WANT A COZY WINTER BREAK? GOZO IS A TOP-NOTCH DESTINATION.

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If you’re still hoping to feel the warm sun on your skin, it could be difficult to locate a bright vacation spot throughout the winter. Even locations for common summer activities could be difficult to come by. One island, Gozo, has sunshine virtually all year long.

HOW TO ENJOY GOZO IN WINTER

If you’re asking what you should do during winter, there’s one suggestion – go visit Gozo. The island is Malta’s second-largest. Numerous locations for activities including hiking, diving, and culture are found there.

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What’s amazing about Gozo is that whether it snows or pours outside, Gozo is probably showering guests with sunny days, keeping it a haven for fall and winter travellers.

If you choose to travel to Gozo in the winter and find this hard to believe, here are some things you can try.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU VISIT GOZO DURING WINTER

 SCUBA DIVING

The seas surrounding Gozo are among the top diving locations in the world because of their moderate temperatures and good visibility. The vibrant marine life and underwater scenery in the waters of Gozo will wow you.

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Swim through corals that are vivid shades of yellow, orange, and pink. Perhaps you’ll even run into a friendly seahorse!

Around Gozo, there are more than 50 recognised dive sites. Divers have a variety of alternatives, such as shipwrecks, reefs, and caverns. In Dwejra, the Blue Hole dive is the most well-liked.

Huge vertical tube-shaped rock structures may be seen there, and a cave teeming with marine life can be found at the bottom of this shaft.

HIKING AND TREKKING

Hiking adventures are among the nicest things to do in the winter. Tourists can go on “nature” treks in many beautiful places in Gozo.

The Ta’en Cliffs, the Dwejra area, and the saltpans region near Xwejni are some of Gozo’s most popular hiking destinations.

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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

In Gozo, Christmas is a very popular festival. It’s a fantastic opportunity for visitors to learn about Maltese culture. One of the main attractions is the Gajnsielem Nativity Scene, which takes place over the Christmas holidays and concludes on Epiphany and transforms Ta’ Passi into the Bethlehem Nativity Scene.

For everyone taking part in the Christmas activities, ages-old traditions and customs are also revived. You can also taste traditional sweets, participate in local customs, and practise traditional crafts during this period.

CARNIVAL

During the winter, Carnival is observed. Even while virtually every community hosts carnival celebrations, Victoria and the village of Nadur are where the majority of the action takes place.

The carnival in Victoria is typically a spectacular and colourful occasion with dance groups, parades, and floats where people party for three days straight while dancing to music and donning costumes. The carnival in Nadur, on the other hand, is a spontaneous sort of celebration, and it borders on being grotesque, humorous, and occasionally macabre.

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Check out the annual carnival in Nadur for a one-of-a-kind winter experience because of its distinctive character. The traditional kukkanja, a form of competition in which competitors attempt to climb up a greasy pole to collect as many tokens as possible, is still held in villages like Xaghra.

VILLAGE TOURS 

It’s also advised to stroll around the Gozitan towns, visit the gorgeous churches, keep an eye out for the charming chapels, and take in the tranquilly of the old-fashioned neighbourhoods.

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Visit one of the cafés or bars in one of the quaint village squares for a quick snack or light lunch. You’ll discover along the way that Gozo has a history that cannot be disregarded.

Ggantija Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a thousand years older than Stonehenge, is one instance. Make sure to sample some Gozitan food at one of the many eateries to round out your village tour.

LUXURIOUS STAYCATION

Gozo offers more than just adventure. In actuality, Gozo is home to many vacation homes. In Gozo, there are a tonne of possibilities, so whether you want a seaside view or a rural countryside setting, you’re sure to discover the ideal lodging.

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CONCLUSION

Even in the winter, Gozo is the ideal destination. Whatever your preferences, Gozo has something to offer you. So keep Gozo in mind the next time you’re looking for somewhere fresh to travel to in the winter.

Take note of the various activities you can engage in, such as scuba diving, swimming, wandering through historic towns, celebrating Christmas, and having a good time at exciting carnivals.

Additionally, if you ever feel the need for some downtime, you may always choose upscale accommodations to make your trip to Gozo truly unforgettable.

FIVE REASONS TO SELECT A FAMILY HOLIDAY ON GOZO

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Looking for ideas on where to take your loved ones on a well-deserved vacation? You’ll enjoy Gozo, we believe. Our family-friendly atmosphere, hospitable locals, and secure beaches make Gozo the ideal vacation spot.

You’ll be astounded by the sheer number of fascinating and enjoyable things you may see and do on our gorgeous island. Here are five excellent reasons why you should treat your family to a vacation on Gozo this year to make it easier for you.

CHILD-FRIENDLY SERVICES

We want to make your family vacation as simple as possible in addition to providing you with a fantastic selection of Gozo rental homes:

INFANTS ARE NOT CHARGED

You’ll be happy to know that kids under two stay free when you reserve a Gozo vacation with Gozo Self-Catering Holiday Homes. A cot and high chair can also be reserved in advance and left at your doorstep.

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AIRPORT SHUTTLE

If you reserve our direct airport transfer service, one of our dependable drivers will meet you at the Malta International Airport and accompany you on the ferry to Gozo before taking you directly to your Gozo Self Catering Holiday Home apartment, villa.

CHEAPER RENTAL CARS

Car rental through us is more affordable than at the airport, and our local partner is also able to offer emergency assistance if needed. Additionally, we may arrange to have a rental automobile brought to your vacation home when you need it.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Every member of the Gozo Self Catering Holiday Home staff is a resident of Gozo, and we are delighted to give our insider tips on what to do and see while you are on vacation there. Additionally, we can assist you in planning family outings such as tours on a tuk tuk or segway, bike rentals, and even boat charters.

IN-HOUSE SERVICES

We provide our clients with a number of unique in-house amenities, extra cleaning services, gastronomy, wellness, etc. to further enhance their vacation experience in Gozo.

2. GOZO IS FAMILY-FRIENDLY

The Maltese islands are wonderful places for families with young children. When locals approach you to talk to you, don’t be shocked! You and your family will be able to experience the genuine side of island life because the majority of our villas and farmhouses on Gozo are situated in or adjacent to a village:

DELECTABLE DELIGHTS FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD BAKERIES

The whole family will enjoy a trip to the village bakery, which is a wonderful way to start the day. The delightful flaky pastizzi is Gozo’s go-to morning treat. And if you’re lucky, you might get to see how the regional ftira pizza is produced.

3. GOZO PROVIDES SAFE FAMILY FUN

Our Gozo self-catering vacation home has a pool, which kids will love, but there are also a tonne of other secure areas to play and explore in Gozo.

BEACHES

Ramla Bay is a beautiful red sand beach that attracts visitors all year round and provides safe entertainment for families. The resorts of Marsalforn Bay and Xlendi Bay, as well as the little Hondoq Bay (where the kiosk serves delicious fish & chips), are other fantastic beaches for kids.

PLAYGROUNDS AND PARKS

Villa Rundle Garden is a wonderful open area in Victoria, the city of Gozo, that serves as a warm and secure retreat for people and families. While children safely explore the play area, parents may unwind in the shade.

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WATER SPORTS AND BOATING

The best way to keep the youngsters entertained is to take a guided boat tour around Gozo’s shoreline and over to the gorgeous island of Comino. especially if a picnic lunch is included.

Families with older kids can engage in a variety of water activities in Gozo, like as kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling, and scuba diving.

4. LET THEIR IMAGINATIONS BE FIRE UP BY GOZO’S PAST

Despite being a small island in the Mediterranean, Gozo has a long and illustrious history. Here are some “must-see” attractions for families visiting Gozo:

TEMPLE OF GGANTIJA

The Ggantija temples on Gozo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are intriguing to visit and are older than both Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.

THE CITADEL

The historic Citadel, a fortified city inside the capital, is another fantastic location to learn about Gozo’s history. The defensive walls are walkable, and they provide a fantastic 360-degree panorama of Gozo.

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ARTS AND CRAFTS VILLAGE IN TA’ DBIEGI

A trip to the Ta’ Dbiegi Crafts Village in the community of Gharb is another fantastic family activity on the island of Gozo. It’s possible to observe talented potters, glass blowers, weavers, and more.

5. OUT OF THE BOX THINGS TO TRY ON GOZO

Here are some recommendations for interesting things to do and see while visiting Gozo:

XAGHRA’S XERRI’S GROTTO, NINU’S CAVE

Children adore stalactite and stalagmite-filled underground caverns, so visit the village of Xaghra to find Xerri’s Grotto and Ninu’s Cave, which are located beneath two unremarkable-looking houses.

DRESS UP AS A MERMAID

If you have a member of the family that loves mermaids, don’t miss the opportunity to dress up as one on Gozo! Fun family picture shoots are organised by Mermaids Club Malta in Gozo.

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PONY RIDES AND LIVESTOCK

For a fun family day, head to the Ta’ Mena Estate in the picturesque Marsalforn Valley. Visitors are welcome to view the estate’s olive trees, vineyards, and vegetable market. The kids can meet some farm animals and ride in a pony trap while the adults enjoy some delectable cuisine and wine.

AUGUST NIGHT TIME STARGAZING

Every August, falling stars fill the night sky with light. On Gozo, we refer to the Perseid meteor showers as the Tears of San Lawrenz. This is a wonderful chance for the family to enjoy a picnic at night and stargazing.

LIGHT UP YOUR WINTER WITH GOZO’S CHRISTMAS CHEER

You might only consider taking a vacation to Gozo during the summer. But our wonderful island is a great place to spend the winter, particularly around Christmas.

Gozo celebrates Christmas in a distinctive manner from the beginning of December to the start of the new year, with a joyful array of social and religious events held all across the island. You can see nativity scenes everywhere, as lights twinkle in the streets, churches, and homes of the villages.

GOZO LIGHTS UP FOR CHRISTMAS

Even though the evenings are longer in the winter, in Gozo we put up lights and Christmas trees in our homes and all the churches, in the village squares, and on the streets to dispel the darkness throughout the Christmas season.

On the island of Gozo, particularly in the little settlement of Santa Luija, light can also have a holy significance. A three-day festival honouring the village’s patron saint is held every year in the middle of December. The lengthening of the days following the winter solstice is related with Saint Lucy.

The Festival of Light is one of the three days of festivities. This is a procession of young village girls carrying candles from the village square to the church while dressed in white. Fireworks, music, and traditional Santa Luija pastries are prepared to complete the display.

 A DIFFERENT TAKE ON CHRISTMAS TREE

Without Christmas trees, it wouldn’t be Christmas, would it? Fortunately, there are plenty of Christmas trees in Gozo to enliven town squares and shopping malls.

The 19-meter (62-foot) tall tree composed of iron bars, steel wire, and more than 4,500 donated glass bottles and illuminated with 7,000 LED lights is among the most striking and peculiar. The tree was first put up in 2020 and has since been a yearly feature. Additionally, it was named one of the “most magnificent Christmas trees in Europe” by the website European Best Destinations last year.

ACTIVITIES IN LIVE-ACTION AND PAGEANTS

Wherever you are in Gozo from the end of November to the beginning of January, a nativity scene with a handmade crib and a place for the holy family and their guests to stay will be nearby. Prepju, or cribs, have been made by Gozitans from the time of the Knights of St. John. Small ones can be found in shop windows and people’s homes, while larger ones can be found in village squares.

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Additionally, Gozo is proud of its unique custom known as Bethlehem at Gajnsielem, a live-action nativity that has been going on for the past 13 years. This unusual event, which takes place in fields near the village of Gajnsielem, includes a real Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus as well as other locals and animals. The three wise men’s appearance on donkeys for the Adoration of the Maji in January brings the celebration to a close.

The Christmas Pageant presented at San Lawrenz’s square is another live performance that should not be missed. The spectacle, which tells the story of Jesus, attracts participation from almost half of the village’s residents.

HOLIDAY MARKETS

Our fantastic collection of Christmas markets is another significant aspect of Christmas on Gozo. There are numerous holiday markets around Gozo throughout December that provide entertainment and goodies for the whole family.

Expect to see stalls selling a wide range of products, including regional produce and crafts as well as food and beverages. The majority offer live music, other forms of entertainment, carolers, even artificial ice rinks. This year, it’s anticipated that Santa will stop by numerous markets.

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Between December 2 and December 18, 2022, Victoria, the capital of Gozo, will host a sizable Christmas market in Villa Rundle Gardens from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on most days.

CONCERTS FOR CHRISTMAS ON GOZO

On Gozo, music is significant throughout the Christmas season. Local performers in Christmas markets, marching bands, children’s choirs singing carols, chamber, string, and brass ensembles, and even rock ‘n’ roll concerts, are just a few of the entertainment options.

GOZO’S CHRISTMAS FUN

Holiday Parade: If you’re in Gozo around the holidays, you must see the annual Christmas Parade. Numerous marching bands, numerous Christmas-themed floats, and a great deal of enthusiasm are all there. It winds its way up to Independence Square from Republic Street, giving you the chance to see all the vibrant characters and costumes.

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Jack and the Beanstalk: With a rock ‘n’ roll twist, a typical pantomime.

Santa’s Workshop: A chance to meet Santa, craft yourself, shop for Christmas presents, and observe local artisans at work.

So there you have it—a quick overview of what to see and do during Christmas on Gozo. We hope you’ll join us soon for our celebration. Many of our Holiday Homes have underfloor heating and real fires and can provide a cozy base for a family Christmas break.

For our visitors, Gozo Self Catering Holiday Homes is happy to arrange vehicle rentals, Gozo tours, and a variety of other activities. Simply get in touch with us, and we’ll provide you with all the information you require about local hikes, activities taken in nearby communities, and other relevant details.

BEST TIPS FOR BUDGETING YOUR HOLIDAY IN GOZO, MALTA

You’re in luck if you want to take advantage of everything Malta has to offer while managing your budget. Discover some great advice for managing your money while visiting Malta.

ACCOMMODATION

There are various factors you should think about when searching for affordable lodging options in Malta. First off, booking outside of peak travel times, such in November or April, can allow you to take advantage of lower hotel rates while still enjoying beautiful weather.

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Places a little more off the usual path should be taken into consideration when choosing a place to stay. Compared to Sliema or St. Julian’s, locations in the south of the island or in Gozo are typically significantly more affordable and provide great quality in lovely surroundings.

You can select from hostels, self-catering apartments, hotels, or if you’re travelling in a group, a villa or farmhouse, all at affordable rates, depending on what you’re looking for!

TRAVEL

There are various affordable ways to travel about once you’re in Malta. Keep in mind that Malta spans a distance of around 27 miles. This implies that it takes less than an hour to travel almost anywhere on the island.

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The best way to get around is via bus, which runs to all the major locations from 5 am to 11 pm, with a few night trips on the weekends. Additionally, you’ll discover that vehicle rentals and taxi fares are less expensive in many major European cities than in continental Europe.

You can walk if you feel particularly active, ride the ferry for a few euros, rent a bike to explore, or all three!

CHEAP FOOD

Once more, where you stay has a significant impact on how much you pay for food. Meals may be more expensive if you stay closer to the city center, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised if you visit the north and south. Look for locals-only bistros and cafés because they are not only guaranteed to be inexpensive, but the food has been vetted by the community. 

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CHEAP DAY OUT

Fortunately, there is a tonne of free stuff to see and do if you’re a budget tourist! The majority of the attractions and things to do in Malta are either free or inexpensive, ranging from lounging on the sun-kissed shores to touring ancient cities. You may also get day or week passes that give you a discounted price to enter several attractions! Activities like diving, boat tours, and admission to historical monuments tend to be less expensive here than they are in other nations.

FLIGHTS

It should go without saying that selecting Air Malta as your airline will ensure you receive the best price. Air Malta provides passengers with the excellent level of customer service and travel experience one would anticipate from a national carrier, but without the exorbitant cost. Most EU cities can be reached by flight in about three hours, which means that not only do you reach your destination swiftly, but the cost still stays reasonable!

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There is a lot to see and do in Malta regardless of your spending limit, and it won’t break the bank either!

ADVANTAGES OF RENTING A HOLIDAY HOME FOR YOUR VACATION

Holiday rentals, whether they be flats, condos, or villas, have progressively increased in popularity as the most preferred kind of lodging over the past few years. While vacation homes have been around for a while, the spike in desire for more and more vacation rental property is a relatively new notion. This trend has never been as popular as it is right now. Holiday rentals are rising steadily while hotels are declining.

1. VACATION RENTALS ARE MORE AFFORDABLE THAN HOTEL

Are you keeping track of every penny you spend and putting it toward your forthcoming vacation? Everyone enjoys saving money, it’s true. Why pay €1000 when you could get the same deal for €750? Unbelievable as it may seem, a holiday rental will be far less expensive than a hotel.

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Consider booking a family room or two rooms in a hotel as a family of five. When booking a hotel room, family rooms are among the most expensive choices available, and two rooms obviously incur twice as much expense. Booking a single 3-bedroom house will work out to be much, much less expensive because you’d be paying for the entire property, regardless of the number of guests.

2. YOU GET SO MUCH MORE SPACE! 

Which would you prefer—having a bedroom and bathroom all to yourself or having an entire apartment to yourself? No need to explain the answer to you; you already know it. You spend much less and receive more than three times the space of a small hotel room! Who could not love this?

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You also have the added privacy of being able to enter and exit whenever you want (without any nosy Receptionists or Night Receptionists tutting and shaking their heads as you walk in barefooted at 5am). Would you rather have your children share a room with each other so you may have some peace and quiet, or with you, dear parents? Thought so

3. YOU’LL SPEND FAR LESS ON FOOD IF YOU HAVE A KITCHEN. 

Who in their right mind wants to cook while on vacation, I hear you cry? Those with little resources, that is! The list also includes people who enjoy sleeping in (alternatively, missing breakfast because you woke up after 10am), tourists in notoriously pricey cities (alternatively, shelling out outrageous sums of money for gourmet plates that hardly fill you up), those who have food intolerances (alternatively, having to search for specialised restaurants or having to ask each and every chef about how the food is prepared), and so on. Do you need persuasion?

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Imagine being able to eat whatever suits your fancy rather than choosing from a set menu, waking up whenever you want to, and not being constrained by breakfast or dinnertimes.

4. PRACTICE LOCAL CUSTOMS

Even though you’ll still be recognised as the wide-eyed tourist you are by your camera and backpack, nothing says “Tourist” like a hotel. To socialise with locals? The absolute worst place to start is a hotel. The same reason you don’t hang out at hotels in your city because you reside there applies to locals as well. There is a very slim chance that you may meet locals while staying in a hotel.

Living in a rental house places you right in the middle of the neighbourhood scene. Start by getting to know your neighbours; a simple “Good Morning” or “Hello” can go a long way. If you just have the nerve to ask, most people will be happy to assist you. You will receive excellent advise if you ask any local you meet about the greatest hangouts in the area, so go ahead and ask away. Additionally, you can eat like the locals do by purchasing fresh local produce, local bread, and other specialty foods. You won’t simply be taking a package vacation—you’ll be doing much more!

5. PETS ARE WELCOME.

While it’s true that not every holiday rental will allow pets, rental home owners are frequently more accommodating. Be prepared to pay a little greater security deposit, but if your loving dog leaves everything undamaged, you can get this money back in full. When it comes to permitting pets, hotels are more pickier, and the majority of them outright disallow pets. And let’s face it, leaving your lovely canine companion behind is one of the hardest parts of going on vacation, so why subject yourself to that kind of trauma?

6. A WASHING MACHINE.

Why bring a fortnight’s worth of clothing with you when you can just wear half of it at the airport to avoid paying an overweight fee and having tonnes of washing to do when you get home? WHY? Because there are no washing machines in hotels. And the reason is that hotel laundry service is robbery in broad daylight.

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Unexpectedly, a washing machine (and maybe a dryer, too!) can be found in every single rental home. This implies that you can drastically reduce the weight of your luggage by packing fewer clothes (leaving more space for souvenirs!) and that you will have very little laundry to do when you get home.

TOP 9 HOLIDAY HOMES IN MALTA FOR A LUXURIOUS EUROPEAN VACATION

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Gozo Self Catering Holiday Homes where you will find an extensive selection of exclusive holiday homes in Malta. All of our properties have been “hand picked” for their ideal settings, high standards, and affordability. We only provide you with the very best vacation houses. Our commitment to quality and style has drawn the best vacation rentals that constantly satisfy the demands of discriminating travellers. Nobody works more, in our opinion, to provide you with the best vacation rentals.

VILLELEYNAH HOLIDAY  HOME

The delightful “Alfresco Life.” tucked away in the centre of a little town in the southern part of Gozo. Located directly on top of a famous valley that leads to “Xlendi” beach. A Gozitan “alfresco-life” is guaranteed by this cliff-edged, character-filled home with its fine furniture, limestone features, and exquisite plant-filled terraces. Villeleynah is a test case for understanding what it really means to live a leisurely Mediterranean lifestyle. 

The interior features a living room, a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area, a spare shower room, a cosy room with a 6-seater hot tub, and a bright internal patio. There are 4 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Moreover, a two-car drive-in, a sizable terrace with a charcoal grill, a pool, and an established garden.

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The home of lavendar. Located in a unique, picturesque passageway that evokes memories of old Gozitan life. However, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of “Dwejra,” one of the island’s most popular places, is only off the main road. An outstanding illustration of the exquisite stone architecture created by our forefathers, embellished with the vivid hues of the local prickly pear fruit, which also dominates the landscape of Gozo. Of course, the new design incorporates both traditional and modern amenities. We take great pride and assurance in being able to provide you with a cosy, budget-friendly vacation rental.

Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a satellite TV, a dining area, a fully furnished kitchen, and a patio with pool views are included in the holiday home’s amenities. This romantic retreat is the perfect vacation house because it has outdoor furniture, a BBQ, a roof-top pool, and a terrace for sunbathing.

TWILIGHT HOLIDAY HOME

On the outskirts of Ghasri hamlet, there is a rustic-style villa called Twilight Holiday Home with a contemporary shabby-chic flair. Unobstructed views of the surrounding countryside and the spectacular Ta’ Pinu shrine may be seen from the pool and terrace area. very peaceful setting

The home has an entrance hall with a sofa and a live planter that opens to a private courtyard with plenty of cover. An open room with stunning views serves as the primary living, dining, and kitchen area. A big door opens up to reveal a private infinity pool and deck area, which is also furnished with a charcoal barbecue, patio furniture, a canopy, deck chairs, and a mature garden.

This house is ideal for a cosy winter getaway because the living space contains a huge sofa in front of the TV and a log fireplace. Everything you need is in the kitchen, including:

INNI HOLIDAY HOME

From the moment you arrive, you get the sensation that this place is welcoming because to its limestone features that are decorated with cheerful yellow apertures. Since the inside is furnished in a contemporary style and has lots of natural light, the atmosphere is immediately welcoming in its most basic form. Anyone who wants to spend and enjoy a refuge of peace and privacy without giving up the wonderful life one deserves for the perfect vacation will find Inni Holiday Home ideal. A successful holiday and a flourishing of quality time are ensured by it.

This vacation home has 4 bedrooms, a kitchen, and is 2.5 kilometres from Dwejra Bay Beach. Ta’ Pinu Basilica is also nearby, at less than 1 mile.

SI-KU HOLIDAY HOMES

A lovely, roomy apartment on the ground floor with a contemporary flair. It has a ground floor layout with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a sizable kitchen, dining area, and living room that looks out onto a gorgeous private outdoor space. The outdoor space is enhanced by a sizable private pool, a deck area with three sun loungers, outdoor eating furniture, a charcoal barbecue, a three-person Jacuzzi/Hot tub, and an olive garden. The house is well furnished with all conveniences, including Wi-Fi, air conditioning and heating, a washing machine and dishwasher, satellite TV with hundreds of channels, live streaming, and movie on demand. Located close to pubs, restaurants, grocery stores, and the spectacular and well-known Calypso Cave, which has a stunning view of Ramla Bay’s red-sand beach.

This apartment’s air-conditioned rooms include private pools. Rooms have patio access. Dining tables and kitchen islands are provided in the lodgings. There is complimentary wireless Internet connection available in this Xaghra unit. The guest rooms have smart televisions.

HYGGE HOLIDAY HOME

Optimal living is best described by a Scandinavian word that combines outstanding cosiness and conviviality with a sense of contentment and wellbeing. Well, this vacation home is the perfect place to feel and practise “hygge.

Private outside terrace with dining area and 5-seater hot tub; free Wi-Fi; 3 TVs; enormous shared pool; shared mini-gym; all in an opulent setting.

situated just on top of Ramla’s red sand beach, on the borders of the bustling settlement of Xaghra. a ground-floor, ultra-modern, contemporary apartment that is frequently connected to pleasure and rest. As soon as you enter, you’ll get a sense of space and luxury as you enter an open-concept living space with a fully functional kitchen and dining room.

Every part of Hygge Holiday Home is natural. The floor to ceiling glass doors that open to a spacious private terrace with outdoor furniture and loungers, a gas BBQ, and a sizable umbrella let in a lot of natural light. This private patio shares a level space with a large common deck area that has a sizeable pool, many sun loungers, and other furnishings.
The layout of the house includes 2 additional double bedrooms, each with an own bathroom.

VILLAYANA HOLIDAY HOME

Villayana, which is located San Lawrenz, is only a short drive from the region’s sandy beaches. It provides self-catering lodging with free WiFi and a personal outdoor pool. This vacation rental features a balcony, a large kitchen with a microwave, and an outdoor dining area. There is a TV and couches in the living room. There are 4 private bathrooms there. On-site parking is uncharged. Gozo may be reached in 10 minutes by automobile.

If you stay here, you’ll get to see breathtaking natural settings that are ideal for beach lovers, foodies, hikers, and people who just want to get away from it all. It is the perfect starting point from which to explore and take in the peace and breathtaking scenery of our island. Furthermore, staying in a nearby village is the only way to truly experience a location.

PRICKLY PEAR NO. 4 HOLIDAY HOME

Cozy and lovely Gozitan House of Character is the perfect place for a getaway in a serene setting. Three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a private pool, a well-appointed kitchen with a living room, satellite TV, and a wood-burning fireplace, as well as a roof terrace with a private pool, deck space, and BBQ area for “al fresco” dining. Ideal for small families/groups, couples travelling together, and anybody seeking a tranquil, serene village vacation only a 10-minute drive from gorgeous beaches!

The marigold residence This charming vacation home is brimming with intriguing limestone features that evoke the past everywhere you turn. It exudes character from every stone.

PRICKLY PEAR NO. 3 HOLIDAY HOME

Prickly Pear Holiday Home No. 3 in San Lawrenz provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning, an outdoor swimming pool, and a communal lounge within 2.4 km of Dwejra Bay Beach and 700 m of Ta’ Pinu Basilica. This vacation rental offers a private pool, BBQ grills, and unrestricted parking.

The vacation home includes a dining area, a fully functional kitchen, three bedrooms, four bathrooms, bed linens, towels, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a patio with city views. Towels and bed linen are available from the property for an additional fee for your convenience.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN GOZO, MALTA

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GOZO’S TOP ATTRACTIONS 

Gozo is Malta’s charming, unexplored younger sibling. The wild and natural island is the ideal place to stay while travelling because it’s closer to the mainland of Malta but more distant, tranquil, and laid-back. You can anticipate seeing lush hills, turquoise-fringed ponds, limestone cliffs, and expansive vistas whether you’re there for a day trip or a longer holiday. Even some of the oldest historical sites will be visible to you! Enjoy all of Gozo’s finest attractions in Malta.

The northernmost island in the archipelago, Gozo, is the second largest. Despite being further away, Gozo still has a tonne to offer, especially for beach lovers since several of its beaches are among the best in the region!

1. VICTORIA (Rabat)

Victoria is a stunning fortified city with old, winding streets, cathedrals with red roofs, lovely gardens, and old limestone homes. The famed Citadel, an old stronghold perched atop a hill, is the main draw of Victoria.

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The remnants of an old jail (covered in graffiti from the inmates), museums, and mediaeval homes may all be seen inside the Citadel. Spectacular views of the sea and quiet fields may be seen from the Citadel.

Explore Victoria’s confusing network of streets outside the Citadel. Pick a direction and enjoy exploring the area while stumbling onto lovely squares. Take in the lively ambiance while enjoying Pastizzi with the locals.

2. RAMLA BAY, GOZO

The best beach on the island, Ramla Bay (Ir Ramla il Hamla), is renowned for its cliffs and red sand beach. People who like to swim in the quiet shallows and snorkel in the clear, blue water frequent this beach because it is one of the few ones on the island that has sand. Go to one of the island’s most well-known caverns on the eastern side of the bay if you’re interested in Greek mythology. According to legend, this cave is the well-known cave from Homer’s Odyssey, a work of classical Greek literature.

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3. TAL- MIXTA CAVE

Tal-Mixta cave is located in the Nadur highlands, high above Ramla Bay (a small village). One of the best things to do in Gozo is to visit the rock, which creates a natural window that offers some of the most breathtaking views of the sea and coastline! Troglodytes are believed to have originally resided in the cave (the ancient cave dwellers). As time went on, the function evolved. Even the Knights of St. John once employed it as a location from which to launch cannons in response to pirate attacks.

4. THE GGANTIJA TEMPLES

When visiting Gozo in Malta, you absolutely must visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Ggantija Temples. It is believed that these enormous limestone constructions predate the Egyptian pyramids by a considerable margin. The inhabitants believe that only giants could have transported these enormous rocks to this location, which is why they were given the name Ggantija (which means “giant”) This location was reportedly used for fertility rites hundreds of years ago, according to archaeologists and historians who have studied the area.

5. TA’ KOLA WINDMILL

One of the few authentic windmills on the Maltese Island is located close to the Ggantija Temples. Large grinding stones were utilised in the Ta’ Kola Windmill to smash the grain into flour beginning in 1725. The windmill is now a museum where you can see the miller’s workplace and living chambers and see replicas of the furniture.

6. SALT PANS

One of the best things to do in Gozo is to visit the Xwejni Salt Pans, which are located on the north shore. Using the conventional techniques from Roman times, they are still used to extract salt from the sea. You can either come and see this stunning region of the island without taking a tour to learn about the procedure. A sight to remember is looking at the checkerboard salt pans next to the rocky sea.

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7.CAMINO DAY TRIP

The smallest of Malta’s three islands, Comino, is sandwiched between Malta and Gozo. With untamed nature and a little population, it is wonderfully secluded and picturesque. You may find the flowering plant, which gets its name from cumin, as well as a variety of other wildflowers and plants, all across the island.

Going on a day excursion to Comino and taking in the rocky, untamed scenery is one of the best things to do in Gozo. Since there are no designated roads, you might think you’re the only person on earth.

THINGS TO DO IN CAMINO

BLUE LAGOON

One of the must-see attractions when in Malta is the blue lagoon. It seems very paradisal and is a strong shade of blue. It is one of Malta’s most visited sites, therefore please be aware that it will be highly crowded at the busiest times of year.

CRYSTAL LAGOON

Since the crystal lagoon is less well-known than the blue lagoon, swimming there is a little more tranquil. It’s a little bit rockier and less intensely blue than blue lagoon, but it’s still a lovely site to visit, and its remoteness gives it a very special atmosphere.

SANTA MARIA CAVES

alta truly offers it everything, including beaches reminiscent of Caribbean islands, blue lagoons, and even stunning caverns! The Santa Maria Caves are a well-known snorkelling location and a special place with a variety of aquatic life. Because you have to travel through a cave tunnel from Santa Maria Bay, the route there is also interesting.

THE BEST TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR DIVING VACATION IN GOZO

IS MALTA A GOOD PLACE TO SCUBA DIVE?

The Maltese Islands are a superb location for a diving vacation and provide a wide variety of diving opportunities. Indeed, they are a diver’s heaven.

One of the best and most well-liked diving locations in the Mediterranean can be found in the Maltese Islands, which also include the main island, Gozo, and Comino. Most of Europe can easily travel there, the sea is renowned for being crystal clear, and when you’re not diving, there’s a tonne to see and do on land.

You can find numerous beautiful natural underwater structures, including caverns, arches, tunnels, and chimneys, when you dive in Malta and Gozo. In addition, there are artificial reefs developed on scuttled ships that can be visited.

WHERE ARE GOZO’S BEST DIVE SITES?

Despite being a small island, Gozo provides a wide variety of dive sites, from difficult technical dives for advanced divers to enjoyable and secure shore dives for beginners.

Additionally, Gozo is regarded as one of the top diving locations in Europe and boasts some world-class dive sites that are similar to those in Egypt and the Maldives.

Between Gozo and its smaller sister island Comino, there are about 50 dive sites. Divers with experience and certification can rent gear from one of the many dive shops in Gozo. While divers who want to have fun can book a variety of guided dives.

DWERJA BAY, GOZO

The famed Azure Window was located on the west coast of Gozo until its collapse in March 2017. The region is renowned for its stunning limestone coastline. Under the waves, the limestone landscape is as fascinating and allows for dives as deep as 60 metres.

There are numerous arches and caverns in the vicinity. A 35-meter tunnel that connects to the Inland Sea, a seawater lagoon, is one of the area’s top diving attractions. 

BLUE HOLE, GOZO

In order to get to the Blue Hole in Dwerja Bay, one must descend some steps carved out of the rough limestone. It measures around 10 metres in width and 26 metres in depth. One of the best dive locations in Gozo, having a great experience and a tonne of marine life. You can explore a sizable cave at the bottom and exit through an archway onto the ocean.

REQQA POINT, GOZO

Reqqa Point, a peninsula on Gozo’s northern shore, is home to another extremely well-liked dive spot. The location has a parapet at roughly 30 metres and a 60-meter drop off. Life abounds in the nooks of the reef.

CATHEDRAL CAVE

The Cathedral Cave is a spectacular dive location accessible from Wied il-Gasri, halfway between the towns of Ghasri and Marsalforn. It is appropriate for divers of all skill levels. There are several methods to reach the cave, but the majority of them entail swimming underwater and traversing a slope covered with boulders to a big mushroom-shaped cave at a depth of 6 to 18 metres. In fact, you get to the surface beneath the enormous dome, where you may put on your breathing apparatus and start singing due to a tiny window above sea level.

WRECK DIVING AT XATT L-AHMAR, GOZO

Near Marr Harbour on Gozo’s southern shore is a little red sand bay known as Xatt l-Amar. In order to construct artificial reefs for divers to explore, three decommissioned ships were scuttled here at a depth of about 40 metres. These wrecks are accessible from the coast and present experienced divers with a difficult technical dive.

First to be scuttled was the MV Xlendi in 1999. Divers are unable to explore the wreck since it rolled over while being scuttled, making entry impossible. In 2006, the MV Karwela and MV Cominoland were scuttled. Both are upright and swimmable through because no windows or doors are present.

SANTA MARIA CAVES, COMINO

Comino is a little island sandwiched between Malta and Gozo and is encircled by a magnificent blue sea. Perhaps its most well-known feature is the Blue Lagoon, a protected inlet where snorkelling is excellent.

The Santa Maria Caves are made up of a network of caverns that are connected by natural light. You will undoubtedly witness huge shoals of sea bream as well as octopus and grouper, making this trip suitable for divers of all skill levels.

P31 WRECK, COMINO

The P31 wreck, which was scuttled in 2009, makes for a fun dive for divers of all experience levels. The wreck, which was once a patrol boat, is currently located on white sand at a depth of roughly 20 metres. While more experienced divers can go into the wreck to investigate the inside, novice divers can explore the outside of the ship.

WHEN IS GOZO DIVE SEASON?

The good news is that the Maltese Islands provide practically year-round diving. Gozo experiences warm summers and mild winters. Sea surface temperatures range from 16°C in February to 26°C in August.

The best times to reserve a diving vacation on Gozo are in the spring and fall. The sea is often warm at this time of year, averaging around 20 degrees Celsius.

GOZO: A SMALL HOLIDAY ISLAND WITH A BIG PUNCH

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A SMALL HOLIDAY ISLAND WITH A BIG PUNCH

Gozo may be a little island in the glittering Mediterranean Sea, but it has a vast ability to surprise both first-time and repeat tourists.

There are so many distinctive and unexpected characteristics to our tiny island home that it’s no surprise that so many guests return time and time again.

These range from our ancient Ggantija Temples, older than Egypt’s pyramids, to the magnificent word pomskizillious, coined by Victorian writer Edward Lear to characterize the magnificence of Gozo.

GOZO’S UNDERWATER INTERESTS

One of the most surprising aspects of Gozo is its reputation as a world-class scuba diving destination. Gozo is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, which adds to the underwater experience when exploring the island’s caves, reefs, wrecks, and tunnels.

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DIFFERENT TYPES OF BOAT TRIP

Because the warm Mediterranean Sea borders Gozo, travelers are naturally drawn to enjoy it as much time as possible. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to enjoy the sea in Gozo, ranging from kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding to snorkeling and fun watersports.

When visiting Gozo, a boat ride is another must-do activity. For a unique boat trip, why not spend a day exploring Gozo’s spectacular coastline by boat, complete with cliffs, caves, and isolated bays?

IN ONE DAY, SEE GOZO

One of the benefits of living on a small island is that you’re never far from something intriguing. And there are other ways to get around Gozo, from walking and cycling to renting a car or taking one of the local buses.

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And, even better, there are so many entertaining things to do on Gozo that you can accomplish a lot in only one day. This is especially important for guests who are just staying on Gozo for a few days.

When you stay with us in Gozo, it’s simple to organize a fun itinerary, and Gozo Self Catering Holiday Homes are delighted to assist you in booking tours and activities with our trusted local partners. Mountain bike through Gozo’s countryside, join a guided Segway tour, trek along Gozo’s coastline trails, go abseiling or horseback riding, and visit our incredible churches, museums, and ancient sites.

All roads in Gozo pass through our capital Victoria at some point, therefore we recommend spending a day exploring the ancient Citadel and alleyways.

DIALECTS AND LOCAL LANGUAGE OF GOZO

Visitors to Malta and Gozo are frequently taken aback by the Maltese language and strange location names. While some of the letters in our alphabet are comparable to those found in several European languages, we do have certain distinct letters and pronunciations.

This is due to the Maltese language’s historic and multicultural heritage. It is thought to be based on a dialect of Arabic spoken in Sicily and Malta between the 9th and 14th centuries. Sicily finally embraced Italian, whereas the language of Malta evolved into Maltese.

Let us begin with Gozo itself to give you a flavor. Gozo is spelled Gawdex and pronounced Awdessh in Maltese. This is because the G is silent and the x is pronounced shh. Remember to say Arb and Shhara when asking for directions to the villages of Garb or Xagra.

GOZO’S ONE-OF-A-KIND LOCAL CUISINE

One thing that surprises first-time visitors to Gozo is our distinct local cuisine. Our cuisine, like our language, is a distillation of our unique history, with many distinct influences ranging from Arabic to Italian to British.

We enjoy our food on Gozo, and we know you will too. And there is a wide choice of food options available, from small village bakers to cafes and fine dining places.

ACTIVE VILLAGE PIAZZAS

Gozo’s village squares, like those in most Mediterranean countries, are where everyone congregates to socialize, chat, and people-watch.

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There is generally a local bakery and cafe to make the visit even more enjoyable. You can spend an entire morning sipping coffee and snacking on wonderful pastizzi while enjoying the honey-colored classic buildings and watching the residents go about their daily lives.

If you haven’t been to Gozo in a while, you might be amazed at how vibrant the local piazzas have grown. For many years, visitors preferred the piazzas in Victoria and Xaghra. Many more rural squares now have busy cafes and street sellers.

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE GOZO SELF-CATERING HOLIDAY HOMES?

It is simple to book a stay with us. We have a flexible booking policy, Simply browse our fantastic rental properties on Gozo to locate the holiday homes that best meets your needs.

The Gozo Self-Catering Holiday Homes Experience is unparalleled. The majority of our houses are fully owned and serviced. We also provide a variety of additional in-house services to make your Gozo vacation as stress-free and delightful as possible. Additionally, there are Malta airport transfers, Gozo car hire, and a variety of other activities available.

4 OF GOZO’S MOST BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY HOMES NEAR ICONIC SITES

ABOUT THE SISTER ISLE

The second-largest island in the Maltese archipelago, Gozo, is renowned for its serene beaches, verdant hills, and historical and otherworldly wonders. The island is referred to as “The Island of Calypso” because of its resemblance to the mythical island of Ogygia, which served as Calypso’s residence in Homer’s Old Greek Odyssey. The peaceful and picturesque island is a haven for legends, history, and tradition. Both visitors and locals enjoy the island’s laid-back atmosphere and gorgeous beaches.

The island is less developed than Malta’s mainland, and a large portion of its productive land is used to produce tomatoes, grapes, figs, and oranges. Lace, pottery, cane work, and palm weaving are examples of local handicrafts. Gozo is dotted with churches, and church bells chime daily all over the island. Visit the charming Basilica of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu, which looks out from the cliffs on the north of the island.

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WHERE TO STAY IN GOZO

Malta is full of breathtaking views that will leave you speechless. So why not live in one of GoZo’s beautiful self-catering holiday homes while visiting this lovely island? Every day of your vacation, waking up to a stunning view will lift your spirits instantly and provide a beautiful backdrop for your morning coffee or evening drinks. Check out the five most picturesque homes listed below that you can rent for your upcoming trip to Malta!

HYGGE HOLIDAY HOME

Hygge Holiday Home with a Large Communal Pool and a Private Hot Tub offers accommodations in Il-Pergla with free WiFi and pool views. It also has a fitness center and a garden. This patio-equipped apartment offers air-conditioned lodging. Ramla Beach is 2 km from the accommodation, while Cittadella is 4.8 km away.

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This apartment has four bedrooms, a kitchen with a microwave, a flat-screen TV, a sitting area, and four bathrooms with showers. A barbecue is available at the apartment. The Hygge Holiday Home with a Large Communal Pool and Private Hot Tub offers both a car rental service and bicycle rentals, and nearby cycling can be enjoyed.

SIKU HOLIDAY HOME

A beautiful and spacious ground-floor apartment with a modern twist. Includes a sizable kitchen, dining, and living area, as well as 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and. This vacation home is enhanced by a sizable private pool with plenty of deck space, a hot tub, an outdoor dining area, and an olive tree garden. The house is fully furnished and close to all amenities as well as wonderful locations like the renowned Calypso Cave with views of Ramla Bay’s red sand beach.

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The luxurious and modern “SiKu Holiday Home” is a Gozitan vacation rental that is ideal for unwinding and relaxing by the pool or taking in the seclusion of a spacious exterior terrace that offers sunbathing areas, shaded seating areas, an outdoor dining area equipped with a charcoal grill, and an olive-tree garden.

Once inside, the sophisticated greyish decor welcomes you to a sizable open-concept living and dining space that is complemented by a fully furnished and contemporary kitchen. Three bedrooms and three bathrooms are included in this ground-floor apartment. Each of the two bedrooms has a king-sized bed, and one of them also has a private bathroom with a shower, a toilet, and a sink. Two single beds and another bathroom with a shower, a toilet, and a sink are in the single bedroom. This vacation rental is the ideal base for your trip to Gozo because it has a shared full bathroom with a bath/shower combination, a toilet, and a sink, as well as 2 additional folding beds.

GEE9TEEN HOLIDAY HOME

Located in Mġarr, within 1.3 km of Ramla taz-Zewwieqa Beach and 1.3 km of Gorgun Beach, Gee9Teen at Fort Chambray offers accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, an outdoor swimming pool, and barbecue facilities. Guests can go for a swim in the private pool.

The vacation rental includes a dining area, a fully functional kitchen, a patio with pool views, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, bed linens, towels, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and all necessary amenities. Towels and bed linen are available from the property for an additional fee for your convenience.

The vacation house has a sun terrace. Gee9Teen at Fort Chambray offers both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service, and nearby cycling can be enjoyed.

HARBOUR VIEWS HOLIDAY HOME

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The front patio of this contemporary maisonette is private and has patio furniture and a charcoal grill. Upon entering, a spacious living area with satellite TV, live streaming, video-on-demand, a cosy sofa bed, a fully functional kitchen with a dining table, and a full bathroom with a shower is waiting for you. The upper floor bedrooms, one with a queen-sized bed and a balcony overlooking an incredible view of Mgarr Harbour, and the other with two single beds, are reached via a spiral staircase made of wood. The second full shower room is located between the two bedrooms. This apartment is situated in a safe, opulent setting with two sizable communal pools and breathtaking views of the Maltese archipelago.