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Gozo Country Walks -The Best Way to Discover our Island
Winter is great for trekking, country walks, rambling, hiking and back-packing, call it what you will. The island boasts some very fantastic views, picturesque villages, most pleasant walks and most exciting treks. They say that Malta has the history while Gozo has the scenery.
The weather from October to May is excellent for this kind of activity. It is neither hot nor very cold. Our winters are mild remember, and while walking you cannot be cold. In Gozo you can experience all sorts of walks.
Walking and exploring the by-ways that you would otherwise miss. Make new friendships along the way or do it as a single traveler to walk at your own pace.
Stone engravings at Ggantija
You can go on a Temple walk if you're interested in archaeology. Visit intriguing megalithic sites and satisfy the historian in you. On the Island there are more than 13 such sites, not only the Ggantija Temples which are the best known.
Enjoy a family walking holiday. Even the children can make it. Gozo is small so you are never too cut off or farther than 45 minutes (on foot) from a cafe' or a good restaurant.
Join a special interest Gozo country walk like bird-watching or wild flower study group.
Walks to ‘discover’ the fortifications at the Citadel in Victoria, the ramparts, batteries and battlements (renovated in 2015-16 and worth a visit more than ever before)
Walks to the villages to view the magnificent parish churches and the wayside chapels and wayside shrines that we see on the way.
Make the whole Gozo country walk and cover it in 3 manageable sections. After a day’s walking return to your hotel or lodging where you're staying and pick up the trail at the same spot the following day.
Gozo Country Walks - The Pleasant Marsalforn Valley country Walk - 10 kms
A couple of days ago I made this walk together with a couple of friends of mine and I took some photos. If you Click you'll go straight to see them.
Let me outline the plan for this unforgettable country walk starting from Victoria. This is a rather long walk about 10 kilometers. You can use this MAP to estimate the distances.
Start early and head for Marsalforn. The advantages of starting early are almost obvious: cooler temperature (it's hot when you walk) and less traffic on the roads.
When you pass the Capucchin Church turn right and descend into Marsalforn Valley to leave the road. This is a very nice ramble with some streaming rivulets and away from the cars and noise.
This path takes you to the main road up to the 'Arkata' (Bridge). Here you can turn Left to leave the road again and continue right down to Marsalforn. If you do this slowly to enjoy the scenery it may take close to two hours or more.
Marsalforn, Xwejni, salt pans, gozo country walks
From Marsalforn, go west (on the left-hand side) up St Mary Street and on to Qbajjar (meaning a Small Grave) a little bay with a couple of restaurants where you can have some Breakfast and maybe buy a take-away lunch..the "Horizon" on the left of the bay is the best one.
Carry on due West and within a few minutes you'll find yourself in yet another picturesque bay -- Xwejni (meaning Small Galleon). This bay is practically untouched and has a small pebbly beach and is dominated by the Qolla Bajda (white Pot) a tiny hill resembling an upside-down pot.
Continue along the coast-road and the first thing you'll see are the Roman Salt-pans which are still used today to collect the coarse sea-salt. This is packed raw and sold in small plastic packets.
Ghasri Valley, gozo inlet, creek, country walks, hiking
The mile-long concrete path meanders along the edge of the coast allowing the view of the sea all the way. The walk brings you to Wied il Ghasri (Valley of the Presser) a picturesque little creek with the tiniest pebbly beach which can be accessed only by descending a narrow winding stairway cut in the rock.
After a little rest here start walking towards the little village of Ghasri dominated by the Jordan Lighthouse. This is the smallest village of Gozo and is very, very quiet.
If one climbs the Gordan (Jordan) Lighthouse hill one can enjoy the most marvelous views of the Island. Then from Ghasri it is only a matter of minutes before you find yourself again in Victoria.
NOTE: It is not advisable to do the descent down to Wied l-Ghasri beach and the climb up Jordan L/House hill during this walk. Both destinations constitute a fine walk in themselves and may be done on another day separately or together.
The following Gozo country walks need more editing and photos will be added shortly.
Xaghra Area 6 km
From the village of Xaghra walk eastwards into lush green valley. A rustic path follows the water course down to Ramla l-Hamra (The Red Sandy Beach). Return from the beach by the road to the village of Nadur.
From the village of Sannat, walk towards Ta Cenc Hotel and take the country road leading south east to the open scrubland and the southern cliffs. 2km west of Ta’ Cenc is the valley of Mgarr ix-Xini and the sea inlet of the same name. Return up hill along the valley by the road which leads to Xewkija.
Mgarr Harbour Area
From Mgarr Harbour walk up hill a short distance to Fort Chambray. This large fortress, now being renovated and converted into a resort, was built in the 18th century by Bailli Jacques-Francois de Chambray. Rough paths down Chambray Hill lead to the little bay of Xatt l-Ahmar (The Red Shore) and to the southern shoreline of the Island.
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