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Glorious Gozo & Historic Malta

A mosaic of cultures
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided, two-centre walking holiday
  • varied choice of walks exploring stunning coastal scenery
  • opportunities to visit archaeological sites and other historic monuments
  • get about by bus – no car needed

So different are Malta, Gozo and Comino that they make a captivating, if slightly incongruous, archipelago. A fusion of Neolithic, Carthaginian, Roman, Arab and British cultures, bustling, historic Malta is constantly enthralling, at once strangely familiar yet distinctly Mediterranean. Gozo, meanwhile, is definitely rooted in another epoch – centred around farming, family and church, life here is so unhurried that even the Maltese holiday on the island. Comino is quieter still – it has only one resident family – and sees large numbers of migrating birds each spring and autumn.

With labyrinthine Neapolitan backstreets, great ecclesiastical monuments celebrating the triumphs of Maltese knights over assorted infidels, grand processional boulevards, baroque inner harbours and the omnipresent sense of the sea at the end of every street, Valletta is an overlooked gem.
The Times

This holiday reveals all three islands through a mixture of walking and sightseeing. Starting with a week on Gozo, a great destination for walkers, you can wander along varied trails through pastoral landscapes and next to the alluring coastline, where impressive cliffs frame inviting beaches and coves. You can also spend a day on tiny Comino, visiting the aptly named Blue Lagoon before circumnavigating the island on tranquil paths. Monuments on both islands, such as Gozo’s Ggantija Temples in Xaghra and Comino’s knights’ stronghold, serve as reminders of the past, but nothing can prepare you for historic Malta’s extraordinarily rich heritage, which spans from the Neolithic Age to World War Two. We suggest a couple of walks, but you will not want to miss Valletta’s iconic waterfront, the atmospheric back streets of Vittoriosa or the prehistoric temple complex of Hagar Qim.

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Malta & Gozo
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