Whilst on an archaeological course, I was taken to visit the cart-ruts at Ta' Cenc. As you can see from one of the photos, Ta' Cenc also offers some breath-taking views.
The cliffs reach an altitude of 135 metres above sea-level making them the highest sheer drop on the islands. Part of Ta' Cenc is soon to become protected as a national nature reserve due to its ecological value. Some of the birds which can be found there are the Cory Shearwaters, Storm Petrel, Yelkouan Shearwater and Blue Rock Thrush which is Malta's national bird called Merill. The national plant Widnet il-Bahar can also be found at Ta' Cenc amongst a variety of flora.
Take a trip around the warren of backstreets when visiting Gozos towns and villages. We came across local ladies sitting in their doorways making lace in the traditional way. They were happy to show you the work in progress and sold the goods from their front rooms!
On the ferry crossing to Gozo the smaller isle of Comino and even smaller Cominotto are passed on the way. Comino is even more laid back than Gozo - apparently our guide told us there is one policeman and one priest on the island and they go fishing together ! Just one hotel which is only open in the summer months when there is more demand. Its a popular place for the tour boats to stop for a swim in the blue lagoon with its crystal clear waters.
We would never had noticed this quarry had it not been for our jeep guide. he wanted to show us where they cut the rock for the stone houses in Gozo and Malta. He just stopped by the roadside and led us across a field to peer down into this quarry. None is exported it is all used locally.
On the way to Xlendi, lookout for this natural freshwater spring. When it was first discovered, people started to inhabit the area and it later formed into the village of Fontana (meaning "spring").
Around the 16th century, an arched shelter was built around the spring for people who used the fresh water to wash their clothes. In the Maltese language, a place for washing clothes is called Ghajn tal-Hasselin. These were frequently used in the olden times and can still be seen in places such as Msida and Rabat, Malta.
Next to the Fontana spring one can also see a war-time shelter with a sign, Xelter, above the door .
Hondoq ir-Rummien (meaning Gorge of the Pomegranates) is reached by passing through the village of Qala. Although I had visited Gozo several times, my first visit was in December 2004. I got there rather late and it was almost dark when I took this photo. There is a little sandy beach close to this spot, which was deserted, but during the summer it appears to be a favourite place for swimming and diving. It's a beautiful area and looks great for exploring on foot. Truly off the beaten path, but not to be missed if you have some extra time in Gozo.
I thought this looked like a nice scene, so I stopped to take a photo, although it was getting rather dark and my digital camera is hopeless at taking pics in the dark! After taking the photo, my friend pointed out that I had taken a photo of the Maltese Archipelago and sure enough, here you can see Malta (background), Comino (left), Cominetto (right), and Gozo (foreground). The photo was taken on the way through Qala to Hondoq ir-Rummien.
By hiring a bicycle you´ll see more! Gozo is a small island so the distances are not demanding. The roads are hilly, so the basic cycling skills and a good physical condition is needed. Cycling is a fun & healthy way to travel and a bike doesn´t need much parking space. See the scenery in the picture; it is from my biking trip near the Ggantija temple ruins.
Ghasri, is the smallest village on Gozo and is home to the first lighthouse ever to be built in Gozo, known as Ta' Gordan. It is situated on Guardian Hill
This photo was taken at Qbajjar one of Gozo's most popular places to swim. Ad you can see the sea there is really clear!
This is a great sunset that you can enjoy in this little country. Have you seen something similar???
I saw a lot of small animals on the Gozo: funny lizzards, beautiful swallowtails, birds, totally new bugs (at least for me...). So when you go take binoculars with you.
The Maltesian Islands seem likely British (from style of buildings, left-traffic, etc. very nice! All mixed with Arabia