Rent a house or a Room in Gozo, Malta
Gozo beaches - - The coast of Malta and Gozo is dotted with beaches, inlets and creeks and it is wonderful sight to see from a boat. The longest beach in Gozo is Ramla Bay and the tiniest is Wied-il-Ghasri which is hardly 20 feet across but it is magical and out of this world.
In Malta, the larger sister island, the top sandy beach is Ghadira (meaning Pond), then comes St.George's Bay in St. Julians followed by Ghajn Tuffiegha (Fountain of Apples). All three are well-developed and offer accommodation in nearby Hotels and apartments.
In Gozo, we have Ramla l-Hamra (Red Sandy Shore), San Blas which is as picturesque but much smaller and Xlendi Bay. I must not forget Hondoq-ir-Rummien (Gulf of the Pomegranates) which opens onto the Gozo channel with a picturesque view of Comino and its Blue Lagoon. Of these, only Xlendi is fully developed with Hotels, apartments, wine bars and restaurants.
On Comino, which is the smallest island of the Maltese archipelago there is a Hotel and a cluster of bungalows tucked away in a small inlet. The Blue Lagoon is a magical wonder with the white sand on the bottom making the clear blue waters appear "green".
In Malta almost all the bays are 'resorty'. By resorty I mean that they are well-developed for tourism offering accommodation and all the rest. In Gozo, Marsalforn and Xlendi are well developed but in my opinion Marsalforn is much more appealing. It is much larger and in the evening it livens up while Xlendi dozes off with the sunset. So for night-life choose M and for peace and quiet go for X.
Marsalforn is the number one tourist resort in Gozo with 3 Hotels, a couple of guest houses, around 50 bars and restaurants and a good number of holiday apartments for rent. I compare it with Bugibba and Qawra in the North of Malta, but these resorts are very much larger, in fact the largest in Malta.
It all depends on what you prefer. It goes hand in hand with choosing the right Accommodation for your holiday. Where do you prefer to stay while in Gozo? Are Gozo villas or Gozo farmhouses your favourite? Would you choose a self-catering apartment or one of the Gozo hotels? Maybe you just want to rent one Room? Would you rather have a Gozo holiday or choose a locality in Malta like Bugibba, Qawra, St. Julians or Sliema?
My suggestion is that whoever chooses Malta as his prime destination at LEAST 2 or 3 days should be spent on Gozo. Though the island is so tiny, 1 day is NOT enough to see all the sights.
Malta and Gozo are very small Islands, and Gozo is smaller still so wherever you are staying every one of the Gozo beaches is within easy reach.
For the more adventurous visitor I recommend the undeveloped localities in Gozo which are still in their primitive state. The beaches or creeks which I am listing below are ideal for camping, hill-climbing and diving and for other less strenuous outdoor activities like bird-watching or sketching. In a hiking or back-packing trek, a cycling trip or a country-walk they may be earmarked as one of the stops or as the final destination.
I am happy to say that these localities do not even enjoy the basic services of water and electricity. I refer specifically to:
San Blas, Ix-Xatt l-Ahmar (The Red Shore) and Mgarr ix-Xini (Carrying Place for the
And last but not least the Island of Comino which can be reached by a scheduled motor launch service from Mgarr, Gozo and from Cirkewwa in Malta.
We heard in the news this morning (13th June, 2012) that the Gozo beaches have earned an award for their beauty and cleanliness and have been classified among the top 10 places in Southern Europe. Quite an achievement which I cannot fail to mention.
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Rent a house or a Room in Gozo, Malta