Rent a house or a Room in Gozo, Malta
Why is Gozo the Best place to Retire to?
Retirement in Gozo - Senior citizens who are in retirement or planning to retire sometimes think of relocating to another district or even to another country. I am here to suggest, if I may that Gozo, Malta is the ideal destination.
To begin with our Summer is hot but there are ways to deal with the heat and counteract it, the principal one is saying inside during the early afternoon and swimming in our beautiful inviting sea in the morning and/or in the evening.
With a NW breeze, the sea at Marsalforn is not so calm but the temperature is excellent.
Besides, I know that many visitors to our islands who come from Northern Europe are not bothered at all by the hot sun, on the contrary they have such a lack of it in their home countries that they quite love our summer temperatures. I have a lady friend from UK (Lesley) who is a confirmed sun-worshipper and she visits Gozo every year usually in September when every day of the month is a sunshiny day.
Best place to retire - Gozo, Malta - The Summer Heat
Let's talk of the high summer temperatures. Winter is a blessing of course, but in Summer 30 degrees Celcius is the norm and during July to mid-September temperatures may rise to 35 and even to 38 degrees on some days. When the wind is Southerly coming from Libya and Tunisia it sometimes feels like 40 with the excessive humidity. However this is not continuous and when the breeze is blowing from the West or from N.West it is not so bad indoors and in the shade since the air is relatively cool. In fact we gratefully welcome these Westerly and North-Westerly sea-breezes to cool us down a little bit.
Locally we call the West wind the Punent (Poo nent) and the NW wind the Majjistral (My yis trah l). They are cooler because they blow from a long way over the sea, whereas the North and the North East come from over the landmass of Europe which is hot in summer too. The W and NW winds sometimes come with some force and may blow for 3 consecutive days, roughing up the sea in the bays and sweeping away the hot air all around, which is all to the good.
Renting an Apartment with the Sun in Mind
To begin with the choice of an apartment or a house in Gozo should be made wisely. First of all a house is by far better, but let's talk in general for the moment. For example a top-floor apartment would be too hot with the sun baking the roof all day.
If your accommodation faces the East it is equally unsuitable since you'll have the sun beating on your facade from early morning till about 2 in the afternoon making your residence as hot as an oven. The best option is therefore a flat/house that faces the North, since you'll start enjoying the shade as early as 10.30 in the morning and you will have the sun again (if any) when it is setting, when it is not so strong.
The next thing to consider is that you would need a fan in every room especially in the bedrooms. Air-conditioning would be better but perhaps it would be too costly considering the high-prices charged for electricity consumption. However in recent years (2015-16) the airconditioning units have become economical with regards to consumption and electricity bills have been decreased by 25% (since 2013) so this option is now a possibility.
Blocks of Modern Flats facing N. The sea is like glass in this photo.
It is obvious that a house is better by far than a flat. Living in a house of your own or even in a rented one you enjoy full privacy and much more peace and quiet. You do not have to 'get used' to the thumping footsteps of the tenants of the floor above you and face the problems of the common areas, share the lift and the roof, contribute towards maintenance, etc. In a house you are the lord in your own castle.
I live in Victoria and I interest myself in the old houses which are being rented and others that are up for sale. The ones I prefer may not be too big but are situated in the narrow quiet streets of the town which are practically free of traffic and in the village core. I think that you will agree with me that a 'peaceful' locality is the first prerequisite these days.
When thinking of buying a property here in Victoria, Gozo, you usually find old houses that need a good face-lift but they are always a sound investment opportunity and highly practical especially when one is thinking of relocating to Gozo. I have one such house which I have turned into a Guesthouse and I know of a couple of others which are up for sale (you may wish to contact me for more info).
Best Place to Retire, Gozo - Dealing with the Heat
To beat the hot temperatures a good idea is to begin the day with a morning swim. From 9 to 11.30 the sea is the most beautiful and inviting, cool (25 degrees) and crystal clear with few people on the beaches. Have breakfast first and do some shopping from 8 to 9 and then go for your cooling dip. This will keep you refreshed all day. Afterwards return home to lunch and stay in until 5 o'clock, reading or pursuing a hobby.
An afternoon nap is a good idea (siesta) and would serve to build up new energy for the evening. Remember that the beach resorts in Gozo do not sleep early especially Marsalforn and Xlendi in Gozo, Sliema, Qawra, Bugibba and others in Malta. I think that spending your days more or less like the locals do will help towards making your retirement living a joy.
In the evening it is generally much better as regards temperatures and this is one of the pros for Gozo as a relocation option. Read about the Good Things that Gozo has to Offer by Clicking below.
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Flats facing West The sun is still beating on them till late in the evening. This photo is taken in October when Marsalforn quietens down a lot.
Rent a house or a Room in Gozo, Malta