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Highlights of Gozo Cycling

Highlights of Gozo Cycling

  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights
  • Accommodationhotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From $1720per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Selected dates from 29 Apr '18 to 27 May '18
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 6 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All buffet breakfasts and evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, solo travellers, couples, coastal routes, island exploring
      from 29 reviews

Suddes says...
Excellent location for cycling on quiet roads with lots of interest historical and natural along the way. Hotel choice was excellent.
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Highlights of Gozo Cycling

  • Wonderful gentle cycling: scenic coastal tracks, sleepy hamlets, lush valleys, breathtaking views
  • Fabulous **** and ***** hotels, all with swimming pools
  • Baroque churches, honey-hued hilltop hamlets and archaeological treasures
  • Beautiful secluded bays, turquoise seas and colourful fishing villages
  • Swimming opportunities every day

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 in Stumpy's Blog.

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Day-by-day itinerary

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Day 1 - Arrive in Malta / Transfer to Gozo

Arrive at the exclusive ***** Hotel Ta' Cenc. The pool is lovely if you fancy a pre-dinner dip! (Half Board)

Day 2 - Sannat 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**** farmhouse hotel. (Staying at Cornucopia Hotel, Half Board)

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. (Staying at Cornucopia Hotel, Half Board)

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. (Staying at Kempinski San Lawrenz, Half board)

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 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! (Staying at Kempinski San Lawrenz, Half board)

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. (Staying at Hotel Ta'Cenc, Half Board)

Day 7 - Leave Gozo

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. 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.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286, use our live webchat or email info@breakaway-adventures.com

Hotel Ta'Cenc, Sannat

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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 air-conditioned single-storey stone buildings, 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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

DatesTrullo RoomDeluxe Junior SuiteSuite
01/10/2017 - 31/05/2018£33£33£28
08/09/2018 - 25/05/2019£34£34£30

All prices shown above are valid from 28/03/2018. Upgrade supplement prices are per person per night, based on two people sharing. Trullo rooms have a Super King size (75' width) bed and are larger and round in shape with a beehive style roof. They have an additional seating area and a patio area. Deluxe Junior Suites are larger with a contemporary feel and a King size (69' width) four poster bed. They have a seating area and an outdoor terrace and offer tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV, Ipod dock, hairdrier, safety deposit box, air conditioning/heating, modern bathrooms including a jacuzzi bath and a separate double shower. Suites are larger than standard rooms with a Super King size (75' width) bed and an additional seating area with a private patio or terrace. Suites also offer tea and coffee making facilities.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Cornucopia, Xaghra

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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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

01/10/2016 - 31/05/2017£16
01/09/2017 - 31/05/2018£22

All prices shown above are valid from 18/11/2017. Upgrade supplement prices are per person per night, based on two people sharing. Suite rooms have a jacuzzi bath and balcony.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Kempinski San Lawrenz, San Lawrenz

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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 guests will be allocated deluxe rooms that 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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

DatesJunior Suite
01/11/2017 - 31/05/2018£18

All prices shown above are valid from 23/11/2017. Upgrade supplement prices are per person per night, based on two people sharing. Junior Suites have a surface area of 48sqm and consist of a bedroom with lounge area. The private balcony overlooks the resort's landscaped garden and pool area.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

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.

Excelsior Grand Hotel Malta, Valletta

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The 5* Excelsior Grand Hotel Malta has magnificent views overlooking Marsamxett Harbour and Fort Manoel and is ideally placed just 2 minutes away from the walled old town centre of the Maltese capital of Valletta. It is a relaxing haven in the bustling city and its facilities boast both an indoor and outdoor pool, (pool towels available), gym, hairdressing salon, relaxing bar area with beautiful views, restaurant and impressive spa facilities.

There are a variety of rooms on offer, including the sea front rooms with amazing views, all rooms have satellite television with international channels, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar, large safe and air conditioning and free wifi is available throughout the hotel.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Phoenicia, Malta

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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 decor 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.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.


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.


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Suddes, 20/02/2018

Excellent location for cycling on quiet roads with lots of interest historical and natural along the way. Hotel choice was excellent.

Mr Holloway, 02/11/2017

The cycling was great but there wasn't enough of it. The hotels chosen were in their own world and that was disappointing - would have been nicer to eat with locals and perhaps be in centre of a village rather than a resort. Gozo's rapid development is not pretty and we didn't find much of the land time forgot! But we had a great time and perhaps felt we just hadn't booked the right holiday for us! Cornucopia was the exception - we felt it wasn't a great holiday destination.

Mr Hawkins, 17/10/2017

An extremely interesting holiday giving an opportunity to explore the features of Gozo. In between days were usefully spent viewing the fascinating Ggantija Temples, Dwejra (with a hair-raising trip out to sea on a small boat) and the Citadel in Victoria. The cycling was generally good although we found a confusing direction leaving Xewkija as we found the wrong cement works. The roads were a bit rough at times. You kindly arranged our transport to Sliema at the end of the holiday and the taxi driver was very well-informed and interesting to talk to.

Headwater response:
Dear Mr Hawkins,
Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday feedback. It was lovely to see you had an enjoyable holiday overall. It sounds like you really explored all that Gozo has to offer.
We were however sorry to see you found the directions confusing when leaving Xewkija. We have made this clearer in the route notes. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
In closing, we would like to thank you for choosing to travel with Headwater and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future.
Kind regards,

Mr Whitehurst, 06/06/2017

A good cycling holiday with excellent accomodation

Mr Carr, 19/10/2016

An ideal way to explore the country at a relaxed pace. You'll stay at a mix of hotels all with their own individual highlights and character. All very friendly.

Mr Page, 18/05/2016

Cycling tougher then expected because of strong winds on most days and volume of traffic. The write up suggested a Gozo that disappeared a while ago but a cycle way round the island is being developed. Hotels lovely and distances appropriate, terrain tough in places because of

steep hills and strong winds

Mr Price, 03/05/2016

Good organisation

No hassle

Everybody very helpful

Mrs Dick, 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.

Mr Hawley, 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.

Mr Webb, 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!

Mrs Hunter, 13/10/2015

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

Mrs Furlong, 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.

Ms Marshall, 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.

Mrs O'Hare, 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.

Ms Smith, 11/03/2015

Very well organised, most enjoyable holiday!

Mrs Newman, 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.

Mr Morgan, 17/06/2014

Well organised with in-depth knowledge of the island

Mrs Reynard, 09/06/2014

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

Mrs Gittins, 14/05/2014

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

Mr Drew, 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.

Mrs Tulloch, 15/04/2014

Gozo definitely worth visiting.

Mr Thompson, 28/10/2013

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

Mr Eele, 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.

Mrs Urquhart, 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.

Mis Warby, 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!

Mr Whalan, 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!

Mr Mullin, 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.

Mr Harper, 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.

Mr Williams, 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.

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Holiday details

This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Selected dates from 22nd Apr 2018 to 27th May 2018, for 6 nights.

All buffet breakfasts and evening meals

Other details
Airport and luggage transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure. This holiday may be adapted into a 4 night version - just deduct £130 per person from the prices above.

Tailor-made travel

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

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