Dates: between 17 October 2016 and 19 November 2016
This is an annual celebration of culture let off at the very heart of the Mediterranean, on the history laden island of Gozo.
Mythology has it that the charm of this island aided the most beautiful nymph Calypso to halt Ulysses on his journeys and hair-raising quests, to lull him, lure him away from his travels for seven mystical years. Today, Gozo’s charm seeks to lure its visitors into a kaleidoscope of events, a celebration at that time of year that is in itself magical in this part of the world. Through Festival Mediterranea’s diverse events, visitors will embark on their very own cultural adventure surfing through the island’s seven thousand years of known history.
The festival uncovers the island in all its aspects, without eliminating the thrills of exploration and discovery. Festival Mediterranea offers all that Gozo boasts of in the cultural and artistic arena. Opera. Classical and symphonic music. A wealth of archaeology and history that is Gozo’s heritage. Folklore and cuisine. The creativity of the Gozitan people who are islanders, a true and genuine people … as are their products. And the backdrop to this festival is Gozo’s sheer, natural beauty in warm autumn, October and November.
Festival Mediterranea unveils Gozo as a mosaic of Mediterranean civilisation, heritage and art. It is indeed a showpiece of a hundred things our own, an opportunity for a break from the routine of conventional life; a chance to immerse oneself in the mellow world of Gozo’s autumn, and explore and live the cultural tradition of its 7000 years of history.
Gozo is a perfect place for sea kayaking. The island offers an incredible number of inlets, coves and spectacular cliffs throughout its 43km coastline. Sea kayaking tours and kayak hire are available in a number of beaches on the island. Proper wear and safety equipment is also provided by the local personnel. Whether it’s sunrise on Comino or sunset at Dwejra bay, sea kayaking gives you an unparalleled perspective of this tiny great island called Gozo.
Ħondoq ir-Rummien, the coastline below the village of Qala (Gozo, Malta) is dotted with traditional salt pans, some of which are still actively used to harvest salt throughout the summer months. On this coast is a small cove, Ħondoq ir-Rummien (which in English means, Pomegranate Moat), which is popular with snorkellers because of its deep and clear water and the small caves at water level. Access to the sea is from bathing ladders. The cove has good views over Comino. There is also a small white sand beach sheltered by a small promontory on the south/west side.
Hondoq ir-Rummien, a beautiful coastal area and bay in Qala Gozo, is one of the few remaining tracts of open countryside left in the Maltese Islands. The sea in this area boasts some of the cleanest, clearest water in all of Malta and Gozo, attracting locals and divers alike. An area of outstanding scenic beauty, it is also a vital habitat for dwindling communities of rare plants.
Frank is the most perfect host. Lots of information prior to travel, meets you off the boat and offers to answer any queries daily. The house is really well equipped- in the kitchen, with information on the island and with beach/snorkelling equipment. The beds are the most comfortable we have used away from home. Gozo is the most beautiful island and we loved our week there. Thank you Frank!