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Issue 7- 2018/2019

MY GOZO Island Magazine & Guide

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8. Things To Do, There is so much to see and do that a day trip isn’t enough. 16. Events, Gozo has an ac�on packed year round events calendar. 18. Meet The Local, Our readers share their love of Gozo. 20. Talk The Lingo, Learn a few words of the Maltese language. 22. Walk On The Wild Side, Explore Gozo on two feet. 28. Postcards, See some photos our readers have sent to us and the story behind them. 29. Gozo Wedding, Read all about Stephanie and Patrick’s Gozo wedding fairy tale. 34. Property, Find out about the Islands best property to buy from move2Gozo. 40. Our Gozo, All of the latest news

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and views from the Island.

Cra� Centre.

42. Recommended Dining, Check out what the Island has to offer foodies.

69. Ge�ng Around, Hire a car, rent a bike, book a chauffeur driven airport transfer, explore the Island.

50. Cook Like a Local, Gozitan recipes to try at home!

70. Accommoda�on, From hotels to farmhouses, Gozo has plenty of accommoda�on op�ons available to suit all budgets.

52. Victoria, Gozo’s Capital is a bustling City, discover the old streets, markets and The Citadel. 54. Xlendi, Discover Xlendi Bay, a picture post card seafront resort, full of great restaurants and the perfect place to hire a boat. 60. Marsalforn, Gozo’s premier tourist resort, discover where to eat, drink and sleep. 62. Nadur, Gozo’s largest village has a lovely square and views of the Gozo channel. 63. Gharb/The Inland Sea, Visit Dwejra, The Inland Sea, Gharb Folklore Museum and Ta’Dbiegi

72. Watersports, Gozo is a premier diving des�na�on and offers some great watersports and boat trips. 73. Adventure, Gozo has plenty of adventure ac�vi�es from speed boats to rock climbing, kayaking and Segway Tours. 74. Beach Life, Discover the best spots to cool down on Gozo. 76. Informa�on, Important things you need to know. 79. Map of Gozo, Find your way around the Island.

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MY GOZO From Our Twitter Feed We asked our twitter followers what their favourite beach was on Gozo...

San Blas Bay; golden sands, clear blue sea, empty in cooler months @loweyvillain Ramla; favourite since i was a small child back in 70’s, hasn’t changed @millhill19 Hondoq; love this place for an evening swim and BBQ @magsoh Xlendi; small beach but great for the little ones and restaurants a plenty @fifitop Xwejni; sun lounger, cool bottle of cisk, book, sun cream, relax @seanieotoole Mgarr Ix Xini; once you find it you will fall in love with this Gozitan secret @thfc1980 Front Cover 2018/19 - birdseye view of a wonderful Xlendi sunset. To advertise in next years issue or for further info drop us an email to info@mygozo.com Issue 7- 2018/2019

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EDITORS WELCOME Hi and Welcome to the 7th edition of My Gozo Magazine, your definitive guide to everything you need to know about Gozo. This is my 7th year producing the magazine and this has only been possible due to the continued support I receive from my wonderful sponsors and readers from across the globe who fill me with the encouragement, passion and desire to produce what I hope is an insightful and fun magazine to read. I also owe a debt of gratitude to The Maltese Tourism Association/MTA/ Visit Malta for their support, of which it is much appreciated. I would also like to thank all of the hotels/b+b’s/farmhouses/business’s on The Island who allow me to distribute the magazine. I cannot forget my Wife and Children who have given me their upmost support and love. My Gozo started off as a 10 page guide for guests visiting our wedding on Gozo in 2010, many of whom had never visited the Island, I never imagined that I would be producing this magazine for a 7th consecutive year. If you spot a mistake or would like to offer me any advice, please feel free to get in contact, i do this as a hobby as i have a passion for all things Gozo. The aim of My Gozo is to showcase the beauty of Gozo but also to tell you about the wonderful places to visit, and to highlight the fact that Gozo is very much a year round destination. It is no longer a surprise when we hear that celebrities are visiting Gozo, as we have all known for decades about it’s secret that keeps drawing us back year after year. In the 2018/19 edition we have all of the usual features including, Events, Postcards, Walk on The Wild Side, Restaurant Reviews, Weddings, Property, Gozo News, Town/Village Guides, Sports, Adventure and much more. We have a special feature on buying property and hear the story of Esther and Stuart who recently took the plunge and purchased a holiday home through David and Fiona of Move2Gozo real estate. We are delighted to welcome on-board our financial advice partners, ACT who have a wealth of experience and expertise to guide you through Malta’s tax, residential and business opportunities. See www.act.com.mt for more information. I would like to personally thank Jackie and Mark Croft from Ta’Matmura Bed and Breakfast in Gharb, for their support over the last 3 years, wonderful hosts in a wonderful setting.

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Gozo has an outstanding history, the moment the ferry docks, you can feel yourself being immersed into a historical movie set, from UNESCO world heritage sites to secluded sandy beaches, Gozo has it all... Citadel Mgarr-Ix-Xini

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includes admission to all four sites as well as The Ggan�ja Temples and the Ta’Kola Windmill Tickets are valid for 30 days from date of purchase. For more details see www.heritagemalta.org Gozo is home to the Ggan�ja 03 Temples, a UNESCO world heritage

site which are found in the Village of The first place to visit is the Xaghra. Ggan�ja, meaning giant in Citadel which rises above the capiMaltese is a neolithic, megolothic tal, Victoria, and has been the main temple complex da�ng back to focus point of the Island for centuc3600-2500 BC, making the temples ries. The Ci�adella, also known as @terihardy more than 5500 years old. Two the Citadel, has been inhabited temples make up the site, the since the Bronze Age around 1500 southerly one is the larger, more BC, and in the Medieval era it was older site and is in a be�er state known as the Gran Castello. The than the northenly one. The temCi�adella has been on Malta's ples are built in the typical tenta�ve list of UNESCO World clover-leaf shape, with inner facing Heritage Sites since 1998 and it is blocks marking the shape which was currently undergoing a huge face then filled in with rubble. Ggan�ja li�. You won’t find a be�er 360 is managed by Heritage Malta, degree view of the Island than on www.heritagemalta.org and entry top of the Citadel. Whilst exploring to the temples costs €9 for adults, the alley ways within the walled €5 for 6- 11 year olds and €7 for complex you will come across holy OAP’s. For the entry fee visitors also shrines, the historic Chapel of St. have access to Ta’Kola windmill Joseph, Norman style windows and located in Xaghra.Mgarr-Ix-Xini arches, bronze statues and some ancient grafi�, a must not miss! Ggan�ja Temples

A visit to the Citadel wouldn’t 02 be complete without visi�ng the

museums found within it’s walls. It is home to the Museum of Archeology, The Folklore Museum, The Natural Science Museum and The Old Prison. The Heritage Malta, Discover Gozo �cket is priced €13 for adults, €9 for seniors and students and €7 for children and

Gozo has some quirky, private 04 museums, and there are several

across the Island that are worth a visit, Il Hagar, Heart of Gozo, in St George’s Square is a showcase of Gozo of yesteryear, The Mari�me Museum in Nadur has many rare and priceless exhibits, including authen�cated �mber from Lord Nelson’s ship, HMS Victory, The First US Warship, Cons�tu�on and one of Lord Mountba�ens gold epaule�es. Parish Priest St, Nadur, Tel: 21565226. The Pomzkizillious Toy Museum, in Xaghra, was opened in 1970 and belongs to a Bri�sh Couple who decided to exhibit their own collec�on. For toys past and present, visit 10 Gnien Xible St, Xaghra, Open June/End of September 10:30am - 1pm and 4pm - 6pm, Mon - Sat. The Gharb Folklore Museum depicts daily life in Gozo of yesteryear. The museum is a showcase of tradi�onal life and includes the prin�ng press used for Gozo’s first newspaper plus a collec�on of old tools and clothes. Address: - 99 Pjazza il-Knisja, Gharb. Opening Hours: Mon to Sat: 9am 4pm. Sunday: 9am - 1.00 pm Ninus Cave is a cave with stalac�tes and stalagmites located at the back of a private house on 15 January Street in Xaghra. The cave was discovered in 1888 by Joseph Rapa. Open daily between 8am - 6pm. Not too far from Ninnus Cave you will find Xerri’s Gro�o, an underground cave discovered in 1924 by the owners Grandfather who discovered the cave whilst digging a well. @terihardy 8


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Further caves were found whilst the family were building an air raid shelter during the 2nd world war. Visitors can see stalacite and stalagmite forma�ons including some interes�ng speleothems in the form of an elephants ear’s, a tortoise and a giraffe. Xerri’s Gro�o can be found on Xerri Street. Opening hours, Mon to Sat, 09.00am to 18.00pm, entrance fee is €2.50.

Salt Pans...To the North West 06 of The Island, close to Qbajjar Bay,

you will stumble across the remarkable salt-pans, Gozo’s commercial source of fresh sea-salt. Laid bare in all their glory, the salt pans are a strong testament of Gozo of old, one that has used it’s natural resources to make a living. Pick up a fresh bag of salt while you are there. Salt Pans

Unfortunately the famous 05 Azure Window, at Dwejra, the @terihardy

backdrop of thousands of photos and film sets is no longer with is but the area is certainly worth a visit. Next to Dwejra, you will find The Inland Sea, a beau�ful natural lagoon , popular with swimmers and divers a like. A natural man made tunnel leads to the open sea and it is possible to take a 15 minute boat trip on one of the many fishing boats. There is a great waterside snack bar for a drink & a sandwich. The Dwejra Tower and Dwejra Church are also worth a visit as is the Dwejra Marine Environmental Centre Dwejra Watch Tower

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Whether you are visi�ng in the 07 summer, autumn, spring or winter,

Gozo is a great place to go for a walk and burn off some calories. The Island offers some great places to go for a hike, our personal favourite is The Ta’Cenc and Sanap Cliffs in the South of The Island. We recommend star�ng your walk at the Village of Sannat, head south, past the le� of The Church, and follow signs for the Hotel Ta’Cenc, take the country track to the South and then proceed to the West where the cliffs will take you to Mgarr IX Xini. Dawn or dusk are a great �me to go walking.

For an Island that only meas08 ures 10 x 5 miles, Gozo offers some

outstanding places to cool off from the hot summer sun. The Island is do�ed with beaches, inlets and secret lagoons where you can go for a dip and spend a lazy day. The most popular and largest beach is Ramla Bay, located in between Xaghra and Nadur. Ramla is a beach lovers paradise and is great for kids. There are several beach side restaurants for a bite to eat. San Blas Bay is a firm favourite, and again is great for kids, once you reach it that is. One of my childhood memories is snorkelling at Mgarr IX-Xini, it offers beau�ful water and has a 5* restaurant on it’s shore. Popular amongst locals is Hondoq Bay, near Qala and Xwejni Bay, close to Marsalforn offers good swimming and Lido facili�es. Xlendi Bay and Marsalforn are old family favourites and have a mul�tude of restaurants to choose from. Xlendi has some great water sport ac�vi�es to induldge in, including self-hire speed boats. from Xlendi Watersports. @terihardy 10


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St George’s Basilica situated in Victoria is a beau�ful church, found in St George’s Square, it was originally built in the 1670s. A new façade was built in 1818 due to damage done during an earthquake. The dome and the aisles are of recent construc�on (1930s and 1940s). There are several works of art in the church which include the pain�ng of the dome and ceiling by Gian Ba�sta Con� of Rome and other pain�ngs and sculptures by Ma�a Pre�, Giuseppe d'Arena, Stefano Erardi, Alessio Erardi, Francesco V. Zahra, Giuseppe Calì, and contemporary Alfred Camilleri Cauchi and John L. Grima. The �tular statue of St George was carved from solid wood by Pietro Paolo Azzopardi in 1838 and is the first �tular The Cathedral, in Victoria was built statue on the island. The area over @terihardy between 1697 and 1711 and sits which the church is built is of within the fortress of the Citadel. considerable archaeological interest, The church’s feast is celebrated on with evidence of ac�vity da�ng back the 15th August each year and is to at least the Roman period. The dedicated to the assump�on of the parish celebrates two feasts during Blessed Virgin Mary, Santa Maria, the year: 23 April, the official date this is one of the biggest feasts held celebra�ng the death of the martyr, on Island. It is a baroque Cathedral and the third Sunday of July, when designed by Lorenzo Gafà, the the solemn fes�vi�es in honour of Maltese architect who also built the Gozo's patron saint are held. Cathedral of Mdina. It is said that it lies on the site where a Roman The village of Xewkija is dominated temple dedicated to Juno once by its Rotunda Parish Church, dedistood. It is most famous for the cated to St John the Bap�st. It remarkable trompe l'oeil pain�ng on became the first parish outside its ceiling, which depicts the interior Victoria on 27 November 1678. The of a dome that was never built. A church was ini�ally built thanks to lesser known Church but equally Bishop Michael Molina, who a�er beau�ful found in the Citadel is The visi�ng Xewkija decided that the

everyday of the year, whilst this isn’t quite true, the Island does have 22 Churches. You will find varying styles from baroque to more modern Churches. They are the focal point of every Village and play an important part of every Gozitans daily life and come to life during religious fes�vals. The most famous Church is Ta’Pinu, a popular place of pilgrimage for people from all across Malta and Gozo and it was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1990. Legend has it that prayers said in the Church saved the Island from the Plague. Numerous miracles and acts of God have been manifested at The Basilica and a�ributed to the Grace of Our Lady of The Assump�on, to whom the Church is dedicated.

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Xewkija Dome

San Dimitri Chapel

local villagers deserved a be�er place to pray and a�end mass. The church is capable of housing 3000 people, the popula�on of the Village. The church is the largest on Gozo and was built by Maltese stone and was designed by Josepth D’Amato. The current church was completed in 1952 and replaced an older Church that occupied the site. The Feast is celebrated on the 24th June each year. The rotunda dome is 75 metres high making it one of the largest in Europe. Other Notable Churches can be found in the Villages of Gharb, San Lawrenz, Qala, Ghasri, Zeebug, Xaghra, Nadur, Ghajnsielem, Sannat and also on the Island of Comino.

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Joseph Vella. The Qala Interna�onal Folk Fes�val takes place in anyone. If you are on the Island September and includes music, whilst The Patron Saint of a Village is dance and costumes in the tradi�onbeing celebrated, you have to go. al form. (22nd-24th September). If The Villages comes to life with a you love light then you have to head fes�val of light, food and culture. to Gozo on the 14th October for the Churches are lit up, flags are flown Fes�val of Lights, Ghar Ilma hill is lit and each Village trys their best to up with hundreds of lanterns and it out do their rivals. Two of the is a great sight to see. October see’s biggest fes�vals are held in The Opera season in full force, Gozo is Capital, Victoria, St George’s celelucky to have two opera houses and brates it’s Patron Saint on the 15th both the Astra and Aurora Theatres July and The Feast of Santa Maria is play home to some beau�ful perforcelebrated on the 15th August every mances. Fes�val Mediterranea is year. The Capital really does come held between 11th October and to life with various ac�vi�es 24th November and celebrates happening to coincide, including Gozo’s heritage, art and music. Not Horse Racing along the Streets. many countries celebrate Christmas as much as Gozo and the Island Visit a Local Cultural Event, really does pull out all of the stops, throughout the year there is an this includes live cribs, Christmas ac�on packed events calender to markets and a full mock up of keep you busy and entertained, Bethlehem in the Village of Ghajnincluding, The Gozo Carnival in sielem, which a�racts thousands of Nadur that takes place in February, visitors each year. Gozo Faith and Tradi�ons a two week event in the run up to Easter, For centuries, Gozo has been The Gaulitana Fes�val of Music held an agricultural Island and no compabetween the end of March and end ny epitomises the Islands rich of April which is a celebra�on of agricultural heritage than Magro local and Interna�onal performers, Brothers. At their factory in XewkiJune/July see’s the 21st edi�on of ja, Magro Brothers use local produce the Victoria Interna�onal Arts to produce wonderful foods and Fes�val, it spans 5 weeks and offers treats, including sauces, condino fewer than 33 concerts by local ments, cheeses, yoghurts, sweet and foreign musicians. The fes�val treats and a mul�tude of other high is directed by musical director quality products. Magro Brothers is

a Gozitan success story and many of their products are exported and sold in household name supermarkets across the Globe. At The Magro Food Village you can you can taste and feel the products and have a tour of the factory. For further details see h�p://www.magro.com.mt/ To get a real feel for the wine 13 culture on the Island, visit Ta’Mena

Estate on the Rd between Victoria and Marsalforn, you can get a tour of the Vineyard by the owner Joseph and taste some of the estates wines. A�erwards you will be treated to some local food. For more details see h�p://www.tamena-gozo.com/

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Gozo Feast Calendar 2018/19 29-Jun 08-Jul 15-Jul 22-Jul 29-Jul 05-Aug 12-Aug 15-Aug 19-Aug 26-Aug 02-Sep

St. Peter and St. Paul, Nadur Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Kercem St George, Victoria St. Margaret, Sannat The Visita�on, Gharb St. Joseph, Qala St. Laurence, San Lawrenz The Assm of Our Lady, Victoria The Assm of Our Lady, Zebbug Our Lady of Loreto, Ghajnsielem Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Xlendi

08-Sep 09-Sep 16-Sep 07-Oct 02-Dec 08-Dec 08-Dec 16-Dec 20-Jan 10-Feb 27-May

The Na�vity of Our Lady, Xaghra St. Anthony, Ghajnsielem Our Lady of Graces, Capuchins, Victoria Patronage of the B. V. Mary, Ghasri St Andrew, Fontana Immaculate Concep�on, Victoria Immaculate Concep�on, Qala St Lucy, Santa Lucija St Anthony Abbo�, Xaghra St Pauls Shipwreck St Paul, Munxar 14


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ties, including, painting, sculpturing, the potters wheel, coiling and modelling. 13th June-15th July 21st Edition of The Victoria Interna- 5th Feast, St Joseph, Qala. tional Arts Festival, spans 5 weeks and offers no fewer 9th Leone Band in Concert, Festa Edition, open air than 40 concerts by local and foreign musicians. A concert on Republic Street, Victoria. concert will be held each evening and more information 12th August Feast, St. Laurence, San Lawrence can be found at www.viaf.org.mt 15th Feast, Santa Maria, The Assm of Our Lady, Victoria, 29th Feast, St. Peter and St. Paul, Nadur. all day event in the Capital, culmilating in a fireworks display. JULY 17th DB Celebration, special event for children to cele6th Hondoq By Night, Now in its 7th edition this is a very brate Don Bosco’s birthday, includes a magic show. popular music festival held in Hondoq Bay. It will feature 19th Feast, The Assm of Our Lady, Zebbug. local and International artists and DJ’s and it is also 24th-26th Gozo Film Festival, Citadella, Victoria. famous for the wonderful lanterns and illuminations, an 26th Feast, Our Lady of Loreto, Ghajnsielem event for all of the family. 28th-29th Feast, St John Martyr, Xewkija, The Village 7th, 8th Figs Festival, a celebration of the Fig in Xaghra square comes alive with a traditional meal and finishes Square with a bonfire. 8th Feast, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Kercem. 29th Open-Air Childrens Concert, Don Bosco Oratory, 15th Feast, St George, Victoria, All day events, including Victoria. horse racing, precessions and fireworks. SEPTEMBER 21st Marsalmuzajk – Mosaic Festival, Marsalforn, a colourful event and unique experience. 31st August-2nd September Delicata Wine Festival, 22nd Feast, St. Margaret, Sannat. Nadur, the wine festival gets underway at the Ġnien 26th-29th D Capitals Live@Citadella, concerts by a il-Kunsill. The festival will open at 7.00pm and the last variety of renowned Maltese singers. wines will be served at 11.30pm before closing at 29th Feast, The Visitation, Gharb. midnight. Live entertainment every evening. 29th Infiorata, Gharb, The Infiorata (which means the 1st Jazz Do Festival, Mgarr. throwing of flowers in the path of a distinguished 1st Gozo Edition, Malta International Food Festival 2018, personality) consists of a carpet made of fresh flowers Xewkija Square. and leaves cut in small pieces and arranged together to 2nd Rock Concert, Marsalforn. form various thematic designs. The Infiorata is an old 2nd Feast Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Xlendi. tradition, the oldest one originating in Gerano, the 7th Commemoration of the Two Sieges of Malta, Xaghra twinned locality of Gharb, which is found in the outskirts Square. of Rome. 7th Fireworks Display, in-Nuffara Hill, Xaghra. 30th Opera v Pop Under The Stars - Victoria, The Gozo 8th Feast, The Nativity of Our Lady, Xaghra. Youth Orchestra in collaboration with The Ministry for 9th Rock concert, Marsalforn. Gozo and Embassy of the United States of America 10th Stage and Proms on the Sea, Mgarr. presents: “Opera vs Pop Under the Stars – 11th Edition” 17th Feast Our Lady of Graces, Capuchins, Victoria. by the Gozo Youth Orchestra. This years edition will take 22nd-24th Qala International Folk Festival 16th Feast of our Lady of Graces, Victoria. place in Villa Rundle Gardens, Victoria. 21st-23rd Qala International Folk Festival. AUGUST 22nd Wine,Olive & Honey Festival, Ghasri. 30th Feast of Jesus The Nazarene, Xaghra 30th July - 5th August Festival at San Lawrenz 4th Gozo Ceramics Festival, Xlendi, The best of the ceramics companies and independent artists join together to put on a great show of art and pottery in the 16 ceramic form. It’s a great family event with lots of activi-

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7th OASI Cup Run, Event to promote a healthy lifestyle, starts in Victoria. 7th Feast, Patronage of the B. V. Mary, Ghasri. 13th Opera Night, Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, Aurora Opera House, Victoria. 14th Celebration of light, 7pm onwards at Ghar Ilma Hill, Santa Lucija, Fjakkolata. 19th A symphony of lights festival, Santa Lucija, Kercem. 20th-21st Kite and Wind Festival. 25th, 27th Opera, La Traviata, Astra Theatre, Victoria.

Nadur Carnival Organised carnivals in Gharb, Qala, San Lawrenz, Xaghra, Zebbug, Xewkija, Sannat. Carnival activities in Victoria see visitmalta.com for dates

NOVEMBER 11th Oct-24th Nov Festival Mediterranea A celebration of Gozo’s heritage, art and music. 3rd Leone Band in Concert, annual symphonic concert, Aurora Opera House, Victoria.

MARCH

Gozo Folk Festival - Dates TBC Vintage Motor Festival - Dates TBC

APRIL

Gozo Faith & Traditions, Two weeks of activities in the run up to Easter - Dates TBC Gaulitana Festival of Music, held between the end of April and early May which is a celebration of local and International performers 30th Gozo Half Marathon

DECEMBER

MAY

1st Christmas tree lighting, lights switched on, Republic Street, Victoria. 3rd Dec-1st Jan The tenth edition of Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem, which will once again bring this timeless nativity story to life in a unique experience. 8th Feast, Immaculate Conception, Victoria & Qala. 8th-9th Christmas Village, events, food and wine stalls, Gozitano Agricultural Centre, Xewkija. 15th Festival of Light, The Village Square of Santa Lucija is adorned with flaming lanterns, candles and a bonfire. 16th Feast, St Lucy, Santa Lucija 21st Christmas Concert, Zebbug Parish Church. 22nd Christmas Parade, Republic Street, Victoria. 25th (1:30am) Twas the Night Before Christmas, A concert in St George’s Square, Victoria. 25th Christmas Day Traditional Procession, Xaghra. 28th Christmas Concert, Xaghra Basilica. 31st New Years Eve, Independence Square and St George’s Square, Victoria.

27th Feast, St Paul, Munxar

JANUARY 1st New Years Toast, The Gaulitanus Choir, Kempinski Hotel, San Lawrenz. 20th Feast, St Anthony Abbott, Xaghra, blessing of animals, dog and cat shows and kids races.

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MY GOZO TALKS TO ANNA ATTARD MEET THE LOCAL Tell us a bit about yourself and where you come from, what do you do? I am Anna and Gozitan. I live in Victoria the same place where I was born and brought up. I am the youngest out of three siblings. I have a 20 year old son who lives with me in a very old town house in the city centre close to the citadel. I have been working as a Learning Support Educator for the last twelve years. Art, Music and exercise are a few of my passions. Why Gozo? I worked in Malta for nine years in total. My maltese colleagues made these nine years somewhat memorable but living and working in Gozo was always my inten�on. The tranquility of the island mesmerizes me. Gozo is calm, clean and less hec�c. What do you love about Gozo? The beau�ful clear water beaches that surround it are a natural a�rac�on in itself especially beaches like San Blas, Ramla, Hondoq ir Rummien and the Inland Sea in Dwejra. What things should a tourist not miss?

for everyday commuters as they also waste between 4 or 5 hrs travelling per day. Being given an alterna�ve as means of tranports between the two islands will make life much easier for all. What is Gozo like in the winter? Winter is somewhat quiet on the island. But the greenery decorates every corner and field. Hiking is a must during winter especially on sunny days. Any Gozo dishes we must try? As for restaurants and for tradi�onal food in Gozo one can boast freely. The fresh fish, Gozitan Cheeselets AKA, Gbejniet, the rabbit, the Gozitan �ira and the honey and wine are all delicacies which make your mouth water When is the best �me of the year to visit Gozo? Spring and Summer are the seasons to visit Gozo. With feasts aproaching, Gozitan tradi�ons are at their best. The Leone Band which accompanies the Santa Maria feast throughout the whole week and the Gozo Cathedral which is so mages�c on top of the Citadel Hill makes it more fantas�c. The fireworks display during this week is outstanding.

The Citadel in Victoria, the Ggan�ja Temples in Xaghra, and Mixta Cave overlooking Ramla are a must see. There are also loca�ons that are not frequently men�oned in Whats your favourite festa? brochures such as Lunzjata Vally in Victoria, iX Xa� l Ahmar in Ghajnsielem, Ta Pinu Sanctuary in Gharb, Ta Cenc Cliffs in Sannat, The 15th of August celebrates the feast of Santa Maria which is Kenuna Tower in Nadur and Ta Gordan Lighthouse in Ghammar.. my definite favourite. Do you think there will ever be a tunnel between Gozo and Malta and are you in favour?

Would you ever live anywhere else?

As for living in Gozo i would never change it, as life here is so Somehow I can only complain about one thing in winter. If the stress free and the people helpful and welcoming, in other ferry doesn t operate during bad weather, Gozo is in isola�on. words the tourists who visit us are guaranteed a dream holiday. Gozitans get stuck in Malta and vice versa. This is a great problem

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SPEAK THE LINGO! Whilst you on Gozo you might be wondering what language the locals are speaking. The Gozitans and Maltese speak English to a very high standard and most are in fact Bi-Lingual. Having said that their mother tongue is Maltese and is still their first language. The Maltese language is a fascinating mix of Arabic, Italian and English, and is the only semitic language written in Latin Letters. A lot of the pronunciations have Arabic origins and can be difficult to pronounce. Whenever i go on holiday i like to learn a few local words and we suggest you have some fun and give it a go! Gawdi l-vaganza tieghek f’Ghawdex - Enjoy your holidays in Gozo! Maltese Phrase

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Yes

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Welcome

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Hello

Hello

Bonġu

Bon-ju

Good morning

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How are you?

Jien tajjeb grazzi (M)

Yee-in tai-yeb, grats-ee

I’m fine, thank you

Jiena tajba grazzi (F)

Yee-ina tai-ba, grats-ee

I’m fine, thank you.

X’jismek?

Shee-yis-mek

What is your name?

Jisimni…

Yis-im-nee

My name is…

Għandi pjaċir

Aan-dee pya-cheer

Nice to meet you

Jekk jogħġbok

Yek yoh-jbok

Please

Grazzi ħafna

Grats-ee hawf-na

Thank you very much

Mhux problema

Mush prob-lay-muh

No problem (you’re welcome)

Ma ni�imx

Maa ni-fimsh

I don’t understand

Titkellem bl-Ingliz

Tit-kell-em blin-gleez

Do you speak English?

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Chaw

Goodbye (informal)

Saħħa!

Sah-ha

Cheers!

Bonswa

Bons-wa

Good evening

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between October and May, when the temperatures are friendlier on the foot and Gozo really does look fantas�c during the Autumn, Winter and Spring months. Gozo springs into life with an outstanding array of flora, greenery and fresh smelling herbs. In this year’s magazine we won’t necessarily be taking a walk on the wild side but more delving back in history as we explore Victoria, Gozo’s bustling capital on foot. No doubt you will visit Victoria on more than one occasion during your stay on the Island and this walk will show you how to get the best out of it.. Start - Villa Rundle Gardens Start your walk at the entrance to Villa Rundle Gardens at the bo�om of Republic Street and make your

way around the Gardens, a beau�ful oasis in the middle of The City, a place where workers like to go and relax during their lunch break. The gardens have been completely re-generated over the last 5 years and there are some fantas�c open spaces that all of the family can enjoy. There is a play area and a visitor’s centre. Throughout the year there are a number of cultural events that take place in Villa Rundle that you might be lucky to come across. Once you exit the gardens, take a le� up Republic Street and a few metres along you will see the Astra Theatre, inaugurated in 1968, it has been the home to many performances by well-known local and foreign talents over the years, including renowned Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja . It staged its first opera in 1978 with the perfor22

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MY GOZO of Rigole�o. Walk past the police sta�on and take a le� at the crossroads. You will come across several food outlets and we recommend you stop off at one of them, buy a bo�le of water and a couple of Pas�zzi’s, the local Gozitan breakfast of champions, we recommend the cheese variety. Around the bus sta�on there are plenty of benches to sit and enjoy. St Francis Square Con�nue the walk along Main Gate Street and into St Francis Square, one of our favourite squares on the Island. In the square you will find a bar called Tapies, a Gozitan ins�tu�on and a definite stop off point. You will find a mix of locals and tourists cha�ng away and pu�ng the world to rights and we guarantee you will see some interes�ng cars and people drive by, all of the Islands characters seem to be drawn to it! In the corner of the square you will

find the Church of St Francis, built in 1492 and its feast is celebrated on the 8th December. For UK soap fans, St Francis square featured in an episode of Corona�on Street. Also in the square you will find The Ministry For Gozo which is the administra�ve body for the Island where the local Gozo government is housed. There is a daily fish market where fish hawkers sell their daily catch, you will not find fresher fish anywhere else on the Island! St George’s Square As you make your way from St Francis Square, follow the signs for Dwejra and the Inland Sea, and follow the street un�l you see a small street on the right-hand side called Triq Il Librerija, you are now in the heart of the old town which is characterised by its quaint alley ways and character houses. Admiring the scenery, take a right along Triq San Gorg and follow its meandering path un�l you arrive in St

Georges Square, another one of our favourite squares. St George’s square is characterised by its Basilica that goes by the same name and is a must visit. St George’s Basilica is situated in centre of the old town and the parish dates back to medieval �mes. The founda�on stone of the present church was laid on 7 August 1672, it was consecrated on 21 September 1755 and on 6 September 1958, the church was bestowed the �tle of Basilica. St Georges is known as the marble basilica as it is covered en�rely with marble. The main a�rac�on is a statue of it’s patron saint, St. George, sculpted in wood in 1838. St George celebrates feasts on the 23rd April and the 2nd week in July. The square is home to some great ar�sanal bou�que shops, including Prickly Pear and Organika, if Liquor is your thing, the bo�le shop has an amazing array of world liquors to take home with you. A recent addi�on to St George’s Square is

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MY GOZO s the Il Hagar Museum, (Heart of Gozo), not only a museum but also a local cultural centre and it houses artefacts from the Basilica but also other historical objects and works of art. Opening hours are Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm. The Citadel Looking straight at St Georges Basilica, take the passage to the right and take a sharp right at The Prickly Pear Studio D’Art, con�nue to follow this street un�l you reach a small square called Savina Square, you will know you have reached the square when you see some an�que shops. En-Route from St George’s to Savina Square keep your eye out for a local lace maker whose name is Antoine�e, she will only be delighted to stop and talk to you and tell you about her work.

At Savina Square take a right back down along Republic Street and on the corner of the first road on the le� you will see signs for the Citadel Cinema. This is the place where locals like to go and watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster. It also houses Gozo 360, a pictorial tribute to the best of Gozo’s culture and history. Taking the steep hill will lead you to the Citadel. The Citadel, originally built in 1500 BC is very much the jewel in Gozo’s crown and really is a historical gem that offers 360 views of the Island. From the moment you enter through its arches, you feel like you are on a historical movie set. The Citadel has gone through a huge restora�on project over the last couple of years and has now been returned to its former glory. The area has been inhabited since the Bronze

Age, and in the Medieval era it was known as the Gran Castello. During Roman �mes it was a Roman municipality, independent of Malta and it was the islands administra�ve centre. By the turn of the 15th Century houses were built around The Citadel, forming the suburbs of Victoria that we know today. The Citadel and Gozo have had some very troubling periods in history. For two centuries, Gozo and the Maltese Islands were taken over by the Turkish and Berber corsairs, culmina�ng in a siege in 1551 by the O�oman Naval Force, who a�er unsuccessfully trying to a�ack Malta, saw Gozo as an easy op�on. Those Gozitans who thought that they were in safe surroundings in the Citadel were overcome and the Islands popula�on of 5000 was taken into slavery. It took 50 years to rebuild the Citadel as we see it today and...

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the artisan district Victoria - 2018 Did you know there is an Artisan District? Well, there is! In the narrow lanes and alleys of Victoria, you’ll find a number of quirky, contemporary art spaces. This map will help you to discover some great Art.

discover the artisan district Victoria Gozo Gozo has a vibrant art scene. It’s rugged landscape, azure waters and honey gold stone architecture set against the bluest skies make it a highly inspiring island. The heart of Gozo is Victoria and it’s here, in The Artisan District where you’ll find some of the best examples of artisan arts and crafts. Take a little time to wander through the picturesque lanes and pay a visit to some of these unique creatives. You’re bound to find a little art treasure.

Bejta (the Nest) Artisan Ta Nikol is a unique gallery filled with an eclectic mix of contemporary local arts and crafts made exclusively on Gozo by local artisans. 43 Mons Guzeppi Farrugia St

Mon-Fri 9-2pm Sat 9-12pm bejta artisan@the ta nikol gallery bejtaartisan@gmail.com

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The Spoon Man, Mark Tudose is a skilled wood carver, presenting a delightful display of hand carved spoons, sculptures and other decorative items. Triq is - Suq ,

The Upstairs Gallery showcases the work of Paul Singleton and Sarah Maturin-Baird . Paul is a Wood turner and Woodworker producing a wide range of beautifully crafted Objet’d Art & furniture. Sarah is a painter & multi media artist, creating an eclectic range of art works and collectables. Triq is - Suq Mon - Sat 10-2pm Paul 79572162 . Sarah 79461853 psingleton63@icloud.com

Design: Bob Cardona The Artisan Collective Victoria Gozo MAY 2018 ©

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‘Mogg Robinson’ is a range of contemporary silver jewellery made in a private studio by designer and goldsmith / silversmith Rachel Robinson. Visit when the blue door is open, or by appointment... 35, Sqaq Nru 2, Triq Santa Marija.

Mon - Sat 10-5pm Mark Tudose Gozo mark.tudose@gmail.com

Prickly Pear is the studio of artist and designer Bob Cardona. Here you’ll find a great selection of his original paintings, prints, cards and other unique artworks but also jewellery by Mogg Robinson and Babs Davidson. Commissions welcome. 9 Triq San Gorg St. Mon - Sat 10-2pm +356 77156920 Prickly Pear Gozo Malta pricklypeargozo@gmail.com

Gallery 9 Gallery 9 Is the studio of Florentine Emanuele Li Pira, Li Pira experiments with Aqua-tint to produce beautifully colourful prints that capture the essence of Gozitan landscape and architecture. Gallery 9 Triq San Gorg

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MY GOZO ... repopulate the Island. During this period and un�l 1637, locals were required under law to sleep within the walls of the Citadel overnight for their own safety. The Citadel has been on Malta's tenta�ve list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1998.

There are numerous museums you can visit in The Citadel including; The Museum of Archaeology, The Folklore Museum, The Natural Science Museum and The Old Prison.

The Citadella, the cathedral that sits within the walls of the Citadel was built between 1697 and 1711 The church’s feast is celebrated on the 15th August each year and is dedicated to the assump�on of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Santa Maria, this is one of the biggest feasts held on Island. It is a baroque Cathedral designed by Lorenzo Gafà, the Maltese architect who also built the Cathedral of Mdina. It is said that it lies on the site where a Roman temple dedicated to Juno once stood. It is most famous for the remarkable trompe l'oeil pain�ng on its ceiling, which depicts the interior of a dome that was never built.

A�er visi�ng the Citadel, take the route back down the hill and take a le� onto Independence Square, known locally as It-Tokk. The square is dominated by the Banca Giuratale, built between 1733 and 1738, and was the ex seat of the municipal government of Gozo and currently the home of the ir-Rabat (Victoria) Local Council. The Maltese Tourism Office can be found on the square and it is home to a daily market where you can buy anything from fresh fish to a new sun hat.

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right, cross the road and con�nue a short distance un�l you come to The Aurora Theatre. The Theatre House was inaugurated in 1976 and raised its curtains for its first Opera in 1977 and for the last four decades has been the home to leading operas and theatre on The Maltese Islands. With three levels of boxed �ers all around the auditorium and an upper viewing gallery it prides itself on having the largest indoor capacity on the Islands (1600), perfect acous�cs, and a very spacious orchestra pit. Elegantly adorned by the renowned Maltese ar�st Emvin Cremona, the Aurora theatre is truly an ar�s�c gem, priding a set of 60 original hand-painted works by the world-famous ar�st, which complement his intricate ceiling design, evoking the idiosyncra�c Gozitan lace in a typical 1970’s neo-baroque modernist language.

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St Anne Chapel, Dwejra

Anne Marie is 28 and is a speech therapy consultant in her native city of Metz, France. Together she travelled with her finance Luc to Gozo for the first time in April this year. Anne Marie sent us in some amazing photos but we chose this because it is one of our favourite churches on the Island. St Anne Chapel is a great piece of architecture and it’s simplicity is simply stunning, it reminds us of a church you would find in Las Vegas! Designed by Joseph Mizzi from the local village of San Lawrenz, the Church was blessed in 1963 and the main alter depicts the young Virgin Mary. The feast of St Anne is celebtrated on the 26th July. Anne Marie and Luc enjoyed their time on Gozo so much that they plan to return to get married in 2020.

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Statue of The Virgin Mary, Ramla Bay

..................................... Steve is 55 and has been visiting Gozo for the last 30 years. After dreaming of owning a house on the Island for many years, he finally took the plunge with his wife Sandra after selling their print design business in Leeds, The UK. They have now been on Gozo since November last year and Steve took this picture of Ramla Bay during the winter when there was not a person in sight. Steve and Sandra regularly hike down the Valley from their home in Xaghra down to Ramla, something they only dreamed of 12 months ago! The statue you see in the picture is of the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus and has been on the beach since 1881! and is testament to the religious devotion on the Island. Sandra says spring is the best time to hike on Gozo.

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GOZITAN WEDDING FAIRYTALE A wedding abroad in a sunny climate can seem like a far fetched dream for many couples but getting hitched in a place where you are more or less guaranteed that rain will not ruin the big day is becoming very popular, and is a lot easier to organise than you think. Gozo is a dream wedding destination, you have everything you could possibly wish for, sun, beaches, some fantastic venues, plenty of Churches, fabulous food and stunning accommodation for your guests, all at a very reasonable price. One such couple, Stephanie and Patrick decided to �e the not a�er holidaying on Gozo, ...here they tell us

their story about the big day and share some hints and �ps about a wedding abroad. Stephanie and Patrick, first of all congratula�ons on ge�ng married, where are you both from and how did you meet? Thanks very much! We are both from and live in Norwich, England and we meet whilst performing in a local musical. What prompted you to choose Gozo as your wedding des�na�on? Were you looking at other countries? We got engaged in Mallorca, so there was always a desire to get married abroad, but most countries have residency issues which would have meant having to sign the documents at home in England, and then having a blessing abroad. Stephanie had visited Malta when she was around 10 and remembered that there were a lot of English people living over there as well as English being very widely spoken. We looked into the possibility of

officially marrying on Malta and were excited to see you only had to be on the island 2 days before hand. We did a lot of research about Malta, and through this discovered Gozo. Something about it really stuck out to us, it seemed quieter, more peaceful and less developed than Malta, which appealed to us greatly as we are quite laid back people. We had already put a few things in place but came to visit Gozo for the first �me in September 2017 and instantly fell in love with the island. We felt very at peace but also really excited about becoming married here. It felt completely right.e. Did it live upto your expecta�ons? Yes and then some! Gozo presented us with so many opportuni�es, everything was possible and everyone we met and contacted seemed so keen to help. We stayed on the island for a week over our wedding and the atmosphere was simply magical. Even when we were rushing around a�ending appointments, it all felt very right.

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Stephanie & Patrick’s Gozo Wedding ...We had almost no stress whilst there and it was all down to the relaxed nature of the island Did you invite guests from the UK? Where did everyone stay? Did you plan any events during their stay? We both have very small families, and a close group of friends, so we were delighted that we were joined by 11 guests who stayed with us in a rented villa for the whole week. We stayed at The Hamlet Villa, in Ghasri which gave us all plenty of space to relax. We made sure that everyone came back to the villa for dinner which was such a wonderful experience. We'd given our guests lots of informa�on beforehand about places on the island to visit, and it was lovely as they o�en went off to explore. We did take everyone out to visit the Citadel at night as it was something we had done ourselves in September and really wanted to share that with our li�le group.. Tell us all about the wedding day, Transport to the venue? Ceremony? And recep�on? What was on the menu?

MY GOZO In the early planning stages we knew we didn't want this to be a typical wedding and we really wanted to make use of the amazing loca�ons on the island. Everyone got ready at the Hamlet Villa which was wonderful for building the excitement. Stephanie and I went to the registry office in the morning to sign the paperwork and then came back to get ready with everyone else. For the whole day we had a minibus supplied and driven by the amazing Michael at Victory Garage, this was invaluable to us as we had several loca�ons to travel to throughout the day. Our ceremony was held at Ta Sopu tower in Nadur. We had permission from the local council as well as the wonderful people at the Din L-Art Helwa. The day before the wedding we'd had a major problem when our chair supplier let us down very last minute with a double booking, as you can imagine it was pre�y stressful for us, but we managed to borrow some cushions for us all to sit on at the tower, and it was perfect. We had a humanist ceremony conducted by Gail Debono, and the

relaxed atmosphere of us all sat on the floor, really added to the whole spiritual feel of the ceremony. It was very emo�onal for everyone. From there we were off to It Tokk in Victoria for snacks, whilst we also went to the Citadel for some photos. The food was fantas�c and our guests loved being on the terrace watching everyone walk around below. We wanted to show our guests more of Victoria so we walked through the streets and ended up in St. George's Square where we had drinks and ice creams! We really wanted to mingle with the local people and it was wonderful having people wish us well and congratulate us on our marriage. But our adventure wasn't finished there! In our minibus we then travelled to Dwerja. We had some great photos taken down in the inlet and then returned to the cliffs to watch the sunset and pop a bo�le of champagne. It meant a lot to Stephanie and I to watch the sunset, as we had been there 8 months previously planning our wedding and watching the sun go down. It was an incredibly special moment for us.

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Stephanie & Patrick’s Gozo Wedding What month did you get married? A�er some research we picked May as it has a li�le of the summer heat, but enough of a cooling wind so as not to be too much for our English guests! It also has less of the rain that is o�en seen in September! Did you get any local help planning the wedding? We decided not to use any form of wedding planners, purely because we wanted full control over the day, and also because some of our ideas might have seemed a li�le crazy to most! Our photographer Ma� was a great resource when we met him in September as he not only suggested Maldonados but also Gail our celebrant. We hadn't initally thought of using a celebrant and we are so glad we did as she was simply wonderful and so suppor�ve of all our ideas. How easy was it ge�ng married on Gozo? Was there much red tape? Other than all our other stops on the island, the act of ge�ng married on Gozo was incredibly simple. Neville at the Public Registry Office was absolutely fantas�c at guiding us through the process both in person and also

MY GOZO via emails. Any problems or ques�ons we had regarding forms and such he was on hand to offer advice. Even if we had decided to have the official registrar marry us outside of the registry office, this s�ll would have been very easy to do and we were told all of the informa�on needed to make our decisions. Do you have any �ps to any couples thinking of ge�ng married here? Our biggest �p would be for couples to understand what they want from their wedding and then finding out whether Gozo fits that vision. Gozo is a very unique place, and weddings here take on a completely different feel to that of England, and even weddings on Malta. We did a lot of research and also felt it was vital to visit Gozo to get a feel for the pace of life. When we came here, we felt at peace, in love and that there wasn't a single other place on earth that we wanted to be when saying our vows. It's also worth no�ng that not all suppliers will reply straight away. Nowadays with the way life is with the internet we always expect and immediate answer, it took us a few weeks to realise that it's different in Gozo and people won't respond to queries straight away. Ini�ally we found it a bit confusing, but to be

honest, this way of thinking and general way of life has very much rubbed off on us both, and back in England we now find things to move far too fast and chao�cally! Gozo is more laid back, less stressful, less complicated. If that sounds like you, then definitely get married there! What is your favourite memory of the wedding? Our wedding was unlike anything that either of us, nor our guests had ever experienced, and that in itself is the best memory to take away. Our wedding was an adventure; travelling about the island, cha�ng to the locals, experiencing everything that Gozo had to give to us, and taking it with both hands. Gozo has given us a sense of contentment, love and peacefulness we never thought we could have. It's made us both think differently about the way we live our lives, so much so, we are now having serious considera�ons to move to Gozo. The experience we had and the life lessons we have learned, are more than just a memory they are the best wedding gi� we could have been given.

Photography: Ma� Hush, Hush Studios, www.thisishush.com

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LIVING THE GOZITAN PROPERTY DREAM Buying a property overseas is a dream for many people and this became reality for Esther Laferty and her husband Stuart...

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wo summers ago, my husband Stuart and I flew to Malta armed with maps and high hopes. We had decided to take the plunge and begin the search for a small apartment in which we would spend as much time as possible until we were able to live over here full-time. Now, it’s one thing to holiday in a place and lose your heart, and quite another to look more questioningly through eyes that would like to stay forever. And it’s one thing to read every book and research every village on-line with careful calculations, a highly-sharpened pencil and a clear head, but for a final pinpoint there’s nothing like feet on the ground. We tied our laces and booked our flights. Although Malta was, originally, very much in consideration, Stu had felt from the outset that Gozo was the place. As the ferry pulled away from Cirkewwa and we were encompassed by the calm blues of the sea

and the sky, the slowing of the pace of life was almost tangible. By the time we passed the startlingly turquoise waters of Comino’s Blue Lagoon on the right, bursting with the laughter of a merry gaggle of boats on a hot sunny day, the worries of the world – or that tiny fraction of these that we carry ourselves – had slipped from our shoulders. We knew then that Gozo, a drop of gold and green which with its cut-out cliff edges could be a piece of paradise dropped into the azure sea long ago, was the place for us. It was Gozo, after all to which the Greek nymph Calypso lured Homer’s hero Odysseus, King of Ithaca, and where he stayed entranced for seven years. Legend has it that he was seduced by Calypso, but I suspect that Gozo itself was the main attraction. By the time the ferry slid into Gozo’s small port of Mgarr, life seemed infinitely simpler. Above the square stone buildings that line the harbourside paying homage to a North African architecture, the spires and dome of Ghajnsielem village stand tall. It’s a wonderful welcome every time. From the harbour, tourists were taking the hop-on hop-off bus to follow a well-trodden trail across this

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‘boutique’ island, to explore its dramatic coastlines; the secret inland sea, Victoria’s magnificent citadel and the Ggantija Temples. We however had a very different plan: intensive house-hunting gives an even more thorough overview of the island! We scoured Gozo with dedication, sometimes with Rowan Carbone from ReMax whose recommendation for Maldonado’s restaurant was an absolute winner, but most often in the company of David Pace and Fiona Keeling, the team from the award-winning Move2Gozo Estate Agency with whom we found and fell in love with the village of Gharb. David Pace is imbued with friendly Gozitan charm and his enthusiasm bursts from bright eyes. Half English, he laughs that he has an English head and a Gozitan heart, and his knowledge of people and places and his stories of childhood on the island could keep you entertained through a second siege of Malta. Fiona grew up in South East England and has been visiting Gozo, where she met David, since 1976 to switch off from the fast pace of a London life. They lived in England together before moving back to Gozo with bohemian flair via rural France. In her previous career, as a collector of and trader in vintage handbags and fashion, Fiona provided the inspiration for Madonna’s iconic conical bra, paraded throughout the 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour, a story she’ll perhaps tell you herself. Over the space of five days, Stu and I visited more than forty properties scattered across the island, and a number of spots and views caught our imagination. We loved a delightful two-bedroomed rooftop apartment with 360° views, in Fontana a village just south of Victoria on the road to Xlendi, where the natural springs keep the valley green even in the fiercest summer heat. An apartment in Sannat, still in shell-format, with a stunning panoramic vista towards the Ta Cenc cliffs to the sea beyond caught our attention, and we found a tucked-away first floor flat above San Blas bay where the steep descent begins to hidden red sands below. It was the village of Gharb though on the furthest edge of the island (Gharb actually means west in Arabic) that stopped us in our tracks. Here we found the perfect place to put down our cases for the long term. With a view from the balcony of the Ta Pinu basilica standing proud in the Ghasri valley and glimpses of the sea from windows on the other side, the recently-renovated apartment offered us a space and style we hadn’t expected to be able to stretch to. We made an offer and it was accepted. We were on our way. In the Maltese islands, when you put an offer on a house, you should expect to place a deposit and sign a ‘Promise of Sale’ within a matter of days, although the final sale date can be sometime ahead. We were happy to follow a relaxed timeline that suited both us and the sellers and moved in the following February, a time of year when Gozo is gloriously green, buffeted by fresh breezes and tempestuous waves beneath the ever steady blue sky. We were home.

Further information Move2Gozo We were helped in both the search for a new home in Gozo and its smooth acquisition by Move2Gozo.com who, with sage advice and a care that went beyond the norm, guided us through the whole process from our hopeful arrival on the island in the summer of 2016 to the handing over of keys and beyond. From the moment we met, David and Fiona worked tirelessly to show us dozens of properties in the relatively short space of time we had and find the perfect place for us. They were happy to answer every question we had, from the differences between UK process of house-buying and that in Malta, the choosing of an appropriate notary and the best way to make a money transfer, to the setting up of bank accounts, utilities, home insurance and an internet connection in the new flat, providing introductions as required. They proved to be a thoughtful and efficient intermediary between us and the sellers, and nothing was too much trouble for them. This assistance was invaluable for a smooth and enjoyable transition to home-ownership on Gozo and we can’t recommend them highly enough. David is also an active and thorough project manager on the renovation and redecoration of flats, farmhouses and other properties across the island for real people to rock stars.’ Maldonado Bistro was tucked away on Mons Vella Street, just off the beaten track yet only a hundred metres or so from the very centre of Victoria. Although understated in typical Gozitan style, its tall arched doorway exuded a warm light and energy. Stepping down into the restaurant to dine beneath a stone arched ceiling, the atmosphere was both lively and intimate, the playlist pitched mellow yet with a light-hearted energy. The waiting staff were friendly and efficient, and the dishes, including sea snails, were delicious Mediterranean flavours with an enticing experimental twist, presented with stylish flair. We’re already salivating in anticipation of our next visit!

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PROPERTY

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Property Ref: NAD 1025

Living The Mediterranean Dream By move2Gozo Real Estate

Now is a great �me to purchase property on Gozo, an Island which has property to suit all budgets ! move2Gozo Real Estate is a specialist agency established over a decade ago by David and Fiona. Their focus is on the high level of service they provide to both buyers and sellers, as well as their award winning website www.move2gozo.com only listing hand picked properties. With 40 years of travelling to and living in Gozo, they have an in�mate knowledge of the island and what it has to offer... David Pace, a company founder, said “We have a substantially larger portfolio of properties, including renovation projects, than we ever list online, so do contact us with your specific requirements. We have an excellent collaborative network in Gozo which enables us to show the vast majority of properties available on the market. Our service levels are of the greatest importance to the way we wish to work with all our clients, so as to give them a rewarding and fruitful experience. Tax and other incentives for purchasing immovable property in Gozo can change from time to time, so register with us to keep in the loop”. Fiona, a company director, said “If you visit our website you will see that we take great care in presenting as much information and high quality photos for viewers as we can, in a user friendly way. We work closely with our clients throughout the buying/selling process, but also beyond to give them a very high

level of service. The market these past few years has continued to be exceptional, and this year is similar. Good properties will not be on the market long. Post Brexit news has not dampened enthusiasm for British buyers to purchase holiday homes or relocate to the Island’’. Buying a Property. By law, all immovable property transac�ons must be transacted through a Malta Notary Public and be registered with the Public Registry. The Notary is usually appointed by the buyers but has a duty of care to both par�es. The process on Gozo is very straigh�orward. Once a property has been selected and we have nego�ated a price agreement, along with any special condi�ons, between you and the seller, an appointment is set with the Notary to prepare and sign the Preliminary Agreement or what is commonly known as the 'Konvenju' or 'Promise of Sale (POS)', which legally binds both the purchaser and the vendor to conclude the transac�on within an established period of �me, subject to any agreed condi�ons. On agreement to the terms of contract and signing of the 'Promise of Sale' you will typically be required to pay a deposit of 10% of the agreed price and also 1% provisional stamp duty due on the sale (but see current stamp duty excep�ons below), the outstanding balance of both would be due immediately prior to the signing of the final deed. It is advisable therefore to ensure that you have the necessary funds lodged directly with the Notary's client account in Malta, some days prior to the signing of the POS. Failure to do this may jeopardise or delay the signing. We can also recommend reliable Interna�onal Currency Brokers who can help you achieve the best transfer rates. During the ‘Promise of Sale’ Term The Notary Public carries out the necessary searches to verify legal �tle and to ensure that there are no outstanding debts, hypothecs or liens on the property. If an AIP (Applica�on for Immovable Property)... 34


MOVE2GOZO.COM ...permit is required, then the Notary will make the applica�on on your behalf. Typically this takes between 2-4 months and costs €233 Euro on issue of permit. An AIP is required if you are an EU ci�zen and already own a property in the EU, or you are not an EU Ci�zen. There are excep�ons to AIP requirements, including purchasing in special designated areas and for purposes of business. Contact us for more details on these excep�ons. The Vendor will complete all special requirements e.g. complete any outstanding works, as agreed with buyer and/or as specifically s�pulated in the POS. The Vendor is also obliged to supply, or commission if one does not exist, an EPC (Energy Performance Cer�ficate) report for the property. These cer�ficates are valid for 10 years from issue. The Purchaser should complete all the special requirements e.g. organise any bank loan, check on building permits, etc. as agreed upon with seller and s�pulated in the POS. It is important to be aware that the deposit is forfeited in favour of the vendor if the purchaser does not appear on the final deed without a valid reason at law. During this en�re period move2Gozo, as part of their service, are on hand to guide and assist in any queries, concerns or issues the purchaser or the vendor may have in rela�on to comple�ng the contract. move2Gozo has very good rela�onships with all the leading banks on the island and can also assist you in se�ng up mee�ngs with the bank of your choice. They also offer project management or full turnkey services for any renova�on works you may need to carry out on your new property. This service is offered exclusively to clients who have purchased through move2Gozo. Once all the mandatory requirements of the agreement have been met, a date is set for the actual signing of the Final Deed. This can also be before the end of the 'Promise of Sale’ term if both par�es agree. The contract signing will usually take place at the office of the Notary Public or at a venue jointly agreed by the buyer and seller and the Bank, if a bank loan is involved. The final deed is read and agreed upon and the balances due will be paid accordingly. These are; balance of the selling price to the vendor; the balance due to the Commissioner of Inland Revenue for stamp duty as well as notarial fees. The keys to the property are then handed over and you become the new owner of the property. The Notary public registers the contract with the Public Registry. Expenses Incurred When Buying A Property! Stamp Duty 5% duty on documents is calculated on the purchase price of the immovable property. This rate is reduced to 2% if the immovable property is in Gozo and the purchase is completed prior to 31 Dec 2018. If the Buyer is an EU Ci�zen declaring on deed that he/she shall reside in the property being purchased as his sole ordinary residence, then the preferential rate of 3.5% (not relevant during 2% discounted period above) is applied on the first €150,000 of the price. In respect of transfers of immovable property, made before the 31st December 2018, no duty shall be chargeable on the first €150,000 of the aggregate value of the considera�on

MY GOZO paid for the acquisi�on of such property, provided that this is the first immovable property acquired inter vivos by such person. No stamp duty is charged on the cost of any furniture or other movables declared in the contract of sale. Promise of sale agreements have to be registered with the Inland Revenue Department and 1% provisional duty (or 0.4% if the discounted scheme is s�ll valid) is payable at this stage on the contract value of the property being transferred. The provisional duty is offset against the final duty due on the final deed, or is refunded in case the deal fails to materialise Notarial Fees Notarial fees, paid for by the purchaser, are typically between 1.5 to 2% of the purchase price for the immovable property. This may vary according to the volume of �tle research required but is calculated transparently and according to law using a public online calculator, which can be found on the Notaries of Malta website (www.notariesofmalta.org). Overall Buyer Costs in 2018 For property purchases which complete before 31 December 2018, the net expenses due to the purchaser should not exceed 4 % of the Immovable Property purchase price, so now is an excellent �me to buy. These expenses are expected to revert back to 7% in 2019. If you would like to organise a viewing trip we can source the vast majority of properties currently available on the open market, as we do not list many properties directly on our website. Contact us to organise a shortlist based on your specific requirements, book a visiting date and your accommodation, and leave the rest to us! Purchasing via one of Malta’s residency schemes Malta offers a range of schemes and programmes offering different opportuni�es to acquire residences and residency in Malta. -Malta Re�rement Programme -Malta Ci�zenship by Investment Programme -Malta Residence Programme for EU Na�onals -Malta Residence and Visa Programme (Non EU Na�onals) -Global Residence Programme (Non EU Na�onals) All the above programmes have different condi�ons and benefits and are beyond the scope of this ar�cle. Contact us at move2Gozo if you wish to find out more about a programme that may suit your needs, and we can send you a free informa�on pack. We can also put you in touch with suitable tax advisors to determine which scheme may work best for you. WANTED Do you have a property to sell? We have clients currently looking for specific proper�es – please contact us if you have any modern well-finished proper�es and penthouses, ideally with views, or tradi�onal character proper�es and farmhouses (all condi�ons) for sale in all areas on Gozo. Call us for a FREE valua�on, or to photograph and market your property.

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Sannat

Ref: SAN1022 ₏195,000 Original character property with high ceilings, flagstones and traditional Maltese tiles. Open –plan living room and kitchen, one bathroom, one double bedroom, a single bedroom and roof terrace.

Xaghra

Ref: XAR1037 â‚Ź435,000 House of character built in the traditional style with swimming pool and garage. Three bedrooms with en-suites, two living rooms and a new kitchen, within easy walking distance of the popular square.

  Gharb

Ref: GRB1059 â‚Ź398,000 Very spacious character property with large rooms and high ceilings. Three bedrooms. two with en-suites, two courtyards, garden and garage close to the village square.

Victoria

Ref: VIC1023 ₏650,000 Three bedroom townhouse with traditional patterned tiles, beams and high ceilings, two minutes’ walk from the main square. Good sized garden with room for pool and lovely open country views.

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Nadur

Ref: NAD1020 €650,000 This delightful traditional four bedroom farmhouse with lovely views has been cleverly and tastefully restored to high standards whilst retaining all its' original features creating a comfortable and characterful home.

Nadur

Ref: NAD1025 €1,200,000 A spacious “upside-down” house with upstairs living accommodation and surrounding terraces overlooking the stunning sea views. Three bedrooms with en-suites, two garages and new kitchen. Walking distance from Ramla Bay.

Do You Have Property To Sell?

We are looking for more properties to add to our portfolio Email: info@move2gozo.com or call 79630221/21550692 for a free valuation

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Our Gozo

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This edition’s news, views and discoveries

Gozo will be getting a new museum… Planning permission has been granted to redevelop the disused Boys’ Lyceum school, located along the main road leading up to the centre of Victoria into a museum and cultural centre for Gozo. The museum will be known as the ‘’Gozo Museum’’ and will bring together local historical collections that are currently found in smaller museums at the Cittadella. The new museum will include artefacts from the field of natural history, archaeology, folklore, art and ethnography. Visual arts will also be introduced. There will also be space for temporary exhibitions as well as the Gozo offices of Heritage Malta. A museum shop, cafeteria and a conference space are part of the project. Works will include the restoration of the 1950s modern architectural building which was designed by architect Joseph G. Huntingford. The sunken piazza at the back of the school will be rehabilitated to create a public open space.

The tendering process for a fast ferry service between Mgarr and Valletta is now complete and should be introduced as early as next year. This is welcome news and the service has been in urgent need for the past decade. It will hopefully bring more tourists to Gozo but also offer a quicker route to Malta for those Gozitans who must endure a long daily commute. There is still talk of a tunnel linking Malta and Gozo, but firm plans appear to have gone quiet! Now in their tenth year, The Gozo Tourism Awards celebrate the best of Gozitan tourism. This year’s winner of the coveted Gozo Tourism of the Year award was Manuel Sultana, barman at Café Jubilee in Victoria, Richard Galea, head waiter at Ta’ Philip Restaurant, was presented with the Gozo Young Tourism Worker of the Year Award.

Cultural Achievement Tourism Award was awarded to the Xaghra Historical Re-enactment Organisation (XHRO). Well done to all winners and nominees. It is fair to say that Gozo is going through something of a renovation with many buildings and historical monuments being restored over the past 5 years. Two forgotten buildings will now be given a new lease of life following an agreement between Wirt Għawdex and the Gozo Ministry to restore two sites in Victoria – the Loġġja tal-Palju (Horse Racing Barrakka) in Republic Street and a 32-room World War II shelter complex at the Citadel.

Il-Loġġja tal-Palju, or the Horse Racing Barrakka, was built in 1733 in upper Racecourse Street, now Republic Street, from where the winners of horse races were presented with their prize. The world war 2 shelters at the Citadel were constructed in the summer of 1941, one The Gozo Tourism Entrepreneurship of them, a 32-room complex is found Award 2017 was won by Ms. Anna underneath St Martin demi-bastion. Azzopardi and Ms. Sonia Teuma of Ta’ The rooms were dug out of 150m long Maria Holiday Accommodation. The winner of the new category for the Gozo tunnels!

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Our Gozo News 12 Beaches on the Maltese Islands,including Ramla Bay,Hondoq Bay and Marsalforn have been awarded The International Blue Flag eco label for sustainable development. The 32 criteria that are audited cover four main areas being environmental protection and awareness on the beach and surrounding areas, health

MY GOZO and safety, sustainable beach management and accessibility to all and bathing water quality. Gozo was the proud winner of a sustainable tourism award and the Island named best in the ‘Mediterranean' by Green Destinations. Gozo's clean waters, heritage sites and the eco-Gozo

2020 strategy launched a decade ago were all cited by Green Destinations, which also claimed that "most of the local food and dishes in Gozo are 100% organic". Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana welcomed the award and said it would continue to raise Gozo's profile internationally. She noted that 2017 had been a record year for the island's

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Health and Fitness

GOZO Half Marathon

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he Gozo Half Marathon is a firm favorite in the Gozitan sporting calander and this year celebrated it’s 42nd Edition this year. The Gozo Half Marathon was organised for the first time on the 6th February 1977, and at the time it was the first marathon held on the Maltese islands. The conception of the Marathon is credited to Fr. Anthony Refalo, who had got the idea aftrr seeing similar Marathons during his stay in Rome. Today, the Gozo Half Marathon is successfully coordinated by a group of young youths who are part of the Xaghra Youth Centre. In 1977, only 35 people took part in the marathon, a number which has risen to nearly 1000 with runners coming from not only the Maltese Islands but from across the world. A point-to-point race the route takes the runners through the beautiful Gozo countryside, passing the Islands Villages and enjoying the unique landmarks that Gozo is famous for. The Marathon starts in the iconic Village of Xaghra, home to the historic Ggantija temples and the stunningRamla bay then makes it way through Victoria, Sannat, Xewkija, Ghajsielem, Qala, Nadur and ends up again in the Xaghra Square. The total distance is 13.1 Miles but there are also options to run 8km,

4km, 2km, take part in a fun run or even an 8 mile walkathon. There is an option for all ages and abilities! This year’s Gozo half Marathon was won by Ethiopian Ethiopian Nuradin Shifa Mahamede, it was another bumper year for participants with over 1250 athletes taking part. Apart from the half marathon there was also an 8-mile race, 5km and 2km races for children, 13km and 5km walkathons and 5km and 2km family runs. The event attracted foreign athletes from 57 countries. The first Maltese man to cross the finish line was Drew Lang, while Josann Attard Pulis was the first woman to complete the half marathon. Dillon Cassar came first in the 13km race, while the women’s section was won by Roberta Schembri. Jacob Greengrass and Pamela Camilleri placed first boy and first girl overall in the 5km race respectively. In the 2km race, Isaac Bonnici placed first boy overall while Gozitan Leah Said placed first girl overall. TriGozo won the award for the club with most participants. For more information visit www.gozomarathon.org and we will see you next year!

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Our Gozo News ...tourism sector, with 13 per cent more tourists visiting than in the previous year. EcoGozo is a vision for the island to become even more beautiful, inspiring, welcoming, thriving, inclusive and successful. A healthy and successful place to live in, in equilibrium with the

MY GOZO environment. This is essentially what eco-island will strive to achieve. For current projects and news visit www.ecogozo.com Victoria Hotspurs were this year’s BOV GFL league 1 winners, their first title in 8 years, they were also the 2017/18 KO

winners making it a double for the team from the capital. BOV GFL Division II champions were Munxar Falcons. Xewkija Tigers are the winners of the BOV GFA Cup 2018 beating Ghajnsielem 2-1 after extra time.

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Community Spirit

Focus On Charity Work Throughout Gozo and across the world there are countless unsung heroes who are quietly dedicating their time to some wonderful charitable causes which benefit both the local and wider global communities. In this years My Gozo Magazine we want to thank some of these people, whose work has been highlighted on the My Gozo Guide Facebook page by our readers.

Jesus in Thy Neighbour is a missionary movement founded by Dun George Grima, a Gozitan priest which is this year celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary. Father Grima‘s missionary work stretches back to 1977 when he went on his first mission to Brazil where over the course of 10 years he helped to build homes for orphaned children in the Minais Gerais region of Brazil. Over the last 30 years Father Grima has worked tirelessly on projects supporting poor children in Ethiopia, Kenya and Brazil. Recent projects include providing teaching courses, food relief, the building of numerous schools, kindergartens and facilities for disabled children. For more information and to get involved in Jesus Is Thy Neighbour, visit www.gesufilproxxmu.com Friends of The Sick and Elderly in Gozo was inaugurated in 1988 through the amalgamation of "The Friends of the Elderly, Craig Hospital" and "The Friends of Chambrai". These voluntary groups visited and helped the patients of the geriatric wards of Craig Hospital in Victoria and those of the Psychiatric hospital in Fort Chambray. The main functions of the society are to assist the sick and the elderly in every way and to help improve and increase hospital and home facilities available for the safety, welfare, comfort and convenience of the sick and the elderly in Gozo. The charity provides a number of different services, including meals on wheels service, special equipment supplies, hospital visits and occupational therapy. The charity currently has over 600 members and regularly holds car boot sales and other events throughout the year. To become a member and find out more about this great cause visit www.fsegozo.org There are a group of unsung heroes on Gozo who look after the plight of The Island’s unwanted animals and are responsible for running The Gozo SPCA. The primary aim of this happy band of men and women is the safe re-homing of hundreds of animals who pass through their doors each year. It is now 41 years since Gozo SPCA was founded by a British resident Jane Sedgfield. She was concerned by the number of stray cats and dogs in Gozo and also at the difficulties of finding veterinary care for companion animals. The results of

her initiative and the work of many others who have followed in her footsteps over the years can be seen all around us today in greatly reduced numbers of stray dogs and feral cats. The Gozo SPCA have a busy social calander and hold regular events throughout the year, including regular car boot sales. The centre is in Victoria and relys on public support to keep it running. For sponsorship details and to find out more about up and coming events visit www.gozo-spca.org The Puttinu Cares Support group was set up in 2002 and begun from a desire to offer a Holistic support and care for families of children suffering from cancer. The group was founded by Dr Victor Calvagna and Mr Rennie Zerafa. Puttinu is a character created by Mr Philip Farrugia Randon and is an angel sent from heaven to take care of Toninu, a Maltese boy. Puttinu Cares employs the principle of solidarity. The charity relies on sponsors and generous donations from the public, who are participating regularly in fund raising activities. The team of volunteers provide help and support to children who need hospitalization in the Rainbow ward (Oncology ward)at The Mater Day Hospital. The support group offers guidance for parents in order to help them deal with what lies ahead and give them hope for a better future. The Gozo Committee was set up in September 2010 with the aim of increasing awareness of Puttinu Cares in Gozo and to be of support and guidance to Gozitans who are suffering from cancer and need treatment abroad. Thanks to the continuous extensive coverage and support offered especially by the local media, Puttinu Cares has throughout the years created a respectable image among its ever increasing supporters and donors. For more information visit www.puttinucares.org

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DINING

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                 Gozo oers a wide spectrum of avours. In fact, The Island boasts a myriad of opportuniďż˝es to savour the ďŹ nest tradiďż˝onal Mediterranean or typical Gozitan cuisine. Through these pages you will discover what each town and village has to oer from a culinary perspecďż˝ve. Fliegu

Fliegu, which means The Channel in Maltese is now a mainstay on the food scene. Upon walking into the restaurant diners will be taken aback by the amazing views of Mgarr, Comino, Malta and The Gozitan Countryside from both the dining room and the terrace. Owners Tony and Vanessa Grech know what they are doing, and the menu is a good balance of both Mediterranean and local cuisine with meat and ďŹ sh dishes with a twist. There is also a full pizza menu cooked in their Italian, woodburning pizza oven. For wine connoisseurs Fliegu has over 100 dierent local and foreign wines to taste, all available to view in their walk in wine celler. Open for lunch and dinner daily, or

if you feel like a relaxing drink whilst taking in the view, everyone is welcome to experience Fliegu....Fliegu can be found on The Mgarr Rd opposite The Nadur Youngsters football ground. For reserva�ons call +356 2155 0055

Ta’Philip

Well known Gozitan Philip Spiteri is now chef patron of a fantas�c establishment in Ghajnsielem called Ta’Philip. A�er spending more than 25 years wooing diners in Marsalforn Philip decided it was �me for a new challenge and moved to St. Anthony Street, Ghajnsielem, overlooking Mgarr which will hopefully be Top Picture, Fine Dining. Bo�om his home for many years to come.

Picture, the interior of Fliegu in Nadur.

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MY GOZO Philips vision is to bring to your table a “Made in Gozo” dish, by priori�sing produce coming from the archipelago, coming close, as the local resources allow them, to become a zero-milage restaurant. Ta’Philips uniqueness is accentuated by their wood-fired oven, which combines design and cra�smanship, thanks to it’s rota�ng interior mechanism which op�mises cooking whilst preserving the environment. One floor beneath the restaurant lies the Candle Lounge for those who would like to prolong their evening with an a�er dinner drink. The wine cellar, is a must-stop for wine lovers, stocked regularly with the best local and foreign wines. For reserva�ons tel: +356 79001965, email seeyou@taphilip.com

Xlendi, Waterside Dining The Boat House

As the name suggests, this restaurant is housed within an old converted boathouse and is full of character, it has an almost New England feel to it. With a view to die for perched on the Waters Edge, The Boathouse is synonymous with quality dining, friendly service and exquisitely prepared dishes featuring local ingredients and tradi�onal recipes. The passion of the owners is clear in the food on offer and service provided. They not only specialise in the freshest fish and seafood but pride themselves on their straigh�orward approach to serving guests top quality steaks. The food on offer at The Boat House is coupled with an array of local and interna�onal wines. Open daily from 12pm. Marina St, Xlendi, tel: +356 21569153. Reserva�ons are recommended.

Moby Dick

The Moby Dick has a prime seafront loca�on and has been an established favourite for over 20 years. A family run restaurant, it opens from breakfast �me and serves a full menu throughout the day. Speciali�es include some fantas�c steaks and a full range of pizzas and pasta dishes are available. The Moby Dick has a full Chinese Menu, the sizzling chilli chicken comes highly recommended. Look out for the daily specials, including fresh local fish and wine of the week. Marina St, Xlendi, tel: +356 21561518.

Il Kcina Ghawdxija,

The name means the Gozitan Kitchen and now has new home on the Xlendi waterfront. Set up by seasoned restauranteur, Charlie Bonnici, the remit of the menu is local

Gozitan food, and it is the only restaurant in Xlendi that serves only local Gozitan food. The team really want their clients to experience the Islands Rich culinary experience. Charlie is passionate about Gozitan food and culture and the menu reflects his up bringing, I am sure even Gozitans would appreciate the dishes as those their mothers and grandmothers used to make. Dishes include Minestra and Pulpe� tal-hut, Imqarrun il-forn and Torta tal-fenek. If you want to experience authen�c Gozo food then this is the place to go. Xlendi Waterfront, Xlendi, For reserva�ons tel:+356 7953 9117.

Sapana Indian Restaurant

Most of us like Indian cuisine and a change from the norm, Xlendi is home to the Islands only full service Indian restaurant, Sapana, located two paces from the sea. Sapana is what I would call an old school Indian restaurant, it’s not a preten�ous, new style Indian you might find in London, but one that serves tradi�onal curries, the food is served in the classic iron curry dishes and the por�ons are extremely generous. Fresh and full of flavour, the menu at Sapana makes for an exci�ng getaway to Asia. The food is a spice sensa�on. Great staff and a family friendly atmosphere are also strong selling points. Rabat Rd, Xlendi, tel: +356 21562100.

Captains Table

The Captains Table, part of the Moby Dives Complex, is a classic pub, offering great value for money, pasta, meat dishes, pizza’s, burgers and an all you can eat buffet on selected evenings. It’s a great place to go for a pint, with the most extensive array of beers on Gozo, it is the only real English style pub on Gozo and has live music three �mes a week. Gostra St, Xlendi, tel: +35621551616.

The Pirate’s Galley

The Pirates Galley, ideally located on the water’s edge offers great value for money mouthwatering salads, pasta, meat dishes, pizza’s, gourmet burgers and a mean breakfast. There is a daily specials board including the freshest fish and juicy steaks. It’s a great place to set up and watch the world go by and watch divers enter the water beneath your feet. For reserva�ons contact Jacob on +356699972401 or visit the Pirate’s Galley facebook page.

Marvellous Marsalforn O�ers Bistro

O�ers Bistro has one of the most command-

ing views of Marsalforn. Set on it’s own, nestled along the rugged coastline, it has a fantas�c terrace which is ideal for a spot of lunch during the day, if you are lucky you might see a water polo match or for a roman�c meal at evening �me, sit back and watch Marsalforn in all of it’s glory from across the bay. Albert and the team have worked �relessly to get both the ambiance and the menu balanced. The result, a menu full of vibrant, tradi�onal, hand made dishes that have been well executed. Dining at the waters edge, one has the choice of A La Carte as well as daily specials. Specials include Asparagus & Smoked Salmon Riso�o and Crusted Fillets of Den�ci, this however changes on a daily basis. As well as the restaurant there is also a beach lido and lounge bar if you just fancy a cool relaxing drink !. Open daily from 12pm - 22.30pm. St Mary St, Marsalforn, tel: +35621556606.

Pulena

Pulena been a main stay on the Marsalforn food front for the last two decades, the reason is simple, the food is fresh, tasty, well prepared and it’s clear that passion is put into each dish that goes out to the customer. Godwin and his family have worked hard to keep the standards high. La Pulena serves delicious home made pasta, including freshly made baked ravioli topped with tomato, cream and parmesan cheese, and specialises in fresh fish and meat dishes. There is also an extensive pizza menu available. Where possible La Pulena sources it’s menu locally. Marina St, Marsalforn, tel: +356 2155 9777.

Sleepy Xaghra Rubble Bar

Rubble Bar/Restaurant has been a mainstay on the Xaghra food scene for a long �me. Local regulars mix with tourists who are drawn to the bar for it’s relaxed atmosphere and a place where you can catch up with friends. The terrace has great views of the square and inside, the bar has an oldie worldie feel to it where you can feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Rubble serves up delicious plates of local Gozitan delicacies, as well as excellent pasta, meat and fish dishes. If you are not feeling peckish then the bar serves great cocktails and has a large selec�on of wines available. The owner Audrey, will make you feel at home and service is always with a smile. Don’t be surprised if you are on your own and a stranger strikes up a conversa�on with you, it’s that kind of place where people are made to feel welcome. Victory Square, Xaghra, tel:+356 21563758.

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Ta Frenc

Ta’Frenc is an ins�tu�on for real foodies who are looking for a fine dining experience and execu�ve chef Mario Schembri and his team do not fail to deliver. Ta’Frenc is housed in an authen�c old farmhouse and diners have the choice of dining in their own private dining room or on the beau�ful terrace. As you walk into the restaurant you may no�ce a sweet smell in the air, this is in fact the herb garden where both herbs and flowers are grown organically and used throughout the menu. The menu has a classic French feel to it and includes an a la carte menu as well as various market menus that offer very good value. The fish soup is a must as is the Chateaubriand, if you have room for desert I highly recommend the Crepes Suze�e, flamed at the table no less. Ta’Frenc is closed on Tuesdays. Ta’Frenc is also a great place to get married, there is a roman�c feel to the place and an array of wedding choices. Marsalforn Rd, Xaghra, tel: +356 21553888.

Victoria’s Secrets Patricks

At award winning Patricks, Steakhouse and Lounge Chef Patron, Patrick, has quietly built an establishment driven by a refined talent and a clear no�on of style that stretches far beyond the sanctuary of his formidable kitchen. With a knack of staying at the forefront of the restaurant scene, Patrick’s consistently delivers freshness, yet confidence inspiring familiarity, in his cuisine and jaw dropping wine cellar. Steak is the house speciality and pride is taken in carefully selec�ng perfectly marbled prime cuts and aged beef. Other specials some�mes include impressive chateaubriand for two, sumptuous Porterhouse Steaks, flavour rich USDA aged beef & delicate Kobe beef Europe Street, Victoria, Open for dinner Mon-Sat 6:30pm - 10:30pm, wine and cocktail lounge un�l late, tel: +356 2156 6667, www.patrickstmun.com

IT Tokk

This is THE PLACE in It Tokk to sit back, relax,

have some food and enjoy the ambiance of the square. Si�ng in a square in Gozo is a great past �me and there aren’t many be�er places than It Tokk, during the day you can watch the market unfold as people go about their daily business and at night you can enjoy wonderful views from the roof terrace of both the square and Citadel lit up in their glory. People past and present all have happy memories about IT Tokk, it’s a place where friends are made and old friends from a previous life �me meet up to reminisce. The atmosphere aside the food is excellent,

it is what I would call great hearty food, por�ons are super and the local rabbit stew, cooked with an old Grech family recipe is sublime. The fish soup goes very well with a slice or two of Gozitan bread and Vanessa, Tony and the team treat each customer as part of the family. The reason it is so successful and people come back �me year a�er year is because they do the simple things well. IT-Tokk, Independence Square, Victoria, tel: +356 2155 1213. Closed on Sundays.

Brookies

Lying behind the Citadel in a quiet part of Victoria you will find the wonderfully restored Brookies Restaurant & Music Bar which is now firmly back on the Gozitan restaurant scene. The owners have gone to great lengths to offer visitors a unique dining and drinking experience in extremely laid back surroundings. At Brookies you can feel the history that surrounds you. The menu has been redesigned and offers a unique twist on classic dishes. Starters include home made beef carpaccio, smoked duck breast and tail on prawns wrapped in potato. Amongst the choice of mains are braised lamb shanks, pork belly and quails in cinnamon and honey, as well as pizza, pasta, meat and fish dishes. Brookies hold regular music events which are adver�sed on their website www.brookiesgozo.com and their facebook page. For reserva�ons contact (+356) 2155 0942. Address, 1/2 Triq Wied Sara

Hog

The sign of a good place is when it is always busy, this is the case here. Hog is the perfect getaway from the hec�c streets of the island’s capital. Hog is the house of gourmet foods, caffe and wine, this is the place to be. The atmosphere this Cafe, Bistro, Bar provides is truly ideal. On offer is a vast range of gourmet sandwiches, burgers, salads, savoury snacks, as well as homemade cakes and pastries, on a daily basis. Their full English breakfast is hard to be beat. As well as the the variety of gourmet food on offer, smoothies and fresh fruit juices are also available. The Duke Shopping Centre, Republic St, Victoria, tel: +356 2155 5502.

burger, pasta or a la carte. Their breakfast �ira is famous. This has to be one of the best cafeterias on the Island, it does great coffee too. The guys here don’t take themselves too seriously and the atmosphere is fun and friendly. If you want good, honest comfort food then Cup Cake will deliver. Triq Salvatore Psaila, Victoria, tel: +356 2155 1112.

Fu Hua

Lovers of Asian cuisine will be delighted to

hear that Gozo is home to one of the best Chinese restaurants on the Maltese Islands, Fu Hua. Others have been and gone but Kevin and his team have been churning plate a�er plate of classic dishes for years and it is a busy place all year round and a favorite with locals. Dishes are generous and taste fresh and full of flavor. There is a full a la carte as well as take away menu. This is the only Chinese restaurant on Gozo to go to. (Fortunato Mizzi Street, Victoria, +356 2156 4666).

Maldonado Bistro

There are not too many places on Gozo that offer the roman�c and in�mate se�ng that Maldonado Bistro offers you. Si�ng within the historic heart of Gozo, Maldonado Bistro is a real gem on the Gozo culinary scene. If you are ea�ng out in Gozo, Maldonado Bistro is the sort of place only locals know about with the food and ambiance to charm all. Maldonado offers a diverse menu full of Mediterranean special�es inspired by the freshest local ingredients. There are some exci�ng new developments at Maldonado as this summer they will open a cooking school upstairs. To find out more about this totally new culinary experience visit www.maldonado.com.mt or call on +356 99019270.

Cup Cake

The area around the bus terminal is a hive of ac�vity and amongst the hussle and bussle you will find a gem of a cafe/restaurant called Cup Cake. Going strong now for the last couple of years, Chris and the gang have created a menu that appeals to everyone, whether you want a full English breakfast (awesome), a ciaba�a/�ira, sandwich,

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Ftira Ghawdxija Instructions: Whilst travelling around Gozo and The Maltese Islands, on the menu of many snack bars and cafes you will see Ftira Ghawdxija, which literally translates as Gozitan bread. It is a delightful flat bread/pizza style snack that all of the family can enjoy. What makes the Ftira so special are the fresh ingredients that goes into it. From the potatoes to the fresh anchovies and tomatoes, all ingredients are locally sourced. You can also find Ftira topped with local sausage which is equally as delicious. Ingredients: For the dough: 600 grams bread flour, 3 tsp yeast, 2 tsp salt, 2tsp sugar 6 tablespoons olive oil, 320 ml warm water Toppings 2 large local tomatoes, 1 tin of anchovies, 3 sliced boiled potatoes, roughly 12 black olives, 1 clove of garlic, chopped basil, salt and pepper, olive oil.

-Prepare the dough first. -Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix. -Mix together the water and oil and slowly add to the dry mixture, mixing as you go along. -Knead the dough on a flat surface for about ten minutes until the dough is smooth. -Leave in a covered bowl in a warm area for at least 3 hours. -Once the dough is ready cut into 4 equal size pieces. -Preheat oven to 200oC. -Place some flour on a flat surface and with a rolling pin roll out in the shape of your tray. Roll the dough larger than your tray as the dough tends to spring back once placed on the tray. -In your tray add some olive oil -Place the dough onto your oiled tray. -On your ftira start by spreading some olive oil. -Lightly crush a few tomato slices and spread on your ftira. Add all the other ingredients but add the potatoes last. -Lastly add some salt and pepper. -Place your ftira in the oven for about 20 minutes until the edges of the dough looks golden brown. -Serve immediately.

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Bragioli A firm favourite in any Maltese household is Bragioli, which translates as Beef Olives. The joy of this recipe is that you don’t need the best cuts of meat to make a delicious meal. Thin slices of tenderised beef are stuffed with minced veal, herbs and flavourings and gently cooked in a tomato-based sauce. This can also be served as two meals in the traditional Maltese way with the cooking sauce paired with pasta as a first course. There are some excellent local restaurants that serve old style Gozitan dishes, including Il Kcina Ghawdxija in Xlendi. We recommend you at least try one real local dish whilst you are on Gozo and then try cooking it at home. Ingredients: For the sauce: 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 large onions, diced, 5 garlic cloves, crushed , 400 g tin tomatoes, 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves , ½ cup basil leaves, 2 bay leaves, 250 ml red wine, 500 ml water, salt and pepper .

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Meat 6 thin slices of topside or round steak , 400 g minced veal 2 bacon rashers, diced , 2 garlic cloves, crushed , ½ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, 1 tbsp finely chopped oregano, 1 spring onion, finely sliced , ½ cup grated gbejniet (Maltese cheese), 2 eggs, beaten, salt and pepper

Instructions: -To make the sauce, heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion and garlic. Fry until softened. -Add the remaining ingredients and leave to simmer while you prepare the bragioli. -Flatten the beef slices with a mallet and set aside. -Mix the remaining ingredients together well, seasoning with salt and pepper. -Place a generous tablespoon of mixture on each slice of beef, spreading out well. -Roll up and secure with toothpicks or tie with butcher’s string. -Place the rolls in the sauce and simmer for 1½ hours over low heat. -Serve immediately with local Gozitan bread.

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All roads lead to Victoria, the Capital. Otherwise known as Rabat to the locals, The Islands Capital is very much it’s heart beat. It is where people go to do their daily chores. If you need something, whether it be a fresh pepper, or a pump for your bicycle, Victoria will have it, and if they haven’t just ask a local and they will definitely know where you can get it. Victoria even has an opera house, The Aurora which has an extensive cultural calander.

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An open air market takes place daily in IT Tokk, although you will need to be there early in the morning to get the fresh fish. Republic Street is the main thoroughfare and it runs through the centre of Victoria. Republic Street is flanked on both sides by banks, shopping arcades, bakeries, books shops, two Opera Houses and a Cinema. The Duke Plaza, houses Hog Cafe, fashion shops, and other stores. The Arkadia One of the best ways to appreciate the warmth, beauty, feel, noise and smell of Centre, a little further down from the Duke has a large supermarket, pharmathe Capital is to go for a wander, no Steeped in History and dominated by cy, Mc Donalds and numerous UK High fixed trails or routes to follow, just The Citadel, Victoria wakes up early. Street fashion shops. The original follow your nose. Before you know it It’s not uncommon to see local cafés you will be in the back streets, chatting shopping arcade, Tigrija Palazz is and bars, thriving from 6am onwards. to a local and drinking coffee with them, located at the top end of Republic In Gozo it’s Pastizzi for breakfast, a local or perhaps something a little stronger. Street and has a large supermarket. Just pastry filled usually with Peas or Cheese, One of our favourite areas to explore is behind Independence Square you will the latter being my favourite, washed find St George’s Square which is home the area between Palm Street in the down with a coffee. A great way to to a great shop called Organika, which Centre and Savina Square, further up appreciate Victoria is to park yourself the hill. Here you will find what I like to sells lots of arts and crafts by local outside a bar/café for a couple of hours. call the ‘’Old City’’ it’s full of small Alley artists and there is an art gallery by the Our favourites are It Tokk in Independ- Ways that all offer something exciting same name located at 83 Palm St. For a ence Square, Cup Cake opposite The fantastic array of Liqueur, visit the aptly for the visitor to experience. These Bus Station, Tapies Bar in San Francisk named The Liqueur Shop in St GeorgAlley Ways all seem to lead to either St Square, and the numerous cafes located Georges Square, It Tokk, or Savina es’s square. in St George’s square. Square and amongst them you will find several artisanal shops where artists will The Gozo Sports Complex is located be hard at work making intricate pieces on Europa Street and over 20 types of WHAT TO SEE AND DO sports including basketball, volleyball, of jewellery or art. We recommend handball, and even karate. The complex you follow the artist map found in Over recent years, Villa Rundle houses a squash court, gym, climbing this years magazine. If you are lucky, Gardens has been redesigned and the facilities and outdoor tennis courts. you may even stumble across a lace main squares of IT Tokk and Savina maker or two, proudly sitting outside Square have been given a makeover their homes, making traditional Gozitan There is a bowling Alley at Lucky Jacks, with other historical buildings next. underneath the Downtown Hotel, see Lace. A visit to Victoria, and Gozo, would not be complete without a visit to the Citadel and its Museums which have now been restored to their former glory. IL Hagar, The Heart of Gozo, museum, is located in St George’s Square and the museum really brings out the full glory of the Gozitan people. Gozo 360 offers a cinematic experience of the Island at the Citadel Cinema just off It Tokk

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Food enthusiasts will not be disappointed on a trip to the capital, Steak lovers will feel at home at Patricks Lounge and Restaurant, Brookies situated behind the Citadel is a must visit. Maldonado in Savina Square is a very romantic spot with a distinguished menu. For top quality Chinese head to Fu Hua, in Independence Square where the daily market takes placed you will find IT Tokk serving great food and it is right in the heart of the market, the roof terrace has commanding views. Cup Cake, located next to the bus terminal is a great spot to watch the world go by and Hog in the Duke Shopping Centre is a nice spot for a bite to eat or a drink and a great Ice Cream.

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40 euros per night. Tel: +356 2210 8000 see www.downtown.com.mt Gozo Village Holidays based in Victoria on Capuchins St have a wide range of high quality accommodation available accross the Island including large holidays complexes, ideal for weddings and 3 farmhouses in Victoria. Citadella, Giradu and Palazzino Cittadella farmhouses are all well located within Victoria and offer high quality fixtures and fittings. To view these farmhouses or view other accommodation the group has. see www.gozovillageholidays.com, Tel: +356 2155 7255. Email: info@gozovillageholidays.com 53

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Xlendi, is a picture postcard bay located to the south west of the Island and is a firm favourite amongst Gozitans, Maltese and Tourists a like. Many people are attracted to Xlendi due to the Waterside setting of the many bars and restaurants that line the quayside. There is also a small sandy beach and excellent sunbathing spots located around the bay and plenty of water sports activities to keep all of the family happy including canoeing, banana boats, pedalos and diving schools. Self-Drive motor boats can also be hired as well as fishing trips organised, see page ...Xlendi is home to over 20 restaurants that serve up fresh fish caught the same day, pasta, pizza, Indian, Chinese, and excellent meat dishes. WHAT TO SEE AND DO As you would expect from a sea-front location, everything revolves around the water in Xlendi, hire a boat from Xlendi Pleasure Cruises and explore the bays around Xlendi or venture further a field to Comino or around the Island. Xlendi is home to several large caves including St Catherine’s Cave and Carolina's cave. Carolinas is found on the cliffs on the right hand side of the bay if you are looking out to the sea. The cave was once the property of Caroline Cauchi, a wealthy woman from Victoria. In later years she founded the Augustinian Sisters on Gozo and donated almost all of her land, including the cave and other land in Xlendi to the sisters.

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and fauna, these are allowed to flourish as the valley isn’t populated. The Watchtower is reached by a bridge built by the Knights of Saint John over the Kantra Valley.

During the summer months the Sisters would reside in Xlendi and would bath in the cave that offered them privacy from other swimmers as it could only be reaches by private stairs. St Catherine’s Cave is located to the right of the bay, just as you are entering Xlendi Bay, it is a popular place for snorkelers and divers alike owing to the crystal clear waters found in and around the cave. During the 17th Century, people in fact lived around the cave and it received its name after a Church that was built above the site and the Saint whom the Church was dedicated to. Unfortunately the church is longer on the site. At the Head of the Bay you will find an old watchtower dating back to 1650, it was built on the order of Grandmaster Lascaris and stands 35 ft square at its base and 30 courses high. Although visitors cannot go inside the watchtower, it is currently being restored, but it is well worth the walk, for sun seekers there are some fabulous bathing opportunities around the tower. The Watch Tower can be reached by following the coastal path to the left of the bay through the Kantra Valley and by taking the bridge that connects the headland to the land. Il-Kantra is a valley found to the left hand side of the bay close to the watchtower. The name Kantra derives from Alcantara in Spanish-Sicilian. This is due to the odd shape of the valley that resembles a bow. Il-Kantra is home to many types of flora

In 1955 During British rule of the Maltese Islands several emergency mills were built that were capable of producing flour for the Islands if a Cold War was to break out. One of these mills was excavated in the cliffs behind The Mount Carmel Church, in Xlendi, and is the only one left intact on Malta and Gozo. The excavation of the mill was a huge undertaking, cumulating in an entrance tunnel some 30 metres long, and a 3 storey chamber that housed the grinding and milling equipment, thankfully the mill was never put into use, but there are plans to restore the mill to its former glory as most of the original equipment is still inside. The church in Xlendi is dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and dates back to 1868. On the first Sunday of September each year a feast is celebrated in honour of Mount Carmel and it is a really enjoyable weekend to be in Xlendi. During the day water games are held in the bay, with the traditional 'gostra' a greasy pole that you have to climb to seize a flag, proving very popular.


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If you are heading to Gozo for a diving holiday then the Moby Dives Complex offers a home The 3* Hotel San Andrea is a family run hotel away from home and is located only a stones that offers a warm welcome and sits in front of throw away from the sea. There is an on-site Xlendi Bay. All rooms are air conditioned and pub that has regular entertainment. Tel: +356 2156 4429, info@mobydivesgozo.com the hotel has an on-site restaurant. Tel: +356 2156 5555 www.mobydivesgozo.com reservations@hotelsanandrea.com The San Antonio Guest House offers excellent value for money B+B accommodation and a For 5* Self Catering accommodation look no further than Best of Xlendi Apartments/Moby fantastic pool. Tel: +356 2156 3555 Dick complex located on the waters edge. All www.clubgozo.com.mt rooms are expertly finished with plasma tv and 56


 

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Mgarr, Gozo’s port, is the gateway to the Island. Mgarr is a picturesque fishing village that hasn’t really changed much throughout the years. One of the most immediate sights will be the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto that sits high above Mgarr and is actually in the Village of Ghajnsielem, it is a gothic style church and was built 1924. In 2011 the church received a set of 8 new bells with the largest weighing 5.5 tonnes. Ghajnsielem celebrates its annual feast on the last Sunday in August.

HISTORY/SIGHTS/WHAT TO SEE AND DO

The waterfront area called Żewwieqa Waterfront, also known as Taż-Żewwieqa and includes pedestrian zones, landscaped plazas including seating area with open sea views, an area hosting the restored Dgħajsa tal-Latini and an informal stage structure. It’s a lovely sport for a walk. Ferry services have operated between Gozo and Malta as far back as 1241 when the fishing industry was firmly established on the Island. As the fishing industry grew, so There are no beaches in Mgarr but just did Mgarr and communities begun to around the corner to the east, you will spring up around the vicinity of the find Hondoq Bay, a shingle beach that harbour, especially more towards the offers good swimming facilities. hillside areas. The actual port area Comino is a short distance across the didn’t see any development until 1841 water from Mgarr. when a breakwater was built to provide extra protection. Throughout the 20th WHERE TO EAT and 21st century the breakwater was extended several times and in 2008 a We recommend two restaurants, highly new ferry terminal accommodating 600 recommended is Ta’Filep, located on passengers and 200 cars was finally Triq Sant’Antnin St, just below the completed at a cost of €9.3 million. Grand Hotel and is the home of well Sitting above Mgarr Harbour to the left known restauranteur and ex Il Kartell, is Fort Chambray, an old historic city Philip Spiteri. The restaurant specialises located within a fortress. Built over 250 in Mediterranean/Italian food, in an years ago during the reign of the intimate dining environment. Tel: +356 Knights of St John, the fort was initially 2156 1965. We also recommend Tmun built as a replacement to the Citadel in which has been a mainstay on the Victoria. There was also a thought that Maltese food scene for many years. The building the fort would increase trade seafood is second to none and this is a between Gozo and Malta. The Fort was real family run business. Tel:+356 2156 only ever used once for military purpos6276 es, in 1798, during Gozo's defense

against the revolutionary forces of General Bonaparte. Several British regiments were stationed at the fort during the Crimean and First World Wars but fell into disrepair during the 20th century. .

ACCOMMODATION Accommodation -The 4 * Grand Hotel sits above Mgarr and offers commanding views of Mgarr, Comino and Malta. Rooms are well laid out and the hotel has a fantastic pool which has great views of Comino and Malta. For reservations see www.grandhotelmalta.com for further details.

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ATM – There is an ATM machine situated at the ferry terminal. Trips to Comino - Check out Xlendi Pleasure Cruises who offer shuttles and trips to Comino and around Gozo. See www.xlendicruises.com Supermarket - There is a supermarket on the hill on the left hand side as you leave the harbour. Bus – Route 301 runs between Victoria and Mgarr and coincides with the ferry timetable. Ferry - See www.gozochannel.com for ferry timetables.

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Marsalforn is Gozo’s main summer holiday destination with many Gozitans and Maltese having holiday flats here. It is situated to the North of the island and is only a ten minute drive from Victoria. Marsalforn is a traditional fishing village and boats can be seen coming and going throughout the day providing fresh fish to the bustling restaurants.

MARSALFORN

WHAT TO SEE AND DO

16th Century, Marsalforn was the most important port in Gozo. Food and As you approach Marsalforn supplies were imported from Sicily and from Victoria, you will probably notice passengers were able to board boats the lush green scenery that surrounds that took them to Licata in Sicily and you, this is known as The Marsalforn further afield. Marsalforn was considValley. The Valley is surrounded by ered so important during the reign of several hills, the most famous being the Knights of the Order of St John that Tas-Salvatur (Our Saviours Hill) also they considered abandoning the Citadel referred locally as Tal-Merzuq Hill (Ray in Victoria and building a new fort that of Light). On top of the hill sits a large overlooked Marsalforn Bay. This plan statue of Christ the Savior, this was Marsalforn is Xlendi’s bigger sister and never materialized as the plans were erected in 1904 and sits proudly over during the summer months the prome- Marsalforn. fought strongly by the Gozitan people. nades will be full of people and restauWith the growth of Mgarr as a port, rants packed with locals and holiday Marsalforn is a composite word. "Marsa" Marsalforn began to lose its importance makers alike. There are a wide range of is an Arabic word meaning `port` or on an economical front and was mainly restaurants to choose from, most inhabited by small fishing communities. `bay.` There is disagreement on the situated on the sea-front. For youngorigin of the second part of the word sters there is an amusement park As you leave Marsalforn to the left of `forn` -. Forn means "a bakery" in located in the car park and during the Maltese, but it is highly improbable that the bay you will come to the bay of summer months it is possible for small this has anything to do with Marsalforn, Qbajjar, home to two very good children to take a ride on a donkey that for it is unlikely that a bakery would be restaurants. You will also find Xwejni operates along the promenade. Eating built in an area with a small population. Bay, home to the Xwejni Lido, a great an ice-cream purchased from one of the It is quite likely that this name, like that place to soak up the sun and go for a excellent Galaterias is a great way to swim, sunbeds and parasols are great of other Gozitan ports, might refer to a round off an evening. type of ship. In that case it would derive value at 3 euros each. from Liburna, an Illyrian type of a ship, There is a small sandy beach located to which became livurna in Greek, and At Xwejni will find the magnificent Salt the east of the promenade, it can tend Pans, where you will still find to this day lifurna in Arabic. The name might also to get busy during the summer, espefamilies who make their living out of have been derived from forna, a word cially at the weekend, there are other turning the salt from the sea into a used by Gozitan fishermen to refer to " bathing spots towards the west of the product that is served on your table. a cave hollowed out by the sea". There bay on the rocks towards the headland. are several of these in Marsalforn, the The families still maintain the ancient Xwejni Bay and Obajjar Bay are traditions that their forefathers adopted. best known being Ghar Qawqla `the located west of Marsalforn and offer It is possible to purchase the salt cave at the steep hill`. good swimming and bathing spots as directly from the source and also see well as several bars and restaurants how the salt is turned from the salt pans Marsalforns history dates back to to the table. Roman times and as recently as the

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The 4* Calypso Hotel The 4* Calypso enjoys a prominent INFORMATION location on the water front. With a beach Supermarkets - There is a large super- in front of the hotel and a roof top pool market located on Triq IL Obajjar just up this is a family friendly hotel, BBQ evenings are held on the roof and the from the Lantern Guest House. hotel has an excellent on-site restaurant. Tel: +356 2156 2000 ATM's - There is a bank of Valletta cash info@hotelcalypsogozo.com

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Marsalforn has over 25 restaurants, the majority of which line the sea-front promenade. With so much to choose from it is difficult to choose where to dine, we recommend Otters Bistro, Pulena, Murella, The Calypso Hotel and for home cooked food Lantern and Electra.

The Lantern Guest House is a family run hotel that offers a warm welcome and sits in the heart of Marsalforn, yet in a peaceful location. All rooms are air conditioned and the hotel has an on-site restaurant. Tel: +356 2156 2365, rlantern@onvol.net

Maria Giovanna Guest House - a typical Maltese town house that has just been renovated. This romantic and elegantly furnished hostel is situated in an excellent location in Marsalforn Bay. It offers a warm yet family atmosphere. It is located close to all amenities and the beach. Tel : +356 2155 3630, bugejajoe@vol.net.mt Hotel Electra has been part of the Marsalforn landscape for many years, it continues to over great value rooms, all offering panoramic views of Marsalforn Bay. All rooms are air conditioned. There is also an on-site restaurant. Tel@ +356 2155 6196, electragozo@gmail.com

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Nadur is Gozo’s largest village with a population of just over 5000 people. Nadur means ‘’lookout’’ in Maltese and comes from the Arabic word nadara. Perched on a high hill with commanding views of Comino and Malta it is clear why Nadur was an ideal spot to look out for unfriendly enemies. Several watchtowers were built in and around Nadur , Ta’Kenuna Tower was built by the British in the 19th century and was used as a telegraph link between Gozo and Malta. From the tower you can see much of the Island and the views out towards the Comino channel are to die for. When the Knights of St John ruled the Island a tower was built by Grand Master Nicholas Cotoner and is known as Ta’Sopu tower. It is also called Dahlet Qorrot and San Blas Tower after the two bays it sits between. During the 1960’s a lot people from Nadur emigrated to the US, Canada, Australia and the UK, many of whom have now returned to the Village and their allegiances to the countries they emigrated to are shown in the flags hung outside their homes.

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Macabre Carnival due to the outfits that are donned by the festival goers. Nadur is also home to The Nadur Wine festival. The dates for the Delicata Classic Wine Festival in Nadur this year, are 31st August-2nd September, the village will come alive as the wine festival gets underway at the Ġnien il-Kunsill. The festival will open at 7.00pm and the last wines will be served at 11.30pm before closing at midnight. Live entertainment every evening. Nadur also hosts a Christmas market that is a great spectacle and normally takes places on the first weekend of December. The focul point of Nadur is The Parish church which was built in 1760 and is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul. The feast takes place on the 29th June each year. Nadur is home to the Kelinu Grima Maritime Museum. The beaches of San Blas Bay and Dahlet Qorrot are also reached via Nadur.

WHERE TO EAT

If you are looking to dine in a restaurant that has fantastic views of the Gozo Channel, Comino, Mgarr and the WHAT TO SEE AND DO Gozitan country side then Nadur is Outside of Gozo, Nadur is probably home to Fliegu, which means The most famous for it’s annual carnival Channel in Maltese. Upon walking into that takes place in February during the 5 the restaurant diners will be taken aback days that precede Ash Wednesday. The by the amazing views of the of Mgarr, carnival is known as the Grotesque or Comino, Malta and The Gozitan Coun-

tryside from both the dining room and the terrace. The menu is a good balance of both Mediterranean and local cuisine with meat and fish dishes with a twist. There is also a full pizza menu cooked in their Italian, woodburning pizza oven. For reservations call +356 2155 0055. There are several places to eat in Nadur Village itself, for those looking for a light snack in the form of a Gozitan Ftira or pizza we recommend the Maxokk Bakery for an authentic taste of Gozo. They are located on St Jame’s street in the heart of the village. Gebuba Wine Bar, located on the main square is an intiment bar serving cocktails and wines from around the world. .

ACCOMMODATION Despite being Gozo’s largest village there are no hotels as such in Nadur, there are however a wide variety of farmhouses to choose from, see www.gozovillarentals.com for more information.

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Bus - Bus route 303 runs between Victoria and Mgarr via Nadur every hour from 6am until 11pm. ATM - There is a Bank of Valletta atm located in the main square. Shopping - There are several grocery stores located around the main sqaure.

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Dwejra, San Lawrenz, Gharb


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o the west of the island you will find one of the most visited places on the Maltese islands. As you travel through the beautiful village of San Lawrenz you will see signs for the Inland Sea, Dwejra and Fungus Rock. As you make your way down the winding road the full beauty of what lies ahead is only a couple of minutes away. Halfway down the road Fungus Rock and Dwejra should be in sight and you start to understand why this is well trodden tourist path. This area of Gozo, commonly known as Dwejra is the one that you will have seen pictured in all of the guidebooks thanks to The Azure Window which sadly collapsed into the sea in March 2017. Once you arrive in the car park, head down the short hill where a visitors centre can be found on the right hand side which provides lots of information about the local area. At the bottom of the hill you will be greeted by a serene Inland Sea, a lagoon type lake that has direct access to the sea via a

Inland Sea man made tunnel. Swimming and snorkelling is excellent and those brave enough may decide to put on their flippers and venture through the tunnel into the open sea but we recommend you take a boat trip and let the professionals guide you instead. Once through the tunnel you will see many natural rock formations that look like amongst others a human face and a crocodile. Boat trips normally last around 15 minutes and cost around 5 euros per person and are well worth it! The Inland Sea is characterised by the fishing huts that's surround the bay and have been passed down between family members over many years. Head back up the hill and to your right you will see the spot where The Azure Window, once proudly stood. This area is extremely popular with scuba-divers. Just behind the car park you will find St Anne’s Chapel, built in 1963, Special festivities are held every year on the 25th & 26th July

in honour of St Anne’s liturgical feast. If you are lucky you might even catch a wedding. In front of the Church you will notice a large rock located just off the mainland. This is called Fungus Rock and legend has it that the plants grown on it hold special medicinal powers. The Knights Hospitaller apparently discovered the fungus and used it as a styptic dressing for wounds and a cure for dysentery. The Knights so prized it that they often gave gifts of Gozitan Fungus to distinguished noblemen and visitors to the Maltese islands. Grand Master Pinto decreed the rock out of bounds in 1746; trespassers risked a three-year spell as oarsmen in the Knights' galleys. He posted a permanent guard there and even built a precarious cable-car basket from the rock to the mainland, 50 metres away. There is a great snack bar down at The Inland sea which sells home made chips, sandwiches and burgers. @terihardy 64


Gharb is a beautiful Village, located west of Victoria about a ten minute drive away. Gharb is one of the oldest Villages on the Island and derives it’s name from Arabic, although in Maltese it means ‘’West’’ and it is in fact the western most Village on the Island. Gharb started life as a small hamlet hundreds of years ago and was originally populated by farmers who worked the fertile land. Gharb is quintessentially Gozitian and it’s main square, with the church dominating, has been the scene of many a postcard throughout the years. The village is home to many traditional Gozitan industries and is still home to traditional lace and cotton makers. The Parish of Gharb is the second oldest Parish on Gozo, the current church, built in 1699 is dedicated to the visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth. The feast is celebrated on the 1st Sunday in July. Gharb lies amongst some of the most scenic countryside on the Island, particularly at Dbiegi, the largest hill on Gozo. San Lawrenz is the only village named after it’s patron Saint and it is dominated by it’s Church which was consecrated in 1897. The feast of St Laurence is on the 12th August and the village is full of noise and color.

WHERE TO EAT There are several options available in Gharb, Grazzie Mille, located on Triq I-Gharb, serves high quality Italian food in a traditional

atmosphere, for reservations Tel: 2155 3855. Ta’Salvina’s, located on the main sqaure in Gharb is renowned for its local and Mediterranean cuisine, Tel: 2155 2505 for reservations. The Gharb Rangers FC Bar, located at 118 Triq il Knisja, is an institution in Gharb and has a fantastic roof garden where you can while away a summers evening. The bar serves excellent pizzas aswell as other well produced local dishes. Il Kunvent located in front of Gharb Chruch is also recomended for some great home made food and unique Pizza’s. In San Lawrenz you will find Tatita’s in the main square and is a very nice spot in front of the village church.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO Gharb is home to several quirky museums including, The Gharb Folklore Museum located on the main square. The Village also houses the Ta' Dbiegi Crafts Village, a must visit for any visitor looking to sample Gozo’s arts and crafts. In the limits of Gharb you will find the Basilica Ta’Pinu.

ACCOMMODATION Gharb is home to the wonderful Ta' Matmura Farmhouse B&B, a 300 year old Gozitan farmhouse full of unique character. All rooms are en-suite and there is a lovely pool to have a dip in. Summer rates are between 90 and 125

San Lawrenz is home to the 5* Hotel Kempinski and Spa, as you would expect from a 5* Hotel the standard is very high. The hotel is home to 3 very large swimming pools, including an indoor one, spa experiences and several excellent restaurants serving high quality international food. See www.kempinski.com for further details Gozo Village Holidays have a great complex called Village Ta’Sbejha which is located in the village of Gharb. Ta’Sbejha offers self-catering apartments with patio or terrrace overlooking the pool. It is ideal for large groups. www.gozovillageholidays.com for further details.

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Supermarket - There is a supermarket just as you approach the entrance to San Lawrenz village, there are also some general stores located around the main square. Bus – Route 305 runs between Sannat and San Lawrenz via Gharb. Route 302 runs between Nadur and Dwejra via Victoria. Route 311 runs between Victoria and Dwejra

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Xaghra, located to the North East of the Island is the second largest Village on the Island with a population of just over 4200 people. The village is perched on a high hill and has great views of much of the Island including Ramla Bay. In Maltese, Xaghra means ‘’wilderness’’, a term relating to its location on top of a hill. Many people believe that Xaghra was one of the inhabited parts of Gozo, and looking at the architecture of the village and its surroundings it is easy to understand why. The focal point of the Village is the Church, dedicated to the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The church that stands today was built in 1815 and the church is covered in marble throughout. The Village feast is celebrated on the 8th of September and if you are on Gozo at the same time, a visit to the feast is a must. In the weeks prior to the village feast, the Xaghra Youth Centre organise the annual Xaghra Youth games, an annual event that revolves around the history of the village, Gozo and Malta and includes horse racing, the building of the Ggantija Temples, The Great Siege of 1565 and other events. If you are on Gozo around the 22nd August the games are a great family event.

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Temples, Ninu’s Cave, Xerri’s Cave and Ta’Kola Windmill, you could quite easily spend a day in Xaghra. One of our favourite past times at my Gozo is sitting in Xaghra square and watching the world go by.

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Xaghra is home to Sardinella B+B, a delightful house with a great pool to cool off during the warm summer days. Your host Kelvin will offer a warm WHERE TO EAT welcome and is on hand to offer advice on where to go and what to do and where to eat. For details and rates see For food lovers, Xaghra is home to www.sardinellabedandbreakfast.com some excellent restaurants. There The 4* Cornucopia Hotel, built around aren’t many better squares on Gozo to settle down for the evening than Victory an old converted farmhouse the hotel has real charm. see www.vjborg.com Square, Rubble Bar located on the Gozo Villa Rentals have some excellent Square serves both lunch and dinner choices, www.gozovillarentals.com and has a fantastic menu with an and have the most comprehensive excellent variety of local delicacies as database of farmhouses and villa’s in well as some great steaks. Inside the market. Rubble you will find an old style bar that has a really friendly and welcoming INFORMATION environment. Rubbe Bar is the perfect place during the long summer nights Bus – Bus route 322 runs between but also has a cosy bar for the cooler Marsalforn and Mgarr via Xaghra winter ones. Audrey, the owner, is a roughly every 90 minutes between fantastic host. If you are looking for 05:24am and 22:39pm something a little different, the Cornucopia Hotel hold BBQ evenings around their pools throughout the summer, live Airport Transfer - Victory Garage are based out of Xaghra, for transfers or music is also provided, contact +356 2155 6486 for dates and reservations. If general chauffeur services call you have a sweet tooth then we highly +35621551051 recommend that you visit Cafe Reale, Shopping - There is a daily morning located on Victory Square. They serve market that takes places place on The some amazing homemade cakes and Main Square that sells fresh vegetables pasteries, so makesure you leave and fish. There is also a supermarket enough room for an afternoon cake, located on Triq L’Ispiera. you won’t find better on Gozo.

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RUBBLE BAR

Rubble Bar and Restaurant, Victory Square, Xaghra, Gozo

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TOTAL GUIDE GETTING AROUND

MY GOZO As there is no airport on Gozo in order to get over to The Island then you will need to take an airport transfer and ferry. Victory Garage (www.victory-garage.com) and Mayjo Car Rentals both offer direct and indirect airport transfers. The advantage of a direct transfer is that you are picked up directly from the airport and driven onto the ferry and straight to your destination in Gozo. With an indirect transfer you will be transferred to the ferry terminal where you will leave your driver and go onto the ferry as foot passengers, you will then be picked up by another company on arrival in Gozo. Cost wise there is a difference, direct transfers cost circa €60 and an indirect transfer circa €45. Whether you enjoy exploring by foot, bike, car, boat, plane, or public transport, Gozo is one of the most accessible islands that you could visit. To get the best out of what Gozo has to offer we certainly advise hiring a car for at least a couple of days, expect to pay around €15-€25 Euros per day depending on make and model of the car/time of year. We recommend Mayjo Car Rentals (www.mayjocarhire.com), and Gozo Garage (www.gozogarage.com). A great way to see the Island is by bus, unfortunately the Old Gozitan bus’s that used to be the character of the Island are no

longer in use but the bus system is now larger and a lot more reliable. Ticket prices are extremely reasonable, a 7 day unlimited ‘Explore’ ticket costs €21 for adults and €15 for children. On-board single tickets are €2 in the summer and €1.50 in the winter. For routes and timetables and other options visit www.publictransport.com.mt A great way to see the island which is fun and exhilarating is on a Segway. Gozo Segway Tours offer a variety of tours around the Island, taking in historical sights as well as the local countryside. Tours last from around one to five hours and are ideal for beginners and more serious segway users. Tours start from €15 for a 1 hour 5km trip around Ta’Cenc, Sannat to €60 for a cross country route which takes 4/5 hours and includes lunch in a traditional bakery. There are also a multitude of other trips available, group bookings are also welcome. See www.gozosegway.com for further details.

Sporty readers can hire a bike and explore Gozo at their own leisure, renting a bike is a great way to see the Island and ‘On Two Wheels’, based in Marsalforn rent out mountain bikes, mopeds and motorbikes. See www.ontwoweheelsgozo.com.

Hop on board the new Calypso Train which winds it’s way around the Island, it’s a fun Over the last couple of years Gozo has seen way to enjoy the sights for people of all the introduction of several companies ages, and takes in all of the cultural and offering sightseeing tours on open top, historical sights. The train leaves Victoria on double deck buses. Details can be found at the hour every hour between 10am and 3pm. www.maltasightseeing.com or For details call +356 9947 7322. Check out www.city-sightseeing.com for more details. https://www.facebook.com/CalypsoTrains for special events during the year.

VICTORY GARAGE Chauffeur Services

The Ferry service from Mgarr Harbour operated between Gozo and Malta by the Gozo Channel Company is the lifeblood for citizens on the island. There are frequent ferry services between Gozo and Malta and the service operates 24/7. During the daytime the ferry operates roughly every 45 min between 06.00am and 21.00pm. Between 23.00pm and 05.00am the ferry operates roughly every 90 min. Ferry tickets for foot passengers costs €4.65, children, €1.15 and for a car and driver the cost is €15.70 return. Please note that tickets are purchased at Mgarr Harbour, Gozo. See www.gozochannel.com for further details.

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Victory Garage, based in Xaghra, are a transport company who have over 30 years experience in the tourist industry. A family run business, Victory garage, provide a comprehensive 24 hour service including airport transfers, taxi service, chauffeur driven cars, sightseeing and guided tours, We can also offer luxury two-bed roomed apartments and a magnificent three-bed roomed farmhouse, with private swimming pool, situated in the picturesque village of Xaghra

Tel: +356 2155 1051, Mobile: +35699494054/+35699491771 Email: victorygarage@gmail.com www.victory-garage.com

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www.tamatmura.com Visitors to Gozo are quite literally spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation, the island has some excellent accommodation available and first time visitors are quite literally blown away by the choice available. Whether you are looking for a 5* Hotel or a quaint B+B, all budgets and tastes are catered for. When deciding where to stay on Gozo it can prove to be a difficult decision as many factors are taken into consideration, do you want to be close to the sea ? in the country side ?, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of daily life in a quiet village ? do you want to go half board, self catering etc. For those visitors looking for a room with a sea view, there a several excellent options available, The 4* St Patricks Hotel in Xlendi is located on the waters edge and offers commanding views of the beautiful bay, The St Patricks Hotel has a small rooftop splash pool and during the summer months holds regular special events on the rooftop. In Marsalforn you will find the 4* Calypso Hotel, located in the port, rooms offer great views of Marsalforn Bay. The hotel has a rooftop pool and during the summer hosts regular BBQ nights where live music is provided. Mgarr is home to the 4* Grand Hotel which has commanding views of the Gozo Channel towards Comino and Malta. The hotel has a large sized swimming pool amid peaceful surroundings where guests can while away the summer days. For Visitors with a larger budget and looking for a luxury stay then they need look no further than the 5* Hotel Ta'Cenc and Spa in Sannat. The hotel offers it’s own version of luxury and privacy. The Hotel is set in mature gardens and guests are left alone to their own devices, if you are looking for real privacy then Hotel Ta'Cenc and Spa is a must stay. There is an excellent Spa facility on-site offering full spa and body treatments, an ideal way to pass a few hours away and retreat from the sun. The hotel has it's own beach access and several swimming pools where you can laze around and enjoy a cocktail or two. You could easily come to Gozo for a week or two and not want to leave the hotel.

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, The 5* Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz features luxurious air-conditioned rooms all set around a fantastic pool area. There is an on-site spa which offers luxury treatments. The property's 3 restaurants feature fine Mediterranean and Italian cuisine, including local fish and homegrown produce. La Caverna Wine Bar offers fresh antipasti platters and 300 different wines For a taste of village life then head to the 4* Cornucopia Hotel, located on the outskirts of the Village of Xaghra. The hotel has a farmhouse feel to it and you really do get that

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''away from it'' feeling, the hotel has two large swimming pools and hosts a twice weekly BBQ night during the summer months. At the budget end of the scale you will find the 3* Downtown Hotel located in Victoria. Guests will find great value for money, the rooms are large and comfortable and the hotel has a rooftop splash pool if you fancy a dip. Victoria is now home to The Duke Boutique Hotel, located on the site of the original Duke of Edinburgh Hotel made famous by Prince Philip and The Queen. The new hotel has a fantastic ambiance and oozes class and sophistication.

Hotel Ta’Cenc & Spa, Sannat

St Patricks Hotel, Xlendi

For total peace and tranquillity during your stay on Gozo, look no further than the 5* Hotel Ta’Cenc. Luxurious rooms are spread throughout the beautiful gardens. www.vjborg.com

The 4* St Patricks Hotel, set on the waters edge at Xlendi Bay offers views to die for of the crystal blue sea located in front of the hotel. You can quite literally touch the sea from your balcony. www.vjborg.com

Grand Hotel, Mgarr

Cornucopia Hotel, Xaghra

The 4* Grand Hotel sits above Mgarr Harbour and enjoys superb views of Comino and Malta. Rooms are spacious and include large terraces to enjoy the views from. www..grandhotelmalta.com

Hidden away in the sleepy village of Xaghra the 4* Cornucopia Hotel has a homely feel to it and the luxurious surroundings will not want you to leave. www.vjborg.com

Calypso Hotel, Marsalforn

Kempinski, San Lawrenz

The 4* Calypso enjoys a prominent location on the water front. With a beach in front of the hotel and a roof top pool this is a family friendly hotel. www.hotelcalypsogozo.com

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Hotel San Andrea, Xlendi The 3* San Andrea is set on the waterfront at Xlendi. Rooms are spacious and sea-view rooms offer superb views of Xlendi Bay. The hotel has an excellent restaurant. www.hotelsanandrea.com

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Victoria finally has a boutique hotel and The Duke does not disapoint. Rooms are very well proprotioned with classy decor and excellent amenities. See www.thedukehotelgozo.com

A 5* Hotel this is an exclusive hide-away resort. The hotel offers a fantastic spa and three outdoor pools and all the luxury you would expect from a 5* hotel. www.kempinski.com

Downtown Hotel, Victoria

Well located in the Capital, Victoria, the 3* Downtown offers excellent value for money, rooms are large and there is a rooftop pool to cool down in. www.downtown.com.mt

IL-Logga Boutique Hotel

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New to the hotel scene in Gozo is Il Logga in the Village of Xaghra, rooms are bright and spacious, there is an excellent roof-top pool and on-site restaurant. www.illlogga.com

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MY GOZO Xaghra is home to Sardinella B+B, a delightful house with a great pool to cool off during the warm summer days. Your host Kelvin will offer a warm welcome and is on hand to offer advice on where to go and what to do and where to eat. For details and rates see www.sardinellabedandbreakfast.com Xlendi is home to the San Antonio Guest House, a intimate guest house with 20 rooms that has one of the best swimming pools in Xlendi. The rooms offer excellent value for money and the house is in a peaceful part of Xlendi. In Marsalforn a warm welcome awaitsyou at the Lantern Guest House, centrally located and a minutes walk from plenty of bars and restaurants. Marsalforn is also home to the Electra Guest House and Maria Giovanna Hostel both offering excellent value for money.

Ta' Matmura Farmhouse B&B, a 300 year old Gozitan farmhouse full of unique character. All rooms are en-suite and there is a lovely pool to have a dip in. Summer rates are between 90 and 125 euros per room for upto 2 people and there are some fantastic rates during the winter months from 60 euros per room per night. Tel: +356 2155 9233, email: info@tamatmura.com, www.tamatmura.com

Xlendi is a picture postcard seaside village and it has some great choices of self-catering accommodation. Best of Xlendi Appartments/Moby Dick Complex are located on the waters-edge and offers unrivalled views of Xlendi Bay. There are a choice of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, the latter ideal for families. All of the apartments are fitted with high quality furnishings and as standard include free wifi and cable tv. For further information please visit either www.mobyGozo Villa Rentals, have the most extensive dickxlendi.com or www.bestofxlendiapartrental property database on the Island offering ments.com; stunning farmhouses, villas, penthouses and other self catering accommodation. They have Gozo is a divers paradise and The Ulysses access to several hundred properties on the Apart hotel offers divers a home away from Island, many of which on an exclusive basis. home. Ulysses Apart hotel forms part of the Whether you are looking for a small Moby Dives complex which also includes The farmhouse, or something on a more grander Captains Table Pub, a great spot for a beer scale, Gozo Villa Rentals will have something and a bite to eat, and includes an indoor to suit your budget. To view their portfolio training pool. There are a good choice of visit www.gozovillarentals.com; email: individual rooms, studios and one bedroom info@gozovillarentals.com apartments, all with mod cons including cable tv, wifi and air conditioning. Moby Dives also Gharb is a picture postcard village with a offer a choice of two bedroom maisonettes beautifal square and Church, it is also home to sleeping up to five people in a private

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residential complex, Ulysses Village, see, www.mobydivesgozo.com; email: info@mobydivesgozo.com Gozo Village Holidays have been providing high quality self-catering accommodation on the Island for the past 25 years. The company was started in 1986 with a handful of Villas which has now grown into a major holiday company and they offer a wide variety of renovated farmhouses, villas, apartments and the charming Villages of Tal-Fanal and Ta’ Sbejha. All these properties were designed to fit in perfectly with the atmosphere of the island of Gozo. Although the company has grown they still run a family-run business with a long-held passion for providing beautiful villas in the most picturesque parts of the island of Gozo. See www.gozovillageholidays for more info; email: info@gozovillageholidays.com.

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Gozo is a watersports and in particular a Divers Paradise. Divers are drawn to Gozo due to the clear, warm waters, but also because of the variety of diving sites available with many caves, reefs and wrecks to explore. Gozo is often voted one of the best places to dive in the world. There are some excellent diving schools throughout the island and all of the diving schools on the island of Gozo adhere to the highest safety procedures. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver there are courses available for all levels. Diving is possible all year round and underwater visibility is more than 30 metres. The Ministry for Gozo has invested €20,775 on the 52 diving sites in Gozo since January 2014. A group of divers recently had a thrilling encounter with a gigantic Mola mola fish. With the appearance of an underwater blimp, the fascinating Mola mola, also known as an ocean sunfish, dwarfs the humans as they swim around it. Diver Erik van der Goot, who posted close-up footage on YouTube, said the ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’ occurred near Wied il-Mielah. One of the main advantages of diving in Gozo is that many of the dive sites are accessible from the shore. The dive schools on the island are generally led by well-qualified multilingual instructors who have many years experience of diving around the shores. If you are new to diving there are a few legal requirements that have to be taken into consideration. The youngest age that you can dive is 10 years old and under 18’s will require written a parent or

Gozo has some excellent dive sites these include Billinghurst Cave, the Blue Hole and Chimney, Coral Cave, Crocodile Rock, Double Arch Reef, Fessej Rock, Fungus Rock, Reqqa Point, San Dimitri Point, Ta’Cenc, Wied-Il-Ghasri, Xatt l’Ahmar and Xlendi Cave and Reef. Over the past 15 years several ex Gozo Channel Ferries have been scuttled around Gozo and provide an excellent artificial reef for divers. The MV Xlendi was originally scuttled in 1999 in the waters off IX-Xatt, just to the West of Mgarr. The MV Xlendi sits on the bottom of the ocean, some 40 metres deep and what makes it fascinating to divers is that it is positioned up-side down. For beginner, advanced or Technical diving courses visit the website www.mobydivesgozo.com who have a wealth of experience and local knowledge. If you don't fancy donning a wet suit there are some excellent snorkelling sites and we highly recommend the Blue lagoon on Comino, Mgarr-IX-Xini, The Inland Sea and San Blas Bay. A great way to see the island is by hiring a self drive motorboat. It is possible to go around the island in a day, and is a great way to spend a day in the sun, take a picnic and enjoy the scenery. Xlendi Water Sports offer self drive boats out of Xlendi Bay. Various speed boats available are available on the pier in Xlendi as well as at their booking office in Marsalforn . They also offer boat trips to Comino and around the Island. See www.xlendiwatersports.com. Canoes, Kayaks, Jet Skis, pedalos and trips on a banana boat can be booked via Louis, once again at the pier in Xlendi. Louis can be contacted on 0035699427917.

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With a unique landscape and crystal clear waters, Gozo offers a perfect all year natural playground for adventure lovers. With its Mediterranean climate adventure activities are possible all year round with the winter months leaning towards land based activities and the summer months water based activities. Sea kayaking is a great way to explore Gozo’s diverse and varied coastline with its caves, hidden coves and picturesque bays and

beaches. With Comino only a ten minute paddle away it is the best way to see the islands taking your time to enjoy the water from a different perspective. This activity is ideal for families, individuals and groups of friends. Gozo is naturally rocky and is a hidden treasure for climbers with its numerous inland crags that are rarely visited by tourist to it's stunning sea cliffs offering long multi-pitch climbs for the more experienced climber. There are bolted sport climbs that are suitable for beginners up to experienced climbers and the island now boasts the longest roof climb in the world making Gozo a destination that can only grow in popularity for climbers. Gozo’s national symbol is the three hills and even though the highest point on the island is no greater than 450 meters above sea level there are a great number of cycling routes that offer a wide range of challenges. They lead through quaint villages, along quiet roads, peaceful hills, rough seaside tracks, picturesque valleys and historical sites. Hiking is one of the most relaxing and rewarding activities as Gozo has a special charm. If you are looking for peace and quiet there are a number of walks that take you along the tops of cliffs and winding valleys with stunning scenery and local treasures. During the winter months the island is lush and green covered with wild flowers and scented herbs, this is also the time to enjoy the bustling life of

Victoria or explore one of the most diverse histories in Europe with its temples and archeological abundance. During the summer the island is more arid but walking along the coastline and beaches one can take the opportunity to cool down in the sea swimming and snorkeling. If you are visiting for only a short period then we would recommend contacting Gozo Adventures who offer an authentic and exhilarating way to experience the best that the Island has to offer including activity tours, Sea kayaking, eco tours and climbing and abseiling. All tours are offered at beginners level. Individual, couples, families and groups are welcome. Tel: +356 99994592. www.gozoadventures.com Victor Muscat horse riding offer a unique and adventurous horse riding experience through the hills and valleys of Gozo. For further details please see www.vmcarriages.com A great way to see the island which is fun and exhilarating is on a Segway or E-Bike. Gozo Segway Tours offer a variety of tours around the Island, taking in historical sights as well as the local countryside. Tours last from around one to five hours and are ideal for beginners and more serious segway users. Tours start from €15 for a 1 hour 5km trip around Ta’Cenc, Sannat to €69 for a cross country route which takes 4/5 hours and includes lunch in a traditional bakery. Other tours are available see www.gozosegway.com for details.


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XATT L’AHMAR One of the less well known spots on Gozo for swimming and sunbathing but what a well kept secret it is. It’s a divers paradise! Located near Għajnsielem to the South East of The Island, ge�ng there by car is a must. The man made pier makes for a good spot to jump off for those inclined, while salt pans and clay cliff faces are ideal for those looking to laze around.

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RAMLA BAY Arguably the best beach on the Maltese Islands. Ramla has everything, a huge family friendly beach, water sports, clear water and some great beachside restaurants. It does get busy in the summer especially during the weekend but it is worth it. Accessible by the villages of Xaghra and Nadur, Ramla is served by Bus No 302.

MGARR IX-XINI One of our favourites!. Located in the South of The Island and accessible via the Village of Xewkija, there is a small pebble pitch and excellent swimming facili�es. In 2015 Mġarr Ix-Xini was men�oned by CNN as one of the top 10 places to visit before they are changed forever. There is no public transport and a car is necessary. There is a mobile food van and an excellent sea-food restaurant.

MARSALFORN BAY A firm favourite with locals and tourists, Marsalforn is Gozo’s premier resort. There is a good sized sandy beach which is great for kids and an array of bars and restaurants to choose from. To the right of the bay is GħajnBarrani, the stretch of cliffs from Marsalforn to Ramla, a sunseekers paradise. Bus No’s 310 and 322 74 serve Marsalforn.


LIFES A BEACH! SAN BLAS BAY We love this place and shouldn’t really be telling you about it as we want to keep it a secret but here you go...this deligh�ul small beach is pre�y much paradise personified and you have to visit it. Access is via a steep hill and the surprise at the bo�om is worth the walk. The sand is red and easy on the feet and the water crystal clear. There is a small cafe that serves drinks and snacks. San Blas is accessible via The Village of Nadur and is served by Bus No 303.

XWEJNI & QBAJJAR BAY Xwejni and Qbajjar are two bays next to each other in between Marsalforn and The Salt Pans. Both have small pebbly beaches and at Xwejni you can rent sun loungers and parasols, both have restaurant, cafe and bar facili�es and the swimming is excellent, especially for snorkelling and diving. Bus No 310 serves both bays.

XLENDI Xlendi is another one of our favourites. Whilst the beach at Xlendi is small, its ample enough for children and there is plenty of sunbathing space do�ed around the bay with people choosing to swim off the rocks on the le� hand side of the bay. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to keep you watered and fed. Bus No’s 306 and 330 serve Xlendi.

HONDOQ A firm family favourite with locals and tourists a like. There is a a small sandy beach and crystal clear waters which makes it a great sport for swimming and snorkelling. During the summer months Hondoq is a great place to have a BBQ, especially during the evening. Located directly opposite Comino it has great views of the Gozo Channel. Accessed via the village of Qala you need a car or two wheels to get down to Hondoq which is at the bo�om of a steep hill.

Other notable places to swim are Dwejra, The Inland Sea, Dahlet Qorrot and The Blue Lagoon on Comino.

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