Photo, Gozo, Malta
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Porto Vecchio is mostly an Italian restaurant – but we ate Gozo. For our final meal on the island Rebecca had antipasta Gozitano (€10.25) - olives, sundried tomatoes, capers, goat’s cheese, grilled aubergine, local sausage and bigilla, served up with bread and biscuits. I had fresh fish from a selection of that day’s catch. My choice was a red snapper, simply cooked in foil with oil, white wine, lemon, capers and herbs. A very simple preparation, but when the fish is that fresh it is a crime to mess about with it in my opinion. The waiter was kind enough to deb...Read More

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Porto Vecchio
Triq Martino Garces
Mgarr, Island of Gozo
+356 2156 3317

Getting to Gozo, Option 2: by Air

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Siege Bell Memorial and Lower Barrakka Gardens Photo, Valletta, Malta
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We had crossed from Malta to Gozo by sea. We returned by air.Those that know something of Gozo might be surprised by this due to one key factor... there are no airfields on Gozo. I was not about to let a small detail like that deter me however. You see, one form of transport that I had always dreamed of utilising was seaplane. Seaplanes seem to belong to a bygone age, which was always sure to appeal to me. Plus, it’s what Indiana Jones always used to leave his dotted red lines across the sepia map of the world. In many ways seaplanes were the sinews holding together the creaking European empires of the interwar era, which makes Malta’s commercial service somewhat appropriate....Read More

About the Writer

Liam Hetherington

Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom