A HOME AWAY FROM HOME - GOZO
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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
WANT A RELAXED PEACEFUL HOLIDAY - WAKING UP TO THE BEAUTIFUL SEA/COUNTRY VIEWS, THEN LOOK NO FURTHER .
Ghajnsielem/Gozo: This 2nd floor apartment located in a quiet area in this lovely village with breath taking sea & country views from it`s large sunny veranda and equipped with all amenities. Also enjoying lovely views of the channel and the Maltese Island from back balconies. Finished to highest specifications, apartment consists of an open plan kitchen/living/dinning, one Double bedrooms with en-suite and spare bedroom having one bunk bed (sleeps two). One guest bathroom/shower. Fans provided in all rooms.
Not a standard holiday flat. Furnished with stylish, quality furniture and feels like home.
Both bedrooms have air-conditioning these are not included in price and charged seperately.
Bed linen,towels,shower soap, also a welcome traditional pack and local wine are all included in price.
child's cot/crib and high-chair.
Pick-up/drop-off to airport can also be arranged. Rental of car can also be arranged and dropped at apartment.
Apartment is situated in this lovely quiet neighbourhood and close to all amenities, minutes away from fish shops, supermarket, pharmacy, bars and restaurants.
Visitors can enjoy its close proximity to Sicily and Italy to the north. A little further to the south of the Malta shores is the African continent, for the geography of Malta has located it as the perfect stepping stone between Africa and Europe. Malta and the two smaller islands contain many bays where water sports, fishing and long, pristine beaches create the perfect atmosphere for vacationers.
The main island of Malta and the smaller Gozo and Comino islands are the only ones that are inhabited, but in fact, there are actually seven islands that make up the archipelago of Malta. While Malta, Gozo and Comino are the most well-known, all of the islands are lush and beautiful with plenty of places to revel in the relaxing Mediterranean warmth and get away from it all. Malta's geography means that deep water channels run between the islands, so boats or ferries are required to get to the other islands that surround the main island of Malta. The islands of Malta are also well known for their beautiful crystal clear blue water, but the gorgeous beaches aren't all there is to the beauty of the area.
It doesn't matter what time of year you set foot on Gozo, the climate is always conducive to sunny, Mediterranean living.
Bays to visit when in Gozo : Mgarr ix-Xini, Ramla bay, Dahlet Qorrot, Xwejni Bay, San Blass, Qbajjar Bay, Marsalforn Bay
Mgarr Ix-Xini Bay is only minutes away and is a beautiful beach where one can enjoy his day.
If you require any further assistance do not hesitate to contact me.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Hondoq ir-Rummien /Ramla Bay 2.5 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: 1 hour 25 min by car 34 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
The Island of Gozo region
The Island is reached by a half an hour ferry trip from Malta's northern tip, Cirkewwa.
The Ferry schedule is very frequent with trips every hour during day time, with a few changes during the off season.
Gozo covers an area of 67.1 sq km and is some 50 miles distant south of Sicily. The main town is Victoria in the centre, with 14 village spread across the island. The three main fishing bays are Mgarr, which serves also as the ferry landing port, Marsalforn and Xlendi. But a multitude of coves and inlets abound along its coast, the best known of which is Dwejra in the west with its azure window carved out in the surrounding high cliffs by the battering winter seas. Its spectacular sunsets and the deep blue colour of the sea beneath is the stuff of legends and a haven of divers.
Within the precincts of Ghajnsielem one finds the famous and historic Fort chambray. This fortress is built on the hill called 'Ras it-Tafal' which is situated between the port of Mgarr and that of Xatt l-Ahmar. It was built at the expense of a Norman Count of the Order of St John, named Francois Chambray during the reign of Grand Master Pinto.
Even as you enter Mgarr Harbour, you will see many of the famous landmarks of Ghajnsielem, the first Gozitan village you will encounter as you disembark from the ferry at Mgarr Harbour and head into the heart of Gozo.
Ghajnsielem means the Spring of Peace, although the name is also thought to mean the Spring of Selim, a Turkish Navel Commander who replenished his ship's water supply from it everytime he sailed by the islands. The natural water spring which inspired the name of the village was turned into a wash-house in 1700 by Grand Master Perellos, but sadly, in 1954, the historic wash-house was demolished and the spring spring that gave its name to the village was entombed so as to further enlarge the village square.
A visit to Ghajnsielem inevitably starts with Mgarr Harbour and fishing village. Head up to the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, which offers fantastic views of the harbour, especially at sunrise or sunset. On the left side, the 18th Century Fort Chambray offers amazing views of Gozo's southern cliffs and Xatt l-A?mar Bay overlooking the Comino Channel. From here you can take the narrow winding road leading to secluded bay of Xatt l-Ahmar or head towards the village centre to visit the Lombard-Gothic Parish Church dedicated to Our Lady of Loreto. The old parish church and the mysterious "Pjazza tad-Dehra" (square of the apparition), where it is believed that Our Lady had spoken to a local shepherd named Anglu Grech, also lie in the vicinity.
This apparition is what had led to the first erection of a statue housed in a niche where locals would gather in prayer since the Nadur Parish, of which Ghajnsielem previously formed part, was too distant. In 1810 the first small chapel was built, with bigger churches being erected later to account for a growing population such that the village was established as an independent parish in 1855, while the new parish church we know today was consecrated in 1978. Religiosity and religious culture remain very strong in Ghajnsielem, with no less than ten procession events happening in the village each year. Several NGOs, clubs and organisations form the heart and soul of community life to this very day.
While there are several indications pointing to early use of the area around the spring and the surrounding caves and coves, Ghajnsielem is one of the last villages to develop as we know it today. The site was dangerously close to an ideal landing place for pirates, and the fresh water springs were known to friend and foe. It was one only from the middle of the seventeenth century, when Grazes Tower then Fort Chambray offered some protection to the area and the Gozo-Malta channel was rendered safer by the construction of Santa Marija Tower on the mid-channel island of Comino that the fear gradually subsided and the first farmhouses were built close to the spring that gave name to the village.
Between 1940 and 1942, eleven shelters were dug throughout the village of Ghajnsielem and another four within Fort Chambray. Post-war times were tough but the development of Mgarr harbour in the late sixties helped Gozo to unleash a new era of prosperity for Ghajnsielem. By now a number of bars and restaurants serve the visitors who come to enjoy the views and the centre of Ghajnsielem which is probably one of the most beautiful squares in Malta and Gozo.
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25 Aug 2013
We rent this house via airbnb. Everything was excellent cause Stephanie the house renter provided for us all the information we needed.
She provide for us information on were to go to visit, where to go shopping, were to eat and everything. The house was nice and not distant from the beach side.
Also stephanie found us very good rate for a car that we rent and she rent it for us. Also by benchmarking prices that she found for us with the other people we met on vacation we found out that she found for us the best rates.
The house was well furinished with everything. Sheets, towels, television, and everything we needed. Really we felt like beeing at home. Also she take a total care of us by providing us pick up from airport.
Hope to visit Gozo again and for sure same House
I'm glad you all enjoyed your holiday. It was a pleasure helping you in any way I could to make your holiday a good one. I will be more then happy to welcome you again.
14 Aug 2013
"Good location and nice north / south terrace"
we had a lovely holiday in Gozo and have enjoyed to stay in the apartment.It is well equipped and with a very good large terrace. There was a nice view over the countryside and the sea and it was grea… More
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope you will visit again.
14 Aug 2013
"Very nice Apartment in a quiet Neighbourhood"
The apartment is very nicely decorated and makes you feel at home. We enjoyed our time with our little son there very much. The kitchen is well equipped. A rental car is advisable, parking in front of the building is no problem.
Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope you will visit again.
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