Christmas In Gozo 2018 – Malta Holidays Top 10 Things To Do

Christmas in Gozo 2018 - Malta holidays

Christmas in Gozo – Time to Be Together

As Heartwarming as it gets.Gozo is the place to be this Christmas with an array of activities spread over a month. #ChristmasIsGozo

Geplaatst door Christmas in Gozo op Woensdag 21 november 2018

Christmas in Gozo 2018 is a very special time of the year. Just imagine an entire five weeks of non stop activities and events on the island of Gozo, Malta. Check out our top 10 things to do and see during your Malta holidays this Christmas.  All activities and events mentioned are entrance free.

 

1. Gozo Christmas Village

Ghajnsielem – between Sunday 9 December 2018 and Sunday 6 January 2019

Bethlehem in Ghajnsielem Gozo 2018

Gozo Christmas Village or as it is popularly known as Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem opens on Sunday 9 December 2018 at 3.30pm and remains open until Sunday 6  January 2019 8.00pm.

The Nativity Village takes place in an area locally known as ‘Ta’ Passi’. It is just a stone’s throw from the main centre of the village-by-the-sea of Ghajnsielem on the island of Gozo, Malta. The whole animated village is spread over a 20,000sqm of land and through various combined works of the local council and volunteers, the first Christmas village is created to provide a wonderful Christmas atmosphere.

For full details, please click here.

 

2. Christmas Market at Villa Rundle

Victoria – various dates and times below

Christmas market at Villa Rundle Victoria, Gozo

While visiting Gozo’s capital, Victoria, it is just a 3 minutes walk from the bus station to the beautiful Villa Rundle Gardens. A lovely Christmas market is set up on selected dates between the 2nd and the 23rd of December for Gozo’s Christmas Market.

During Christmas in Gozo 2018 festivities, the gardens will be transformed into a magical experience featuring stalls from all over Gozo having different artisan Christmas products, food and services on offer.

 

3. Christmas Concert at St. George’s Basilica

Victoria – Sunday 16 December 8.00pm

Christmas Concert St George basilica Gozo

The annual Christmas concert organised by Chorus Urbanus Productions has now been in production for almost a quarter of a century. It established itself as one of the traditional Christmas events here in Gozo. The concert offers a moment of entertainment for the whole family to share with us during this festive season. Chorus Urbanus Juniors and Chorus Urbanus, along with Urbanus Festive Orchestra, under the direction of Dr John Galea, always indulge the festive character with the local artists, musicians and voices that make this concert a formidable experience for all Gozitans during the Christmas period.

 

4. Oh Silent Night – 50th Edition of the Christmas Pageant

San Lawrenz – Sunday 23 December 6.00pm

Christmas pageant San Lawrenz Gozo

This Pageant narrates the story of Salvation, from Creation to the Birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. In this Pageant almost half the population of the village of San Lawrenz takes part and is performed in the main roads and residential homes. Actors in Biblical costumes will narrate the greatest story ever told. Finally, in the main square a Christmas spectacle will be organised to commemorate its 50 years. This event is organised in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo.

 

5. Christmas Procession and Pageant

Nadur – Monday 24 December 7.00pm

Christmas procession and pagaent Nadur Gozo

A traditional procession with the statuette of Baby Jesus with the participation of children attending the Society of Christian Doctrine MUSEUM, winds through the streets of Nadur accompanied by the Mnarja Band performing traditional Christmas carols. The procession will take the form of a Pageant featuring a number of people representing Biblical figures.

 

6. Pop into Christmas in Gozo 2018 spectacular concert

Victoria – Tuesday 25 December 1.00am in St. George’s Square

Pop into Christmas spectacular concert

A Christmas Concert by DCAPITALS Band, exactly after the Midnight Mass at St George’s Basilica. The concert, which is presented in collaboration with The Grapes Wine Bar and Tepie’s Coffee Bar, will feature all-time Christmas favourites and other pop music with the participation of the band’s resident singers under the direction of Mro George Apap.

 

7. Christmas Concert at Nadur Basilica

Nadur – Tuesday 25 December 7.00pm

Christmas Concert at Nadur Basilica

The Grand Christmas Concert will be held at the Nadur Basilica under the direction of Mro Antoine Theuma. An orchestra, the Society of Christian Doctrine MUSEUM Choir and other established Gozitan singers are going to perform in this concert. The event also features a poetry recital session, a short play and the child’s traditional Christmas sermon.

 

8. Xaghra Cribs By Night

Xaghra – Saturday 29 December 3.30pm to 8.30pm around the whole town

Gozo Christmas cribs

The Għaqda Milied fix-Xagħra is once more providing the unique opportunity to visit the twenty-five artistic cribs, varying from static to mechanical and a life-size one. This tour takes visitors by minibus around the town. An experienced guide will accompany the group with a running commentary in both English and Maltese. It will visit the Xagħra Basilica, beautifully decorated for Christmas, including an artistic bambino in papier-mache made in Lecce, Italy by Profs Luigi Guacci.

Transport by minibus will leave from Mġarr Terminal at 3:00pm for any Maltese visitors arriving with the 2:15pm ferry. For those joining us from Gozo a minibus will pick them up from the area near Xagħra Windmillat 3:20pm. At the end of the activity, our Maltese visitors will be taken back to the Mġarr terminal in time to catch the 8:45pm ferry. While entrance is free of charge, a contribution of €6.50 to cover transport and guide services is kindly requested. Due to limits in accommodation, booking is on a first come first served basis.

For reservation kindly contact 79205316 or e-mail to [email protected] Booking closes on the 20th of December.

 

9. Gozo New Year’s Eve 2019 Celebrations

Victoria – Monday 31 December 2018 9.30pm at Independence Square & St. George’s Square

Gozo New Years Eve 2019

The event will be bigger, better and spectacular, like never before. Gozo surely has to be THE destination to say goodbye to 2018 and welcome the new year 2019.

The event will feature The TravellersGianni Zammit : My Page & The Crosswalk Gang, Wobis Duo and Top International Guest Jonas Blue. Entrance is FREE!

Surely an event not to be missed!

 

10. Adoration of the Magi

Xaghra – Sunday 6 January 2019  10.30 – 11.00am

Ghajnsielem – Sunday afternoon 6 January 2019

Adoration of the Magi Xaghra Gozo

“La Cavalcata dei Re Magi” – The Arrival of the Three Kings
Post (Venue): Victory Square, Xagħra

This activity will be held on the solemnity of the feast of the Epiphany. During this event the Holy Family will make their way to the parvisfollowed by five shepherds who pay homage to Baby Jesus. The Three Wise Men, in oriental Biblical outfits, arrive on horseback accompanied by servants carrying the Three Biblical presents – gold, incense and myrrh. The re-enactment will be organised by the Għaqda Il-Milied fix-Xagħra with the collaboration of the Xagħra Historical Re-Enactment Organisation, Xagħra Parish and the Xagħra Local Council.

 

Bethlehem in Ghajnsielem Gozo

Il-Wasla tas-Slaten Maġi
Adoration of the Magi
Post (Venue): Ta’ Passi Mġarr Road, Għajnsielem

Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem will close with the “Adoration of the Magi” on Sunday 6th January. The Three Kings will depart on horseback from a yet-to-be announced destination in Europe on the 2nd of January with the journey continuing on the Feast of the Epiphany when on Sunday morning they will depart from a village in Malta before crossing the ferry and make the triumphal entrance in the Nativity Village late in the afternoon to pay homage to the Baby Jesus. More details on facebook.com/bethlehem.f.ghajnsielem

 

Courtesy: Christmas in Gozo Facebook Page

Gozo Christmas Village – Bethlehem in Ghajnsielem 2018

Bethlehem in Ghajnsielem Gozo 2018

 

Christmas Village - Bethlehem in Ghajnsielem, Gozo Malta

Gozo Christmas Village or as it is popularly known as Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem opens on Sunday 9 December 2018 at 3.30pm and remains open until Sunday 6  January 2019 8.00pm.

This is the tenth edition of one of Malta’s main attractions during the Christmas holidays.  The ‘holy’ family in the above official poster is Joseph Azzopardi, Melanie Azzopardi and baby Thea.

Bethlehem in Ghajnsielem Gozo 2018

Location

Gozo Christmas village

The Nativity Village takes place in an area locally known as ‘Ta’ Passi’. It is just a stone’s throw from the main centre of the village-by-the-sea of Ghajnsielem on the island of Gozo, Malta. The whole animated village is spread over a 20,000sqm of land and through various combined works of the local council and volunteers, the first Christmas village is created to provide a wonderful Christmas atmosphere.

Hospitality

All visitors upon arrival at the Gozo Christmas village will receive a map illustrating all the traditional and new Christmas village attractions to visit and a children’s quiz booklet. Entrance is free.

Gozo Christmas village official map - Bethlehem in Ghajnsielem Gozo

 

Attractions

Some of the primary attractions include

  • the main grotto with a local family dressed as Mary and Joseph with their new born as baby Jesus
  • Bethelehem Inn
  • bakery
  • blacksmith
  • wine tavern
  • the fisherman’s port
  • a suspended rope bridge
  • cabin
  • shepherds’ cave
  • room of scents
  • local crafts
  • Roman garrison
  • eatery
  • open air market
  • Roman arena
  • animal farm
  • farmers’ store
  • village houses
  • water mill
  • water wheel
  • panoramic point

Bethlehem in Ghajnsielem Gozo 2018

Traditional food

Visitors to this year’s edition can enjoy some of the traditional food including Maltese bread and buns, the local pizza like known as ftira, honey rings and traditional coffee and Gozo wine.

Gozo bread dough

Gozo bread

Gozo Christmas village - honey rings

Epiphany visit

The Christmas village comes to a wonderful end with the arrival of the Three Kings on horseback on Epiphany Sunday afternoon 6 January 2019.

Christmas village Gozo

Bethlehem in Ghajnsielem near Mediterranea Seaviews Gozo

Re-enactment time schedule

December 2018

Sunday, 9th December 3.30pm – 7.30pm

Wednesday, 12th December 9.30am – 12.00pm (animated by school children)

Thursday, 13th December 2.30pm – 7.30pm

Saturday, 15th December 4.30pm – 8.30pm

Sunday, 16th December 2.30pm – 7.30pm

Saturday, 22nd December 4.30pm – 8.30pm

Sunday 23rd December 2.30pm – 7.30pm

Tuesday 25th December 3.30pm – 8.00pm

Wednesday 26th December 2.30pm – 7.30pm

Friday, 28th December 4.30pm – 7.30pm

Saturday, 29th December 4.30pm – 8.30pm

Sunday 30th December 2.30pm – 7.30pm

 

January 2019

Tuesday, 1st January 3.30pm – 8.00pm

Saturday, 5th January Activity Magi in Malta

Sunday, 6th January 2.00pm – 8.00pm.

 

How to get here

From Valletta bus station, take bus #41 or #42 direction to Cirkewwa ferry terminal from where you get the next ferry to Mgarr ferry terminal. Once arrived in Gozo, it is just 10 to 15 minutes walk up to the Gozo Christmas village. At the exit of the terminal, you can also take bus #301, #303 or #323 and stop at the bus stop Chambrai on the Mgarr Road or proceed to the next bus stop Ghajnsielem in the very centre of the village of Ghajnsielem.

From the Mgarr ferry terminal it is just 10 to 15 minutes walk up Shore street and turning left to Mgarr road.

You can also take bus #301, #303 or #323 and stop at bus stop Chambrai.

The Christmas village is just across… on the same side you’ll see the big church of Our Lady of Loreto, Ghajnsielem.

From Victoria bus station it is 10 to 25 minutes bus ride. You can take bus #301, #303 or #323 and stop at bus stop Ghajnsielem in the village square or on Mgarr road by stopping at the bus stop Chambrai.

From Gozo Holiday Home it is just 10 to 12 minutes walk or 3 minutes by bus #303 to bus stop Ghajnsielem in the very centre of Ghajnsielem village or 5 minutes bike ride by our free new bicycles.

 

Courtesy: Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem Facebook Page

International Womens Day 2018 – A Happy and Sad Day on Gozo, Malta

Azure Window Collapse Gozo

Every year on 8 March, the world pays a very special tribute to all women by dedicating an entire day – the International Womens Day 2018.

International Womens Day 2018

Respect, responsibility and support to every woman is surely not limited to just one day. It should and must be every day. But certainly the International Womens Day 2018 is here to remind us of the beauty of each and every woman, irrespective of age, health, history, ideology, race or religion. Respect and love have no boundaries.

Well, on the islands of Gozo and Malta, Women’s day is widely celebrated in schools, at work and in each and every community. Husbands take their wives out for lunch or dinner. Entire families enjoy a nature outing and picnic either by the sea or surrounded by the verdant hills and terraced fields of Gozo.

This day reminds us of another very important one – Mother’s Day which we celebrate soon in May.

So, today like many locals, we celebrated Women’s Day with our family with a difference.

From all the places on Gozo, we chose Dwejra bay for a very important reason. There, we also had a wonderful walk and great lunch at one of the local restaurants.

Azure Window Gozo

 

Azure window restaurant Gozo

Azure window restaurant Gozo Malta

Azure window restaurant Malta Gozo

You may ask: Why did you celebrate Womens Day at Dwejra?

Well, since last year, on Gozo island, the International Womens Day 2018 reminds us of a very sad story here on Gozo. It was actually on Wednesday morning, 8 March 2017 when one of Gozo’s most iconic spots, the Azure Window at Dwejra bay collapsed. Strong winds and big waves which hit the island last year caused this collapse and huge loss for Gozo and all its locals and visitors.

International Womens Day 2018 and the Azure Window collapse story

I remember very well receiving a message from one of our guests coming from China who had booked to stay at our Gozo self catering with sea view accommodation asking:

Frank, is it true that the Azure window collapsed? So we can’t see it when we visit and stay at your accommodation?!

Yes, unfortunately it was true. Nature carved it and nature took it back!

Social media and media channels put the Azure Window sad story in their top of the headline news.

The atmosphere on Gozo was a very sad one. The Azure Window was part of us – losing it was and still feels like a beloved person who passed away.

Azure Window Collapse Gozo

Oh but certainly not everything is lost! Not sure… but maybe the divers are probably the luckiest ones now to explore the Azure Window collapse!

This is because now, already for a whole year, it is becoming like a new diving attraction, of course respecting all environmental local marine laws and restrictions.

A year passed since the Azure Window collapsed. But memories are still very strong.

Celebrating International Womens Day 2018 in Gozo today was maybe a little easier. But in Gozo, it will never ever be the same again.

Happy International Womens Day 2018!

 

 

Weddings in Gozo – Why Getting Married in Gozo, Malta

Weddings in Gozo

Hi! We’re planning to get married on Gozo and would like to ask about your availability. Any help in organising our wedding would be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help….  This is a typical email message we receive from potential newlywed couples planning their weddings in Gozo.

Tying the knot is certainly the most memorable day for many couples around the world. In the last two decades, the number of couples who got married in a far away destination has increased rapidly. Mobile technology, low cost travel, accommodation options for all budgets and the amazing landmarks or natural beauty of certain destinations surely played a very important role.

The island of Gozo in the very middle of the Mediterranean Sea is no exception. In fact weddings in Gozo by foreign couples is becoming a more popular wedding destination.

Gozo is an all year round travel destination. But now more visiting couples of all ages are marrying here on Gozo after falling in love with our island during their first visit.

What would weddings in Gozo look like?

Have a look at one of our friends, Matthew’s wedding day in our town by the sea of Ghajnsielem on Gozo island (Courtesy: Francesca & Matthew, xik pictures, gozotv.com).

Why weddings in Gozo?

1. The Climate

Certainly the weather plays an important role. The Maltese Islands are perfectly located in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, between Europe and Africa.  The weather in Malta and Gozo rarely gets very cold in winter and very warm in summer.  In winter, day temperature varies between 14 to 20 degrees Celsius and maybe goes down at night about 8 or 9 degrees Celsius a couple of times only.  In summer, temperatures range between 30 to 36 degrees Celsius.  But again, being in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, the gentle sea breeze does cool down the heat during the day and night.  Fantastic!

2. Great heritage for wedding locations

Though a very small island, Gozo is surprisingly very rich in history and prehistory heritage. The Gozo Citadel and the world famous Ggantija Temples built over 5600 years ago are found here. That’s not all. If you like art in all its forms, old and contemporary in various mediums and shapes, you’ll find it certainly here.  Festivals, historical re-enactments, exhibitions, concerts, musicals, operas, ballet performance and numerous sports events fill the Gozo’s cultural diary of events inside out. In a nutshell, there is always something going on here… Couples visiting Gozo for the first or more times are so impressed with the possibility to have a civil wedding in a such a unique prehistoric or historical site as a backdrop on their most important day of their lives.

3. Amazing churches and chapels for religious weddings in Gozo

Did you know that in Gozo and Malta there are 365 churches? That is a church for every day in the year! Well, it is no surprise that especially Catholic couples from across the world fall in love with one particular church or basilica in the town where they stayed or discovered a little hidden chapel around the terraced fields… and decide to have their wedding mass service there. In a nutshell, the choice and variety of churches and chapels is truly amazing.

4. The Views

Whether you are coastal walking around the valleys or the South high cliffs or else sea kayaking around beaches, caves and inlets, the views remain spectacular.  Two of my favourites are definitely the sunrise views on the Gozo channel and sunset on Xlendi and Dwejra bay.  Just magical! No wonder why couples decide to do their pre-wedding photography sessions here too.

5. Food 

Daily baked crispy bread and pastries from log ovens just round the corner, fresh Mediterranean fruits, vegetables and wild herbs just picked in the morning from the nearby valley terraced fields, daily fresh local milk products, quality red meat and certified poultry and certainly the unique fresh catch of the day – absolutely recommended! Couples falling in love with Gozo often wonder what it would be like to have such a rich gastronomy heritage on their wedding day!

6. Wedding Service Providers

Weddings in Gozo are made easy to plan and organise with very little hassle. All key service providers are available and very easy to contact to help you plan your wedding day. Wedding planners help with any required wedding documentation whether it is a civil or a religious wedding, photographers, caterers, florists, bakers, videographers, beauticians and hairstylists.

7. Local Hospitality

Luckily enough, Maltese people still have a strong sense of community.  This is most evident during the annual feast celebrations across Spring and Summer time. The majority of families still embrace the values of commitment, dedication and solidarity.  In fact, if there is one common element in all the guests’ reviews at our Gozo boutique self-catering accommodation  certainly is how friendly the local people had been.  So, if you’re visiting Gozo and plan to marry here, do not hesitate to ask. You have the added advantage that all locals speak English, but they’ll even go the extra mile to help you prepare your Big day! If you’re not yet convinced, check out this lovely Scottish couple’s story of Norman and Susan on Gozo.

8. Honeymoon on Gozo 

It’s incredible but true that some wedding stories on Gozo started from the idea of having only their honeymoon on Gozo island. It is therefore truly amazing that some couples during their pre-honeymoon visit, even decide to change their original plans and home country venues and decide to get both married and spend the honeymoon on Gozo!

 

Carnival Gozo 2018 – This Year’s Opening Events

Carnival Gozo 2018

 

Carnival Gozo 2018 was officially opened on Sunday 4 February. However it will reach its climax in its classical five day festival between Friday 9 February and Tuesday 13 February, exactly before the forty day long Lent time.

This year’s opening of the Gozo Carnival was certainly a spectacular one. Over 500 participants from various dance schools across Malta and Gozo participated in the opening session on the sunny Sunday afternoon.

But this is just the starting point. What’s coming up on Gozo in the next days is surely a must-see event. As a local, one cannot but notice the huge activity going on till late  in the small villages and towns – preparations, rehearsals and final touching of all Carnival floats and colourful costumes.

The pictures below certainly do not do justice to the amazing performance of all groups during the Gozo Carnival 2018 official opening at Nadur.

Gozo Carnival 2018

Gozo Carnival 2018

Gozo Carnival

Gozo Nadur Carnival 2018

Gozo Carnival 2018

Carnival in Gozo 2018

Carnival in Gozo Malta

Carnival in Malta Gozo

 

Valentine Gozo – Three Gozo restaurants where to eat out on Valentine’s Day on Gozo

Valentine Gozo - where to eat out on Valentines Day on Gozo

Valentine's Day on Gozo

Valentine Gozo – where is best to take my Valentine to eat out on Gozo?

Certainly it’s not an easy question to answer. This is simply because the excellent places where to eat out on Gozo are luckily quite numerous.

However, we have specially handpicked three great places to dine out on Valentine’s Day on Gozo island and listed them below in no particular order.

Except for

…if you prefer to take your Valentine to eat out on the South East / East coast of Gozo with its amazing panoramic sea views of the islands of Malta, Comino, Cominotto and the Blue Lagoon, Country Terrace Restaurant in Mgarr/Ghajnsielem, just five minutes walk from Mediterranea Seaviews Holidays on Gozo is certainly one of the places to go.

But if you prefer to surprise your loved one in the inspiring historical capital Victoria, that is central Gozo, then Maldonado Bistro would be a great option.

And of course, if you would like to leave both the harbour and Capital sides away… and enjoy a romantic dinner on the pretty West coast of Gozo, it would be surely interesting to consider il-Kunvent Restaurant in the village of Gharb.

Whatever you choose on Valentine Gozo, we hope you both enjoy the place, the food, the atmosphere, but above anything else yourselves… because all we need is love.

Time is to short to waste it. Enjoy it together!

L-ikla t-tajba f’Jum San Valentinu!  Maltese for Buon appetite on St. Valentine’s Day!

Country Terrace Restaurant

Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it. (Nicholas Sparks)

Valentine Gozo - Malta Valentines Day

Valentine Gozo - Country Terrace - holidayongozo.com

 

 

Maldonado Bistro

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I have never to live without you. (A.A. Milne)

Valentines menu 2018 - Valentine Gozo

Valentine Gozo - Maldonado - holidaysongozo.com

 

 

Il-Kunvent Restaurant Cafe’

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. (Charles A. Schulz)

Valentine Gozo, il-Kunvent restaurant

Valentine Gozo - where to eat on Gozo

 

 

Travel Tip created by Frank in association with Vacation Soup

The Colourful Gozo Carnival 2018

Gozo Carnival 2018

 

Gozo Carnival 2018 starts on Thursday 8 February and lasts till Tuesday 13 February.

It is an annual event which lasts five days.

But did you know that in Malta and Gozo Carnival has been celebrated for almost 500 years?

Carnival meaning

But what is the meaning of Carnival? 

Well, the word Carnival comes from an Italian phrase, carne vale, which means ‘meat is allowed’. 

This is because Carnival is a five day long activities celebrated exactly before the 40-day long Lent time where in the Middle Ages, Roman Catholic religion did not permit meat consumption during Lent time.

Short History of Malta and Gozo Carnival

Carnival in Malta and Gozo was introduced in the year 1535 by Grandmaster Del Ponte.

That is exactly five years after the Knights of St. John came to Malta.  First it was the Knights who used to take part in Carnival activities and later during the years, the local people started to take part as well.

Gradually but constantly, Malta and Gozo Carnival grew in popularity and complexity too.

This year is 483 years after the first Carnival was held in the Maltese islands.

But for some time, Carnival was not allowed in Malta and Gozo.

In fact in 1639, Grandmaster Lascaris ordered that no woman could put on masks or costumes representing the devil.

The population of the islands absolutely did not like Lascaris’ decision because Carnival had already became part of the local cultural activities on the islands.

Throughout the centuries, Carnival was always celebrated in February, just before Lent time. However, in Malta and Gozo, Carnival was celebrated in the month of May between 1972 and 1987. 

From 1988 till to the present time, Carnival in Gozo and Malta is celebrated in its proper time – the month of February.

Gozo Carnival 2018

Nowadays, on Gozo, two types of Carnival are held each year – the organised and spontaneous Carnival.

Organised Carnival

Gozo Carnival Nadur

Organised Carnival is held in capital Victoria and around several towns and villages of Gozo.

Preparations for the organised Carnival start very early, for some activities even a year before.

Different, small and large, colourful costumes as well as big Carnival floats are prepared by very dedicated Gozitans who made Carnival part and parcel of their lifestyle.

Various groups meet together and do weekly rehearsals.  For instance, dance groups start rehearsing in the summer season, that is about six months before Carnival time.

 

Spontaneous Carnival

Courtesy: Nadur Local Council.
Courtesy: Nadur Local Council.

Spontaneous Carnival is perhaps a more traditional Carnival more popular in the villages rather than in capital Victoria.

Nadur is certainly the place to be to enjoy the spontaneous Gozo Carnival 2018.

Similar to organised Carnival, it lasts five days or better five consecutive nights between Friday and Tuesday.

During these nights, people on individual or family or friends basis dress any sort of Carnival costumes and parade in the main streets and square of Nadur village.

No doubt, during the spontaneous Carnival, what you’ll see will surely exceed your expectations!

 

 

In Malta and Gozo, Carnival is a feast shared by all generations, young and old.

Carnival is so deeply rooted in Maltese history that became one of the annual principal events of the cultural calendar.

No wonder so many visitors return to experience the Malta and Gozo Carnival each year in February!

Viva Viva l-Karnival / Long live Carnival time! 

 

Valletta 2018 – Grand Spectacular Opening of the European Capital of Culture

St John's Co Cathedral Malta

 

The official inauguration of Malta’s capital city Valletta as the European Capital of Culture – Valletta 2018 was certainly a huge success.

Celebrated on Saturday in four main squares of the capital, in this post, we will focus upon what happened in St. John Square, Valletta.

Valletta 2018 official opening

Valletta 2018 official opening Malta

In fact it was definitely a fantastic choral symphony with music composed by Elton Zarb and with a choir directed by Pamela Bezzina as well as a creative illumination and graphics were projected on the very old fascade of St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta.

The videos and pictures certainly do not do justice for the superb work to create such a synchronisation of music and lighting effects with the amazing choir’s singing.

 

 

This is how St. John’s Co Cathedral fascade looks…

St John's Co Cathedral Malta

 

…and St. John’s Co-Cathedral fascade during the choral symphony and light effects – Valletta 2018.

St John's Co Cathedral Malta

St John's Co Cathedral Malta

St John's Co Cathedral

St John's Co Cathedral Malta

St John's Co Cathedral Malta

St John's Co Cathedral Malta

St John's Co Cathedral Malta

 

Gozo best ftira and pizza – Free Food Tasting Tour of Gozo!

Gozo best ftira

 

Gozo best ftira preparing and eating in the countryside was the main activity of our amazing free food tasting tour surprise we prepared for our guests from Germany!

After we picked them from Mediterranea Seaviews Gozo boutique accommodation  we visited some amazing hidden local gems, enough to start getting very hungry!

Then, we went for lunch.

No, not a restaurant!

Got to one of our favourite Gozo family bakeries and there we had the Gozo best ftira, the local pizza version perfectly done in the old log oven.

In Malta and Gozo, the ftira has a thicker crust and dough similar to bread making and different toppings.

But the Gozo best ftira looks and tastes are second to none!  

gozo ftira at mediterranea seaviews holidaysongozo.com

There, the bakers and I invited our guests to actually help us prepare the ftiras in the oven.

Guests were simply delighted with such hands-on-activity and pizza making on Gozo.

In these pictures, Rosi and Ewald, our guests are taking out very carefully 🙂 the fresh sheep cheese ftira…

ftira Gozo

…and then also taking out from the old oven the mouth-watering Gozo tuna ftira or pizza.

Gozo ftira making at Mediterranea Seaviews Gozo

The cheese ftira just taken out from the old log oven. Incredible aroma!

Rosi and Ewald could not stop taking pictures!!! 🙂 while at the same time, we were all in a such a hurry to start dining!!! 🙂

Gozo best ftira

After leaving the bakery, we found a secret panoramic spot, away from it all… and there we had the ftiras (plural of ftira) together. 

It was truly another great experience for our guests and a wonderful experience for us hosts.

It’s a huge satisfaction when guests could not stop talking about the local experiences they have just had. They look back at their past holiday experiences…. and soon realise about the BIG difference of staying in a hotel or hotel chain or third party companies or group of holiday homes with so many villas, farmhouses and apartments…..AND the beauty, peace of mind and true experience when guests go local and book direct with the local owner.

Gozo best ftira is very juicy with a crunchy crust – typical of Gozitan ftira bread.  In brief, a ftira or pizza to die for!!! 🙂

ftira Malta

L-ikla t-tajba! / Enjoy your meal!

Ftira making and Free food tasting experience provided to all guests at Holidays on Gozo

 

Adventures in Gozo – Alex Vizeo’s activity holidays on the island of Gozo

Adventures in Gozo - Alex Vizeo

 

 

Travel blogger Alex Vizeo visited the island of Gozo, Malta and this is his adventures in Gozo – a colourful story in video and pictures.

Alex has been travelling and filming the world now since 2011. His travels were certainly a great success.

If you’ve the adventure spirit or simply thinking what can you do more on Gozo during your holidays, well… check out Alex’s video.

You’ll certainly enjoy some really great adventures on Gozo.

360 degrees Gozo panoramas by Vizeo from land, sea and air. Wonderful!

There is no doubt that Alex enjoyed his adventures in Gozo holidays.

Many memories from local Gozo wine tasting to visiting the local fruit and vegetables market, getting the fresh catch of the day, cooking with the local chef, tasting the local pizza known as ftira, visiting the Salt Pans and eating out in one of the best restaurants and having a local Cisk lager in probably the most popular pub on the island of Gozo… just few minutes walk from Mediterranea Seaviews boutique self catering accommodation.

In his blog, Alex was amazed to discover the natural beauty of Gozo island, but even more the unique character of the island of Gozo – luckily, as he wrote, still different, more tranquil and peaceful than other places visited.  He was also highly impressed by the hospitality of the local people.  In fact in his travel blog he described the island of Gozo as un petit paradis meaning a little paradise. Merci et bon voyage!

Adventures in Gozo

Unforgettable moments from Alex’s adventures in Gozo while visiting the turquoise waters of Blue Lagoon on a very quiet day.

 

Adventures in Gozo

Lovely panoramic views of the Maltese islets during Alex’s adventures in Gozo

 

Adventures in Gozo

One of the most instagramed pictures – sunset by the Fungus Rock in Dwejra bay on Gozo island.

If you are looking for adventure holidays in Europe or activity holidays in Malta, Gozo is the place to be… whether it is cliff climbing, sea kayaking, diving, snorkeling, horse riding, cycling and the local gastronomy.