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- A Different Haven of Ease and Quiet by J. Attard
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Accommodation on the Island of Gozo
Only 9 x 5 miles, one-third
the size of Malta, the main island of the archipelago, Gozo has much to
offer to the locals, foreign residents and to the tourists who come for
a short stay. The Island's small size is a blessing in disguise and contributes
in no small way to the easy way of life enjoyed by all who live here. One
can walk to work in 5 minutes and cycle to a beach in 8. The school and
the store are a stone's throw away and one does not really need a car except
to go to the next village which takes roughly 15 minutes or less.
As soon as one leaves Mgarr,
which is quite busy most of the time, the visitor is also struck by the
quiet environment prevailing across the whole Island.
|The villages are still separated
from each other and are contained within their own territory. Each has
its church, a school, the police station a pharmacy and the local council.
In fact the villages compete with each other in football, the village festa,
carnival participation and in many other areas as well. While travelling
from one village to another one cannot fail to appreciate the beauty of
the Gozitan countryside especially in the rainy winter months when it is
like a lush green-coloured carpet.
The air is clean and fresh
and once again this is owing to the small geographical area. A slight sea
breeze can easily sweep across the length and breadth of the island thus
refreshing the atmosphere. In fact the fresh and invigorating air is the
first thing that a newcomer notices when she disembarks from the ferry
at Mgarr, the main port of Gozo.
Where else in Europe can
you hope to stand in the middle of a village square in mid-morning on a
fine week-day and not see a living soul or a passing car? Some of the smaller
villages, like Ghasri, St. Lawrence, Sta Lucija and Munxar have under 1000
inhabitants and are obviously among those that enjoy this kind of quiet
bliss all the year round. Here, the quiet atmosphere is only broken by
the primeaval sounds of clucking hens or the rare braying of a donkey.
However, even the capital town Victoria is relatively quiet especially
in the afternoon and evening. Many of the village folk still stick to primitive
customs of sleeping as early as an hour or two after sundown to wake up
at the first cock-crow in the morning. They have to attend to a few sheep
and goats and to some hens and rabbits that they keep in a small farmhouse
(razzett) or in their own backyard. They also follow the age-old tradition
of indulgeing in arable farming, though on a part-time basis and grow vegetables,
potatoes, onions and fruit for their own consumption and sometimes for
the market as well.
The Gozitan people are industrious
and thrifty, flexible and quick to adjust and learn but above all they
are very friendly and hospitable. They love foreigners and go out of their
way to offer their help. This trait seems to be embedded in our characters,
something that we have inherited from our forefathers together with our
language, Maltese. The hospitability of the Gozitans together with their
ability of communicating in English (and Italian) are two characteristics
which are often praised by those who visit.
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A beginners guide to Malta, Europe
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The Republic of Malta is
Island country of Southern Europe, in the Mediterranean Sea. Located to
the South of Sicily (Italy), the East of Tunisia, and the North of Libya,
the Maltese archipelago is comprised of 3 inhabited islands of Malta, Gozo
(Ghawdex), and Comino (Kemmuna) and 4 uninhabited islets. Malta is the
largest of the Maltese Islands.
|Malta was inhabited as early
as 3800 BC. The country was successively occupied by Phoenicians, Greeks,
Carthaginians, Romans, Saracens, and Normans. Malta came under the control
of the Knights Hospitalers in 1530. It was seized by Napoleon in 1798,
and came under the British in 1800. Germany and Italy heavily bombed Malta
during World War II, and the country received Britain's George Cross for
“heroism and devotion,” in 1942. Malta became independent in 1964. The
country became a republic in 1974. It joined the European Union in 2004.
The country intends to join the Eurozone in 2008. Malta is a member of
the Commonwealth of Nations.
on the Malta Island, is the capital of the country Malta. Bugibba,
Cottonera, Marsaxlokk, Mdina,
Rabat, San Gwann, Sliema
are other important cities of Malta.
The nation of Malta has
a very high population density indeed. The Population of the country was
404,000 in 2005, and with an ethnically diverse cultural mixture of Arabs,
Sicilian, Norman, Spanish, Italian, and British descendants. The Maltese
and English are the official languages of the country. Italian is also
a very widely spoken language on the island of Malta. The French, German
and Spanish languages are taught in secondary schools. Roman Catholicism
is the most practiced religion of Malta; 98% of Maltese are Roman Catholics.
The Maltese economy is manly
based on the tourism Industry. Malta is a popular vacation destination.
The country attracts volumes of tourists every year. Malta enjoys the Mediterranean
climate with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. Hagar Qim and Mnajdra
(Two beautiful Stone Age temples), Mellieha (Malta's biggest beach), Xghara,
Blue Grotto, Clapham Junction, Golden Bay are some of the major attractions
of the country.
Located at Luqa, the Malta
International Airport is the major gateway to the country, served by the
national carrier, Air Malta. Malta has regular connections to many European,
North African and Middle Eastern centers. The country is also connected
to London Luton and Dublin via Ryanair. Malta offers “without visa” entry
to EU and American citizens.
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Palace Hotel & Spa Attard
Set in mature landscaped
gardens next to the Presidential Palace in Attard in the centre of Malta,
Corinthia Palace Hotel is a luxurious spa hotel situated 3 kilometres from
the walled city of Mdina and 7 kilometres from Valletta, Malta's capital
city. Malta international airport is 8 kilometres away, an approximate
driving of 20 minutes. Corinthia Palace Hotel is set in mature landscaped
gardens which surround the outdoor pool, separate children's pool and sun
terrace with its loungers and sun shades. the spa offers fitness and relaxation
facilities, including a gym, an indoor pool, a spa tub, a steam room, and
numerous beauty services and treatments including reiki, massages and a
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The Primera Hotel is located
in the centre of Bugibba, Malta, 2 kilometres from St Paul's Bay. The Golden
Sands Beach is 7 kilometres from the hotel. The Primera Hotel is
a modern, five-storey yellow property with blue balconies. The hotel features
a heated indoor pool, and an open-air rooftop splash pool and adjacent
sun terrace with views over the bay. The 24-hour front desk offers currency
exchange and a safe-deposit box. The restaurant at the Primera Hotel
serves a complimentary continental buffet breakfast every morning, and
offers an international buffet in the evening. The hotel's lobby bar serves
a range of local and international drinks and features a pool table. Half-board
rates are available.
Hotel & Suites, Bugibba
The modern four-floor Mediterranea
Hotel & Suites enjoys views across the nearby fishing harbour of St
Paul's and the Mediterranean Sea. Guestrooms At this four-floor hotel all
have tiled floors and light wood furniture. All include kitchenettes, satellite
televisions, direct-dial telephones, safes and hair dryers.
Guests can relax in the hotel's rooftop spa tub and pool or top up their
tans on the adjacent sun terrace. The Lounge Restaurant, with its views
of the Mediterranean, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the hotel
bar is the ideal spot to enjoy a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap. There
is also a fitness room and staff at the 24-hour front desk can arrange
childcare, laundry/valet service and room service.
The Topaz Hotel is a large,
resort style hotel situated in the Maltese seaside resort of Bugibba, 200
metres from bars and restaurants, and 500 metres from the town centre.
The 258 air-conditioned guestrooms have contemporary decor with stone floors,
patterned fabrics and light wood furnishings. All include balconies, televisions,
direct-dial phones, safes, and bathrooms with hair dryers. Guests
can take a dip in the large, fish-shaped swimming pool, or soak up the
sun on the terrace. There is a sauna and games room, and kids will enjoy
the children's pool. Diners can enjoy Mediterranean dishes at the
Emerald Restaurant, or pizzas and pastas in a rustic style setting at La
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The Calypso is a modern,
six-storey seafront hotel with an adjacent sandy beach, sited three kilometres
from Victoria, the island's historic capital city. The 112 guestrooms
extend to balconies and have modern decor and furnishings. all include
direct-dial phones, satellite tv, clock radios, minibars, safes and complimentary
bottled water. bathrooms include hair dryers and shower/tub combinations.
The hotel's three restaurants offer views across the bay and serve Chinese,
Mediterranean and Italian dishes. Those guests with a taste for adventure
should head for the hotel's scuba-diving centre. Energetic guests can challenge
one another on the sports complex's squash and tennis courts.
Hotel, Xaghra, Gozo
Located on a high ridge
with views across the valley and sea, the Cornucopia Hotel is a rustic
converted farmhouse on the outskirts of the tranquil village of Xaghra
on the island of Gozo; 700 metres from the sea. Malta International Airport
is eight kilometres away with an approximate journey time to Gozo of 45
minutes. The hotel has two seawater swimming pools, a spa tub and
a children's pool set amongst the pretty gardens and terraces. Poolside
barbeques are held twice a week in the summer and guests are entertained
with live music. In winter there is a carvery buffet every Friday night.
The hotel offers 50 air- conditioned guestrooms located on two floors,
all of which have light mediterranean decor with tiled floors and ceiling
Hotel, Victoria, Gozo
The Downtown Hotel is a
modern hotel housed in a shopping and entertainment complex in the centre
of Gozo's capital, adjacent to the sports centre and 750 metres from the
city's historic citadel. The 40 guestrooms all extend to balconies
with town or country views and feature summery decor and dark pine furniture.
All include internet connections, televisions, direct-dial phones, minibars,
sofabeds and complimentary bottled water. Guests can enjoy freshly
baked rolls, pastries and sweets in the hotel's café, while the
wine bar offers a selection of local and foreign wines. The Downtown
restaurant offers a buffet and an a la carte menu of Italian and Mediterranean
fare, such as pasta, pizza and antipasti, served in a typically relaxed
Gozitan setting. A children's buffet is also available.
Hotel Malta, Gozo
Built from light stone,
the Grand Hotel overlooks the fishing hamlet of Mgarr, with panoramic views
of the neighbouring islands Comino and Malta across the Gozo Channel.
The 57 air-conditioned guestrooms have contemporary decor and neutral schemes
with light oak wood furnishings including coffee tables and writing desks.
All include bathrooms, hair dryers, satellite television, safes and wireless
internet access (surcharge). The hotel restaurant is open for breakfast
lunch and dinner and serves Mediterranean cuisine and regional specialities
in a traditional setting with white table linen, soft lighting and heavy