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Turquoise seas off the Island of Comino
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Highlights

  • A self-guided walking adventure on the Island of Gozo.
  • Ggantija Temples, over 5,000 years old and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • View Gozo’s oldest Baroque basilica of Ghasri as you walk.
  • Follow trails to golden saltpans, past vineyards and Comino’s Blue Lagoon.
  • Eat a picnic lunch on the little sandy beach of Santa Marija, Comino Island.

A self-guided walking adventure exploring the tranquil island of Gozo, where life’s rhythm’s are dictated by the seasons.

Steeped in myth, Gozo is thought to be the legendary Calypso's isle of Homer's Odyssey. Baroque churches and old stone farmhouses dot the rugged countryside and its spectacular coastline awaits exploration with excellent walking opportunities.

Prehistoric temples, colourful fishing boats in quaint harbours, great local wine and overnight stays in charming accommodations, all serve to make this a very memorable experience.

Day 1: Arrive in Qala and overnight.

Upon arrival in Malta Airport an included transfer will bring you to the Gozo Ferry. Board a ferry to Gozo and when you arrive an included transfer brings you to your delightful accommodation in  Qala, a small but charming village. The views of Malta and Comino from here are second to none and will continue to amaze you throughout your time on Gozo.


Tonight try one of the few great restaurants in the town square.


Overnight: Qala


Day 2: Transfer to Ta'Cenc, walk to Qala

A transfer brings you to Ta'Cenc and to the beginning of your walk.  This walk takes you along spectacular cliff tops with great views, past coves and sandy beaches and to Mgarr Harbour, where you can pause for lunch. Continue on along the coast and then swing inland to Qala.


Walk:  11 km


Overnight: Qala


Day 3: Walk Qala to Mgarr, ferry to Comino, walk around Comino

Walk to Mgarr and board a ferry to Comino, the tiny island between Malta and Gozo. Once you have seen its famed and stunningly beautiful Blue Lagoon, stroll around the island which is car-free for some solitude and stunning views. When you reach Saint Marija Bay you can stop at the charming little beach and eat a picnic lunch. On arrival back at the harbour, board a ferry back to Gozo and walk back to your accommodation in Qala. A truly lovely day that you will relish.


Walk: 12 km


Overnight: Qala


Day 4: Walk to Xaghra via Calypso Cave.

Leave Qala behind and take lovely routes past farmer’s fields and through agricultural land until you reach the west coast. Fields  run all the way up to the coastal cliffs and you will hear songbirds as you immerse yourself in these rural scenes.


At Ramla Bay turn inland and pass Calypso Cave which has a legend associated to Homer’s Odyssey. Make your way into Xaghra, your home for the next 4 nights.


Walk: 11 km


Overnight: Xaghra


Day 5: Xaghra Loop Walk via Gozo Saltpans and Victoria

Walk directly from your accommodation past vineyards and fields bounded by stone walls until you arrive in the little harbour of Marsalforn. From here take the coastal route past the Gozo Saltpans, an extensive network of limestone shelves, which use a process of evaporation to mine salt.


As you walk you can see Gozo’s oldest basilica in Ghasri, before reaching Victoria, Gozo’s capital. Perhaps pause for a break here as it is worthy of exploration, before heading west and back to Xaghra.  


Walk: 15 km


Overnight: Xaghra


Day 6: Free day for exploration.

You have the choice of staying at your accommodation and relaxing by the pool or exploring the island further. Today also offers the opportunity to  discover the Ggantija Temples, one of the best preserved prehistoric temples in Malta.  


Day 7: Onward Travel

An included transfer brings you to the ferry terminal in Mgarr. Take the ferry back to Malta. An included transfer then brings you to Malta Airport in time for your flight.

Accommodation

On this tour you will stay in charming,  characterful and hand-picked boutique guest houses and B&B’s. These lodgings are truly special places and one of the highlights of this tour.


Alternate Accommodation

We will always try and accommodate you at the accommodations listed. However, if those listed are unavailable, alternative accommodation of the same or better standard than those described will be provided.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Solo walkers are also welcome and again, a supplement is payable.

Examples of the accommodations are detailed below.

 

 

 



Ferrieha Farmhouse B&B- Qala



Ferrieha Farmhouse B&B - Qala

There are fabulous views over the Island of Comino from this boutique and special B&B. The majority of rooms have a sea view and are extremely spacious.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Blue Lagoon View - Qala

This delightful B&B has 3 guest rooms all with their own unique style and character. They are spacious and elegantly decorated with exposed limestone walls.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Daydream B&B - Xaghra

Mehdi and Caroline will welcome you warmly to this amazing B&B with great views over the countryside of Gozo and to the sea. Elegant surroundings, delicious breakfasts and 2 outdoor swimming pools all ensure a fabulous stay.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Gozo Hills B&B - Xaghra

Situated in a Gozitan house of character, this property has a pool and sunny terrace on which you can relax. All the rooms are cosy and fully air conditioned.


 

 

 

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day of the week from the mid-September to mid-June. However we do not operate this tour over the Christmas and New Year period or in January. If you travel over peak times like Easter a supplement will be payable.


Time of Year

The best time of year to walk in Gozo is from mid-September to mid-June as the summer months are too hot. Spring is a lovely time to be there because all the wildflowers are blooming and there are warm daytime temperatures. Autumn is also very popular. Although there could be some rain during the winter months, the temperature does not generally get any lower than 12 or 13 degrees centigrade. In November the average temperature is 17 to 20 degrees centigrade and in April 15 to 19 degrees centigrade.


Meals

Breakfast is included each morning, (usually buffet-style) but not lunch or dinner. On most of the walking days it will necessary to take a packed lunch. However on some days, a café or restaurant will be en route. The accommodations usually provide the opportunity to buy picnic lunches but in the towns where you will be staying there are also little supermarkets or bakeries where you can purchase what you need. Dinners you may eat at your  accommodation (if available) or there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from.


Grade & Terrain

This tour is graded easy to moderate. The trails are a combination of dirt trails, farm tracks and country roads. At times the route will be rocky so you need to be sure-footed. This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness. 


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

None of the walks are waymarked, so in  order to find your way you will need to be able to follow route notes and navigate reading a map. We will provide you with comprehensive route notes, a 1:25,000 map and GPS tracks for those who like to take a GPS unit. 


Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Local ferries and buses

This itinerary involves taking a ferry from Malta to Gozo, and from Gozo to Comino. The tickets are not included and you will need to purchase them on the spot locally. Find detailed information on fares and schedules on the following websites.


Gozo Channel Ferries


Ebsons Comino Ferries


The journey from Cirkewwa (Malta ferry terminal) to Gozo is about 25 minutes and they run approximately every 45 minutes. . The journey from Gozo to Comino is about 20 minutes and they depart every hour. You will also find more ferry/boat information here.


The bus system in Gozo is also quite good and the most up to date information on schedules can be found on the Malta Public Transportation website. The schedules can vary so please don’t expect for them to necessarily appear at the designated time!


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to and from Gozo

Malta International Airport is the closest airport to Gozo and you can get here from the UK on low cost airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair. Air Malta also has flights from other European gateways, such as Frankfurt and Paris.  If you are flying from further afield you can use other airlines before connecting to these airlines in Europe.


From Malta Airport an included transfer brings you to Cirkewwa, where you can board the ferry to Gozo.


For ferry times and schedules please visit the Gozo Channel website. Ferries leave approximately every 45 minutes and the journey takes about 25 minutes.


Upon arrival in Mgarr, Gozo, a transfer will be provided to your accommodation in Qala. Please provide us with your arrival time. On departure a transfer from Xaghra to the Mgarr ferry port is included and then once you have taken the ferry, a transfer to the airport. will also be provided.


Included

  • 6 Nights accommodation in guest houses & B&B's
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • People transfers as listed in the itinerary
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and map
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Malta Airport
  • Ferries
  • Local buses
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Single room & solo walkers supplement(s) if applicable
  • Additional nights

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is extremely popular especially in May, June, September and October. It is always better to book as far in advance as possible, however, we will always try our best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

This itinerary is graded easy to moderate, however the terrain can be tricky at times with rocks underfoot, so you will need to be sure-footed. Elevation gains and losses are minimal, however you will have to go up and down to reach any hilltop villages.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. As you will need to carry your luggage on the ferry between Malta & Gozo, you may want to consider packing fairly lightly.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

What happens if I can't walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

Is there hunting on Gozo?

Yes, local people do hunt for small birds, and rabbit. In Gozo the season for hunting birds runs between 1 September and 31 January and between two hours before sunrise and two hours after sunset from Monday to Saturday, and between two hours before sunrise and 1pm on Sundays and public holidays. Hunting between 15 September and 7 October is not permitted between 7 pm and two hours before sunrise of the following day; the same time restrictions also apply to the hunting of wild rabbit, which is permitted until 31 December. Hunting usually takes places on the coastline from small block built hides where there is no apparent differentiation between private & public land. Also there is a cordoned-off Armed Forces training facility on Gozo. So you may also hear practice gunfire from this too. The hunting will not have any impact on your tour, but if you do hear gunfire, this is why.

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