A self-guided walking adventure on the Island of Gozo.
Ggantija Temples, over 5,000 years old and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
View Gozo’s oldest Baroque basilica of Ghasri as you walk.
Follow trails to golden saltpans, past vineyards and Comino’s Blue Lagoon.
Eat a picnic lunch on the little sandy beach of Santa Marija, Comino Island.
A self-guided walking adventure exploring the tranquil island of Gozo, where life’s rhythm’s are dictated by the seasons.
Steeped in myth, Gozo is thought to be the legendary Calypso's isle of Homer's Odyssey. Baroque churches and old stone farmhouses dot the rugged countryside and its spectacular coastline awaits exploration with excellent walking opportunities.
Prehistoric temples, colourful fishing boats in quaint harbours, great local wine and overnight stays in charming accommodations, all serve to make this a very memorable experience.
Day 1: Arrive in Qala and overnight.
Upon arrival on Gozo an included transfer will bring you to your delightful accommodation in Qala, a small but charming village. The views of Malta and Comino from here are second to none and will continue to amaze you throughout your time on Gozo.
Tonight try one of the few great restaurants in the town square.
Day 2: Transfer to Xlendi, walk to Qala
A transfer brings you to Xlendi and to the beginning of your walk. Begin in the harbour where you may like to pause for a morning coffee in one of the harbour side cafes, before setting off along the coast. This walk takes you along spectacular cliff tops with great views, past coves and sandy beaches and to Mgarr Harbour, where you can pause for lunch. Continue on along the coast and then swing inland to Qala.
Walk: 14 km
Day 3: Walk Qala to Mgarr, ferry to Comino, walk around Comino
Walk to Mgarr and board a ferry to Comino, the tiny island between Malta and Gozo. Once you have seen its famed and stunningly beautiful Blue Lagoon, stroll around the island which is car-free for some solitude and stunning views. When you reach Saint Marija Bay you can stop at the charming little beach and eat a picnic lunch. On arrival back at the harbour, board a ferry back to Gozo and walk back to your accommodation in Qala. A truly lovely day that you will relish.
Walk: 12 km
Day 4: Walk to Xaghra via Calypso Cave.
Leave Qala behind and take lovely routes past farmer’s fields and through agricultural land until you reach the west coast. Fields run all the way up to the coastal cliffs and you will hear songbirds as you immerse yourself in these rural scenes.
At Ramla Bay turn inland and pass Calypso Cave which has a legend associated to Homer’s Odyssey. Make your way into Xaghra, your home for the next 4 nights.
Walk: 13 km
Day 5: Xaghra Loop Walk via Gozo Saltpans and Victoria
Walk directly from your accommodation past vineyards and fields bounded by stone walls until you arrive in the little harbour of Marsalforn. From here take the coastal route past the Gozo Saltpans, an extensive network of limestone shelves, which use a process of evaporation to mine salt.
As you walk you can see Gozo’s oldest basilica in Ghasri, before reaching Victoria, Gozo’s capital. Perhaps pause for a break here as it is worthy of exploration, before heading west and back to Xaghra.
Walk: 14 km
Day 6: Free day for exploration.
You have the choice of staying at your accommodation and relaxing by the pool or exploring the island further. Today also offers the opportunity to discover the Ggantija Temples, one of the best preserved prehistoric temples in Malta.
Day 7: Onward Travel
An included transfer brings you to the ferry terminal in Mgarr. Take the ferry back to Malta. We can arrange private transfers to the airport from the ferry port, or an additional night in Valletta if your flight is due to leave early).
This trip is available to start on any day of the week from the mid-September to mid-June. However we do not operate this tour over the Christmas and New Year period or in January. If you travel over peak times like Easter a supplement will be payable.
Time of Year
The best time of year to walk in Gozo is from mid-September to mid-June as the summer months are too hot. Spring is a lovely time to be there because all the wildflowers are blooming and there are warm daytime temperatures. Autumn is also very popular. Although there could be some rain during the winter months, the temperature does not generally get any lower than 12 or 13 degrees centigrade. In November the average temperature is 17 to 20 degrees centigrade and in April 15 to 19 degrees centigrade.
Breakfast is included each morning, (usually buffet-style) but not lunch or dinner. On most of the walking days it will necessary to take a packed lunch. However on some days, a café or restaurant will be en route. The accommodations usually provide the opportunity to buy picnic lunches but in the towns where you will be staying there are also little supermarkets or bakeries where you can purchase what you need. Dinners you may eat at your accommodation (if available) or there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from.
Grade & Terrain
This tour is graded easy to moderate. The trails are a combination of dirt trails, farm tracks and country roads. At times the route will be rocky so you need to be sure-footed. This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
None of the walks are waymarked, so in order to find your way you will need to be able to follow route notes and navigate reading a map. We will provide you with comprehensive route notes, a 1:25,000 map and GPS tracks for those who like to take a GPS unit.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
Local ferries and buses
This itinerary involves taking a ferry from Malta to Gozo, and from Gozo to Comino. The tickets are not included and you will need to purchase them on the spot locally. Find detailed information on fares and schedules on the following websites.
Gozo Channel Ferries
Ebsons Comino Ferries
The journey from Cirkewwa (Malta ferry terminal) to Gozo is about 25 minutes and they run approximately every 45 minutes. . The journey from Gozo to Comino is about 20 minutes and they depart every hour. You will also find more ferry/boat information here.
The bus system in Gozo is also quite good and the most up to date information on schedules can be found on the Malta Public Transportation website. The schedules can vary so please don’t expect for them to necessarily appear at the designated time!
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
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