Gozo Guided Walking Holiday

Ramla Bay, on the northern side of Gozo, Malta
Duration: 5 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £799pp with flights

Gozo is the second biggest of the three islands which make up the Maltese archipelago. It provides an idyllic place to escape daily life with its laid-back atmosphere, wonderful coastal walks and historical sites. Greener than Malta, much of the land is given over to agriculture; melons, grapes and vegetables are all grown here. The week will be spent exploring the island’s coastal paths which lead to secluded coves and rocky headlands all backed by the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean.

Holiday Highlights

  • Don't miss Victoria's cathedral. It's an imposing building with an elaborate and unique interia
  • Mgarr-ix-Xini is the perfect location for a picturesque coffee stop
  • The village of Gharb has a spectacular basilica built between the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • Take a boat ride through the caves into the open sea.
  • Discover the 17th Century Dwerjra Tower - one of only four surviving coastal watchtowers on Gozo.
  • San Blas Bay the perfect place to stop for a mid-walk swim.

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leader
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 5 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

Welcome to Grand Hotel. Unpack and settle in.


Today we explore the coastal area along the south coast of Gozo. Here you’ll find precipitous cliffs and deep-cut fjords, rocky headlands and little urbanisation. From Xlendi we enjoy a common route inland to the Gozo capital Victoria, where there should be time for sightseeing.

Option 1 - Xlendi & Victoria

Distance: 5 miles (8km) 

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In summary: We start our walk with a short walk to the coast path, then head north taking in dramatic views of the cliffs. We then make for the delightful resort of Xlendi before turning inland to the island's capital, Victoria.

Highlight: Don't miss Victoria's cathedral.  It's an imposing building with an elaborate and unique interior.

 

Option 2 - The Southern Coast to Xlendi

Distance: 10 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

In summary: We walk from our hotel and cross scenic countryside towards the inlet of Mgarr-ix-Xini. We then walk along the coastal path through one of Gozo's most remote areas taking in spectacular clifftop views. On reaching Xlendi, we then follow in the other party's footsteps to Victoria.

Highlight: Mgarr-ix-Xini is the perfect location for a picturesque coffee stop.

 


The Church of Pilgrimage at Ta Pinu starts the day, after which we visit the interesting Folklore Museum in Gharb. From here the north coast offers some spectacular cliff scenery. Heading eastwards there are some beautiful ‘wind sculptures’ to admire as well as quaint fishermen’s storerooms, formed in the softer rock of the higher cliffs, on our way to Marsalforn or Victoria

Option 1 - Ta Pinu, Scultped cliffs & Marsalforn

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: Our day begins at the sanctuary church of Ta Pinu with time to explore. We'll then head to the coast via the village of Gharb and its folk museum. On reaching the coast we'll see the beautiful inlet of Ghar il Qamh, fascinating saltpans and weather-sculpted cliffs. We finish at Marsalforn with refreshments.

Highlight: Don't miss the fishermen's sheds cut into the cliff face. 

 

 

Option 2 - Marsalforn via Hekka Point

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: We too start with a visit to Ta Pinu, but then begin walking uphill to Ta Ghammer with its stations of the cross. We then head for Hekka Point via the village of Gharb. We'll then follow the other party to Marsalforn via the saltpans and cliffs.

Highlight: The village of Gharb has a spectacular basilica built between the 17th and 18th centuries.

 


A combination of man’s burrowing and gigantic sea erosion has shaped the landscape of today’s walks. On the Harder Walk, we’ll descend by cliff paths to Xlendi before a spectacular ascent of the cliffs to the west leads to Dwerja Point. Both walks visit Dwerja Point where once stood the dramatic sea-arch known as the Azure Window. Sadly, due to a combination of sea erosion and high winds, the Azure Window collapsed in March 2017. If time and weather permit, a boat trip can be taken from the Inland Sea through a tunnel in the rock out to view the nearby cliffs and Fungus Rock. Both walks continue on into Victoria, the island’s capital, for well-earned refreshments

Option 1 - Fungus Rock & the Inland Sea

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In summary:The day starts with a gradual descent to see Fungus Rock - prominently guarding the entrance to Dwerjra Bay and onto Dwerjra Point where we can see the site of the collapsed Azure Window sea arch. We then circle the Inland Sea before heading for some sightseeing in Victoria.

Highlight: There's opportunity to take a boat ride through the caves into the open sea.

 

Option 2 - Xlendi Cliffs & Dwerjra Bay

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m) 

In summary: Our walk starts at the village of Sannat and follows a dramatic coast path to the resort of Xlendi. After a spectacular ascent to the cliff tops we'll walk on to Wardija Point and then follow the route of the other party all the way to Victoria. 

Highlight: Take a look inside the 17th Century Dwerjra Tower - one of only four surviving coastal watchtowers on Gozo.

 


Today’s walks offer extensive views over the straits to Comino and Malta. Our groups traverse a delightful flat rock shore and then enjoy charming coves, verdant gardens and wonderful wild flowers. The harder walk descends to the secluded San Blas Bay for the opportunity of a midday swim. The easier group stays high and lunches in local gardens. Continuing, both groups make their way through the outskirts of Nadur, arriving at one of the most stunning viewpoints on Gozo.

Option 1 - Qala, Strands and Nadur

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

In summary: We start our day at Qala for great views of the strait to Comino and Malta. We then walk through open countryside to the small harbour of Dahlet Qorrot, before taking lunch at the lovely San Blas gardens. We finish our walk by walking a fertile valley to Nadur, and back to our hotel.

Highlight: We'll look out for beautiful wildflowers and verdant gardens on our way to San Blas.

 

Option 2 - Strait, Strands and Coves

Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m) 

In summary: We walk in the remote north-east corner of the island, walking the coastline for fantastic views of Comino and Malta. We'll visit San Blas Bay, before picking up the route back to the hotel via Nadur.

Highlight: San Blas Bay is a wonderfully secluded spot, reached by a relatively steep descent. The bay is perfect for a rest stop and a mid-walk swim.

 


We hope to see you again soon.


Welcome to Grand Hotel. Unpack and settle in.


Today we explore the coastal area along the south coast of Gozo. Here you’ll find precipitous cliffs and deep-cut fjords, rocky headlands and little urbanisation. From Xlendi we enjoy a common route inland to the Gozo capital Victoria, where there should be time for sightseeing.

Option 1 - Xlendi & Victoria

Distance: 5 miles (8km) 

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In summary: We start our walk with a short walk to the coast path, then head north taking in dramatic views of the cliffs. We then make for the delightful resort of Xlendi before turning inland to the island's capital, Victoria.

Highlight: Don't miss Victoria's cathedral.  It's an imposing building with an elaborate and unique interior.

 

Option 2 - The Southern Coast to Xlendi

Distance: 10 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

In summary: We walk from our hotel and cross scenic countryside towards the inlet of Mgarr-ix-Xini. We then walk along the coastal path through one of Gozo's most remote areas taking in spectacular clifftop views. On reaching Xlendi, we then follow in the other party's footsteps to Victoria.

Highlight: Mgarr-ix-Xini is the perfect location for a picturesque coffee stop.

 


The Church of Pilgrimage at Ta Pinu starts the day, after which we visit the interesting Folklore Museum in Gharb. From here the north coast offers some spectacular cliff scenery. Heading eastwards there are some beautiful ‘wind sculptures’ to admire as well as quaint fishermen’s storerooms, formed in the softer rock of the higher cliffs, on our way to Marsalforn or Victoria

Option 1 - Ta Pinu, Scultped cliffs & Marsalforn

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: Our day begins at the sanctuary church of Ta Pinu with time to explore. We'll then head to the coast via the village of Gharb and its folk museum. On reaching the coast we'll see the beautiful inlet of Ghar il Qamh, fascinating saltpans and weather-sculpted cliffs. We finish at Marsalforn with refreshments.

Highlight: Don't miss the fishermen's sheds cut into the cliff face. 

 

 

Option 2 - Marsalforn via Hekka Point

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: We too start with a visit to Ta Pinu, but then begin walking uphill to Ta Ghammer with its stations of the cross. We then head for Hekka Point via the village of Gharb. We'll then follow the other party to Marsalforn via the saltpans and cliffs.

Highlight: The village of Gharb has a spectacular basilica built between the 17th and 18th centuries.

 


A combination of man’s burrowing and gigantic sea erosion has shaped the landscape of today’s walks. On the Harder Walk, we’ll descend by cliff paths to Xlendi before a spectacular ascent of the cliffs to the west leads to Dwerja Point. Both walks visit Dwerja Point where once stood the dramatic sea-arch known as the Azure Window. Sadly, due to a combination of sea erosion and high winds, the Azure Window collapsed in March 2017. If time and weather permit, a boat trip can be taken from the Inland Sea through a tunnel in the rock out to view the nearby cliffs and Fungus Rock. Both walks continue on into Victoria, the island’s capital, for well-earned refreshments

Option 1 - Fungus Rock & the Inland Sea

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In summary:The day starts with a gradual descent to see Fungus Rock - prominently guarding the entrance to Dwerjra Bay and onto Dwerjra Point where we can see the site of the collapsed Azure Window sea arch. We then circle the Inland Sea before heading for some sightseeing in Victoria.

Highlight: There's opportunity to take a boat ride through the caves into the open sea.

 

Option 2 - Xlendi Cliffs & Dwerjra Bay

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m) 

In summary: Our walk starts at the village of Sannat and follows a dramatic coast path to the resort of Xlendi. After a spectacular ascent to the cliff tops we'll walk on to Wardija Point and then follow the route of the other party all the way to Victoria. 

Highlight: Take a look inside the 17th Century Dwerjra Tower - one of only four surviving coastal watchtowers on Gozo.

 


Today’s walks offer extensive views over the straits to Comino and Malta. Our groups traverse a delightful flat rock shore and then enjoy charming coves, verdant gardens and wonderful wild flowers. The harder walk descends to the secluded San Blas Bay for the opportunity of a midday swim. The easier group stays high and lunches in local gardens. Continuing, both groups make their way through the outskirts of Nadur, arriving at one of the most stunning viewpoints on Gozo.

Option 1 - Qala, Strands and Nadur

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m) 

In summary: We start our day at Qala for great views of the strait to Comino and Malta. We then walk through open countryside to the small harbour of Dahlet Qorrot, before taking lunch at the lovely San Blas gardens. We finish our walk by walking a fertile valley to Nadur, and back to our hotel.

Highlight: We'll look out for beautiful wildflowers and verdant gardens on our way to San Blas.

 

Option 2 - Strait, Strands and Coves

Distance: 10 miles (16km) 

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m) 

In summary: We walk in the remote north-east corner of the island, walking the coastline for fantastic views of Comino and Malta. We'll visit San Blas Bay, before picking up the route back to the hotel via Nadur.

Highlight: San Blas Bay is a wonderfully secluded spot, reached by a relatively steep descent. The bay is perfect for a rest stop and a mid-walk swim.

 


We hope to see you again soon.


Gozo Itinerary Map

Grand Hotel - Gozo

The charming 4-star Grand Hotel with its comfortable accommodation, and friendly efficient service, occupies a commanding location overlooking Mgarr harbour and has views across the straits to Comino and Malta.  Winner of three HF Hotel Awards in 2018 based on outstanding guest feedback. The hotel features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a well equipped bar and two restaurants. 

Rooms

The hotel has 93 en-suite bedrooms, many of which have a balcony with either sea views over Mgarr Harbour or the open countryside.

All bedrooms have:

  • En-suite bathroom with bath with shower 
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Mini-bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Free Wi-Fi

Facilities

The hotel has a range of facilities to enjoy after a day's walking, including a:

  • Lounge bar
  • Games room
  • Mini cinema
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gymnasium
  • Indoor pool

Food & Drink

Our holidays at the Grand Hotel are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast

There is an extensive selection of hot and cold options for breakfast from a self-select buffet.

Lunch (payable locally)

You can buy picnic lunches from the hotel (order the evening before). Alternatively you can buy ingredients from the supermarket in the village or eat in a café during the walks; your leaders will advise you of all the options.

Evening meal

The Grand Hotel has a buffet dinner, comprising a choice of soup, antipasti/salad dishes, plus hot pasta. Main courses always include a choice of meat or fish, plus hot vegetables. The sweet course is usually fresh fruit/fruit salad or gateau. There will be a vegetarian option if requested; we recommend that you discuss any special dietary requirements with the restaurant manager or chef.

Drinks

The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's walks.

On most evenings there will be some kind of entertainment: watch a film in the hotel's own cinema: relax in the hotel with a drink and chat with your fellow guests.

Your leader will inform you of what options are available.

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Getting to Grand Hotel - Gozo

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Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/.

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
27 Nov - 02 Dec
5 2021 Itinerary £799 Available Trip Notes Book Now
2022
22 Jan - 27 Jan
5 2022 Itinerary £829 Available Trip Notes Book Now
19 Feb - 24 Feb
5 2022 Itinerary £829 Available Trip Notes Book Now
19 Mar - 24 Mar
5 2022 Itinerary £829 Available Trip Notes Book Now
23 Apr - 28 Apr
5 2022 Itinerary £879 Available Trip Notes Book Now
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2021
27 Nov - 02 Dec
5 2021 Itinerary £599 Available Trip Notes Book Now
2022
22 Jan - 27 Jan
5 2022 Itinerary £629 Available Trip Notes Book Now
19 Feb - 24 Feb
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19 Mar - 24 Mar
5 2022 Itinerary £629 Available Trip Notes Book Now
23 Apr - 28 Apr
5 2022 Itinerary £699 Available Trip Notes Book Now

Important Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: from £19 per night
  • With flight holidays include flights from London Heathrow. Flight supplement from Manchester: From £60
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Malta airport: £25 single
  • Our airport taxi service operates at this resort - price on request
Duration:
5 nights
Type:
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:
1

5 nights from £799pp with flights

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