INTRODUCING LEVECCA 5 – BY JULES
“I walked into a delightful open living space filled with light from three arched terrace doors. Views of the countryside can be seen beyond. The home has semi rustic character that blends well with superior design, luxury and comfort. It has a peaceful atmosphere and rural feel. My favourite feature has to be the delightful roof terrace furnished with lovely rattan garden furniture. A perfect tranquil spot for fine dining, views and soaking up the atmosphere. This house has also been designed to be “winter friendly” with an inbuilt stone fireplace. A fabulous base to explore the riches of Gozo” - JULES
Bedroom One is found on the ground floor with use of a family bathroom on this floor also.
The spacious living area includes a lounge, dining area and kitchen. The kitchen is modern and well equipped. For your entertainment, the lounge has a 55” Plasma TV, Cable channels, a stereo system, wifi and a pay station 3.
Both the lounge and dining area have terrace doors that open out to the pool. As such, they provide a natural source of light that reflect the open space. The pool terrace has a Jacuzzi and open views of Gozo's countryside.
The house benefits from three terraces, including a fabulous roof terrace with fine garden furniture and views. It is an idyllic spot to relax and enjoy the rural peace.
Thee further double bedrooms are found on the first floor. One is en-suite. There is a second family bathroom also for Bedrooms 3 and four.
The house also benefits from air-conditioning.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Malsalforn 2 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Luqa, Malta International Airport to Cirkewwa Ferr 29.9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (4), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
WELCOME TO GOZO
Let me tell you about the Mediterranean's best kept secret.
5km North West of Malta and south of Sicily, the small island is 9 miles long and 5 miles wide – the equivalent of Manhattan! It was first inhabited in 50000 BC when farmers from nearby Sicily crossed the Mediterranean and settled. Today it has about 27 000 residents. Not just a summer gem, it's a worthy all-year destination.
Fondly regarded as having “stood still”, Gozo has managed to preserve its traditional ways whilst adapting to the future. The island is relaxing, peaceful and “laid back”, compared to Malta. It is rural and green with beautiful countryside landscapes and coastal views. For a small island, Gozo has a big personality, rich in folk law, history and culture. Rustic, charming, and charismatic with a warm hospitality, describes Gozo. Unique and authentic, the Gozo experience lures visitors back time after time. “Foodies” are also drawn to the island by the variety of excellent fresh and flavoursome Mediterranean Gozitan cuisine. Its wineries also produce some of the most respected wines.
Gozo's main town is Victoria where you'll find a hive of activity. There are many café's, bars, restaurants and shops, a Culture Centre and the Citadel, Victoria's Cathedral. There are 2 shopping arcades, each with a supermarket open all day. Pjazza Independenza is Victoria's main square, shared by a morning market and number of open air café's. It is normally found buzzing with the chatter of locals and tourists enjoying a coffee or Cisk. Great for people watching.
Victoria is surrounded by 13 smaller towns and villages. Some of these also have small rural hamlets. Arriva now operates an extended service with bus stops in all villages. You can either catch a bus to a neighbouring village or to Victoria where the main bus terminus is located. From here, there is a network of routes to all villages making it possible to see the island by bus. It is a very cheap way to get around (a one day ticket is currently €2.60). Gozo has also introduced a “Hop on, Hop off Bus”. A great leisurely way to see all of Gozo.
There are five main beaches on Gozo and many smaller bays and coves. Beaches include;
Xlendi it is possible to swim in a small sandy beach or paddle, dive and snorkel off surrounding rocks. Xlendi is an excellent dive site, a thriving fishing village and small harbour.
Malsaforn has one of the best known bays and buzzes with a hype of activity in summer months. Restaurants and bars surround the turquoise Mediterranean, serving local cuisine such as Gbejniet (cheese), fresh local fish and rabbit. Lampuki is a seasonal speciality. As migrating fish, they pass the island in autumn.
Ramla is Gozo's largest, yet unspoilt and beautiful beach dating back to Roman times. It is a vast blanket of red sand, ideal for sun worshipers. The sea is shallow and perfect for children.
San Blas is a delightful little beach of red sand. Of exceptional charm, it is quaint, idyllic. Quite secluded, it always escapes the crowds
Dahlet Qorrot beach is quaint and you can swim from rocks on both sides in crystal clear water. Fishermen use this tranquil bay as a base and boats can be seen bobbing quietly on the sea.
The Azure Window at San Lawrenz is a popular feature on the tourist map. It is a natural arch formed out of the sea millions of years ago when a limestone cave collapsed,
RELIGION AND HISTORY
Religion and culture play a significant role in life on Gozo. The Saints are the focus of worship both past and present. For such as small island, Gozo has a high concentration of churches - forty six in total. Each village has a unique church. So impressive, they say is the church dome in Xewkija is larger than St Paul's in London!
Every year, Gozo celebrates its Saints by organising spectacular feasts throughout the summer months. Each town and village will host a splendid “festa” with celebrations every weekend from late May to mid-September. Each festa is organised in honour of the patron saint to whom the parish is dedicated. These are lively celebrations with colourful illuminations, brass bands, processions and plenty of fireworks. The façade of the village church and main streets are dressed with thousands of twinkling lights. Scenes we may compare to a major street party – but times a thousand.
Other churches and temples of historic acclaim include Ta' Pinu Church. This is Gozo's national shrine and most iconic church. Legend has it that Ta' Pinu touched many with its mysterious powers and today, is a world renowned relic. Also parts of Gozo's heritage are a number of historic temples. The Ggantija Temples in Xaghra, a World Heritage Site, are the oldest freestanding temples in the world. Dating back to 3500BC, they are attributed to a mythical giantess.
The temperatures are typical of a lovely Mediterranean climate and long warm summer. Warmer temperatures appear as early as March and climb steadily as months of April and May are very pleasant. June can offer hot climate with July through to September being the hottest – average temperature 30C/86F. As we would expect, August is the hottest. October is a great time to visit if you're looking for less heat but a pleasant sunny climate. Although lesser temperatures November to February, these months can still offer as many days of 5 – 6 hours of pleasant sunshine.
Ghasri (pronounced “asri” on the west side of Gozo and with a population of 521. This makes it the smallest village by headcount. In contrast, it covers a large area and lies between the Hills of Zebbug and Ghammar and reached by road from Victoria to Gharb. The village is close to Gharb, Kercem and the capital, Victoria.
The Gurden Lighthouse on Gurden hill was the first Lighthouse built on Gozo dating back to 1853. It rises 180 metres above sea level. At the top of the steep Gurden Hill you have fabulous panoramic views of the island. This attracts hikers who enjoy the steep challenge to the top. The lighthouse was instrumental in defending the Maltese islands during World War II as its radar was able to anticipate enemy attacks early.
From the village square you can follow the road to a lovely valley, Wied L Ghasri. Ideal for country walks and cycling, particularly in spring and winter. The valley leads to the sea and a secluded inlet wedged between high cliffs. The inlet is popular for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
The farmhouse is short drive from a number of beaches. Dwerja Bay is close by, together with the Azure Window – a natural arch with a table-like rock over the sea. The stunning geography of the area was created thousands of years ago when two limestone's collapsed, forming the window. It has been featured in a number of films, including Clash of the Titans (1981). Dwejra bay has dramatic seascapes and a rocky shoreline renowned for its geology, wildlife and fascinating underwater scenery.
The popular and lively beach at Malsaforn Bay is a short drive on the north side of Gozo. Restaurants and bars surround the turquoise Mediterranean, serving fresh local cuisine. It is also a short drive to another popular resort, Xlendi Bay, on the south side of the island.
There is a local Supermarket within walking distance, located off Ghasri's main square. The nearest restaurants and bars are in close proximity in Gharb. Jeffrey's and Salvina's are two well known. Victoria is close by (2km or 5 minutes by car) with many restaurants, cafes, shops and bars.
There is also a frequent bus service from Ghasri to Victoria and surrounding villages.