Gozo – the enchanted Island of Calypso
by Joe Attard
Gozo is fantastic and magical. You’ve got to experience living here to believe me. The island is still largely undeveloped with its 13 quaint villages still separated by fields and countryside. Although Gozo is so small there are different dialects. Some words and phrases are used only in Nadur which is on the East side and words and expressions used at Gharb on the West are not used anywhere else. See Map of Gozo.
Gozo is classified as a Region within the EU and is different even from Malta the elder sister of the Maltese archipelago. It is greener and much more peaceful. The crime rate is nil, non-existent. Some locals still follow the age-old custom of leaving the front door keys in the lock.
It is the ideal destination to relocate to. Life goes on at an easy pace, it is hassle-free perhaps owing to the lack of distances; everything is so near. You are never far away from anything for more than 45 minutes on foot. By public transport (the Arriva now) you can get there in 10 mins or less. People here do not really need a car especially if living in Victoria, the Capital town of Gozo.
The weather is lovely. I am writing this little article in mid-October and the weather is still summery. The sea temperature is 23 deg and some people are still swimming on fine days. It usually continues like this till almost Christmas, although we have the occasional rainy day or two but then the weather changes to fine again and the landscape looks even more beautiful and fresh. Winter here is mild, the coldest months being January, February and up to mid-March but it is never really that cold since temperatures seldom go below 17 degrees during the day.
Gozo and Malta are steeped in history, pre-history even. In some places like Victoria and Mdina and Valletta in Malta it feels like one is still living in the 16th Century at the time of the Knights of St. John. Well I can go on and on but as I said before, seeing is believing.
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