Highlights of Gozo Cycling

From $1304 per person

****# Based on 31 customer reviews
  • Wonderful gentle cycling: scenic coastal tracks, sleepy hamlets, lush valleys, breathtaking views
  • Fabulous 4-star and 5-star hotels, all with swimming pools
  • Baroque churches, honey-hued hilltop hamlets and archaeological treasures
  • Beautiful secluded bays, turquoise seas and colorful fishing villages
  • Swimming opportunities every day

What's included?

  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs Selected dates from 11 Oct '15 to 21 May '17
  • All buffet breakfasts and evening meals included
  • Managed by Headwater appointed agent
  • Sustainability rating: 83%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

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Highlights of Gozo Cycling

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Surrounded by azure Mediterranean waters, diminutive Gozo is just 5km from its livelier sister island Malta. Here, the pace of life is leisurely, the welcome is genuine and the people are friendly. The tranquillity, combined with the island's size makes Gozo perfect for gentle exploration on two wheels. Quaint villages, Baroque churches and traditional farmhouses blend naturally into the picturesque landscape and complement the unique coastline and amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

This short, leisurely route combines a mixture of coastal tracks and quiet roads and takes in panoramic views from the Ta' Cenc plateau as far as Malta and Comino. Visit Calypso's Cave overlooking the red sands of Ramla, reputed to be Gozo's best beach, and the UNESCO-recognised temples of Ggantija. Travelling west towards San Lawrenz the 350-year-old salt pans come into view, where it's still possible to see locals scraping up the salt crystals. Finally, visit the ancient citadel and narrow alleyways of the capital, Victoria, as you return to Sannat along one of the island's most attractive trails.

Your first hotel, the Ta' Cenc, is a hideaway resort situated on the outskirts of a sleepy village. It includes a spa, several pools and sun terraces, and restaurants offering traditional Gozitan cuisine. At Xaghra you stay just outside the village, with views over the valley. The service here is friendly and the swimming pools are inviting after a day in the saddle. A touch of elegance awaits you at San Lawrenz. The spa at the Kempinski is reputed to be one of the best in Europe! Have a leisurely swim in one of the pools or just relax with a sundowner in one of the bars.

Read more about this holiday on the travel blog.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Malta / Transfer to Gozo

Arrive at the exclusive 5-star Hotel Ta' Cenc. The pool is lovely if you fancy a pre-dinner dip!

Day 2 - Ta'Cenc to Xaghra 14km/9mi

A panoramic downhill ride takes you to Xewkija, a small village boasting Europe's third largest domed church. Cycling through gently swaying vineyards you reach Calypso's Cave with its magnificent views to Sicily; it's said that the nymph Calypso kept Odysseus captive here for seven years! Take the opportunity to descend on foot to the rich red sands of Ramla Bay, the island's best beach, before pedalling on to Xaghra and your friendly 4-star farmhouse hotel.

Day 3 - At Xaghra

There's plenty to explore in Xaghra's tangle of butter-coloured streets. Visit the megalithic temples of Ggantija, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an archaeological wonder dating back to 3500BC, or Xerri and Ninu's grottos, two caves full of stalagmites and stalactites strangely located within their owners' houses! Xaghra's piazza with its church is at the centre of village life; do as the locals do and relax in one of the cafes and watch the world go by, or relax at the hotel with its two lovely pools in a geranium-decked courtyard.

Day 4 - Xaghra to San Lawrenz 15km/9.5mi

Farmers tend their crops in the verdant terraced fields as you descend to Marsalforn, where rugged fishermen mend their nets in the harbour, their brightly painted luzzu boats bobbing lazily in the turquoise waters. A wild and beautiful stretch of coast takes you past a patchwork of salt pans and on to Wied il-Ghasri, a narrow inlet with a beautiful secluded cove. It's a perfect picnic spot for lunch. There's time to visit the remarkable Neo-Romanesque basilica at Ta' Pinu before reaching the luxurious Kempinski hotel in time for a swim before dinner.

Day 5 - At San Lawrenz

Perhaps visit Dwerja Point (there's a free shuttle from your hotel) where you'll find spectacular coastal scenery and some of Gozo's most recognisable sights such as the stunning Azure Window, where the blue sea and sky is framed by a honey-coloured stone archway; Fungus Rock, once prized for its strange flowering plants, and now a nature reserve; and the Inland Sea, linked to the Med through a narrow natural arch. Our 5-star hotel has several pools as well as one of Europe's best spas, so there's no excuse not to soothe any aching muscles!

Day 6 - San Lawrenz to Sannat 9km/6mi or 15km/9.5mi

In fine weather maybe follow one of the island's most attractive trails along the western coast, with fields bright with tiny yellow flowers and the air fragrant with Mediterranean garrigue. Alternatively, pedal gently towards the north west, where the terraces are dotted with Gozo's succulent tomatoes. It's then on to the capital, Victoria, with its tangled maze of flower-scented streets. The mediaeval citadel here boasts spectacular views across the whole island. Explore Ta' Cenc's archaeological treasures before your final candlelit dinner beneath the ancient carob tree.

Day 7 - Leave Gozo

For a longer tour, why not consider combining this with our Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £25 per adult per day and £18 per child per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.

Hotel Ta'Cenc, Sannat   (5 Star)

Hotel Ta Cenc Pool

The Hotel Ta'Cenc has an inimitable setting, scattered across the Ta'Cenc cliffs, just near the town of Sannat. This is the highest point on the island, and the views from the hotel's 400 acres of ground sweep across the entire island to the sea, even taking in Malta and Comino.

The hotel offers two enormous outdoor swimming pools and a heated indoor/outdoor pool in the spa area where treatments can be booked (payable locally). The hotel also offers a fitness centre and has tranquil gardens and the bar terrace overlooks the pool and surrounding countryside. The building itself has been built on one level to blend in sensitively with the natural surroundings, and guests are accommodated in individual air-conditioned stone bungalows, each with its own terrace or small garden.

The standard double or twin rooms are spacious and have a private terrace or patio. The standard double rooms have a Super King size bed (75' width) and the twin rooms have 2 x single beds (37' width). Both are equipped with satellite television, minibar, safety deposit box, air conditioning/ heating, tea and coffee making facilities, a trouser press and en-suite bathrooms with hairdryers. Meals are usually served al fresco on the patio under a 200-year old carob tree or in the main restaurant.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Hotel Cornucopia, Xaghra   (4 star)

Hotel Cornucopia, Xaghra

The Hotel Cornucopia is a traditional Gozitan farmhouse that has been sympathetically renovated into a unique hotel. The 50 rooms are almost all accessed from open corridors which overlook the pleasant courtyard with its two pools or the beautiful surrounding countryside.

The bedrooms are spacious and simply furnished in a traditional farmhouse style with exposed brickwork and pine furniture.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Banking / cheques cashed

Kempinski San Lawrenz, San Lawrenz   (5 Star)

Kempinski San Lawrenz, San Lawrenz

The Kempinski is a luxury hotel located on the edge of the lovely village of San Lawrenz, near to Dwerja and the Inland sea. The hotel is modern in style but retains some local features such as Gozitan wood panelling.

The rooms are very spacious with tiled floors, neutral furnishings and are well-equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone and an iron, folding ironing board in every room. The bathrooms are all fitted with a bathtub and overhead shower.

Headwater clients will be allocated deluxe rooms which have balconies and overlook the pool area.

The hotel has WIFI for guests to use free of charge- Please note this is subject to availability at the time of booking.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Extra nights and stop over hotels

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Phoenicia, Malta   (5 Star)

Hotel Phoenicia, Malta

The Hotel Phoenicia is a large, elegant hotel just outside the old city walls of Malta's capital, Valletta, and just 3 minutes walk from the city gate. It has retained its original architecture based on the grand style of the 1920's, with a luxurious classical d├ęcor and a blend of warm hospitality and old world service.

Unusually for a city hotel, it has extensive and quiet rear gardens with an open-air rotunda, mini golf course, gazebo, and outdoor swimming pool (heated in winter)- A lovely place to stretch your legs or relax with a good book away from the hubbub of the city.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Travel options

Transfers included from Malta Luqa airport at 15:35, and back to Malta Luqa airport at 11:15.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mrs Dick on 26/04/2016

Gozo was an unexpected delight but because of its small size the cycling is VERY limited. We added on a day in Valetta which was lovely.

Reviewed by Mr Hawley on 15/03/2016

Gozo is a great place to cycle; the people are very friendly, the food and wine great and there is much to see. You might like to include a side trip when you are going through Munxar on your way to Sannat. Take the road to the Sanat Cliffs as you leave Munxar. The road is new and rises gently for about a Km. Wonderful views of the Sanat Cliffs and across to Xlendi Bay. Retrace your way back to Munxar and continue on to Sannat and the Hotel Te Cenc. It is possible to walk from the cliffs directly to Sannat on a track, but we did not try cycling the tract.

Reviewed by Mr Webb on 13/11/2015

Highlights of Gozo Cycling was a great mix of undemanding yet adventurous cycling, covering much of the island, with excellent 4-5* hotels giving plenty of time and space to relax. The front-suspension bikes were well-equipped with panniers, the logistics of luggage transfer very straightforward, and the briefing and accompanying detailed notes on itineraries were very good. Don't expect smoothly tarmac'ed roads, and be sure to take cycling helmets, as these are not provided 'for safety reasons', confusingly! We are glad we booked a extra few nights at Ta' Cenc to begin with, as well as some time in Malta before flying back, as these were effective 'bookends' in terms of winding down by the pool(s). Gozitans are naturally warm and friendly people, island life is rural and unhurried, and the traffic certainly not as manic as Malta: overall, a very pleasurable enjoyable holiday!

Reviewed by Mrs Hunter on 13/10/2015

Gozo was lovely for cycling and walking - people were helpful and friendly. Hotel facilities were excellent otherwise and staff very helpful.

Reviewed by Mrs Furlong on 08/10/2015

Overall a very well thought out holiday, allowing us to cover most of the island of Gozo. Generally good food and comfortable hotels.

Reviewed by Ms Marshall on 23/06/2015

Gozo is a little gem and the cycling there was a great experience, if a little bumpy, and windy, at times. The holiday would have been perfect if it had included a couple of nights in Valetta at the end, not added on, but included. It was strange, only doing 6 nights. Or, start in Valetta, sight-seeing, then relaxing on lovely Gozo. The hotels may have Maltese star ratings, not ours. Ta Cenc should be 4-star, the Cornucopia only 3, but the Kempinski 5, as you would expect. They were all so different though, and it was great to stay in them all.

Reviewed by Mrs O'Hare on 12/04/2015

An opportunity to get close to the spirit of Gozo, travelling slowly under your own steam. This is not a holiday for cyclists who want to cover great distances, since the hotels are close together and the island is tiny. Nor is it suitable for novices, despite the 1-bike rating - we felt this was perhaps not appropriate, since although distances are small the tracks and even roads are rough and gradients can be steep. But it is a hugely enjoyable way of seeing all kinds of things in depth, and the hotels are really well chosen. We would recommend extra time at the Ta' Cenc since one night on arrival and one night before departure don't really give you time to do justice to the surroundings or hotel facilities. We booked an additional five nights at the Hotel Phoenicia in Malta and while this was a very different and more conventional few days, we really enjoyed this too. There is so much to see, do and absorb in Malta and the Phoenicia is perfectly located by the City Gate and bus station in Valletta to make it easy to get around. We would like to give a particular mention to the friendliness of the Maltese and all the hotel staff.

Reviewed by Ms Smith on 11/03/2015

Very well organised, most enjoyable holiday!

Reviewed by Mrs Newman on 28/10/2014

We were a little worried that Gozo would be rather limited due to its size but the cycling was excellent and there were lots of uphills to stretch us. We added additional excursions into the suggested routes to make the cycling days a little longer. The hotels were superb and it was lovely to come back to a welcoming choice of pools at the end of each day. Only niggle would be the variable availability of the internet - except at the Kepinski which had excellent coverage.

Reviewed by Mr Morgan on 17/06/2014

Well organised with in-depth knowledge of the island

Reviewed by Mrs Reynard on 09/06/2014

A good mix of exploration and relaxation, cycling is a brilliant way to explore Gozo.

Reviewed by Mrs Gittins on 14/05/2014

A relaxing cycle holiday with short distances but rather hilly. Hotels superb with lovely pools and relaxation areas.

Reviewed by Mr Drew on 15/04/2014

We had a refreshing, relaxing time. It's great to be able to rely on the directions, and to arrive at two luxurious hotels at the end of a day of fresh air and sunshine.

Reviewed by Mrs Tulloch on 15/04/2014

Gozo definitely worth visiting.

Reviewed by Mr Thompson on 28/10/2013

Very well organised and accomodation excellent. Gentle trip - as described. Met expectations and had a very good time

Reviewed by Mr Eele on 24/04/2013

Exceeded expectations. Great choice of Hotels and locations. Guides and maps need updating a bit and checking. There are new island cycle signs that were confusing as we were not on these routes all the time and they were only mention in the briefing not in the notes. You just had to concentrate a bit harder than expected on occassions.

Reviewed by Mrs Urquhart on 13/04/2013

Enjoyed the freedom of doing as we pleased. I would not recommend it for first time cyclists. Loved the friendliness of the Maltese people.

Reviewed by Mis Warby on 30/03/2013

Extremely well organised, went without a hitch. Travelling as a solo lady this was most welcomed & not once did I need to think of any plan B's!! I also felt totally relaxed with everybody I met & did not have to worry about my safety. I would not hesitate to recommend it other adventure minded ladies!

Reviewed by Mr Whalan on 23/03/2013

Admin prior to the holiday was poor but we got it sorted in the end. Hotels were very good, food excellent and Gozo is certainly worth a visit.The people are so welcoming. Roads are very very poor and sprung seat pins for the bikes would have made a big difference, If you have them take them! The gel saddles provided are not enough!

Reviewed by Mr Mullin on 23/03/2013

The holiday does seem a touch on the pricey side however the half board at the 5 star hotels and the lovely food makes up for it. I had a great time.

Reviewed by Mr Harper on 09/03/2013

I did not stay at the Cornucopia but i heard it was below standard. State of roads and tracks very poor. Not really cycling terrain. Thankfully most of the steep hills had a good surface. Lovely island which I think more suitable for walkers. Preferred Ta Cenc to Keblinski as a hotel but food at Ta Cenc not 5 star standard. Zlendi (especially) and Marsalforn nice lunch stops.

Reviewed by Mr Williams on 02/03/2013

Positive experience of an organised holiday. Cycling in Gozo is not challenging and gives plenty of time & opportunity to see the local sights.

Reviewed by Mrs Sheriff on 30/10/2012

The hotel/accomodation was a pleasant experience. Gozo has some picturesque qualities. The brochure promised gentle cycling but there were many climbs, the roads are badly potholed and there is a lot of vehicle traffic. It is best described as a walking/cycling holiday unless you are young and fit (see below).

Reviewed by Dr Lewin on 29/09/2012

You should advertise more for honeymoons! We had a wonderful time and were treated really well at all the hotels - the suite at the kepinski was amazing!!! Only issue was getting from hotel in malta to ferry terminal - I think we should have had transport through headwater for this - I appreciate we choose to have the extra nights but still..... That said the return journey was very smooth from hotel in gozo across ferry to malta direct to airport. Bikes not bad but a few issues with clunking gears etc but overall fine.

Reviewed by Mrs Preston on 24/09/2012

Unfortuntely one of us was unable to cycle due to an accident post booking, however the holiday was not spoilt. One of us travelled with the baggage the other cycled. cycling on your own was easy and the locals very friendly, especially when a puncture needed mending (even though their help wasn't really req'd). George our rep was efficient deliering spare tubes when needed and everything went very smoothly. The Cornucopia hotel is definately a little faded and not up to the other hotels but this wasn't a problem and the food there was excellent. The cycling was a little hilly for novice riders and the roads a little worse for wear (hence the punctures)but it was a lovely relaxing holiday with excellent food, weather and people. Also the journey by ferry to Gozo was a particular delight.

Reviewed by Mr Dixon on 23/06/2012

We had a wonderful holiday on this tranquil and unspoilt mini island. Sadly we were unable to do the cycling element of the holiday due to illness but still enjoyed every moment.

Reviewed by Mrs Pearson on 11/06/2012

A very enjoyable experience as it was our third with you we had a good idea of what to expect.

Reviewed by Mr Close on 11/06/2012

Gozo is in a time warp. Please don't tell anyone about it. The cycling distances are not too great, which means there is plenty of time for detours, and Gozo is the place for detours.

Reviewed by Mr Morgan on 19/05/2012

First rate. Gozo was so different. People charming.

Reviewed by Mr Ward on 19/05/2012

Gentle cycling was an wonderful way to view this delightful island.

Reviewed by Mr Wragg on 31/03/2012

Absolutely superb - even the weather was excellant!!!

Departure dates & prices

September 2015 departuresTour only 
Sep 20$2069
Sep 27$1879
October 2015 departuresTour only 
Oct 4$1879
Oct 11$1879
Oct 18$1915
Oct 25$1915
November 2015 departuresTour only 
Nov 1$1552
Nov 7$1552
Nov 14$1552
Nov 21$1552
Nov 29$1552
December 2015 departuresTour only 
Dec 6$1668
Dec 13$1668
Dec 20$2010
Dec 27$2183
February 2016 departuresTour only 
Feb 14$1542
Feb 21$1542
Feb 28$1542
March 2016 departuresTour only 
Mar 6$1561
Mar 13$1561
Mar 20$1561
Mar 27$1698
April 2016 departuresTour only 
Apr 3$1698
Apr 10$1715
Apr 17$1715
Apr 24$1715
May 2016 departuresTour only 
May 1$1798
May 8$1798
May 15$1798
May 22$1698
September 2016 departuresTour only 
Sep 4$1749
Sep 11$1749
Sep 18$1749
Sep 25$1749
October 2016 departuresTour only 
Oct 2$1629
Oct 9$1629
Oct 16$1630
Oct 23$1630
Oct 30$1442
November 2016 departuresTour only 
Nov 6$1304
Nov 13$1304
Nov 20$1304
Nov 27$1304
December 2016 departuresTour only 
Dec 4$1304
Dec 11$1304
Dec 18$1442
Dec 31$1816
February 2017 departuresTour only 
Feb 12$1474
Feb 19$1474
Feb 26$1474
March 2017 departuresTour only 
Mar 5$1493
Mar 12$1493
Mar 19$1493
Mar 26$1493
April 2017 departuresTour only 
Apr 2$1661
Apr 9$1647
Apr 16$1647
Apr 23$1661
Apr 30$1661
May 2017 departuresTour only 
May 7$1661
May 14$1661
May 21$1698

Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided cycling, hotel-to-hotel. Managed by Headwater appointed agent.


Selected dates from 11 Oct '15 to 21 May '17, for 7 days (6 nights). We are able to offer non standard departures for this holiday. Please call for details.


All buffet breakfasts and evening meals included.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

Transfers included from Malta Luqa airport at 15:35, and back to Malta Luqa airport at 11:15.

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