The Gozo Lifestyle – Retreat but remain grounded

  • 18.September 2012
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Malta’s little sister island has certainly earned itself the status of ‘ideal quiet get-away’ all the year round. What’s so different about Gozo? Isn’t it just a tinier Malta? Not quite. If you’ve never been, you cannot understand the fascination of stepping on a ferry boat (which operates Malta to Gozo travel all day and all week long), leaving busy Malta behind and setting forth for a few days of tranquil staid seclusion. This is partly the reason why Gozo has become such a strong favourite with both the Maltese nationals and the foreign visitors who are yearning for a place where they can experience the holiday feel all year round.

Retreat but remain grounded – that is certainly a good way of enticing somebody onto Gozo. This speck of an island has all the merits of small island living. The beach is literally minutes away wherever you live on Gozo and you don’t even have to contend with the traffic. The countryside surrounds you. The shops are just up the road and whatever commodity or service you require is readily available. Every village centre has its magnificent church and thriving life with buzzing coffee shops, yet all willingly allow you well-deserved privacy whenever you need it. Then again, it is easy to travel around Gozo whether one has a car, scooter or bicycle, whilst public transport and taxi service is also available.

The Gozo lifestyle is so valid and so readily available that many foreigners have initially visited the island out of curiosity, then promptly turned round with decision and remained there for keeps. As happened in the Greek tale of Odysseus who was lured by the beautiful nymph Calypso to remain on her island of pleasure for so many years. Incidentally the Gozitans like to believe that that legendary island was none
So what is it that lures people to relocate to Gozo? First of all its niche quality and its smallness, then its promise of quiet, peace and a welcome break from the rush of busy-ness which modern life has to contend with. The entire Mediterranean character is encapsulated in so many little ways, that the Gozo experience is truly amazing.other than Gozo itself, and this for varied reasons.

To adapt to the island’s growing popularity amongst discerning visitors, the Gozo property market has grown and developed to the extent that anybody can find virtually any sort of property available. Whether one wants to buy a property in Gozo and keep property for onself, or to rent for short or long-term periods of time, the options are readily available. Value for money, idyllic locations, and supportive property sales and letting staff members ensure that anybody interested in relocating to island Gozo will find just the right kind of property to fit with his, her or their dream holiday home.

Still wondering whether it’s worth it?  Hop on that ferry boat and find out.  There are numerous types of accommodations one may rent out in Gozo if they were looking to spend a few days.   There are several good quality hotels however renting a property in Gozo is the most common option of foreigners and locals alike.  One will find a selection of beautiful character (some 100’s of years old) farmhouses with private pool,  modern villas with pool, condominium type style apartments with communal pool or simple apartments on the seafront, with sea views or inland.

So, if you’re going to make the trip to check it out, or if you done that and at your next step it is recommended find a reputable real estate agency that specialises in dealing with property in Gozo whether it be a property purchase or short / long term rental.

Written by: Marika Azzopardi
Marika Azzopardi is a freelance writer and journalist. A frequent contributor to national English language papers and magazines, she writes about a bevy of topics including art, people and life in general. She is also the author of children’s books and short stories, delving into adult fiction from time to time.

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