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Gozo Isle is one of the Mediterranean’s best kept secrets

Gozo Isle is one of the Mediterranean’s best kept secrets

You know Crete, Mykonos and even Malta, but a little-known island that is just as gorgeous, has some of the best the Mediterranean Sea has to offer—without all the crowds.

Gozo, which means “joy,” is part of the country of Malta and one of three islands, along Malta and Comino, that make up the Maltese Archipelago. Located about 50 miles from Sicily and about 120 miles north of Africa, Gozo is accessible via a 25-minute ferry ride from the shores of Malta.

Surrounded by cliffs and deep blue seas, and known for its colorful fishing boats, sleepy sunning cats and mild weather year round, Gozo is a welcome respite from the busier pace of Malta and a popular spot for many a filmmaker. The island appears in movies like “The Count of Monte Cristo,” “Troy” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie even set up shop on the island for several months while filming Jolie’s movie “By the Sea.”

A Natural Wonder

There are many gorgeous natural phenomenon to see on this jewel of the Mediterranean. Also called the Island of Calypso, Gozo is supposed to be a location in Homer’s “Odyssey.” The nymph Calypso is said to have kept Ulysses as a “prisoner of love” for seven years at Calypso’s Cave, a real spot overlooking the island’s beautiful beach of Ramla. Gazing downward, you can also see the ruins of a fortification built by the Knights of Malta in the mid-18th century.

One of the most fantastic sites on the island is the Azure Window. Seen in “The Count of Monte Cristo,” “Clash of the Titans” and Season 1 of “Game of Thrones,” this stone structure is a naturally formed arch that creates a “window” framing the blue sky and stunning blue Mediterranean waters. Hire a local skiff to take you through the window for a view of Gozo from the water and into the Inland Sea, where a shallow saltwater pool has formed.

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Comino is an even smaller island than Gozo that is also part of the archipelago and just a few minutes by boat. The island is a hot spot for diving and snorkeling with underwater caves and reefs and home to the spectacular Blue Lagoon filled with the crystal clear waters. Look for the Knight’s Watchtower, which served as the castle in “The Count of Monte Cristo.”

History Abounds

With a history predating the ancient Egyptians, there’s no shortage of amazing artifacts and attractions to see on Gozo. The Ggantija megalithic temples are a UNESCO World Heritage site and the oldest freestanding temples in the world. They were built around 3500 B.C., making them 1000 years older than the first Egyptian pyramids. Built from limestone blocks, some weighing more than 50 tons, Gozitans once believed the temples were built by giants.

Another must-do in Gozo is the Citadel located in the main city of Victoria (or as locals prefer to call it, Rabat) that dates to 1800 B.C. At 460 feet above sea level, it offers an amazing 360-degree view of the island. The Citadel, which includes structures from the Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and the Knights of St. John, today houses shops, several museums, a cathedral and old prisons.

Churches fill the island and several stand apart as worth a visit. The Rotunda of St. John the Baptist is the tallest on Gozo and has the third largest unsupported dome in the world. Also of note is the beautiful Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, built upon a spot where a villager heard the voice of the Virgin Mary. Many miracles are said to have happened to those who visited and prayed at the shrine to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu.

Where to Stay

For well-appointed accommodations with a local feel, the Hotel Ta Cenc & Spa is a perfect choice. Located not far from the ferry landing at Mgarr Harbour, the hotel offers ocean views, verdant greenery and unusual stone-built bungalows.

Situated high above a valley with fantastic island and sea views is the Cornucopia Hotel near the city of Xaghra. Family-run, it has the feel of a bed and breakfast, though offers 48 rooms and bungalows, as well as two swimming pools, sun terraces and a garden.

The Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz is perhaps the most luxurious and American in style. It offers large rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, nearly 100 square feet of garden and several restaurants featuring local ingredients. The hotel is where the cast of “Troy,” including Brad Pitt, stayed during filming on nearby Malta.

Odds and Ends

Whatever you do, don’t leave the island without sampling some amazing local creations. Tops on the list should be a limoncello, pastizza (a wonderful hot, croissant-like pastry filled with cheese) and capers. You can also take home as souvenirs locally-made blown glass and lace, two speciality crafts created by Gozitans.

If you can, tag on an extra day or two to visit Malta on your way to or from Gozo, and visit the ancient walled city of Mdina, the fortifications of Valletta and the naturally formed Blue Grotto.

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10 posti per fare snorkeling a MALTA

10 posti per fare snorkeling a MALTA

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Top 10 places to snorkel in the Maltese Islands …. from Azure http://www.azure.com.mt/malta/the-best-places-to-snorkel-in-malta.html

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1. Paradise Bay, Cirkewwa
One of the favourite beaches to visit in Malta for a snorkelling session, given the clear blue water, the bright white sand, and adjacent beach club for refreshments. There is a long flight of stairs to access this bay, but once there you’ll see that it is worth the exercise.

Paradise Bay

2. Fomm ir-Rih (beyond Bahrija)
Essentially a very quiet pebbly beach in a peaceful, natural location. Only swim here when the sea is calm.

3. Zonqor Point, Marsascala
On the tip of the harbour lies a reef that goes out into the sea. It is a very beautiful area to explore. Just be cautious of the occasional currents and passing boats.

4. Ghar Lapsi
A magnificent local spot which is rather busy during the summer high season. It is a small cove below an impressive, rocky coastline frequented by a few local fishermen. Regular snorkellers recommend swimming out of the inlet and along the coast. The water is very deep here, and is excellent for an exciting snorkelling session.

Ghar Child

5. Golden Sands Bay, Mellieha
With plenty of out-of-the-way rocky inlets all around the bay borders, there are a few quiet spots for snorkelling a little further in from the main sandy beach.

6. Gnejna Bay, Mgarr
This small sheltered bay with a sandy beach boasts plenty of natural surroundings, such as rocky parts in the east of the bay. In the middle of the bay you can spot a plane wreck from the Second World War, eight metres below the surface.

7. St Peter’s Pool, Marsaxlokk
This natural swimming pool is a great place to admire the Maltese underwater world. The colour of the water is amazing and the views all around are simply spectacular. Here the bedrock attracts beautiful fish that inhabit the area, thus making it a great day spot for diving.

St Peter pool

8. Comino
Comino’s Blue Lagoon is considered to be a top snorkelling location. All around the coast, the azure waters will enable you to see some colourful fish and marine life on the rocks. In summer the Blue Lagoon can get very busy, so it is best to get there very early in the morning.
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9. Hondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo
This beautiful, natural spot down a long track from Qala village is popular with snorkelers, because of its deep and clear water and small interesting caves at water level. Access to the sea is from bathing ladders.

10. Blue Hole, Dwejra, Gozo
This diving site, situated next to the beautiful Azure Window, starts with an inland sea pool which leads out into the open sea via a large creek. Expect to see some great natural rock formations, and fantastic marine life such as octopus, parrot fish and coral.

Blue Hole Dwejra2

There are several snorkelling spots in the waters surrounding the Maltese Islands, so do explore them with your holiday snorkelling kit!

 

BY THE SEA ecco il trailer del film girato a Malta con Angelina Jolie e Brad Pitt

BY THE SEA ecco il trailer del film girato a Malta con Angelina Jolie e Brad Pitt

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GOZO AND MALTA ALL SET FOR A TOURISM BOOM THANKS TO BRAD AND ANGELINA

GOZO AND MALTA ALL SET FOR A TOURISM BOOM THANKS TO BRAD AND ANGELINA

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Gozo is set to experience a major boom in tourism next year, thanks to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

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Maltese tourism industry experts say the island will benefit from ‘screen tourism’ when the Hollywood couple’s film ‘By The Sea’ is released in November.

The movie, starring Brad and Angelina, was shot at several locations across Gozo, including Mgarr ix-Xini, Sannat and Gharb.

It tells the story of a couple struggling to cope in an unhappy marriage and is set in the 1970s.

Gozo’s unique landscape plays home to the romantic drama.

Malta Tourism Authority chief executive Paul Bugeja said: ‘A movie like By the Sea, as well as the film industry in general, leaves a large positive economic impact on the Maltese Islands.

‘The film industry provides a great advert for our Islands, as people get to see and learn about our Islands through scenes seen in a film.’

Corinthia Hotel Group chairman Alfred Pisani agrees.

He told Forbes magazine: ‘Malta is a popular location for Hollywood films and of course By The Sea with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will definitely create a buzz and lure more Americans to explore the beauty and romance of Malta.’

Angelina Jolie spoke highly of her time in Malta and Gozo after she finished filming.

She wrote on Facebook: ‘It has been such a fulfilling experience to shoot By The Sea in Malta, and I am honoured to have spent time on this beautiful island learning about its rich history and fascinating culture’.

Here are some of the things you can do in Gozo like Brad and Angelina:

1. Sailing around the island on a luxury yacht

2. Marvel at the views from the top of The Citadel 

3. Visit the beach at Ramla Bay

4. Nibble on Gozo peppered cheese 

5. See the world-famous Azure Window at Dwejra 

6. Shop in the historic streets of Victoria

Soulful Sunsets: 8 Breathtaking Spots In Malta And Gozo

Soulful Sunsets: 8 Breathtaking Spots In Malta And Gozo

Last Sunday 21st June celebrates the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. These eight spots are just the places to head to, to get a fantastic glimpse of the setting sun!

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Qala Sunset

Dingli cliffs

Dove vanno i pensionati? Da MALTA al Canada ecco dove passare gli anni della pensione lontano dall’Italia. Ed ecco perchè MALTA sarà la meta più “ambita”

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Dove vanno i pensionati? Da MALTA al Canada ecco dove passare gli anni della pensione lontano dall’Italia. Ed ecco perchè MALTA sarà la meta più “ambita” dove prendere la residenza e fare un investimento immobiliare

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