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Walking on Gozo – Calypso’s Isle

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Based at the exclusive 5-star Ta Cenc Hotel, the tiny island of Gozo offers secluded beaches, Arabic-style honey-colored houses, lemon groves, palm trees, red GPO phone boxes and ‘Dixon of Dock Green’ police stations!

  • Reviews 103 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Self-guided
  • Activity Level Easy plus
    4/8
All about the Walking on Gozo – Calypso’s Isle.

Gozo is the second largest of the Maltese islands, yet at only 14km by 7km at its widest point, nowhere in Gozo is too far away, making it the ideal choice for a walking holiday. The slow pace of life along with the air of tranquillity also makes Gozo the perfect place to relax. Rich in history and culture you must visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ggantija Tombs at Xaghra, the oldest freestanding temples in the world dating back to 3500BC, and the Ta’ Pinu sanctuary.
The walks guide you around the island’s impressive coastline and through the cobbled streets of the traditional towns and villages and you’ll have plenty of time for exploring, swimming and just soaking up Gozo’s tranquil atmosphere. Its rugged landscape ensures spectacular views including Fungus Rock, a natural stone outcrop in the centre of Dwejra Bay, and the Inland Sea. Between autumn and late spring, the countryside bursts into life, revealing an incredible wealth of flora and fauna, with colourful wild flowers and scented herbs.
You stay at the ***** Hotel Ta’Cenc, wonderfully secluded, set in 400 acres of private grounds and built on one level to blend in sensitively with the natural surroundings. The hotel offers complete serenity, a friendly atmosphere and a regular, complimentary shuttle service to the island’s capital of Victoria. There are swimming pools, a hydro-massage Jacuzzi, a fitness centre and tennis courts. You stay in tastefully furnished, air-conditioned single storey stone buildings, each with its own terrace. Breakfast is a delicious hot and cold buffet, and evening meals offer a mouth-watering selection of Gozitan and Italian specialities, served al fresco on the patio under a 200-year-old carob tree.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All buffet breakfast and 7 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation at 5-star Hotel Ta’Cenc, all rooms en suite
  • Route notes and maps
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Unspoiled Mediterranean island, temperate year round climate, perfect for exploring on foot
  • Secluded 5-star hotel: private rocky cove, swimming pools, tranquil gardens
  • Magnificent coastal paths, breathtaking views, colorful fishing villages
  • Exotic Mediterranean flora: lemons, figs, peaches, poppies
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrival in Malta/Transfer to Gozo

    If you have pre-booked transfers, our taxi will meet you in Malta and take you to the ferry for the 25-minute trip across to Gozo.

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Mgarr and the Raiders' Cove 7km/4.5mi/2.5hr

    Mgarr is Gozo’s port, full of traditional and colourful luzzu fishing boats, and dominated by the C18 Fort Chambray, built by the Knights of St John. The path from here hugs the coast as far as the narrow creek of Mgarr ix-Xini where Turkish raiders landed in 1551 – the perfect place for a picnic and swim. From here, you follow an old mule track up through the hotel’s rocky grounds with fine views across to Malta, stopping to explore the remains of a copper age temple and Neolithic dolmen.

  3. Day 3 Day 3 Ta'Pinu and Gharb 12km/7.5mi/3.5hr or 14km/9mi/4hr

    The north western corner of the island is only accessible on foot, along easy to navigate farm tracks. First stop is the remarkable neo-Romanesque basilica Ta’ Pinu, a huge national shrine built on the site of a miracle in 1923. Your route then leads through unique ravine-like wieds (streams) to Gharb with a stunning Baroque church dating from 1699 and traditional stone houses. The final stretch takes you along the striking cliffs of the north coast where you are rewarded with fantastic views across Gozo’s famous salt pans.

  4. Day 4 Day 4 Xlendi Bay and Layercake Cliffs 9km/6mi/2.5hr or 10km/6.5mi/3hr

    The cliffs near Sannat are the highest and most dramatic cliffs on Gozo and in late spring are alive with Mediterranean shearwaters. The route includes breathtaking views to Comino and Malta as it winds down through tamarisk trees to the gorgeous Xlendi Bay. Then it’s up through the terraced fields, bright with poppies and gladioli cultivated in rows like Provencal lavender.

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Free day for independent exploring

    Today you could take a ride on one of Gozo’s quirky buses to Xaghra and head towards the Ggantija Tombs, a massive freestanding temple of 6m-high monoliths, and Calypso’s Cave. Have lunch on Ramla Bay, undeniably the best beach on the island, then perhaps head on to the lively capital, Victoria, for the afternoon. The bustling market square, used as a meeting place since Roman times, is dominated by the mediaeval citadel with spectacular views over the whole island. However, the real charm lies in the maze of tiny back streets clustered around the Basilica, with carved stone balconies, flower-decked doorways and statuettes of the Madonna in street-corner niches.

  6. Day 6 Day 6 Fungus Rock and the Inland Sea 13km/8mi/4hr

    To the west coast and the fascinating Punic burial site at Wardija Point. There’s a mythical feeling here, like being on the edge of the world. Narrow stone-walled lanes lead down to bamboo groves and to Fungus Rock (named after the ’magic’ plant which grew there) and the Inland Sea.

  7. Day 7 Day 7 Bays and Towers Walk 11km/7mi/3.5hr

    Beginning at Qala, it’s an easy stroll to Dahlet Qorrot, a tiny harbour with gaily coloured boat houses. Then it’s on through fragrant lemon groves and vineyards and past fig and peach trees to San Blas Bay, a hidden beach with gorgeous ochre-coloured sand. Your final stop is Nadur where the spectacular views at the end of the day are a great finale to your week.

  8. Day 8 Day 8 Leave Gozo
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Where you stay
Hotel Ta’Cenc
The Hotel Ta’Cenc has an inimitable setting, scattered across the Ta’Cenc cliffs, just near the town of Sannat. This is the highest point on the island, and the views from the hotel’s 400 acres of ground sweep across the entire island to the sea, even taking in Malta and Comino. The hotel offers two enormous outdoor swimming pools and a heated indoor/outdoor pool in the spa area where treatments can be booked (payable locally). The hotel also offers a fitness centre and has tranquil gardens and the bar terrace overlooks the pool and surrounding countryside. The building itself has been built on one level to blend in sensitively with the natural surroundings, and guests are accommodated in air-conditioned single-storey stone buildings, each with its own terrace or small garden. The standard double or twin rooms are spacious and have a private terrace or patio. The standard double rooms have a Super King size bed (75” width) and the twin rooms have 2 x single beds (37” width). Both are equipped with satellite television, minibar, safety deposit box, air conditioning/ heating, tea and coffee making facilities, a trouser press and en-suite bathrooms with hairdryers. Meals are usually served al fresco on the patio under a 200-year old carob tree or in the main restaurant.
Eating and Drinking

All buffet breakfasts and 7 dinners are included.
Meals are usually served al fresco on the patio under a 200-year-old carob tree. Breakfast is an enormous hot and cold buffet, and dinner is a 4-course affair offering a mouth watering selection of Gozitan and Italian specialities.

Please be aware that, as Gozo has no rivers, lakes or reservoirs, the majority of drinking water is produced via reverse osmosis – essentially, the desalination and filtration of sea water. Tap water is perfectly safe and drinkable, although you may notice it has a very slightly salty aftertaste which can vary between hotels, restaurants and cafes depending whether they have additional filtration systems in place. If you still have concerns, or are put off by the taste, bottled water is widely available although please consider the environmental impact of buying and disposing of plastic bottles.

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)
This holiday offers leisurely walking with occasional short climbs and descents to sea level. The terrain is moderate with some small hills and the walking is often along ancient roads and old farm tracks. There are some steep descents down to the coast and the occasional rough, stony section. The walking is suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit and healthy, enjoys the occasional weekend walk and can walk 2-5 hrs per day.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. You are provided with route notes for each day, which begin with an overview of the walk and advice on lunch, followed by detailed instructions. The route notes contain a 24 hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotel is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 19/11/2019
4/5

Mrs Barker

Very relaxing holiday in pleasant location. Walking easy but walks could be extended.

Hotel facilities very good and staff friendly and helpful. ONLY down side was the weather - torrential rain and wind for two days but it was November! But hotel facilities good pool - fitness suite spa so no problem filling in the day.

The first time for many years that the Gozo ferry had to be cancelled! All in all an enjoyable break.

Headwater response:
Dear Mrs Baker
Thank you for a lovely review. We are glad that you had an enjoyable holiday , despite the weather! Unfortunately something that none of us have control over what ever the time of year.
I do hope that we will be able to welcome you on another Headwater holiday in the not too distant future.
Kind regards
Customer Service

Reviewed On 13/11/2019
5/5

Mr Newbold

A lovely hotel and flexible itinerary made for a great holiday.

Reviewed On 28/10/2019
4/5

Ms Short

Excellent hotel on Gozo, lovely walks and scenery, and friendly locals. But don't expect any support from a Rep.

Headwater response:
Dear Ms.Short, thanks for leaving your review. We are pleased that you loved your experience in Gozo. I am sorry if you were under the impression that this holiday is managed by the Headwater Representative; This particular holiday is actually managed by the hotelier. If it is a holiday supported by a 'rep' that you prefer please speak to our team who will be more than happy to advise you on any future bookings.
Again, thank you for taking the time to review your holiday.
Kind regards
Headwater Customer Service

Reviewed On 30/05/2013
5/5

Mr Smith

It is some years since we have used Headwater, having previously travelled with them to over 30 itineraries since the company was first formed. It was reassuring to find that standard were fully up to the excellent levels we have always experienced.

Reviewed On 02/10/2013
4/5

Mrs Smith

We were charmed by the single-storied hotel set so sympathetically on the cliffs. The layout of the rooms and the terrace gave a feeling of privacy not found in a conventional hotel. The staff, particularly the cleaners and in the restaurant, were very friendly and helpful. Considering there are no signposts or markers for walkers on Gozo we thought the route notes were pretty good. You must be careful, but as long as you ensure that what you are seeing exactly matches the description in the route notes you really shouldn't go wrong. The weather was a little warm for us in September but we bought the 7-day bus pass and cut two of the walks short by getting the bus at villages slightly before the end of the walk. It also meant we were not tied to the times of the hotel courtesy bus and we would recommend purchasing it for the flexibility it provides.

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