March 4, 2014 – March 11, 2014
Organiser – Gary Box
When – March 4th-11th 2014
Cost – £320.00 (includes 7 nights accommodation, car hire, return ferry to Gozo and all guided walks). Deposit of £150.00 with balance payable by end of 2013. Book own flights, currently £132.98 including checked in baggage.
Malta and Gozo are situated between Sicily and the North African coast. They make a popular year round destination with a mild climate with lots of great architecture and coastline. Too hot for walking in the summer the best time is considered to be between March and May when spring flowers are in bloom. This trip features all the must see sights staying in luxury villa accommodation and will be popular with those wanting to escape the cold of the UK.
Tuesday 4th March 2014 fly from London Gatwick on Easyjet flight 8825 departing 14:05 and arriving in Malta at 18:15. Collect hire vehicle and drive to our accommodation Villa Seabreeze which is in the North West of the island in Mellieha. The villa sleeps up to 9 people in 2 doubles, a twin and triple room. Eat out locally at restaurant and buy food supplies for next few days.
Wednesday 5th March Our walk for today is 16.73 miles (26.93km) and leaves from the accommodation door. The route is largely coastal with views to Camino and Gozo. Highlights include:
- St Agatha’s Tower which is also known as the Red Tower and dates from 1649.
- Chapel of Immaculate Conception
- Il-Prajjiet which is known as Popeye village due to the musical that was filmed here. The little wooden buildings overlooking the bay are very photogenic.
- The Parish church in Mellieha
Thursday 6th March The walk today will concentrate on the West of the island. We drive to Rabat where the 8.3 mile (13.4 km) walk starts. The highlight of the route is the Dingli cliffs which is the highest point in Malta. When the walk is over we will drive south to The Blue Grotto where you can take photos and get closer on a boat trip for €8.00 if you want.
Friday 7th March Today’s walk will see us visit the south east of the island. Our 9 mile (14.5km) walk visits two constrasting seaside villages, the fashionable Marsaskala which has a number of restaurants and coffee shops along the promenade and Marsaxlokk which is a working fishing village complete with colourful fishing boats bobbing in the harbour. The route also visits St Thomas Bay, and Delimara Fort and lighthouse. Our drive back to the accommodation will be via the capital Valetta where you will have some hours to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Saturday 8th March Today we depart our accommodation and drive to Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal where we will board the car ferry to Gozo. After checking into our new accommodation we will shop for some supplies and can offer a car tour in people are interested.
Sunday 9th March Today’s walk is a little over 10 miles (16km) and starts from Victoria. It passes the outskirts of Munxar before reaching the sheer cliffs of Xlendi on the coast, one of the most visited sights on the island. The next classic viewpoint is the Azure Window and Fungus Rock. The Azure Window has featured in many films and as the top of the arch crumbles over time it’s believed that in a few years it will collapse and will then be known as the Azure Pinnacle. The route continues to the Inland Sea. The walk then heads inland back to Victoria where there will be time to explore the capital of Gozo.
Monday 10th March. Today the walk will start at the harbour of Mgarr, specifically at the Gleneagles Bar. The 13.5 mile (21.86km) route mostly follows the coast and highlights include:
- Church spires and windmill at Qala
- Calypso’s Cave
- Neolithic temples of Ggantija (world’ 2nd oldest manmade religious structures)
- Ramla Bay (considered one of the world’s best beaches)
Tuesday 11th March Leave Gozo for ferry back to Malta. There will be more time to explore Valetta before returning the hire car and catching our flight back to London, Easyjet 8826 leaving 18:55 and arriving at Gatwick at 21:20.