28 Sep

Three great walks in Gozo.

When the long, hot summer begins to give way to cooler and fresher weather and the landscapes come alive with autumnal colours, the months of September, October and November is a fabulous time to explore the island of Gozo on foot.

Whatever level of hiker you are, Gozo, with its vastly varied landscape, ranging from gently rolling rambling hillside paths, to jagged cliff tops, will cater for every walker’s ability. We explore three great walks in Gozo.

San Raflu – San Lawrenz

At the village of San Raflu follow the country road until you reach a man-made pond known as “L-Ghadira”. At the pond take the rugged path that leads to the left and to the south-western point of Gozo. You will pass a small Phoenician settlement that provides a fantastic vantage point of the Mediterranean Ocean. Follow the path through a lush and beautiful valley until you arrive at the western village of San Lawrenz.

Birbuba – Gharb

Start at the church in the charming village of Birbuba and take the road that forks to the left. Follow a winding road that will take you through an area known as San Dimitri where you will catch sight of the Ta’ pinu Sancturary and Lighthouse. Follow a road that eventually becomes a footpath and leads to a beautiful valley known as Wied il-Mielah. This path will take you along a stunningly magnificent  stretch of coastline until you eventually arrive at the Ghasri valley and later the village of Ghasri. Then take a path that climbs steeply to the 19th century lighthouse. Head back towards Ta’Pinu until you finally reach the delightful village of Gharb.

Nadur – Nadur

Situated at an altitude of 170 meters, the walk from the picturesque village of Nadur is on the ‘hilly’ side and therefore is only suitable for walkers seeking a more strenuous walk. From the church at Nadur make your way down to the Mistra rocks where you will see the recently renovated Ta’Sopu watchtower, which was used to protect the island during the Second World War. Follow signs to Qala that will take you through many stunning fields boasting traditional windmills until you eventually arrive back in Nadur.

 


 

21 Mar

Gozo Music Festival 2011

The island of Gozo may be a haven of peace and tranquillity, but you can rest assure, it knows how to host a party, or several to be exact.

If you prioritise packing some authentic festivities into your summer vacation, this small Maltese island offers regular local events, festivals and celebrations that will more than satisfy any yearnings to experience a touch of Maltese party culture, and none more so than the Gozo Music Festival 2011.

Held annually in August, the Gozo Music Festival is by far the island’s biggest and most popular summer event. Since it began in 2003, the music festival has grown in reputation and prestige, with a bigger and better line-up consisting of both international singers and groups and local artists headlining the festival each year.

This year, the Gozo Music Festival will take place on August 21st and is in its tenth edition. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the festival promises to be the biggest and most memorable one to date. Although the official line-up has yet to have been announced, the event, which is held in the Gozitano Complex, will be transformed into two huge open-air dance floors, with dancers, fire jugglers and fireworks, heightening the excitement and spectacle.

For those wanting that extra exclusivity, Gozo Music Festival VIP nights are available, giving elite Gozo revellers access to the VIP areas, where they can mingle with the stars of the show.

This highly entertaining event, which blends the local Gozo culture with a cosmopolitan and international ethnicity, and in doing so attracts a growing number of visitors each year, is organised by Dynamic Promotions.

For more information on the Gozo Music Festival visit the Dynamic Promotions website at: www.dynamicpromotions.com.mt and for the best villa Gozo can offer, check out Vintage Travel’s excellent options.


 

22 Sep

Holiday In Gozo – A Delicate Blend Of Cliffs, Caves, Composure And History

Gozo’s relative anonymity creates a sanctuary of calm and tranquillity for those seeking a peaceful break in the sun. Situated five kilometres to the North West of Malta, the charms Malta’s sister island possesses are immediately visible as you slowly chug into the pretty harbour of Mgarr. The old and impressive church positioned on a hillside behind the harbour allows first time visitors to Gozo to excitedly muse they are arriving somewhere special.

There's a huge amount to see and do in Gozo

And right they are to assume this indeed. As it is not just the fishing town of Mgarr, with its dedication to sea craft, its history of slaves, pirates and Corsairs, and of course the neo-Gothic  Lourdes sanctuary keeping a watchful eye over the town, which crafts for a delightful day out. Here are the some of the most exquisite of the many enchanting surprises Gozo has to offer.


 

07 Jul

Visiting the The Citadella in Gozo

Gozo is perched just off the coast of Malta and is in fact the second largest Island of the Maltese archipelago, with a population of approximately 30,000.

For over 7,000 years the Citadella has been the centre of life on this beautiful island, and was originally fortified around 1500BC, then later developed by the Phoenicians, followed by the Romans. Up until the 18th Century it was the only place the Island’s inhabitants could get refuge from attackers… and boy has the island had a few of these over the ages!

Make sure you check out the Citadella when you go to Gozo


 

10 May

Isle of MTV live music event in Malta

Now in its 4th year and headlined by Kelis and The Scissor Sisters, The Isle of MTV live music event in Matla is set to be the biggest yet. This is Europe’s largest open air free concert in Europe and is being held at Il-Fosos Square in Floriana.

Lady Gaga at last year’s Isle of MTV

When is it?

30th June (save the date)

More information about the event here.


 

30 Nov

Vintage Travel’s 2010 Villa Holiday Brochures are here

We’ve  been busy compiling our new Vintage Travel Villa Holiday Brochures for Spain/the Balearics and Portugal, France/Italy/Gozo and Croatia and Greece/Turkey and are proud to report that they’re printed and ready to go! These brochures are by far our best yet with some stunning photography throughout as well as a dramatic increase in choice of villa holiday in some of the most desirable locations in Europe.

Here’s a summary of what each contains (click on the ‘Discover xxxx’ links to see the full range on the website or alternatively please call us to request your own copy):

Discover Spain, the Balearics and Portugal covers Catalunya, Andalucia, Galicia, Mallorca, Menorca, Northern Portugal and the Algarve.

 

Discover Spain, the Balearics and Portugal

 


 

29 Oct

Tennis legend holidays with Vintage

Hot of the press – Former Wimbledon champion, Pat Cash, recently holidayed on the lovely island of Gozo in one of our exclusive Gozo holiday villas.

He’s still clearly the passionate hard working individual we all love and remember as he accepted the opportunity to hold a tennis clinic at the Marsa Sports Club for young Maltese tennis players.

Pat Cash meets Tourism Parliamentary Secretary Mario de Marco

If you’re interested to hear how his trip went, you’ll have to pick up a copy of Condé Nast Traveller’s bumper January issue, due out in December, just in time for the peak holiday booking season.


 

13 Oct

Top things to do in Gozo

One thing is for sure when you go to Gozo, you’ll never be bored!

Forming part of the trio of Maltese islands (second largest after Malta) and situated right in the heart of the Mediterranean, Gozo is just 14kms long and 7kms wide so you can see and experience a lot on the Island. It’s sleepy, untouched and an enchanting environment if you are looking for relaxation.

You get to Gozo by flying into Malta and then getting the ferry (takes around half an hour) to Gozo.

We’ve been there a couple of times (team here at Vintage) and wanted to share with you our top 8 things to do and see on Gozo (in no particular order).

Visit The Azure Window

This is a rock formation situated near Dwejra Lake that is named after the colour of the sea around it. It’s worth a climb to the top but be very careful, the long ledge of rock that forms the upper edge of the ‘window’ is in danger of collapsing! If you do make it to the top you’ll not be disappointed by the views.You can always hop in a boat and travel through it if heights are not your thing.

The Azure Window