There aren’t many people that have heard of Gozo which surprises me as so many people have heard of Malta; Gozo is a tiny little island accessible by ferry after flying direct into Malta, and it is a stunning place of natural beauty with the friendliest people I have ever met.
Directly after booking our holiday, people were asking, “so where are you off to in half term?” and as I uttered the word “Gozo” the natural reaction was “Go where?” Everyone we spoke to has had a mixed response to Malta. Surprisingly, it seems to very much be the Marmite of European holiday travel destinations. On the one hand, for some people, it conjures up fabulous family holidays with year-round warmth at a fraction of the price of the Canary Islands. On the other hand, to others, it makes them think of fat English sun-worshippers desperate to get a timeshare so they can don their white socks and flip flops for three months of the year.
I can share with you from personal experience, the latter is so not the case.
We spent the day in Malta, in the capital city of Valletta, before our sorrowful departure home and it is truly a stunning city break away from the norm of Nice, Rome, Paris etc. Valletta is steeped in beauty, incredible bars and restaurants, plus a ton of history too.
The area itself is pretty built up with steep hills, and lots of stairs so bear that in mind with regards to pushchairs, wheelchair access and drunk husbands… however, you can still stumble across some fabulous sites without grunting up hills. The marina is lovely, and as we have found throughout our entire 10-day trip, everyone is so friendly. There is plenty to see and do avoiding the steeper areas of the city. I’m really keen to book an adult-only break away here, sat in the sunshine with a cocktail watching the world pass me by.
Malta we loved, but Gozo we loved even more, not only because of our wonderful host from Airbnb who rented us an absolutely incredibly stunning, beautiful, fabulous, stupendous farmhouse but because the village where we stayed was quaint, homely, friendly and had everything we needed on our doorstep.
This particular property on Airbnb is totally unique, fantastic value for money and you will stay with hosts that are possibly the most welcoming, hospitable and caring people we have ever stayed with throughout our time of renting with Airbnb.
They helped with a meet and greet from the ferry, information for booking boat trips and recommendations of where to eat out. Anything we needed, Aaron was just a text away and was always incredibly helpful.
It’s a beautiful farmhouse called Tilmun, situated in the area of Gharb. The accommodation was spotless on arrival and the rustic decor was warm and inviting. The house itself has 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and can sleep up to 11 people across 3 floors, so there’s ample space for even the biggest of groups. The outdoor pool area is not at all overlooked. There is an integrated jacuzzi at one end of the pool, and although it isn’t huge, it’s more than big enough for a morning swim even with kids dive-bombing all around you!
Throughout our stay, there was always something to do. Obviously, Gozo was famous for the Azure Window, which unfortunately collapsed a few years ago but despite this, you can still enjoy fantastic scuba diving around the area, and also dive into the Blue Hole if you’re brave enough.
Now that the Azure Window isn’t the tourist pull, Gozo relies somewhat on the 350-year-old Salt Pans that line the coast.
Gozo really does have something for everyone, from little ones to older people. Gozo is a hidden little gem, and Tilmun Farmhouse from Airbnb just tops it off in a fabulous location in fantastic accommodation.