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An adventure in Gozo

Dawn Rawlings

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

One of my first trips when I joined The Artisan Travel Company brought me to the beautiful island Gozo. After arriving at Malta airport, my taxi driver was already waiting for me and I was brought to the ferry port to board the ferry.

Already just the crossing from Malta to Gozo gave me a holiday feeling.

As I was so excited about the trip I almost forgot to pick up my luggage, but thankfully my friendly taxi driver reminded me to do so. My adventure could then finally begin.

I checked into my lovely room and had a wonder around the hotel, which has a converted 350 year old farmhouse as its central area.

The village of Xaghra is only a few minutes' walk away, so I decided to go and was positively surprised, to be honest. It is a small, picturesque village and also offers a historical heritage.

After I had seen the village, I decided to stroll back to my hotel and enjoy the rest of my day and the lovely sunshine.

As my activities would not start until the next day, I thought why not relax a bit at the nice hotel pool. Just a couple of seconds later, I found myself lying beside the pool with a book in my hands. That was a wonderful way to let a day come to an end. As I had just been told that I definitely wouldn't get bored during my trip, I could not wait for the next day. So you can imagine how excited I was to find out what was on the agenda.

Finally the morning had arrived and after the delicious breakfast I could start my adventure. Cornil, our local expert, told me that the best thing to do first, is to explore the island and learn about its history, traditions and people. And so we did. We met friendly people who shared their traditional food with us and told us exciting stories about their life on the island, whilst drinking a glass of wine.

There is no better way to explore a destination, than to get away from the tourist trails and meet the locals. I would never miss an opportunity to do it.

After getting to know the island a bit better, it was time for some outdoor activities! As I love spending a lot of time in, at and under the water, my first choice was of course the sea kayaking. What else? I spent the day exploring Gozo's coastline and enjoying the stunning scenery from a different perspective. We followed shallow reefs and kayaked along the coastline with its imposing cliffs, sea caves and beautiful beaches.

One of the beaches even has red sand! That is quite impressive.

One of the best parts of the tour was the snorkelling during the paddle breaks – just amazing! After having our picnic lunch it was sadly time to paddle back.

The next adventure for me was climbing. To be totally honest, I was not really sure about this, as I haven't done it before. And just the thought of climbing up a cliff without having a net underneath was a bit scary. But who doesn't like a challenge? So I went for it. The experienced guide took me to the best location that suited my experience – which was none. When we got to the cliff he taught me the safety techniques and took away my fear by explaining everything step by step. And guess what? By the end of the day, I just wanted to climb higher and higher. This was a fantastic day out and I had a lot of fun. Climbing is now on my to-do list for my next holiday.

As there is so much more to do and to discover here, I will definitely be back to this truly special place! See you soon Gozo.

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