Recently Joe’s parents came to visit for a week and we spent 4 nights in Gozo as a little holiday. We stayed in Marsalforn which we loved but I definitely prefered Xlendi when we stayed there.
We rented a 3 bedroom apartment on the seafront from a sweet little old guy, it was only 50EUR each for 4 nights and you get what you pay for really. The balcony and view was spectacular!
The apartment was nice enough, really big, but it was very old. Needed a good clean and spruce up- a bit of work here and there but it was just a place to wash and sleep, the owner was really old and sweet, the location was perfect and it was very cheap compared to hotel prices we looked at.
We had a great time relaxing and seeing the island. I don’t much like Marsalforn beach, its got too many little stones which cut your feet and the sea is shallow and painful one moment then super deep with large chunks of rock to catch your feet on! Plus it was rough almost everyday and I didn’t enjoy swimming in it.
I like Marsalforn itself though as on the seafront there is a good choice of bars and restaurants, much more choice than in Xlendi although Xlendi is a lot prettier. The food in Gozo is always cheap and generally delicious. We ate a few times at a little cafe called Smilies which we loved. The food was cheap and just lovely- it’s all cafe type food like burgers and curry but we didn’t have a bad meal once.
I don’t remember the names of everywhere we ate so I can’t do too many reviews I am afraid :( one that I DO remember though is La Trattoria which is one of the highest rated restaurants in Gozo. It’s slightly pricier than most places in Gozo but it’s over 2 floors, amazing sea view and huge balconys with incredible bay windows opening up onto the view. The decor fits in with the old style building, bordering on Medieval but it’s beautiful. The service was great and the food was the best.
We went to Comino- I didn’t take my camera as I have been there a few times now (you can see some previous pics here). C always slathers on the oil and never burns but gets an amazing deep tan. I am much paler and it takes me ages to get a bit of colour, so exactly like last year, I got jealous and spritzed on some oil- got home that evening and I was burnt to a crisp! Very foolish!
We had a day in Xlendi where C’s parents fell in love with it too. We checked out a hotel and had a swim in the sea. There is no beach in Xlendi just rocks and a stone walk way but there are lots of steps to help you get into the sea, its all deep so great for swimming and no little annoying stones!
I’ve been for a break in Gozo twice now and both times I came back feeling totally calm and relaxed.
As a whole the island is even more relaxed than Malta (which is saying something) and much greener, prettier and more traditional. It’s too small for me to ever actually live on, I think I’d be bored to tears after a few months but it’s perfect for a break away!
Another thing I quickly wanted to mention- Riri’s. They don’t seem to have one of these in Malta which I am SO sad about (if anyone has ever seen one, please comment and let me know where!). The icecream I’m holding is a soft icecream with a coloured fruit kinda ‘swirl’ in it- they look amazing, come in loads of different flavours and are only €1! They also do slushies which are also delicious and just €1. I even love the little pot the ice cream came in, its a cute baby pink plastic and I kept a few of mine and they now hold my rings!
I love this picture, as it’s so different to how I normally look! My hair is naturally curly but since I cut it short I never let it dry that way as it generally looks a frizzy mess so I straighten it daily. However for some reason the seasalt stops my hair from drying all frizzed and I actually love the natural wave once I’ve been swimming!
I will leave you now with a few more pics from the weekend. Where will your holiday be this year? Could you live on a tiny island like Gozo?