Ix-Xagħra is a village located on the east central coast of Gozo, which is a small island belonging to the Maltese archipelago. The fascinating destination has centuries of history that dates back thousands of years along with a picture perfect dynamic landscape that varies from sandy beaches to rocky hillsides and valleys covered with lush greenery. Under warm sunny skies, guests find a variety of fascinating ancient sites to explore, beautiful beaches for relaxation and welcoming villagers.
Gozo holiday villas offer something for everyone. There are four bedroom farmhouses that are suitable for two families as well as smaller units. Visitors can have luxury prices as well as budget prices, but all farmhouse villas are reasonably priced. Beautifully furnished converted farmhouses are also near the capital of Gozo, Victoria. They are just five minutes from the centre and have magnificent views of The Citadel from the private terraces. Amenities include pool, BBQ and free parking.
Another private holiday farmhouse villa is in Xaghra. It has three bedrooms and a private pool as well as beautiful views of the valley that stretches down to Ghajn Barrani in Xaghra and of the sea. It's very near the beach as well as shops and a bus stop.
Xaghra is considered a good place to use as a base for seeing the island. It's a charming village and everything is within walking distance. The public transport ends at the edge of the city. It's a five minute drive or a 30 minute walk from Ramla il Hamra beach and Victoria. It’s also the location of the Ggantija temples, which are the oldest standing structures on earth. Older than the pyramids of Egypt, the Neolithic, megalithic complex is more than 5,500 years old.
The small island of Gozo is considered a must-visit site for those staying on Malta, but the secret is, it’s a great place for visitors to stay also. It has a completely different ambiance than Malta even though the homes, churches and monuments are built with the same creamy limestone. The island is surrounded by beautiful bays and grottos with spectacular rock formations as well as charming fishing villages where visitors are treated to a huge variety of fantastically fresh seafood.
Holiday Farmhouses & Villa's in Gozo
Gozo is considered the best destination for a peaceful and relaxing break because it is not as built-up as Malta. Holiday villas are rustic local farmhouses with wooden beams and stone arches that are beautifully finished. They offer a tranquil environment for spending a self-catering holiday, and most farmhouse resorts have a large swimming pool with sunbeds. Amenities include a weekly maid service with a change of towels and linen free of charge and underground parking facilities.
Some of the farmhouse villas are centuries old and located in historic villages. Some of the private farmhouses have their own pools. Visitors can enjoy all the modern comforts in the rustic farmhouse including a fully fitted kitchen that is equipped with all the amenities required for a luxurious stay in antique surroundings.
Nothing surpasses London in autumn—unless you compare the city to environs along UK’s lush coastal cities. Leaves turn scarlet and scatter to the winds while must-see theater, fashion week, the London Museum and festivals along London’s south bank offer plenty of reasons to stay close to home.
But, here’s a better thought: Gozo, the idyllic island Mecca that’s so welcoming and warm, you’ll need no Guy Fawkes bonfire to lure you out into the night air if you travel there in the autumn. Gozo destinations are the ultimate in luxury, relaxation and fun and since English is widely spoken, you’ve no need of translation software on your smart phone to enjoy a long visit. Here’s a little tidbit you may not know about Gozo: Italian is another of the island’s primary languages so if you long to practice yours, it’s perfectly permissible to drop the name Guido Fawkes (one of the infamous man’s most glamourous pseudonyms) during your Gozo holiday.
A Little history. Gozo has roots harkening back to 5000 BC as proven by archaeologists dating the area to the Neolithic period. Plan to include prehistoric cave touring on your itinerary when you book your autumn trip to this ancient land, but if you do a little reading about Gozo history before you go, you will enjoy everything you experience even better. According to some scientists, Gozo was settled earlier than Malta and then colonized by Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantium, Aglabid Arabs, Turks and finally, Normans who launched a long history of European domination. Find reflected in the architecture of this area the remains of medieval walls, palaces and villages. Gozo became a British crown colony in 1813, which is why UK roots run deep in this society. Now independent, the Ministry for Gozo was established as recently as 1987.
Picture Perfect Weather: Autumn is the most idyllic time of all to book a Gozo sojourn because once hot, dry and sunny weather peak at summer’s end, temperatures cool down to mediate humidity. The infrequent Africa-originating Scirocco winds blowing across the landscape can bring bursts of high temperature and humidity in the fall, but remember that you left your topcoat and rain gear home in UK, so these periods won’t in any way dampen your visit. Bring a bathing suit. Swimmers luxuriate in temperate waters well into what are traditionally winter months so you can enjoy Gozo’s peak beach season.
What to Pack. Like the remainder of Malta, Gozo is a very relaxed place that invites travelers to be comfortable while on holiday, but if you’d like to show that you are among the fashion forward, channel your inner Italian spirit and show up for late dinners in your favorite Trussardi, Cavalli, Versace, Fendi, Valentino, Armani, Prada or Dolce and Gabbana wardrobe selections. Headscarves for church visits (plus those infrequent winds) are a must pack and you won’t be sorry if you tuck a cardigan in your suitcase. Go as casual as you like during the day—jeans, cargoes, chinos, linen separates and shirts—and bring comfy shoes to traverse dodgy pavements on ancient streets.
What to See. Balance your autumn holiday in Gozo with a mix of old and new so you can say you’ve seen it all. For the ultimate in laid-back touring, fishing villages like Marsalforn and Xlendi will be decked out in autumn finery for your stay and you can literally walk from place to place if you’ve a mind to do so since Gozo’s geographic boundaries measure only nine-by-six miles. Take in Ggantija, the oldest surviving goddess temples in the world (c. 5100-3500 BC) and Calypso’s cave. Gozo’s capitol city, Victoria, used to be called Rabat before it was granted a new name as an homage to Queen Victoria’s 1887 jubilee. Don’t miss seeing off-the-beat ruins, museums, the Citadel, Villa Rundle Public Gardens and quaint shops stocked with unique crafts that could help you fulfill everyone’s Christmas wish list before you head back to Britain.
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