Malta Holiday House
A boutique house located in Victoria Gozo, Malta
Available for long lets
About the Holiday House
This magnificent TOWN HOUSE which is finished to very high standards is situated on the outskirts of Victoria. Accommodation on first floor comprises of a very spacious living and dining area, a double bedroom, modern design bathroom and an open plan kitchen and dining room which leads you to the pool area, second floor comprises of another 4 bedrooms, main bedroom with en-suite bathroom. One of the rooms can also be used as a study or kids room. Top floor you will find a spacious washroom leading you onto the roof terraces with outdoor furniture and an canopy. This property is finished to very high standards with a very modern design. Semi-basement you can find a 6 car garage with storage space and an extra store room.
The house is finished to very high standards and is fully equipped to make your stay as pleasant as possible.
Island of Gozo
Gozo, the second largest island of the Maltese Archipelago that consists of three islands known as Gozo, Comino and mainland Malta, is known to provide a tranquil haven for a tempo and scene change. Gozo though separated from mainland Malta by just a 5km stretch of Mediterranean sea is distinctly different from Malta and the charm of the sister Island is immediately apparent; it’s greener, more rural and smaller, with life’s rhythms dictated by the seasons, fishing and agriculture. Roughly circular in shape, 14km by 7km in area, Gozo is hilly and from the south-west to the north-west, the coast is entirely surrounded by cliffs.
Millions of years ago, the Maltese islands were the elevated regions on a mass of land extending southwards from nearby Sicily. Situated about 80km away from Sicily and 190km from the North African coast, Gozo is rural and simple, its culture and way of life rooted in fishing, and in primitive pastoral and agricultural activity. Tomatoes, potatoes, onions, melons, grapes, figs, oranges, and tangerines are the island’s prime agricultural produce.
Steeped in myth, Gozo is also thought to be the legendary Calypso’s isle of Homer’s Odyssey – a peaceful, mystical backwater.
Gozo meaning “joy” in castilian is the name the Aragonese gave this island, when they possessed it in 1282. The idea of joy and pleasure is also conveyed by its Latin motto “Fertilis ab undis caput iffero – a fruitful land raising its head from the sea”. The Phoenicians, when it was theirs in 700Bc, called it “Gwl” or Gaulos, meaning a round ship, possibly in reference to the island’s shape from a distance, a name the Romans kept when they, in turn took it over in 218AD. The Arabs, who came to rule this precious piece of land a thousand years ago, and who strongly influenced its Semitic language, left behind the name that has stuck in the vernacular: Ghawdex (pronounced Aw-desh).
Gozo’s rich early history makes for some fascinating archeaological tourism. First settled around 5500BC, by 3600BC Gozo’s people had began to build and carve in stone. They created temples, statues and subterranean burial complexes similar to those on the main island of Malta but otherwise unique in the world.
Chief amongst the archeaological sites is the Ġgantija Temple complex. The two temples here are amongst the oldest free-standing stone buildings in the world and have UNESCO World Heritage status.
Many much smaller sites, sometimes hard to identify without the help of an expert, provide evidence for a sophisticated society surrounding the temples and objects from the various sites can be seen in the Gozo Archaeological Museum in the Citadel, r-Rabat (Victoria).
Gozo’s population of approximately 29,000 is not so much in evidence, except in the bustling little square in what makes for the main town, Victoria, so named in 1897 in honour of Queen Victoria’s jubilee and where a fifth of the population resides.
The local people have resolutely stuck to their own name of Rabat, instead of Victoria. Like other Rabats in the one-time or present Arab world, this Rabat, has its medina, the fortified citadel atop a summit, which shelters the old town and which once offered security from raiders. This haunting citadel, a favourite spot for true romantics, has only a few splendid old houses and a lovely small cathedral encircled by the spectacular bastion walls. At night, with moonlight filtering through the ruins and the aged stones of ancient palazzi, it is almost possible to feel the spirits of those who lived, laughed, cried, loved, played – and died- here, when the world was a very different place, but Gozo was much the same.
Baroque churches and old stone farmhouses dot the countryside. Gozo’s rugged landscape and spectacular coastline await exploration with some of the Mediterranean’s best dive sites.
Gozo also possesses a nightlife and cultural calendar all of its own, with some great dining out.
There is no fear in walking about at night. The sense of safety and security is tangible. The people of this island take pride in the absolute absence of muggings and the almost non-existence of theft. Until fairly recently, when they were not at home, the villagers of Gozo left their keys in their front doors, a custom which can occasionally still be seen.
Many foreign nationals, who are enchanted by the tranquility and laid back lifestyle that this tiny island has to offer, are lured into buying or renting a property in Gozo, a place where they can escape the hustle and bustle of the cities and relax in peace in the weekend, or possibly for the Summer months. Many have come to realize that there is no better place to retire than this Mediterranean island, where time has stood still for a decade or two, where the sun is always shining, and where one can still wake up in the morning to the sound of the cockerels and the scent of freshly baked bread and home-brewed coffee. And the beauty of it all is that whilst Gozo offers a green and relaxed pace of life, one can still enjoy all the amenities and comfort of today’s life – all at an affordable property price tag. They also see the value of owning a property in Gozo, where thanks to a strong property market, they know that they are not only getting a holiday home, but also a solid and lucrative investment.
Gozo is tranquil, and treasures its peace.
Nearby Places & Activities
Located on the outskirts of Victoria, Gozo’s own capital city, the house is in a quiet area away from the hustle and bustle which the city offers yet close to all shops, entertainment venues & transport facilities.