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Welcome to Gozo

Gozo

Malta's little sister island of Gozo invites visitors to put on their walking shoes. Life here moves at a leisurely pace, its rhythms dictated by the seasons, with a rugged landscape and beautiful coastline just crying out for exploration. Inland the small island is covered with flowering herbs and lush crops, and in summer it is fragrant with oleander, bougainvillea and geranium.

Gozo is known for having some of the Mediterranean's best snorkelling and scuba diving sites, but it is also a place of myth and legend, believed to be the Calypso isle of Homer's Odyssey. The countryside is dotted with old stone farmhouses and baroque churches, as well as some prehistoric temples and other historic sites of importance. The commercial centre of the island, Victoria, has a sleepy 17th-century feel. The town has many buildings of historical and cultural interest, mostly sited inside the Citadel, the ancient fortified part of the town. Gozo can be reached from Malta's Grand Harbour by ferry in about 20 minutes.


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Climate

Gozo's experiences a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry weather in the summer and cool, wet winters. The warmest months are from mid-July to mid-September and are the best months to visit. Average daytime temperatures between November and April reach 59°F (15°C) while the average daily high between May and October is 75°F (24°C).

Language

English and Maltese are the official languages; Italian is also spoken

Money

The currency is Euro. Banks, ATMs and exchange bureaux can be found all over the islands, as well as foreign exchange machines in the tourist areas. Banks generally open mornings Monday to Saturday, but exchange bureaux at the international airport are open 24 hours a day. Many hotels, shops and restaurants accept foreign currency, but currency and travellers cheques can be changed into lira at banks and tourist offices. Most hotels and restaurants, as well as many shops, accept Access, American Express, Carte Blanche, Diners Club International, MasterCard and Visa.

This stunning resort enjoys an idyllic setting on this island of Gozo. Lying on the seafront of Xlendi Bay, this charming resort offers guests the ideal setting from which to explore this mesmerising area. Guests can enjoy a boat ride to Malta, or explore the depths and splendour of the captivating Blue..
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This stunning resort enjoys an idyllic setting on this island of Gozo. Lying on the seafront of Xlendi Bay, this charming resort offers guests the ideal setting from which to explore this mesmerising area. Guests can enjoy a boat ride to Malta, or explore the depths and splendour of the captivating Blue..
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Ulysses Aparthotel is a family-run 3 Star Plus Hotel situated in Xlendi Bay, 5 minutes from the beach. Offering a cosy atmosphere in a modernly furnished setting, the Aparthotel prides itself in delivering a relaxing stay. Ulysses Aparthotel consist of individual rooms, studios and..
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The hotel is centrally located, within immediate walking distance of the town centre, including Gozo's central bus terminus, the main shopping streets (supermarkets and other shops), Victoria's historic citadel and the Villa Rundle gardens, as well as all of the other necessary services and amenities..
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Enjoying wonderful views over the Mediterranean Sea, Hotel San Andrea is a 3 star modern, charming, family run, seafront 28 twin bedroomed hotel.
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Services and facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, a dining area and a TV room. Guests can visit the supermarket to purchase daily necessities. A garden is among the features contributing to a pleasant stay. Parking facilities available to guests include a garage and a car park. A bicycle hire..
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Murella Living consists of 24 individually carefully designed rooms that offer our guests an opportunity to experience the true time honoured Gozitan culture first hand by infusing the traditional aspects into the design and decor of each room.Our take on the traditional,offers our guests a breath of..
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The hotel is situated on the Xlendi Promenade, just 10 metres from the seashore and beach, with restaurants, bars, dive centres, ATMs and links to the public transport network all in the immediate vicinity. Guests will find nightlife options 1.5 km from the hotel, while the shops and citadel in the town..
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The hotel is situated on the Xlendi Promenade, just 10 metres from the seashore and beach, with restaurants, bars, dive centres, ATMs and links to the public transport network all in the immediate vicinity. Guests will find nightlife options 1.5 km from the hotel, while the shops and citadel in the town..
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This newly built farmhouse is located on the outskirts of Victoria the capital city of Gozo- Malta. It is located in a valley between Victoria and Ghasri which surrounds the beauty of the country side and the peacefulness of Gozo. This farmhouse consists of 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. It is decorated..
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Each apartment comes with 4 twin beds, comfortable lounge and fully equipped kitchen. Cable Tv and Wifi is provided free of charge. Check in time is available from 2 pm onwards and checkout is before 11am. Each apartment have either terrace or balcony overlooking the pool area.
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This complex is set in the heart of the peaceful countryside of Gozo, 5 minutes by car from Victoria city. It is 3 km from Dwejra beach and the sea.||This village complex is a cluster of 26 maisonettes superbly finished with typical rustic style interiors and farmhouse style stone arches. Facilities..
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This complex is set in the heart of the peaceful countryside of Gozo, 5 minutes by car from Victoria city. It is 3 km from Dwejra beach and the sea.This village complex is a cluster of 26 maisonettes superbly finished with typical rustic style interiors and farmhouse style stone arches. Facilities on..
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The Duke Shopping Mall provides the ultimate one stop shopping experience in the heart of Gozo. With everything housed under one roof, this shopping and leisure centre in Victoria, includes a fully fledged food store with butcher inside, the latest branded retail outlets, the Duke's Cafe, as well as..
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This fishing harbour on the northern coast of Gozo is the most popular seaside resort on the island. During high season, Marsalforn is a lively resort both day and night, and is full of bars, restaurants, cafés and shops.||Freshly designed, the hotel's 100 guest rooms are situated on four floors enjoying..
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Hotel located on the island of Gozo, a short distance from Malta. It is a perfect accommodation if you want a holiday where you can relax and enjoy the sun. The hotel rooms are spacious, bright and modern. They are equipped with a safe, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and a private..
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Ideally situated, the hotel is a mere ten-minute drive from any locality in Gozo, on the outskirts of the tranquil village of Xaghra, and a stone's throw away from the ever-popular Marsalforn Bay, the picturesque sandy beach of Ramla Bay or the flat rock beach of Ghajn Barrani. There are also plenty..
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Set in quiet surroundings, the 4-star Cornucopia Hotel lies nestled high above a valley with captivating country and distant sea views. The Cornucopia, a family-run hotel exuding tranquillity, is only a few minutes' walk from the village core of Xag¿ra. The service at the Cornucopia is friendly, but..
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The hotel is ideally situated, overlooking the fishing hamlet of Mgarr Harbour and the surrounding verdant valley. The hotel enjoys panoramic views of Comino and Malta across the Gozo channel. Apart from clean beaches for summer enjoyment, there are shopping centres and numerous nightclubs, cinemas..
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The hotel is ideally situated, overlooking the fishing hamlet of Mgarr Harbour and the surrounding verdant valley. The hotel enjoys panoramic views of Comino and Malta across the Gozo channel.  Apart from clean beaches for summer enjoyment, there are shopping centres, cinemas and restaurants. Mainland..
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A stone's throw away from the bright, blue, Mediterranean Sea sits the recently renovated four star Gozo Hotel Calypso. Perfectly positioned on the north shore of the Island in the fishing harbour of Marsalforn, Calypso blends effortlessly within this picturesque seaside resort. Whether it's a diving..
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Guests of the establishment are welcomed in the lobby, which has a 24-hour reception and a 24-hour check-out service. Services such as a safe and currency exchange facilities make for a comfortable stay. Internet access and wireless internet access are available in the public areas. Gastronomic options..
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The hotel features 100 accommodation units. Guests of the hotel are welcomed in the lobby, which has a 24-hour reception and a 24-hour check-out service. Amenities include a safe and currency exchange facilities. Internet access and wireless internet access are available in rooms and public areas. The..
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This hotel is situated on the promenade of picturesque Xlendi Bay. Nearby there are numerous shopping facilities, restaurants, and bars.
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The St Patrick's Hotel, only 3km from the capital, Victoria, lies in the middle of the beautiful inlet of Xlendi, enjoying alluring views of the bay and the cliffs towering on each side. Xlendi is considered to be one of the most picturesque bays on Gozo. The hotel is situated barely three meters away..
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Set in the inlet of Xlendi, one of the most picturesque bays in Gozo, this luxurious beachfront hotel boasts a strategic position in the beautiful island of Malta. The hotel is a mere 3 kilometres from the capital city of Victoria and a few metres from the Mediterranean Sea, being a perfect holiday destination...
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This luxurious, air-conditioned hotel comprises 122 rooms spread over 4 floors and facilities include an impressive lobby area with a 24-hour reception desk, a bar, lifts, shops and an air-conditioned à la carte restaurant. There is a car park as well as a garage for those arriving at the hotel by car..
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Hotel located in an unbeatable surroundings, natural surroundings, where you can disconnect and relax during your holidays. It comprises a total of 84 spacious and modern rooms. They have all the necessary services to make your stay a complete success. The hotel also has an excellent spa and several..
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As the day dawns and the sun stirs the crickets, nature comes to life and a harmonious peace fills the air. Blending effortlessly into its surroundings on Gozo's highest point, the 84-roomed, five-star Hotel Ta' Cenc caters to the discerning traveller by personifying style, comfort and hospitality. ..
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Featuring a prime location in Gozo, an island of the Maltese archipelago famous for its vibrant culture and scenic hills, this luxurious hotel blends perfectly with the environment and offers the ultimate experience in luxury and pampering. History enthusiasts may appreciate the remains of Neolithic..
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Hotel San Lawrenz is a beautiful luxury hotel, housed in a hunting lodge style building typical of the island, surrounded by beautiful landscapes amidst 30,000m² of idyllic subtropical gardens located on the outskirts of San Lawrenz, close to picturesque Dwejra Bay. This stylish complex features an elegant..
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Hotel San Lawrenz is a beautiful luxury hotel, housed in a hunting lodge style building typical of the island, surrounded by beautiful landscapes amidst 30,000m� of idyllic subtropical gardens located on the outskirts of San Lawrenz, close to picturesque Dwejra Bay. This stylish complex features an elegant..
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Built on the Island's highest point overlooking majestic cliffs and enjoying magnificent views of Malta and Comino. A property of unique design yet Maltese in character. Hotel is set in 160 hectares of private land solely for walks,mediation and peace of mind.All the rooms are tastefully furnished, complete..
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One of Malta's most picturesque sites, the Azure Window is a distinctive rock formation that forms a large arch over the brilliant blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Formed when several enormous caves collapsed, the arch has been featured in several films, including the 1981 Ray Harryhausen epic Clash of the Titans, the 1997 miniseries The Odyssey, and the 2002 film The Count of Monte Cristo.

Located in Gozo near the tourist village of Dwejra, the Azure Window is a popular scuba diving site in Malta now, although tourists are no longer allowed to walk across the arch due to erosion. In fact, the site is considered in danger of falling apart altogether, in which case the laid-back Maltese are prepared to rename it the Azure Pinnacle.

The alabaster caves at Xaghra feature stalactites and stalagmites, and have an important place in Greek mythology, particularly the Calypso Cave, overlooking the red sand of Gozo's best beach, Ramla Ihamra. Calypso cave is believed to be the one referred to in Homer's Odyssey as being where the beautiful nymph Calypso kept Odysseus as a 'prisoner of love' for seven years. Two other caves at Xaghra are Xerri's Grotto and Ninu's Grotto, both more impressive than Calypso, but lacking the love story. Below Calypso Cave are the remains of a fortification built by the Knights of St John as a defence bastion.

Dwejra, with its secluded pebbled bathing pool and crystal clear water, is known as the 'inland sea' and provides the enjoyable experience of diving into the 'blue hole' near the Azure Window. It is an area with strange rock formations causing interesting swimming holes. It's most famous rock is Fungus Rock, which was apparently heavily guarded during the era of the Knights of Malta because a special plant with healing properties grew upon it, and stealing the plant was liable to earn the thief the death penalty.

Two massive megaliths were carved into temples by the pre-Phoenician Gozitans somewhere between 4,100 and 2,500 BC, and now stand on the island as mysterious monuments to a bygone age. Legend has it that they were transported to the island by a giantess called Sansuna, hence the name of the site, Ggantija, which means 'giant'. Large stone balls in the area, however, have led archaeologists to conclude that the massive blocks were rolled into place atop these. The two temples have a common façade but each has a separate entrance; one is larger than the other. It is believed both originally had roofing made of wooden beams, and that sacrifices of animals were made in the temples during rituals. The temples, along with other similar temples on the main island of Malta, have been documented as the oldest free standing structures in the world.

The tiny fishing village of Marsalforn on the north coast of Gozo has become the island's most popular summer resort. It offers various spots for swimming and water sports, and is well supplied with restaurants, bars and accommodation establishments.

A good place to begin exploring Gozo is at the Museum of Archaeology, found just inside the walls of the Citadel in Victoria behind the Old Gate, in a 17th century building that was originally the Town Hall. The museum illustrates the cultural history of Gozo from prehistoric times to the early modern era, presented chronologically from the Neolithic and Temple Period onwards through the Phoenician, Roman, Medieval and Knights of St John periods.

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