Malta: The Island of Gozo

Self-Guided Biking Tour, Malta: The Island of GozoSelf-Guided Biking Tour, Malta: The Island of Gozo

Malta

The Island of Gozo

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Gozo may be only 50 miles south of Sicily and just offshore from Malta, but its relaxed pace and quiet trails are worlds away. Here, gentle biking terrain on less-traveled coastal byways makes it easy to slow down and savor the enchanting Mediterranean vistas, perfect picnic spots, and peaceful scenes you’ll encounter again and again. Pedal your way to Xewkija, site of the third-largest domed church in Europe, and the temples of Ggantija in Xaghra, which contain archaeological wonders dating to 3500 BC. Visit Xerri and Ninu’s grottoes, two formation-filled caves that lie inside their owners’ homes, and take the road to Xwejni, lined with pine and white oleander, where the beach is so narrow that its boathouses were cut into adjacent cliffs. HeadwaterIn the fertile fields outside San Lawrenz, you’ll encounter the Romanesque Basilica of Ta Pinu before visiting Dwerja Point for spectacular coastal sights like the Inland Sea, Fungus Rock, and the Azure Window, a natural stone arch that frames the infinite blues of sea and sky.

2014 Downloadable Itinerary

Activity Level
Easy;
5-10 miles daily
Meet
Malta Luqa Airport, Malta
Depart
Malta Luqa Airport, Malta
Reading List
Recommended
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Self-Guided Biking 
7 days, 6 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Breakfast and dinner daily; beverages not Included
  • All accommodations (with private bathrooms) while on tour
  • Local transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers between the hotels
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • High quality bicycle with 21-speed Shimano gears (helmet not provided), tire repair kit, lock, map/route note holder, and panniers
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers and Headwater staff
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Season
2+ travelers
Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
2014
Apr 20, 27, May 4
$1,667
$305
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May 11, 18
$1,719
$305
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May 25
$1,667
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Sept 7
$1,877
$263
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Sept 14, 21
$1,788
$263
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Sept 28
$1,749
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Oct 5, 12
$1,659
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Oct 19, 26
$1,749
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Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
$1,489
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Dec 7, 14
$1,659
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Dec 21
$1,888
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Dec 28
$2,029
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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Sannat
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2
Xaghra
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3
Xaghra
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4
San Lawrenz
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5
San Lawrenz
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6
Sannat
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7
Sannat
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Day 1

Sannat

Arrive in Malta / Transfer to Gozo

We meet you at Malta airport and transfer you via f erry (25 mins) to the exclusive five star Hotel Ta’Cenc—lovely pool if you fancy a pre-dinner dip!

Hotel Ta’Cenc

Sannat, Island of Gozo, Malta

A five-star hotel, designed to match its natural surroundings of 400 acres on Gozo’s highest point, overlooks the entire island, the sea, and nearby Malta and Comino. Guest rooms are individual stone bungalows, with a terrace or small garden. On the expansive property are a private cove, three swimming pools, a fitness center and spa, tennis courts, and even an archeological site and migratory-bird nesting cliffs! A four-course menu is served, of local and Italian cuisine. A free minibus goes to Victoria four times per day.

Day 2

Xaghra

Ta’Cenc to Xaghra 14km/9mi

A panoramic swoosh takes you to Xewkija, a small village boasting Europe’s third largest dome, from where you can drink in views of the entire island and beyond. Cycling through gently swaying vineyards you reach Calypso’s Cave with its magnificent views to Sicily; it’s said that the nymph Calypso kept Odysseus captive here for seven years. Maybe descend by foot to the rich red sands of Ramla Bay— the island’s best beach—before pedaling on to Xaghra and your friendly four star farmhouse hotel.

Hotel Cornucopia

Xaghra, Island of Gozo, Malta

A traditional stone farmhouse renovated into a four-star hotel with spacious rooms, with local-style décor of exposed brick and wood accents. Two swimming pools and Jacuzzi are set in extensive terraces and gardens. Meals are served in the convivial dining room, in the evening a three-course menu of local and international cuisine. Located on the edge of the village of Xaghra with its famous prehistoric temple dating to 3600 B.C., as well as a charming main square dominated by a church, an 18th-century windmill, and unique museums.

Day 3

Xaghra

At Xaghra

There’s plenty to explore in Xaghra’s tangle of butter colored streets. Perhaps visit the megalithic temples of Ggantija, an archaeological wonder dating back to 3500 BC or Xerri and Ninu’s grottos, two caves full of stalagmites and stalactites strangely located within their owners’ houses! Xaghra’s piazza with its church is at the center of village life—do as the locals do and relax in one of the cafés and watch the world go by. Or, our hotel has two lovely pools in its geranium decked courtyard.

Hotel Cornucopia

Xaghra, Island of Gozo, Malta

A traditional stone farmhouse renovated into a four-star hotel with spacious rooms, with local-style décor of exposed brick and wood accents. Two swimming pools and Jacuzzi are set in extensive terraces and gardens. Meals are served in the convivial dining room, in the evening a three-course menu of local and international cuisine. Located on the edge of the village of Xaghra with its famous prehistoric temple dating to 3600 B.C., as well as a charming main square dominated by a church, an 18th-century windmill, and unique museums.

Day 4

San Lawrenz

Xaghra to San Lawrenz 15km/9mi

Farmers tend their crops in the verdant terraced fields as you descend to Marsalforn, where rugged fishermen mend their nets in the harbor, their brightly painted luzzu boats bobbing lazily in the turquoise waters. A wild and beautiful stretch of coast takes you past a patchwork of salt pans and on to Wied il-Ghasri, a narrow inlet with a beautiful secluded cove—a perfect picnic spot. Time to visit the remarkable neo-Romanesque basilica at Ta Pinu before reaching the luxurious Kempinski Hotel in time for a swim before dinner.

Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz

San Lawrenz, Island of Gozo, Malta

A five-star resort on the edge of the village of San Lawrenz has very spacious tile-floored rooms, with balconies overlooking one of three outdoor swimming pools, and modern décor incorporating local wood paneling. An award-winning spa has a heated indoor pool, fitness facilities, and treatment options. Two restaurants offer a buffet or set menu. On private grounds with a trail network, daily activities such as yoga are offered, as well as a free bus to Victoria. Two nearby villages have local craft shops.

Day 5

San Lawrenz

At San Lawrenz

Perhaps visit Dwerja Point (there’s a free shuttle from your hotel), where you’ll find spectacular coastal scenery and some of Gozo’s most recognizable sights such as the Inland Sea, the stunning Azure Window (where the blue sea and sky is framed by a honey-colored stone archway) and Fungus Rock. Our five star hotel has several pools as well as one of Europe’s best spas, so there’s no excuse not to soothe any aching muscles!

Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz

San Lawrenz, Island of Gozo, Malta

A five-star resort on the edge of the village of San Lawrenz has very spacious tile-floored rooms, with balconies overlooking one of three outdoor swimming pools, and modern décor incorporating local wood paneling. An award-winning spa has a heated indoor pool, fitness facilities, and treatment options. Two restaurants offer a buffet or set menu. On private grounds with a trail network, daily activities such as yoga are offered, as well as a free bus to Victoria. Two nearby villages have local craft shops.

Day 6

Sannat

San Lawrenz to Ta Cenc; 9km/5mi or 15km/9mi

In fine weather maybe follow one of the island’s most attractive trails along the western coast, fields bright with tiny yellow flowers and the air fragrant with Mediterranean garrigue. Otherwise it’s a gentle pedal towards the north-west, where the terraces are dotted with Gozo’s succulent tomatoes. Then on to the capital, Victoria, with its tangled maze of flower-scented streets—the mediaeval citadel boasts spectacular views across the whole island. Time to explore Ta’Cenc’s archaeological treasures before your final candlelit dinner beneath the ancient carob tree.

Hotel Ta’Cenc

Sannat, Island of Gozo, Malta

A five-star hotel, designed to match its natural surroundings of 400 acres on Gozo’s highest point, overlooks the entire island, the sea, and nearby Malta and Comino. Guest rooms are individual stone bungalows, with a terrace or small garden. On the expansive property are a private cove, three swimming pools, a fitness center and spa, tennis courts, and even an archeological site and migratory-bird nesting cliffs! A four-course menu is served, of local and Italian cuisine. A free minibus goes to Victoria four times per day.

Day 7

Sannat

Leave Gozo

You return by ferry to Malta for your flight home, or stay on at the Ta’Cenc for a few extra nights?

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guest Comments

K. Whitaker, Massachusetts, October 2012

The biking on Gozo was wonderful even though we had some trouble following the route in the guidebook. We always made it to where we were supposed to be and the local people were wonderful.

D. Tschantz, Ohio, February 2011

The island is a great location for a low key cycling vacation. Nice people, good cycling weather (mostly) and nice scenery this time of year.

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