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Walking on Gozo

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  • 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.

What To Expect

If you like easy to moderate walking in peaceful landscapes to an island destination, a self-guided walking tour in Gozo is for you. Great walking opportunities along coastlines and through pretty agricultural landscapes whilst staying in really charming accommodations with friendly hosts. Try delicious local cuisine in a different restaurant every night.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Coastal & Island

Inspiration:

Activity Level & Terrain

This tour is graded easy to moderate. The daily distances vary from 11 to 14km. The walk on day 4 from Qala to Xaghra can be described as more moderate in comparison to the other walks, with an ascent/descent of +450m/-420m. The terrain is varied; a combination of dirt trails, farm tracks, sandy beaches, coastal paths, and quiet roads. Always be mindful of other road users when walking on roads. At times the route will be rocky, steep, and might contain some loose stones. It is therefore important to be sure-footed and to wear appropriate walking shoes for support and comfort. There will be a kit list provided in the Information Pack which will include suggestions on what to pack for your adventure.

Navigation

None of the walks are waymarked, so in order to find your way you will need to be able to follow the route notes that are provided as part of your information pack. You are also given exclusive access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App. Using the App you simply follow the route using your smartphone which is quite a relaxing experience.

Accommodations

On this tour, you will stay in charming, characterful and hand-picked boutique guest houses and B&Bs. These lodgings are truly special places and one of the highlights of this tour. 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 and solo walkers are also welcome although a supplement is payable.

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.

Included
  • All overnight stays in comfortable B&B's & Guest Houses
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Luggage transfers
  • People transfers as listed in the itinerary
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and map
  • Access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App
  • 24/7 telephone assistance and support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Malta Airport
  • Public transport such as ferries and local buses
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks & Snacks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day of the week from 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.

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.

Getting to the Start

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.

Luggage Transfer

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.

General Information

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

Epson's 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 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Qala and overnight Day 2 Transfer to Ta'Cenc, walk to Qala 7 miles / 11 km Day 3 Walk Qala to Mgarr, ferry to Comino, walk around Comino 7 miles / 11 km Day 4 Walk to Xaghra via Calypso Cave 8 miles / 13 km Day 5 Xaghra Loop Walk via Gozo Saltpans and Victoria 9 miles / 15 km Day 6 Free day for exploration Day 7 Onward Travel

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