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

 

Visit Valletta – European Capital of Culture 2018

Valletta 2018 Malta

 

On October 12, 2012, Valletta, Malta’s capital city was officially declared the European Capital of Culture (ECoC). During the past six years, the Valletta 2018 Foundation did a superb job to prepare the Maltese capital city for this European title of prestige.

Over 400 events will be taking place all around the islands of Malta and Gozo to celebrate all Maltese and European heritage as one people – unity in diversity.

The official opening of Valletta 2018 (V.18) is on Saturday, January 20th 1900hrs.

But in practice, what’s Valletta 2018 all about? Watch out this video.

 

If you’ve never been to Malta and Gozo, then enjoy this colourful walk through the noble city of Valletta, named after Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette.

 

…and why not? Watch the latest spectacular laser show on the facade of the GrandMaster Palace in Valletta celebrating V.18.

 

Thinking of visiting Malta this year?
Check out all the events happening at Valletta 2018 here

… and stay tuned for all the local updates we’ll bring you straight from the European Capital of Culture 2018!

 

Christmas in Gozo 2017

Christmas Village Gozo

Christmas village in Gozo

Christmas is a highly celebrated festivity in Malta and Gozo, both for its religious significance a well as in its more social aspect. The season is celebrated to its fullest on the Maltese Islands, with the active participation of many; Nativity scenes, displays of cribs, carol services and other events are organised in each locality.

Christmas in Gozo Malta

Christmas street decorations. For a very special, spiritual evening, join the congregation at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta for candlelit carol singing. Other Baroque parish churches across the Islands are just as awe-inspiring during advent. Their interiors are decked out in papal crimson and altars are adorned with flowers. All churches have a calendar of events, ranging from the procession of Mary and Joseph, to streets with groups of children carol singing.

Christmas Crib Gozo Malta

Cribs are positively everywhere, from private houses to small chapels. Visiting cribs is a popular activity at Christmastime and many locals spend time going round touring the various ‘presepju’ displays. Some are very artistic and elaborate, with figures moving around mechanically and a degree of detail that comes from hours of meticulous work by dedicated craftsmen.

Christmas time in Gozo

A Christmas highlight, which is popular for children and adults alike, is the annual pantomime held at the Manoel Theatre and at other venues. It’s a happy mix of good slapstick humour for children and satire for adults.

Chrismtas - Bethlehem in Ghajnsielem

Restaurants, hotels, bars and clubs all have their own entertainment, making for an abundant choice of what to do and see.

Courtesy: visitmalta.com

Christmas in Gozo

On the island of Gozo, special carol singing, Baby Jesus processions by children, concerts and Christmas decor are spread all across the small villages and towns.  In the village-by-the-sea of Ghajnsielem, next to Mgarr fishing hamlet and main harbour of the island, one finds the largest animated Christmas village on the Maltese islands.  It is locally known as Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem.  Definitely a must visit place while on Gozo!  This year’s edition opens on the 10 December 2017 and closes on the 7th January 2017 with the arrival of the Three Kings on horseback.

Gozo honey rings

Please click to see the entire programme of Christmas in Gozo 2017.

Christmas in Gozo

Easter Traditions on Gozo

Easter in Gozo

In the Maltese Islands, Good Friday processions involving a majority of the whole community are organised each year. This Gozo photogallery illustrates one of such amazing Good Friday processions on the island of Gozo yesterday – on Friday late afternoon 14 April 2017 at 6.00pm.

In brief, it is a perfect reenactment of the Bible history from the Old Testament to the New Testament reaching its climax in the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.  During the procession too, about eight large statues illustrating important moments from the fourteen stations of the Cross, are carried shoulder high in the main streets of the towns and villages.

In the Christian faith, Good Friday is the final day of pain and agony before Vigil Saturday and Easter Sunday liturgy changes completely to a highly festive event with cheerful music, bell ringing and whole communities sharing local Easter delights such as the sweet figolli.

On Good Friday, several men (seen dressed completely in white) carry either heavy wooden crosses or chains. They do it for two reasons – one as a thanksgiving to the Lord and secondly as an obligation for what they promised to do in favour of the health of one of their family members.  It is truly an external act of faith, carrying such a weight barefoot for more than two hours.

Easter in Gozo

Easter in Gozo

Easter in Gozo

Easter in Gozo

Easter in Gozo

Easter in Gozo

Easter in Gozo

Easter in Gozo

Easter in Gozo

Easter in Gozo

Easter in Gozo

Easter in Gozo

Easter in Gozo

Easter in Gozo

Easter in Gozo

Easter in Gozo

Live like locals – Eat like locals

Gozo food

Gozo food
Lent time is over… and this is the most important week, known as the Holy Week leading to the greatest feast of all – Easter – the birth or the very beginning of no end!

On the island of Gozo, traditional food is very widespread in the local tiny villages. The so called ‘Qaghak tal-Appostli’ or the Apostles Rings are traditional rings made for hundreds of years.

People on Gozo enjoy buying these freshly baked rings from our town of Ghajnsielem – straight from the wood oven. Many like to eat them as a snack, others sipping them in coffee and tea and children and teenagers make sure it is part of their lunch to school.

Very tasty and not sugary. No chocolate. Few dried fruits and almonds. Excellent treat whether for breakfast, fruit break, tea time, lunch or dinner.

This week, in our town, these popular rings are freshly baked every day till Good Friday.

After these rings, it’s another very popular Easter treat which takes over in practically all local homes… more details another time!

Pictures below taken this afternoon at 6.15pm while sharing some of the freshly baked rings with our current guests – Paul and his family from Australia.

Gozo hospitality at Mediterranea Seaviews Gozo holiday home
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Malta vs England – 1 September 2017

Malta England tickets

Malta England

The World Cup 2018 Euro Qualifiers game from Group F between Malta and England will be played on Friday 1 September 2017 at Ta’ Qali National Stadium at 20.45 CET / 19.45 GMT.

Malta England tickets are not yet out for sale but definitely it will be a sold out match because the demand locally and from England is massive!

If you are thinking to visit Malta and Gozo at this fantastic time of the year and would like to combine a perfect Malta Gozo holidays on the island of Gozo and watching the Malta England football match, we’ve got the latest availability at Mediterranea Seaviews Gozo Holiday Home between Sunday 27 August 2017 and Sunday 10 September 2017.

We’ll also advise you about tickets when these are on sale. Our Gozo accommodation prices also include direct transfers from and to the stadium on Friday night. Ferry service between the two islands is only 25 minutes and is 24 hours 7 days a week.

Have you any questions?
We’re here to help you.
You can call or sms or whatsapp us anytime on +356 99 249 187
or send us an email on [email protected] or [email protected]

For Instant Booking of your Malta England holiday dates, please click here:
https://holidaysongozo.com/instant-book/

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Gozo by Bike – Free New Bicycles Provided

Gozo by bike

Gozo by bike

Discover the beautiful island of Gozo during your Gozo holidays in Malta this year! We provide you with free new 21-speed bicycles, helmets, locks, guidebooks and maps so you can enjoy and discover Gozo by bike at your own pace.

Certainly the winter and spring seasons are the perfect time to visit Gozo and discover it by bike. Great weather, perfect temperature to ride the bikes, great views to stop and be amazed and wonderful local tasty food to try out in all the small villages you can visit very easily from HolidaysonGozo.com  We are just 10 minutes walk from the sea and beaches and all the shops, restaurants and bars.

We make it very easy – just check our availability or if you like, email us on [email protected] and we will provide you all the details by email.

You are most welcome anytime!

Gozo by bike at holidaysongozo.com

Gozo Citadel by bike

Gozo by bike, Malta

Gozo by bike routes

Gozo by bike tour

Gozo by bike map