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Journey to the heart of the Maltese culinary scene and discover new and exquisite tastes on this 4-day retreat. Allow yourself to be immersed in the culture, history and lifestyle of the region, as you experience the beauty of Gozo and the Comino Islands. With their mild climate, clear sea, impressive cliffs, and the bright colors of the Mediterranean shrubs, Gozo and Comino are a true paradise and the ideal tourist destination.
During your visit, you will be staying in the central and modern Grand Hotel in Gozo, located a short walk from Mgarr harbor. The hotel enjoys spectacular views of the Mediterranean sea and the Gozo channel.
Upon arrival in Malta International Airport (MLA), you will be transferred to Cirkewwa port, where you will travel by ferry to the idyllic island of Gozo. There, you will spend three nights at the central modern Grand Hotel in Gozo, located a short walk from Mgarr harbor. The port of Mgarr is the foremost point of access to Gozo, where the ferries from Malta dock. One of the highlights of Mgarr is the neo-Gothic Church of Our Lady of Lourdes built in 1888, which is majestically located on the hill, overlooking the main port and the more recent tourist marina. After an opportunity to rest and freshen up in your beautiful ocean-view bedroom, you will be treated to an included aperitif at the hotel bar, followed by a welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant.
The night will be spent in Gozo.
After breakfast, you will discover the beauty of Gozo island with a local tour guide. With a coastline of 4 kilometers, Gozo is the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago. Forever immortalized as the island of Calypso, this name originated from the Greek mythological location of Ogygia referred to in Homer’s Odyssey.
The day includes an enjoyable walking tour of the Citadel in Victoria, the fortified part of the island, and the varied spots of this beautiful, yet unspoiled gem of an island, such as the Azure Window at Dwejra, the famous Ta’ Pinu Church, the Megalithic Temples, the Salt Pans, and various unforgettable panoramas stops. Street food experience and wine tasting in a local wine estate are included in the tour, to make your Gozo experience a memorable one. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.
The night will be spent in Gozo.
This morning, you will explore the unspoiled, tiny island of Comino, located between Malta and Gozo, by boat. In 1416, the Maltese petitioned the Aragonese king, Alphonse V, to build a tower on Comino as a deterrent to the corsairs who made it their base, but the people of the island had to wait two hundred years before work began and the Tower of Comino was only finally finished under Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt in 1618. With its handful of resident families and a single hotel, even now the atmosphere and landscape on Comino is that of a deserted but very beautiful island.
Uninhabited and bare, the little island of Cominotto is immediately to the west of nearby Comino; the two islands are separated by a small channel, named the Blue Lagoon for its amazingly blue and crystalline waters. In 1993 much of the channel was closed to shipping to make it a pleasant and relaxing spot for bathing. You can enjoy the rest of the day exploring the beautiful corners of Gozo island. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.
The night will be spent in Gozo.
In the morning, you can take advantage of the included transfers to Malta International Airport (MLA) or Valletta. Hopefully, you can stay longer in this gorgeous country and explore other magical corners of the Mediterranean, maybe considering to continue your vacation for an overnight stay in Valletta with an included guided tour of the capital city or exploring the charm and mystery of southern Italy and Sicily.
Gozo is the second largest Island of the Maltese archipelago, sometimes referred to as the Island where time stood still. In certain areas it really looks as if the modern world has still to get there.There is much more fertile land here, and much more space and greenery; the scenery is fantastical. Most of the villages are still small and the narrow and winding streets offer the right atmosphere to make one feel back in time. Gozo is a place to enjoy life at a slower pace. The various small villages and the short distances offer the opportunity to see much of the island.
Immortalized as the island of Calypso, this name originated from the Greek mythological location of Ogygia referred to in Homer’s Odyssey. In this epic poem, the fabled island was controlled by the nymph Calypso, who had detained the Greek hero Odysseus for seven long years as a prisoner of love. The history of Gozo is strongly coupled with the history of Malta, since it has been governed by Malta throughout history, with the brief exception of a period of autonomy granted by Gozo by Napoleon after his conquest of Malta.
Comino lies between the two larger Islands of Malta and Gozo. It is renowned for its natural state and the clear blue seas that surround it. It is a very popular place with the Maltese and tourists alike, especially during the summer months. The Island is practically uninhabited, except for a family of farmers. The most impressive area of Comino is the Blue Lagoon, protected by the small Island of Cominotto. Here the water is crystal clear with a bed of white sand.
Malta’s history and geography had an important influence on its cuisines. Having to import most of its foodstuffs, being positioned along important trade routes, and having to cater for the resident foreign powers who ruled the islands, opened Maltese cuisine to many outside influences from very early on. Foreign dishes and tastes were absorbed, transformed and adapted. Italian (specifically Sicilian), Middle Eastern and Arabic foods have a strong influence here, but the presence in Malta of the Knights of St John and more recently, the British brought elements from further afield. Aljotta for example (a fish broth with plenty of garlic herbs and tomatoes), is the Maltese adaption of Bouillabaisse. The Knights contacts and wealth brought also food from the New World. It has been suggested that Malta may have been one of the first countries in Europe (after Spain) where chocolate was first tasted.
Please arrive at Malta International Airport (MLA).