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Ta' Cenc Cliffs
Ta’ Cenc leaves Dingli Cliffs in Malta standing. The cliffs are breathtaking and an enjoyable walk along the cliff tops from Xlendi to Sannat and Ta’ Cenc village is a highlight of a trip to Gozo. The white cliffs rise in a sheer wall over 130 metres high from the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean and really are a beautiful sight. Reaching Ta’ Cenc village keep an eye out for more evidence of Malta’s prehistoric past with a small dolmen and mysterious ‘cart ruts’ located close-by.
Be careful walking along the cliffs. There is no guard rails and the sheer drops fall away from the pathway, when a pathway is even present. If you are walking to or from Xlendi, you need to cross open fields and along the rough cliff tops where a proper path is not present.
THINGS TO DO: Trip to the Dingli Cliffs
The cliffs are the most spectacular natural monuments on the Maltese Islands and rank among the more impressive landmarks in the Mediterranean. They rise up a staggering 250 meters above the sea in places. The best views are at Dingli Cliffs on the West of Malta, and at Ta’ Cenc in Gozo. But to gain a really impressive view, take a boat trip around the Islands. On land, coastal footpaths at Fomm ir-Rih or Xlendi in Gozo provide the easiest view points.
Malta’s answer to Gozo’s Ta’ Cenc Cliffs are the Dingli Cliffs. However, a good view of the cliffs are harder to get than at Ta’ Cenc due to the tiered cliff faces. Getting off the bus at Dingli you cross the road and you have a great view out over the landscape leading to the cliffs proper. However, getting to the cliff face proved to difficult for us as any lane or path down to the cliff face we took was blocked by ‘Private – No Entry’ signs at every turn. I’m not even sure if there is a proper pathway down to the cliffs so we had to content ourselves with the views from the higher ground and brief glimpses of the sheer cliff face. Walking south along the road you pass the uninspiring and lonely looking St. Mary Magdalene Church. Continuing on you can turn left to take the road towards the Buskett Gardens and Verdala Palace and the mysterious Neolithic ‘cart ruts’. Lovely area for walking.
We got badly caught out by the Malta weather or more specifically the Malta sea breeze. We are normally very careful to apply suncream and to wear a hat when away in hot countries (You can’t be too careful with our pale Irish skin!!!!) but got badly caught in Malta’s early May weather. The temperatures weren’t anywhere near as hot as we have experienced in other countries so we were happy enough to apply suncream in the morning and leave it at that. However while the sun and temperature wasn’t too hot, the sea breeze which blew over the cliffs at Dingli and Ta’ Cenc where a different story and Denise got badly burnt by the whipping breeze. Don’t underestimate the effects of the breeze when out and about in Malta.
Gozo was the highlight of our trip to Malta. Our only regret was not going sooner because we only went to Gozo on the final day of our trip and would definitely have either returned or stayed a night if we had gone sooner or had more time.
Gozo is infinitely more relaxed and laid-back than neighbouring Malta and gives a real insight and impression into what Maltese life was like in the past. From the peaceful main town of Victoria (Rabat) to the stunning coastal scenery at Ta’ Cenc and Dwejra all coupled with friendly locals, Gozo is one of the country’s best assets. Gozo also possesses a slice of the country’s famous megalithic past with the ancient temples at Xaghra among the country’s best.
Great Holiday in Gozo
It was really funny to read the previous rating about Hotel Ta' Cenc.
Up to my knowledge, the owner of Hotel Ta' Cenc has another two Hotels in Gozo of which L-Imgarr Hotel is not included!
I had visited Gozo for several times. I used to go to L-Imgarr Hotel when it was still run by Sammy Rapa, as General Manager, but after he moved over to Ta' Cenc I had to move there too when visiting the marvelous island of Gozo. We have always appreciated the incredible service under his management.
The location of Ta' Cenc Hotel is Fantastic, serviced with great food and new amenities and great staff!
We will surely return back to Hotel Ta' Cenc on our next vacation to Gozo!
My idea of a heavenly holiday. Beautiful, tranquil, warm and welcoming. Whilst other reviews talk of run down rooms, we stayed in a lovely family suite and on another occasion in a trullo, which was gorgeous. Whilst the rooms are not 5* luxury, they are user friendly and both the rooms I was in were light and spacious. There are some rooms at the far end of the hotel which are a bit dated and darker. However one spends very little time in the room with such a beautiful outdoor area to the hotel. The pools are lovely and the spa is very therapeutic, with a great pool that is half inside and half outside. The hotel is run in a friendly warm manner and is very child friendly. Both of my children loved their holiday. The hotel grounds and private beach are stunning.
Gozo itself has a unique charm, very different from its matriach, Malta. It is an island one falls in love with and people return year after year, unless one wants a heavily populated tourist resort. A car is a necessity to appreciate the island's full beauty. Best restaurant for me is undoubtedly Brookies,near to Victoria. It is a family run business and the chef, David, is superb. All home cooked fresh meats, fish and amazing pasta dishes!
Ta Cenc is a hotel with a soul!
Skip this one - "Guarantee" means nothing
I read the reviews stating that this "5-star" hotel needed refurbishing so expected that. Those reviews were right on. The hotel has a great location with lovely views and pool and spa areas. The public rooms are nicely appointed as well but the rooms are in major need of updating. Ours actually smelled dank and musty and we saw what looked to be mold in the bathroom and closet. The furniture was medium blue with paint chipping off, the drapes were covered with dust and badly faded. The bed was uncomfortable and it took 3 phone calls to get a feather pillow. The foam ones on the bed were in bad shape.
Our bigger complaint was over the fact that we booked and received a "guarantee" for a trullo over 6 months ahead of our arrival and upon check in, were told there were no trullos (like casitas) available. We could get one the next night but of course we had to be moved so we couldn't really unpack anything, had the disruption of a move, etc. We complained a lot at the desk and eventually spoke to the manager. He told us that they have no way of knowing if someone books say from the 1st to the 8th and you book on the 3rd, that the room you want will be available. Funny how every other hotel, even those with fewer stars, manage to figure out how to track that sort of thing. You might be told you can't get a specific room until a certain date but they know what is available and when. Upon departure, we were told the manager credited out our first night which was a nice gesture but the thing is if you have a guaranteed room, you should get what you book! We discovered the owner of Ta Cenc is the same owner as the L'Imgarr which explains why the reviews of it say the same thing about it being down about the heels. Also beware of renting a car at Ta Cenc. We called reception to get a quote on a one day car rental and were given one price (15 lm) but when we took delivery of the car, were told there would be a gas surcharge added to the bill of 6 lm, regardless how much gas we used. We complained about that since the island is small and there is no way you could use that much gas in one day. We ended up using about 1/8th of a tank and after complaining, had the entire surcharge waived, too. We came out okay on all this financially but had to look ugly - not what you want to do on your vacation.
A Perfect Break
We spent 4 days at the Ta'Cenc at the end of October. Were a bit wary about what to expect given some of the comments we had read, but our concerns turned out to be unfounded. We had a Superior room - a wonderful surprise - which was beautifully decorated, as was the rest of the hotel, with quite . The staff were very pleasant and helpful and our "rep", George, was an absolute star. There was nothing about our break we didn't enjoy - and we are planning to go back (with our children this time!) next year.
Paradise for the discerning
I stayed in the hotel for more than a month as an expat looking to settle and buy a home on the island. I looked at and tried all the other hotels including the rival 5-star Kempinski, but never regretted my choice to stay at the Southern tip in the quiet, undisturbed, gardens and garrigue at the edge of the pretty village of Sannat.
The staff were outstanding with courteous Charlie and charming Rose at Reception by day and polyglot tireless Ricardo at night. All the public rooms and lounges are elegant, tastefully furnished and in keeping with the wonderful ancient palace adjacent (an unrivalled venue for weddings and functions).
I enjoyed the "crack" in the bar and just beyond it on the sun-umbrella patio, enjoyed of an afternoon, a large pot of ground coffee for a third of the price of a bitter espresso in Sicily's overrated resorts. Room service even in the furthest bungalow was normally very prompt and always with a smile. Al fresco breakfast is sumptuous with hot dishes like omelettes, cooked on the spot to order and eaten under the ancient spreading carob tree.
There are 3 uncrowded pools, but the best and most secret is tucked away behind the superb spa, is heated all the year round, indoor and outdoor, and is ringed with natural uncarved limestone rocks, roses and hibiscus, with butterflies, dragonflies and sparrows in the air.
The estate of 160 hectare grounds and gardens are wonderfully matured with swathes of green and gold tevetia bushes, exotic palms, twinkling jasmine, avenues of azeleas and a riot of bougainvilleas.
Some of the cheaper bungalows may have the odd dripping tap or tired furniture, but I love mine and you can always upgrade to a charming trullo, but why spend time in the bedroom when you've paradise under your balcony?
I'd like to spend a night or two in Gozo while on holiday in Malta in September. Looking for a comfortable hotel with a nice view and restaurants within walking distance.
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I've heard some good things about the St Patrick's Hotel in Gozo. It's situated right in front of Xlendi Bay and there are some nice restaurants there too. My favourite is just on the water edge, close to the stairs on the right of the bay. Here is a link. You will have to book well in advance to find a sea-view room.
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Hotels to check out in Gozo are: -
L-Imgarr Hotel (5 Star)
Ta' Cenc Hotel (5 Star)
Grand Hotel in Imgarr
These all have their own restaurants however the best restaurants in Gozo are not within walking distances. You need to use a car or taxi (since bus service in Gozo is not very reliable.
Bus ticket for 5 days worthy? Best place in Gozo?
Hi, I have 2 questions:
First one is if those bus tickets for 1/3/5 days are really worthy, since I understand that a ticket is between 0,20 and 0,50 in Malta and I should travel like 6 times a day to make it worthy.
The second is, what's the number one "must go" place in Gozo to visit the island just for one day in last week of November?
Re: Bus ticket for 5 days worthy? Best place in Gozo?
If you're not going to make lots of bus journeys I wouldn't bother with a pass. The bus service is excellent, btw.
As for Gozo, if you are really only going to see one place then it should be Victoria, the capital. Explore the citadel and wander the streets a little. But you should try not to miss the Ggantija temples, which are both unique and entirely stunning.
Gozo is tiny, so you might find you have time to do both by bus and possibly wander round Mgarr (the ferryport) as well.
There are day tours to Gozo offered locally in Malta; minibus to ferry from outside your hotel, minibus round Gozo, then minibus back. Worth investigating, and worth taking imo (unless you have your own car). That way you'll get to see all the major Gozo sights.
Re: Bus ticket for 5 days worthy? Best place in Gozo?
My two cents; Gozo is not well served by public transportation (buses), so I'd recommend to hire a car or take a guided tour. There are several sights to see on that island.
Re: Bus ticket for 5 days worthy? Best place in Gozo?
The old city of Victoria is very nice, but you obviously must visit the Azure Window and maybe the Ta Cenc Cliffs too. I think a car rental for a day in Gozo will be perfect as you can drive to most of the places around that beautiful island.