Rent a house or a Room in Gozo, Malta
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On the map of Malta the reference for Gozo is 36 degrees North and 14.5 degrees East. Our Time Zone is 1 hour before Greenwich.
The weather conditions of Gozo are central Mediterranean meaning dry and hot summers and mild, wet winters. Although the Island can be visited throughout the whole year, certain months can be much more comfortable than others.
The hottest month are July and August, with daily high temperatures going up to 35C or more. The night-time temperatures generally drop to 29C or 30C. The heat of the day is often neutralised by cool sea breezes and when they come from the North West (Majjistral) they are cool and refreshing. Besides there is always the good blue Mediterranean for a cooling dip.
The coldest months of the year are January and February with temperatures down to 18C while at night temperatures generally drop to between 9C and 12C. This year we're having a rather colder winter with temperatures dropping to 12 in the morning and even to 10....Brrr brrr.
Gozo experiences distinct wet and dry seasons. The wet season generally lasts from the last days of September through March, while the rest of the year is very dry. January and February are the rainy months and February is the coldest of them all.
Notwithstanding the hot temperatures, Summer in Gozo is out of this world especially if one chooses the right accommodation.
Geography of Malta and Gozo
The island of Malta consists of a gently undulating limestone plateau. There are no mountains, rivers or lakes and the land looks rocky and barren, particularly in summer. To ease the water shortage, five reverse-osmosis plants have been set up. They function at a great expense and it is high time that we 'start' collecting the abundant rain water that falls in the Winter months.
The forests of Malta and Gozo were hacked down centuries ago and today the only trees one sees are the carob trees which are very old, the pine, citrus, ficus and tamarisk trees that have been planted in the fields, in public parks as well as along avenues and in town squares. On our Islands the slopes are cultivated for clover, barley, fruit and vines while the valleys and plains produce vegetables. Nadur, Xaghra, Qala and Gh'Sielem (consult the Map of Malta) produce most of the fruit.
For centuries Malta’s abundant limestone has been used for construction – from the prehistoric megalithic temples to present-day buildings. Newly quarried globigerina limestone soon mellows with exposure to the sun and blends beautifully with the colour of the surroundings. The limestone quarries of Gozo are mostly found in the west near the villages of San Lawrenz and Sta Lucia (consult the Map)
Owing to its greater quantity of water-retaining blue clay subsoil, Gozo is greener than Malta. The lie of the land of Gozo is different. Some of the villages are built on the flat-topped hills and are still separated from one another by stretches of fields and orchards. This is one characteristic that gives Gozo its alure and clean-air environment.
Gozo is a small Island only 14km by 7km in area. A contour map of Malta and Gozo shows that Gozo is hilly in the south-west, west and the north-west, the coast here is almost entirely high cliffs. The hills of Gozo are curiously rounded and flat-topped, the result of hard rock lying on softer layers. The highest point is at Ta' Dbiegi Hill rising 190 metres above sea level. Another peak of the island is at Ta' Cenc, the headland jutting out like a bastion in the sea. View Map of Malta.
Several narrow valleys cut through and dissect the plateau and open up to form creeks, inlets and beautiful beaches - the best known being Marsalforn, Xlendi andRamla Bay. Marsalforn and Xlendi offer accommodation in quaint Hotels and in self-catering apartments. Two picturesque creeks are Mgarr-ix-Xini in the South and Wied il-Ghasri in the North of the Island.
The Geology of Gozo Island
Geologically, the islands are composed almost entirely of marine sedimentary rocks, mainly limestones of Oligo-Miocene age.
The five main rock types are (in order of decreasing age):
Lower Coralline Limestone which is exposed to a thickness of 140 m. This is the oldest exposed rock type in the Maltese Islands and started being laid down between 30-25 million years ago.
Globigerina Limestone, exposed to a thickness ranging from 23 m to 207 m and subdivided into three units (Lower, Middle and Upper Globigerina Limestones) by two pebble beds.
Blue Clay, exposed to thicknesses of up to 65 m.
Greensand, exposed to a maximum thickness of 12 m.
Upper Coralline Limestone, exposed to a thickness of 162 m. This formation is a complex association of limestones. Deposition of these marine sediments stopped some 10 million years ago when the seabed rose above sea level.
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