Rent a house or a Room in Gozo, Malta
The September Rain pattering on the window panes reminds me of the approaching Winter Months and the Activities that go with them.
To begin with our winter is not really cold especially when compared with the countries farther north. Temperatures here rarely go below 13 degrees in the day-time and putting on a woolen sweater is usually enough to keep warm. I know people who swim in winter here. But I surely don't.
At home I do not use heaters, at least I didn't last year. Sometimes I just pull a rug over my knees and sit snug and comfortably enough.
We've had quite a rainy season last year 2011/12 but this year up to March 2013 it rained less according to the Met. Office. 2015 was frightening, no rain at all, but in 2016 September thru December we had normal rainfall again. Here it rains for a day or two and when it clears the island is even more beautiful than before, with the sun smiling warmly on the newly washed countryside and the brown turned soil.
In our Islands we have many things to grumble about (the roads for example/ in 2016 they are being made up) but surely we cannot grumble against the weather in Malta.
The rainfall months are January and February and the latter is supposed to be the coldest month too.
Well in 2012 we've had some cold spells with the temperature dropping to 12 and even to 10 in the daytime. Now in 2016 we had a 3-day very cold spell with the temp down to 6 in the early morning hours. I described it as 'mountain air'. However when compared with other European countries this is nothing.
I can honestly say that Gozo (God's Own Zone Obviously) is the perfect winter holiday haven where one can indulge in health-giving energetic activities like a slow-paced country walk.
Now let's suppose that you are staying at Marsalforn during the winter months. This is the number one summer resort hence in winter it is so quiet and tranquil that you would feel as though the whole place belonged to you. What a place for a honeymoon or a romantic holiday!
Yet Marsalforn is not deserted because several families live here permanently nowadays and the shops such as the pharmacy and the groceries open regularly. It is just relatively quiet when compared with the throbbing activity of summer.
You can read, sunbathe, climb a nearby hill, go cycling, go on a hike, spend an hour or two angling or stay in your Flat/Hotel enjoying the enchanting seascape and taking in the perfumed seaside air.
If you happen to be in Victoria, the Capital town of Gozo, strolling along the narrow streets sheltered by houses and buildings the air here feels more comfortable.
The other day I was sitting in a Cafe' reading a local paper when I noticed 3 limousines approaching. Gosh, it was a winter wedding. The bride and the groom and most of the guests were foreigners, British I'm sure. They took a lot of photos on the Church steps and proceeded with an open-air mini reception, the drinks being supplied by the local wine-bar. It was fun watching. Afterwards they made their way to a Hotel for the wedding reception proper.
In my opinion Victoria is the ideal place to stay and spend your winter.
Other winter activities include back-packing, hiking, hill climbing, discovery treks, camping, cycling, country walks and bird watching tours.
During the wintry months it is ideal to have some kind of indoor hobbies as well. I like to do pencil drawing or paint a small canvas to hang in the Townhouse that I have for rent.
The countryside during this season is absolutely inviting. As opposed to the summer months when the fields are dry, the countryside is fresh and clean and green, like a small Ireland my friend was telling me the other day.
It is enough to experience the sweet smell of the soil after a rain shower while on a ramble in the country. In the garigue areas at Ta Cenc and elsewhere alive with various species of flora and fauna the strong scent of wild thyme and fennel is always present to bewitch your senses.
For the less adventurous and the studious the island offers a treasure trove of historical and archaeological sites, old wayside chapels and beautiful churches.
It may also be interesting to see how Christmas and the New Year are celebrated in the typical Maltese way.
In winter we also celebrate Carnival for a full 5 days and the Holy Week comes immediately after sometime in early April.
Dance company during Carnival 2010
Gozo is a winter wonderland and this is why so many foreigners choose our Island for their winter holiday. Even when it is stormy it is beautiful. An angry sea fascinates you by its power as long as you are watching from a safe distance.
After a day or two like this the sea regains its calm and becomes as blue as ever.
Some people even purchase a property and relocate here for good to escape the chilly northern winters and to enjoy the weather in Malta as well as the tranquil environment and the slow-paced life of our Islands all the year round.
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In Winter, Gozo becomes all green and fresh. It is a great idea to see the Island at your leisure by going for country walks.
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