The small island of Gozo is a twenty minute ferry crossing from Cirkewwa on Malta’s northernmost shore.
Life on Malta’s sister island moves at a calmer pace, revolving around the seasons with fishing and agriculture the mainstays of the islanders’ livelihood. At just a third of Malta’s size, Gozo nonetheless has many surprises in store for the seasoned traveller.
Gozo is home to the oldest free-standing temples in the world, Ggantija Temples, which date back to 3,600 BC. It also boasts a magnificent rugged coastline dominated by the Azure Window, a spectacular rock formation hewn out of the sea. And of course it is most famous for its diving spots.
All roads on the island lead to the capital Rabat (or Victoria in English) right in the centre of Gozo, a small, bustling town at the foot of the Citadel, the tiny fortressed ancient city that sits atop a steep hill like a proud jewel in a crown.
Steeped in history and tranquillity, Gozo nevertheless offers a buzzing nightlife and a trendy restaurant scene serving some unique culinary treats. The island also has a full cultural calendar of activities.
Gozo is a must-see destination and is almost always included in delegates’ social programmes as well as in pre- and post-conference leisure time arrangements. It is ideal for incentives, for a special treat to a select group of staff who deserve some hard-earned R & R away from it all. Its quintessential rural Mediterranean setting makes it ideal for entertainment and outdoor team-building activities such as hiking, rock climbing and abseiling, to mention but a few of the exciting ways of discovering this island gem.
It is not just a day-tripper’s paradise. Gozo is also a conference and meetings destination in its own right with a small selection of well-appointed five- and four-star hotels offering all the professional facilities required for a high-powered board meeting, small conference or workshop.
Accommodation on Gozo is as unique as the island itself. Hotels are designed to reflect local architecture and heritage and are furnished with inimitable character and charm. Upon entering any Gozitan hotel visitors are immediately welcomed by the warm golden limestone so ubiquitous on the island and quickly get a taste of local culture with natural stone floors and vibrant Mediterranean colours.
For an even more special treat, visitors often choose to rent out a typical centuries-old farmhouse, packed with authentic features but also those necessary mod cons such as luxury indoor-outdoor pools, air conditioning and wifi. The farmhouses or farmhouse-style villas are located right next door to each other forming their own mini community, an ideal solution for small incentive groups.