Malta / Gozo

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

Trip code: W07GO 4.6 (136 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
single centre

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

18.0Kg CO2e

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SUMMARY

  • Unspoilt Mediterranean island, temperate year-round climate, perfect for exploring on foot
  • Secluded hotel with swimming pools and tranquil gardens
  • Magnificent coastal paths, breathtaking views, colourful fishing villages
  • Exotic Mediterranean flora, lemons, figs, peaches and poppies
  • Masses of walking choices, route notes give maximum flexibility
  • Option to extend your stay with extra nights in Malta

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts and evening meals
  • Headwater navigation app

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Gozo is the second largest of the Maltese islands, yet at only 14km by 7km at its widest point, nowhere in Gozo is too far away, making it the ideal choice for a walking holiday. The slow pace of life along with the air of tranquillity also makes Gozo the perfect place to relax. Rich in history and culture you must visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ggantija Tombs at Xaghra, the oldest freestanding temples in the world dating back to 3500BC, and the Ta' Pinu sanctuary.

The walks guide you around the island's impressive coastline and through the cobbled streets of the traditional towns and villages and you'll have plenty of time for exploring, swimming and just soaking up Gozo's tranquil atmosphere. Its rugged landscape ensures spectacular views including Fungus Rock, a natural stone outcrop in the centre of Dwejra Bay, and the Inland Sea. Between autumn and late spring, the countryside bursts into life, revealing an incredible wealth of flora and fauna, with colourful wild flowers and scented herbs.

You stay at the wonderfully secluded Hotel Ta'Cenc, set in 400 acres of private grounds and built on one level to blend in sensitively with the natural surroundings. The hotel offers complete serenity and a friendly atmosphere just a short taxi ride from the island's capital of Victoria. There are swimming pools, a hydro-massage Jacuzzi, a fitness centre and tennis courts. You stay in tastefully furnished, air-conditioned single storey stone buildings, each with its own terrace. Breakfast is a delicious hot and cold buffet, and evening meals offer a mouth-watering selection of Gozitan and Italian specialities, served al fresco on the patio under a 200-year-old carob tree.

Terrain

The terrain is moderate with some small hills and the walking is often along ancient roads and old farm tracks. There are some steep descents to the coast and the occasional rough, stony section. Otherwise the walking is essentially 1-boot level.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrival in Malta/Transfer to Gozo

Our taxi meets you in Malta and takes you to the ferry for the 25-minute trip across to Gozo. Below is a suggested itinerary for the week but you are free to pick and choose when and where you walk each day.

You stay at Hotel Ta'Cenc.

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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.

Room upgrades: Trullo Room, Deluxe Junior Suite or Suite.
Trullo rooms: 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: 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: 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.

Day 2: Mgarr and the Raiders' Cove (8km/5.0mi)

Mgarr is Gozo's port, full of traditional and colourful luzzu fishing boats, and dominated by the 18th century Fort Chambray, built by the Knights of St John. The path from here hugs the coast as far as the narrow creek of Mgarr ix-Xini where Turkish raiders landed in 1551 - the perfect place for a picnic and swim. From here, you follow an old mule track up through the hotel's rocky grounds with fine views across to Malta, stopping to explore the remains of a copper age temple and Neolithic dolmen.

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You stay at Hotel Ta'Cenc.

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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.

Room upgrades: Trullo Room, Deluxe Junior Suite or Suite.
Trullo rooms: 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: 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: 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.

Day 3: Ta'Pinu and Gharb (15km/9.3mi)

The north western corner of the island is only accessible on foot, along easy to navigate farm tracks. First stop is the remarkable neo-Romanesque basilica Ta' Pinu, a huge national shrine built on the site of a miracle in 1923. Your route then leads through unique ravine-like wieds (streams) to Gharb with a stunning Baroque church dating from 1699 and traditional stone houses. The final stretch takes you along the striking cliffs of the north coast where you are rewarded with fantastic views across Gozo's famous salt pans.

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You stay at Hotel Ta'Cenc.

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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.

Room upgrades: Trullo Room, Deluxe Junior Suite or Suite.
Trullo rooms: 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: 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: 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.

Day 4: Xlendi Bay and Layercake Cliffs (10km/6.2mi or 6km/3.7mi)

The cliffs near Sannat are the highest and most dramatic cliffs on Gozo and in late spring are alive with Mediterranean shearwaters. The route includes breathtaking views to Comino and Malta as it winds down through tamarisk trees to the gorgeous Xlendi Bay. Then it's up through the terraced fields, bright with poppies and gladioli cultivated in rows like Provencal lavender.

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You stay at Hotel Ta'Cenc.

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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.

Room upgrades: Trullo Room, Deluxe Junior Suite or Suite.
Trullo rooms: 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: 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: 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.

Day 5: Free day for independent exploring

Today you could take a ride on one of Gozo's quirky buses to Xaghra and head towards the Ggantija Tombs, a massive freestanding temple of 6 metre high monoliths, and Calypso's Cave. Have lunch on Ramla Bay, undeniably the best beach on the island, then perhaps head on to the lively capital, Victoria, for the afternoon. The bustling market square, used as a meeting place since Roman times, is dominated by the medieval citadel with spectacular views over the whole island. However, the real charm lies in the maze of tiny back streets clustered around the Basilica, with carved stone balconies, flower-decked doorways and statuettes of the Madonna in street-corner niches.

You stay at Hotel Ta'Cenc.

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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.

Room upgrades: Trullo Room, Deluxe Junior Suite or Suite.
Trullo rooms: 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: 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: 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.

Day 6: Fungus Rock and the Inland Sea (13km/8.1mi)

To the west coast and the fascinating Punic burial site at Wardija Point. There's a mythical feeling here, like being on the edge of the world. Narrow stone-walled lanes lead down to bamboo groves and to Fungus Rock (named after the 'magic' plant which grew there), the former site of the Azure Window and the Inland Sea.

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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.

Room upgrades: Trullo Room, Deluxe Junior Suite or Suite.
Trullo rooms: 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: 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: 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.

Day 7: Bays and Towers Walk (13km/8.1mi)

Beginning at Qala, it's an easy stroll to Dahlet Qorrot, a tiny harbour with gaily coloured boat houses. Then it's on through fragrant lemon groves and vineyards and past fig and peach trees to San Blas Bay, a hidden beach with gorgeous ochre-coloured sand. Your final stop is Nadur where the spectacular views at the end of the day are a great finale to your week.

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You stay at Hotel Ta'Cenc.

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Hotel Ta'Cenc, Sannat

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Pool
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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.

Room upgrades: Trullo Room, Deluxe Junior Suite or Suite.
Trullo rooms: 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: 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: 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.

Day 8: Leave Gozo

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, then we recommend: Excelsior Grand Hotel Malta, Valletta; Hotel Phoenicia, Malta.

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Excelsior Grand Hotel Malta, Valletta

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The 5 star 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.

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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.

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OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from Heathrow to Malta Luqa with Air Malta
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • Transfers for tour only packages
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: Air Malta Heathrow to Malta Luqa transfer to ferry port 35 minutes then ferry to Gozo, transfer to hotel from ferry port 10 minutes Return:Transfer to ferry port 10 minutes, ferry to Malta, transfer from ferry port to airport 35 minutes then Malta Luqa to Heathrow

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Standard transfers
Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Malta Luqa airport at 15:35, and back to Malta Luqa airport at 11:15.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 4pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Lovely hotel very relaxing, clean and friendly. Food was wonderful. You could mention how easy and reliable the buses are to use.

Douglas Harrison, 1 Jun 2024

 

We had an excellent experience with Headwater from booking to arriving home, would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an adventure holiday.

Neil Dembry, 1 Jun 2024

 

Repeat travellers with Headwater, so we knew what to expect. All told the holiday met our expectations taking us to places not before visited. Walking at our own pace and not always sticking to the guided walks suited us fine.

Philip Kitchen, 20 Apr 2024

 

A lovely hotel in an ideal position & close to the bus route which gives access to the rest of Gozo. Ideal.

Jean Blackledge, 14 Apr 2024

 

People at Headwater are always very good to deal with. I think you organise great holidays.

Nicholas Grier, 5 Apr 2024

 

Friendly and helpful

Carolyn Dawe, 30 Mar 2024

 

A great way to explore new territory

Anne Aldis, 23 Dec 2023

 

Good communication very well organised transfers

no issues at all

Malcolm Williams, 21 Oct 2023

 

Very enjoyable holiday, well organised, would highly recommend to others (have done so already!)

Tanya Hutchings, 27 Sep 2023

 

Well organised, well documented,and helpful patient staff in the office, all very smooth travel and better than expected hotel. First time with Headwarter. Impressed.

Michael Fletcher, 18 Sep 2023

 

Excellent hotel - location, facilities, staff and food.

Navigation app was outstandingly good, informative and with a few very minor exceptions accurate and easy to use. Made our walks highly enjoyable and stress free.



GEEKIE, 24 Jun 2023

 

A tranquil break on a beautiful island, with good walking and a brilliant hotel. A really fabulous break. Adding 3 days on the back to see Valetta was a great idea.

DEY, 5 Jun 2023

 

Beautiful coastal paths. Visit to Comino a must for the walk but very busy at the Blue Lagoon and extremely limited places to sit and enter the water. Fungus Rock area is spectacular as are the cliffs between Ta Cenc and Xlendi Bay. Easy to get around on the buses. Only 2 Euros for two hours travel on any route. There is no courtesy bus from the hotel, however, to Kantra Cove (which we thought was dangerous anyway) or to Victoria. Buses go one per hour. Had a few issues with our room but these were rectified promptly. The swimming pool in the spa is the loveliest I have ever swam in. Great way to end the day before dinner. Staff were all very pleasant, especially Natalie. On the downside, there is no shop or bar close to the hotel.

SIFLEET, 16 May 2023

 

A very good holiday in all aspects. The food in Ta Cenc was disappointing. Few local dishes or Maltese cuisine.

RUBERY, 13 May 2023

 

An excellent week on Gozo with some great walks.

Good hotel.

No hotel minibus service provided to the start of the walks.

Buses and taxis are very good on Gozo with great online booking and information.

Mr Speakman, 29 Apr 2023

 

Very pleasant week was had by us both. Anything we needed to know the hotel was always happy to help us. the food and accommodation was great. we may well return there, even though we have been twice before

Mrs Meadows, 29 Apr 2023

 

A landscape where the "Bible meets the Burren" ! Amazing rocky, parched landscapes with dramatic cliff walks, ridgeline villages, church domes and clear seas you want to dive into. We self guided around the coast and villages of Gozo, relying on the local buses and a stout stick. Relatively eas y walking but the unremitting hard surfaces can be sore on your feet and knees. We travelled in March and benefitted from the wild flowers and green valleys. Hotel Ta Cenc was wonderful with its dramatic cliff setting. The ridgeline villages are beautiful, although quiet, but we loved the bustle of Victoria and would especially recommend a visit to the Citadel.

Mr Lowther, 25 Mar 2023

 

We had a very enjoyable holiday. The hotel was comfortable and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

Food was very good.

We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed the walks although on a few of them we found the instructions ambiguous on occasions. Some of the paths were quite hidden. Generally directions were good as were buses.



Walks were more challenging than anticipated but gave us a sense of achievement at the end!



Mrs Read, 14 Feb 2023

 

An excellent holiday, but the experience was let down by no local Rep input. The return travel arrangements to the airport were eventually sorted by the excellent team at the Hotel.

Dr Howden, 14 May 2022

 

This was my first experience of an "unguided" walking holiday. The walks are detailed but the directions are not always very clear and do need updating. Lovely walks, scenery and points of interest but found some of the walking along road became a bit tedious and repetitive. Having a good map or GPS allowed us to "personalise" the routes! Easy to get around the island on the buses when needed. The 7 day unlimited travel card was perfect. Squeezed in a day trip to Valletta. The Hotel Ta' Cenc has a 5* location. Beautiful cliff view point. The hotel itself doesn't quite hit the 5* rating today, but has a certain charm and quirkiness with lots to recommend it. Relax, keep a sense of humour and enjoy the differences!



































































tedious.

Mrs Barlin, 30 Apr 2022

 

Well sited hotel with plenty of flexibility

Mr Prout, 23 Apr 2022

 

Very good. Route guides need updated. Hotel Ta Cenc very good. Rooms not 5* but food and service were.

it is very well worth going up to the lighthouse on the Ta' Pinu day, because the views are great. Also on that day, it’s worth adding the “stages of the cross” walk, again for the views



We added three nights in Valletta and would recommend that to others doing this trip. One day we used the hop on and hop off bus tour to see more of the island and would strongly recommend a visit to Mdina. We also recommend the harbour tour by boat from Sliema, and the military/history museum at the old fort in Valletta.

Dr Waugh, 26 Mar 2022

 

Hotel meals were excellent great range of choices every evening. Staff exceptional very friendly and helpful. The hotel is in a fabulous location some areas of the site need refurbishment but the main areas of restaurants,pools and gardens are well tended. Transfers went very smoothly with a very helpful driver Pierre who pointed out various sites of interest on the way to Gozo.

I would recommend this self guided walking tour of Gozo to anyone.

Ms Caicedo, 14 Mar 2022

 

If you’re allergic to cats, this hotel is Not for you! At least 8 roam the complex. Breakfast was great but evening meal disappointing. Great menu but tired ingredients. Vegetable selection poor and overcooked. Meat and fish overcooked. No freshly made desserts.

Mrs Spencer, 9 Nov 2021

 

Overall this was an excellent holiday: we had a great time. As ever, there is always room for improvement: the route notes need slight updating; the staff and ambience at the hotel are excellent, but our room needed some refurbishment in the bathroom (the shower was very scruffy). The transfers to and from Gozo worked very well and our driver (Vincent) was very helpful and informative.

Mrs BALL, 16 Oct 2021

 

Although we are restricted to short/morning walks, there are plenty of options. Longer ( more than 8 miles) are also available. Local buses very convenient. Hotel excellent with both indoor & outdoor pools, a gym & excellent food (large portions). Kantra restaurant at Mgarr-ix-Xini excellent for lunch & or rest day. Walking notes v good, but take extra care between Calypso's cave & Ramla Bay. Our trip was unusual, as we arrived by cruise ship at Valletta port & returned home by air. The booking was made in Jan/Feb 2020. The Maltese authorities required our vaccination certificate to be via nhs app ( rather than the paper version) which caused us some anxiety - I don't know whether that was because we arrived by ship; I suggest you confirm the exact requirement for customers arriving by air. This was the 4th time we've stayed at Ta'Cenc & we enjoyed our 12 days gentle 1 boot walking (up to 4miles/day)

Mr SHERRARD, 4 Oct 2021

 

Perfect shoulder season easy walking destination; well chosen hotel and helpful guidance notes for each walk.

Mr HAINSWORTH, 4 Oct 2021

 

Very happy with hotel accommodation, food and taxi transfers. Hotel staff were pleasant & helpful. We are confident and experienced walkers who enjoyed the holiday and were able to work around difficulties encountered, but some may find certain omissions and changes to the guidance notes challenging. For example: There was no 'Headwater Information File' in the hotel. There was no hotel shuttle bus service. The walking routes were good and covered all of the features of the island but they were all longer than stated. Some of the route notes were out of date as directional landmarks were no longer present or the route was blocked by fences and/or private land and in one case by bridge repair works, in particular walk 9, walk 13 and walk 21.

Mr BARDSLEY, 26 Jul 2021

 

Very relaxing holiday in pleasant location. Walking easy but walks could be extended.

Hotel facilities very good and staff friendly and helpful. ONLY down side was the weather - torrential rain and wind for two days but it was November! But hotel facilities good pool - fitness suite spa so no problem filling in the day.

The first time for many years that the Gozo ferry had to be cancelled! All in all an enjoyable break.



Mrs Barker, 8 Nov 2019

 

A lovely hotel and flexible itinerary made for a great holiday.

Mr Newbold, 2 Nov 2019

 

Excellent hotel on Gozo, lovely walks and scenery, and friendly locals. But don't expect any support from a Rep.

Ms Short, 12 Oct 2019

 

A very enjoyable trip with generally easy walking, albeit on a lot of paths and roads with no shade. Some of the directions are a little ambiguous whereas others are detailed and completely accurate. Very little was open though even in late May, so we soon learnt not to rely on a cafe or bar at any of the towns/villages. Good hotel with friendly staff and good food.

Mrs James, 25 May 2019

 

Walking mixed, not Headwater's best. Not much variety. One of the very best hotels Headwater has provided. Very friendly and helpful staff, taxi drivers, bus drivers, and Gozo people generally.

Mr Ashcroft, 25 May 2019

 

This was yet another excellently put together, self guided walking holiday - our 6th with Headwater. Staff & brochure provide excellent & accurate descriptions of venues & accommodation to allow an informed choice. The walk notes are very detailed &; accurate &; totally relate to what is on the ground. Over the years the standard of Headwater accommodation &; food has really improved yet it remains extremely good value for money. Walking on Gozo was a delight in May spring sunshine ( albeit some rain!) &; the coastal paths along dramatic cliffs were surrounded by flowers.

Hotel Ta Cenc has an amazing setting with views across to Comino &; Malta. I can recommend upgrading to a Trulli room for just more space given you are there for a week - No 133 looked directly out over the cliffs. Every evening there was a 4 course meal with 4 different choices of each course - all freshly cooked & well presented.

I would also recommend a stopover in Valletta - one night there gave us a full afternoon, evening & following morning to explore.

( a slight hiccup on arriving at our Valletta hotel with no booking found was very quickly sorted by Headwater who were at the end of the phone & kept us informed at each stage)

Flights & transport all went to time.

Look forward to our next holiday with you.

Mrs Pittam, 11 May 2019

 

Arriving late into the evening we were made very welcome with room service which we were not expecting. The rest of the holiday was excellent only 2 afternoons of rain which was unusual for Gozo in May. We did all the walks detailed on the notes and only missed out on 1 part of 1 walk due to the gradient of the climb. Would definitely recommend visiting Gozo if only to stay at the hotel as it is located looking over the cliffs and Malta in the distance. The hotel was definitely worth its 5 star rating.

Mr Tompkins, 11 May 2019

 

Good to have our own relaxing and private space with sea view. Magical coastal walks. Abundance of flowers. Regular and efficient buses to all parts of the island.

Mr Bruce, 4 May 2019

 

Very enjoyable holiday. The hotel was excellent and traveling around the island was so easy thanks to the great bus service.

Mrs Holden, 13 Apr 2019

 

Lovely hotel and location on a fascinating island, On the upper range of a one-boot as quite a large amount of walking on stony or concrete paths. A good Spring break as there were beautiful flowers out. A good holiday for cat lovers as the hotel has a number of friendly cats roaming around. We would recommend the upgrade to a Trullo room as this was light and more spacious.

Mrs Rawle, 6 Apr 2019

 

Make sure you download the walking notes. Don't leave home without them.

Mr Canham, 4 Apr 2019

 

Perfect place for resting and relaxing, whilst giving opportunity to recharge your energy. Gozo is great for walking and the climate was just right, Ta Cenc was a wonderful place to be over the christmas period.

Mr Whittaker, 22 Dec 2018

 

We had a good walking holiday. However I think Gozo footpaths etc need to be developed with better planning and signposting. A lot of the walking was on road, it would be beneficial if more off-road walking could be planned. Overall, Gozo is a good place to visit.

Mr Collins, 22 Dec 2018

 

An very enjoyable week of walking based at an excellent hotel. Although Gozo is a small island there is enough variety for a one week holiday.

Ms Fortey, 15 Dec 2018

 

Good location, comfortable hotel, nice spa.

Ms Cox, 27 Oct 2018

 

The clearest and most comprehensive walking notes we have come across, taking us to lovely places with stunning scenery and lots of history. The hotel was of a very high standard but the choice of vegetarian food was limited. The customer service offered by Headwater was brilliant with very quick and efficient responses. All the arrangements worked like clockwork.

Mrs Gregory, 13 Oct 2018

 

This is the third time that we have travelled with Headwater. Their choice of hotels is excellent, the walking notes are accurate ( but don't try to second guess them) in wonderful locations.

Mr Woodhams, 6 Oct 2018

 

We stayed at Ta' Cenc on Gozo and did the six walks recommended based in the one hotel in late September 2018. The hotel rooms are all on ground level surrounding the 3 pools and we ate outside under the massive ancient Carob tree. The walks were accurately described and we enjoyed the treasure hunt aspect of finding the next turning. We only went wrong once on the very first morning through hubris, swiftly learning to read the instructions carefully after assuming there was only one supermarket in the town and forgetting to read the name properly. The weather was hot and humid on the first two days and water and sun cream and headgear are essential. As is mosquito repellent. My wife was & bitten to death &, probably while eating our evening meals. Owing to the locals' penchant for shooting there were disappointingly few birds to be seen though we did spot plenty of Sardinian Warblers, a Honey Buzzard, a few Blue Rock Thrushes and a Tawney Pipit. It helped to have an appreciation of the various forms of limestone. Two of the walks are quite short and could be combined if necessary. Highlights for us were the locality around the hotel, Ta' Cenc is a nature reserve with fabulous sunsets and ancient cart ruts and dolmens scattered around. The local bay at Mgarr in Xini is great to swim, snorkel and dive off the rocks. The hotel minibus will take you there and back free of charge. The island bus service is superb, punctual and cheap. The Inland Sea near Fungus rock is also worth swimming in and take the boat trip through the cliff to the sea: the light filtering through azure water is stunning in the caves. The local cafe there had welcome and cheap beer and sandwiches. Marsalforn (not on a walk) is worth a visit as are the salt pans along the coast from there past Xweini Bay where we bought sea salt from Leli, who recently featured looking bemused on The Apprentice. Other must sees are The Citadel in Victoria and the ancient temple at Ta' Kola which can be combined with a tour of the restored windmill on the same ticket. All in all we loved it.

Dr Evans, 22 Sep 2018

 

Excellent walking in unusual destination . Brilliant accommodation

Mrs Citron, 19 May 2018

 

Gozo on first visit - walking was the best way to see the Island, its archaeology and meet people

Mr Flood, 14 Apr 2018

 

Excellent flexibility for a walking holiday which can be adapted to include very good public transport if walks considered too long.

Mrs Stilwell, 7 Apr 2018

 

Great location for a walking holiday. A lovely island, very friendly staff. The hotel was particularly helpful and the service was excellent. Very useful courtesy bus service. This is a lovely island for walking in springtime with beautiful wild flowers and pleasant early summer temperatures. There are lots of choices for walks and it is easy to work out alternatives to those suggested. Great picnic available from the little cafe near to the main bus station. Buses run on time and are cheap, we would suggest buying a bulk travel card as this makes travel to anywhere on the island an easy prospect

Mrs Tuck, 25 Mar 2018

 

Excellent place to visit for walking, history and culture. Bit disappointed there were not many birds.

Mrs Ariffin, 17 Mar 2018

 

The hotel was excellent with friendly staff. Springtime is probably the best time to go due to the abundance of flowers and before the summer heat builds up which makes walking much harder.

Mrs Lynn, 10 Mar 2018

 

Pleasant walking with some good sunshine while UK still dismal. Great for wild flowers in spring, might be less attractive later in year.

Mr Williams, 1 Mar 2018

 

Hotel the highlight of the holiday as it is in a stunning location. Quite remote but a good bus service and local taxis if you haven't hired a car. Walking notes disappointing, not detailed enough if you haven't got GPS. Walk descriptions do not provide accurate description of the terrain.

Mrs Mclaren, 26 Oct 2017

 

We loved the mix of level 1+ easy walking (our level) with interesting historic sites, and nature conservation sites in an unspoilt beautiful landscape, and a good public transport system. Also the quality, comfortable hotel with excellent food and good friendly service in beautiful surroundings. The hotel staff could not have done any more to make our better. We would go on more similar holidays.

Mrs Gordon, 30 Sep 2017

 

Excellent weather & hotel. Walking just right with few little challenges. Gozo bus service made it so easy to cross the island for walks. Our first 'independent walking' but instructions made it easy.

Mrs Kenward, 9 Sep 2017

 

Our first attempt at a walking holiday and this week in Gozo was spot on - an introductory but interesting & varied level of walks ('one boot'); a very pleasant hotel with an excellent level of service and very efficient and friendly admin by Headwater

Mr Watkins, 20 May 2017

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and the guide notes for the walks were excellent.

Mr Burgess, 20 May 2017

 

Extensive coastal walks, quiet roads and peaceful traditional villages.

Mr Collins, 14 May 2017

 

The walk suited us and the various views were amazing

Mr Hurrell, 12 May 2017

 

Lovely walks covering a substantial part of Gozo. A great mixture of coast, countryside and villages with excellent scenic views and local interest.

Mr Kell, 18 Mar 2017

 

Stating at Garb--Salt pans--Marlsaform then bus to Victoria. The walking instructions for the Azure window are not that clear and could be improved, easy to end up on the cliff path which can be a bit scary if it's a little windy. The hotel could sell bus passes, rather than having to go to Victoria. The three bays walk from Quala and ending at Ramla is an excellent alternative. Get the bus from Ramla to Xewxija and walk back to hotel. The small cafe by the main bus station in Victoria offers a brilliant takeaway salad, sandwich and is very cheap

Mrs Tuck, 11 Mar 2017

 

Gozo is a small, friendly Island with dramatic coastal walks, a lush, flower-filled interior and beautiful churches. Headwater's excellent walking guides combined with Gozo's efficient bus service enabled us to easily visit nearly all of the Island. The Hotel Ta Cenc was a very comfortable base. The only down-side to Gozo is the 'traditional' shooting and netting of small migratory birds. Avoid the shooting season and you will enjoy a lovely holiday with relaxed walking.

Mrs Hopwood, 27 Feb 2017

 

Very enjoyable holiday. Booking process easy and efficient. Transfers via ferry very well organised. Hotel was comfortable and staff extremely pleasant and helpful. Walks as per grading with options on some and they took us to all the island's attractions.

Ms Whitaker, 26 Feb 2017

 

For an off season break, the Ta Cenc Hotel has outstanding staff, attentive and helpful, good food and away from it all peaceful location. A few too many walks on roads, but the coastal ones were marvelous.





Mr Jelley, 22 Feb 2017

 

Excellent service from start to finish. Quality accommodation. Gozo was a lovely island & we managed to explore every inch with the information provided.

Mrs Merry, 12 Nov 2016

 

Hotel Ta' Cenc is comfortable and friendly. Gozo is a good winter walking destination varied walks and very friendly locals. Excellent local bus service. The Citadel in Victoria was well worth a visit (allow several hours). Disappointed to see so much bird trapping activity on the coastal walks (perpetrators not quite so friendly).



On Malta we explored Valetta (busy and pricey) and Mdina / Rabat (not as busy as expected) worth seeking out the catacombs in Rabat.



Hotel Grand Excelsior large and somewhat impersonal, food and drink in the hotel is expensive. A lot of roadworks nearby at present and a stiff walk up into Valetta centre (where the outside catering opportunities are).

Mr Stevens, 5 Nov 2016

 

5 star hotel rating is over generous, though location is superb. Lounge, multiple pool facilities, and ambience are good. Plumbing is of sixties origin and need upgrading. Food of good quality and well presented. Al fresco eating would be unpleasant if you had a cat phobia, though indoor dining was always available. Hotel courtesy bus proved very useful and was complemented the excellent public service buses. Walking was enjoyable and not too strenuous. As birds were migrating, finch hunting was evident on most clifftop walks prompting frequent shot gun blasts and diversions round bird netting traps. Overall a good location for walking with a variety of routes and places to visit. .

Mr Lay, 22 Oct 2016

 

A lovely holiday apart from the Rep. She did not understand what headwater holidays involved at all and was only interested in promoting what she could book.

Mrs Smith, 1 Oct 2016

 

Gozo & Malta, a great combination for peace & tranquility & great walking opportunities in Gozo at Ta Cenc plus all contrasting attractions of Malta!

Mr Bauld, 12 May 2016

 

Walking with confidence and accommodation with comfort.





Ms Coates, 27 Apr 2016

 

Walking notes were excellent, the hotel was very comfortable if maybe a little formal for us. We had no problems getting around the island but it was very windy while we were there and some of the cliff edge walks were a little scary

Mrs Jennings, 1 Apr 2016

 

The hotel was excellent - beautiful surroundings and facilities. The food was varied and plentiful and you were spoilt for choice with local dishes included. The staff were very friendly and Gozo is a lovely unspoilt place where you felt safe to walk in the countryside and enjoy the wonderful scenery. It was a place to relax and unwind. The walking routes took you through a lot of different scenarios and gave options to visit sites of interest.

Mrs Quant, 5 Mar 2016

 

Gozo is a small island but packed with interest. We loved the Hotel Ta Cenc, its architecture, location, friendly service and very good food. The walks were excellent and took us from quiet villages to fantastic coastlines through terraced valleys. It was sunny and mild and just what we needed after a very wet and very windy winter..

Mr McNab, 27 Feb 2016

 

Gozo is rather small to provide long enough cycle rides. We did not expect wind and would have found it helpful to be told about how windy it can be. It was a lovely holiday with enough variety to keep us interested. The Cornucopia food was very disappointing and the breakfasts unappealing.

Ms Burrow, 22 Feb 2016

 

A very enjoyable holiday, that matched our expectations derived from the description of it in the brochure.

Ms Day, 20 Feb 2016

 

Nice hotel with friendly staff. Coastal walking was good. Some of the walks involved long stretches on road, and although there is not much traffic, this is quite tiring.

Mr Butler, 20 Feb 2016

 

Although Ta Cenc is a lovely hotel with a great location it cannot be really classified as a typical 5 star/top of the range hotel; the bedrooms/bathrooms are rather dated, there are not staff always available to help/advise. We had to search for things rather than them being provided. Hotel staff were friendly, the food particularly the breakfast buffet and in the restaurant (il Cantra) at the beach were excellent. Having stayed in a number of 5 star hotels this isn't one. However, we really enjoyed ourselves at the hotel and had no complaints.

Gozo was a lovely surprise (the lovely weather helped!) with pretty villages, friendly people and a very efficient bus service. However, overall there is too much walking on roads; we recommend that people use the buses to avoid some of this (a 15 euro pass for 12 trips was great value and we could use it on Malta) There are also additional walks we were told about including one of the best walks we did from Gharb up to the coast and then along to Marsalforn which is part of the coastal walk; there is a brochure called the Gozo coastal walk - perhaps George could have told us a bit more about where to get bus passes, other walks and local information and a bit more about the hotel. Whilst pleasant we had the impression he has done it so many times before he has become a bit stale!

On Malta the Phoenicia is a great location; it has a 5 star appearance but the breakfast buffet wasn't as tasty as Ta Cenc; the serving staff, while many of them, were not too attentive to our needs. It did not have the same friendly feel as the Ta Cenc - there was no personal feel, they were going through the motions rather than making any real effort.

If you want any clarification of the above please let me know; hopefully this 'summary' adds a bit of colour to the ratings above. Overall we all had a really great time and would recommend it to anyone but people need to know what to and what not to expect.

Mr Elcome, 3 Oct 2015

 

Gozo is a lovely location. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the island and will likely visit again to see more. We'd be unlikely to stay at Hotel Ta Cenc again though ...



Hotel service was a mixed bag - front desk were ok, bar/restaurant were good, housekeeping were good.



Room was poor. Mould on the walls and a very strong smell of damp which was reported to reception but they were unable to do anything and there was no offer of an alternative room. Our clothes smelled of the damp by the end of the week as well. The kettle leaked, and was replaced. A leg fell off the bed, and was promptly repaired by staff. The room and hotel in general was tired-looking and really needs some TLC.



Food in the main hotel restaurant was ok, but we needed a change after about 3 or 4 days. Breakfasts were very good, though. Make sure you try the honey rings!! An evening meal at the Kantra restaurant was excellent, despite the stormy weather.



Charging for wifi in the rooms feels like nickel and diming the customers in the 21st century.

Mr Latham, 3 Oct 2015

 

Holiday was well organised by helpful staff. Flexibility on departure airport is a big plus.

Mrs Simms, 2 Oct 2015

 

Lovely hotel on the beautiful island of Gozo. Natives very friendly!

Mr Bell, 24 Sep 2015

 

Headwater take the pressure of organising your holiday off you and have never disappointed us in their attention to detail.

Mrs Campling, 12 Sep 2015

 

A great holiday.. enjoyable as other HW holidays we have had!.

A little too hot...perhaps we should have waited for 2 weeks later in September.

Dr Gompertz, 5 Sep 2015

 

A lovely way to get to know a charming island, in a luxurious hotel. Gozo is easy to navigate around and the paths have been upgraded recently. A very enjoyable and relaxing holiday.

Rev Pearson, 5 Sep 2015

 

September is a poor choice for a walking holiday on Gozo. The interior is typically very hot and humid and the landscape very dry and baron. There are few trees on the island and the sun beats down on you all day. The coast is lovely and there was, at times, a small breeze, but most of the suggested walking routes are not coastal. We were told by locals that the landscape is lovely and green, with lots of wildflowers, around May,and the temperatures more suitable for walking. Ta Cenc is a comfortable hotel but more like a -4 star hotel, rather than a 5 star.

Ms Griffin, 3 Sep 2015

 

A very enjoyable experience overall; the hotel is very comfortable and the food is first class, but some of the directions for walking in the quarry areas in the west of the island are wrong or inadequately explained, so some trial and error was involved.

Mr Fennell, 16 May 2015

 

It was a very relaxing holiday and the Ta Cenc hotel was fabulous.

Mrs Moran, 9 May 2015

 

Excellent. We enjoyed the combination of great walks during our peaceful relaxing stay at Ta Cenc on Gozo and our extra nights at the Phoenicia enabling us to explore the fascinating city of Valletta.

Mr Bauld, 5 May 2015

 

This was the first holiday of this type that we have taken. I have had some health issues so was concerned that this might be a problem, but there was complete flexibility regarding which walks we could do, and the grading of the walks was so accurate, that this simply wasn't an issue. The hotel was really lovely, the briefing from our holiday rep was extremely useful, and all the travel arrangements worked perfectly. We are very impressed and are hoping to be able to take another holiday with Headwater in the Autumn.

Ms Elliott, 2 May 2015

 

lovely hotel, beautiful location and scenery, reasonably demanding walks.

Mr Goodall, 2 May 2015

 

The holiday was well planned and organised but, because we were in one hotel, we had the flexibility to change the order of the walks to suit ourselves. This meant no pressure to be at a certain place by a certain time - very relaxing.

Mr Edwards, 25 Apr 2015

 

Delightful walking week in very pleasant hotel.

Mr Mitchell, 25 Apr 2015

 

Excellent holiday, Gozo in the spring is a great place to have a walking holiday. The hotel is first class, very welcoming and good service and food

Mrs Tuck, 9 Apr 2015

 

Much prefer guided walking holidays - I could have put together this package myself.We got lost a few times as the island is very well signposted and it would help if there was a few suggestions where you could go to the toilet and eat/drink.On one of the walks it should be emphasised you need to take a packed lunch.The hotel though excellent in many ways had dinner too late[7pm onwards] which meant you couldnt go anywhere else say for a folk evening or pub quiz because they started about 7.30.As the hotel didn't have anything on in the evenings unless you missed dinner[which we did] you were a bit trapped at the hotel.The rep didn't make any suggestions as to what was on in other locations - the pub quiz on Friday in Xlendi was really good and there are some excellent restaurants there to eat.

Mr Crook, 21 Mar 2015

 

It was as described and very well organised and thought through

Mr Cunnah, 14 Feb 2015

 

A very good week's walking with opportunities to see the culture and history of Gozo, whilst accommodated in a comfortable hotel of good standard. The local people are most welcoming and helpful. The only dark cloud is the continuance of the Maltese habit of shooting small songbirds, which is no longer necessary 'for the pot'. Any open area is blighted by the presence of pathetic looking men in camouflage clothing, sheltering in stone hides, waiting to shoot small birds trapped on the ground by their wires and nets, using large bore shotguns. The sporting etiquette of only shooting a bird that is flying, and thus requiring some skill, most certainly does not apply! Walkers must be continually aware of wires that stray across footpaths and the potential field of fire from these hides.

Mr Smith, 15 Nov 2014

 

Disappointed because Headwater had informed us that an area (the Kantra bay and café) would be unavailable because of filming - only to arrive and get message that whole swathes of land were inaccessible and our Day 1 walk wasn't possible. (We were able to walk the start of the route, but then had to turn around.) Film unit security was spread across a wide area from close to the hotel, and we were challenged regularly by security personnel if we got anywhere near to the unit. We hadn't been given to understand that the restrictions would be so all-enveloping. We believe filming will continue until November.

Mrs Blake, 11 Oct 2014

 

Well organised, lovely hotel and location. Good well described walks. Very good holiday. Thoroughly recommended.

Mr MacKenzie, 19 Sep 2014

 

Walking in Gozo is almost too good to share. By turns breathtaking (cliffs) and relaxing. Returning to Ta Cenc every day was bliss.

Mr Marroney, 5 Sep 2014

 

Can trust the organisation and information

Mrs Duncan, 24 May 2014

 

this was wonderful holiday based in an amazing hotel with superb facilities

Mrs Hayes, 23 May 2014

 

Fabulous hotel with excellent facilities, food and staff. Gozo is great for walking as it is so small. Beautiful views and lovely wild flowers. The bus service is excellent and very cheap - a weekly season ticket is only 6 euros 50. Very good comprehensive walking notes which were usually very clear, but we did have a couple of incidents where they could have been better explained. Our boat trip to Comino was great - the Blue lagoon is beautiful.

Mrs Bryan, 17 May 2014

 

Gozo was a great island to explore on foot. The local bus service was excellent and buying a weekly ticket was excellent value. The walks along the cliff tops were spectacular. The hotel was lovely and the pools a perfect place to relax aftrea days walking.

Mrs Turnbull, 17 May 2014

 

Beautiful setting, no hidden extras, peaceful.

Mrs McQuin, 10 May 2014

 

Gozo is a delightful little island with beautiful scenery and flowers. Ta Cenc was a totally relaxing place to be and the staff were excellent.

Ms Thomson, 26 Apr 2014

 

Was not sent any walking notes which was a problem. Hotel had none and Rep-George- in his 60 second briefing- was uninterested in this. After some nagging he sent me some notes-but they mainly concerned the cycling holiday based in another hotel which with 24 km cycles etc was not that much use. Sorted myself out eventually as I managed to get hold of a good map which had good walking routes linked to bus routes which was great. Hotel excellent and travel arrangements fine.

Dr Walsh Atkins, 17 Apr 2014

 

One of the best walking holidays we have had. Easy route notes to follow which took us to every corner of a small island using good local buses to get us to and from the walks which did not start or finish at the hotel. We were based at a superb luxury hotel with a fantastic relaxed atmosphere with superb views of Malta and bedrooms in a fantastic garden setting and overlooking the pool. The friendly staff and the service they gave were in a class of their own as was the breakfast buffet and the choice of dishes for dinner each evening was also excellent.

Mrs Preshaw, 2 Apr 2014

 

We found Gozo quite charming and we believe we visited at just the right time of year - we do not think we would go any later because the holiday was enchanting principally because of the spring flowers and scenery at this time of year . Also the hotel was probably just sufficiently busy but not overcrowded which it might well be later in the year . The principal attractions of spring flowers, easy walking , friendly people and an excellent hotel made for a memorable 7 days

Mr Dodds, 1 Apr 2014

 

Ta cenc was a lovely hotel, very comfortable, big rooms, good food, friendly and helpful staff. Walks in Gozo were beautiful around the cliffs and through the valleys but some of the road walking was less pleasant and unavoidable.

Dr Banks, 15 Mar 2014

 

We were looking for a more relaxing walking holiday and this was perfect. We have had many holidays with headwater and the standard is always good. I have introduced friends to this company.

Dr McClean, 15 Mar 2014

 

For what we required-an escape from rain and winter dismal Ta Cenc was fine,and the walks laid out in your leaflet were easy enough to cope with for an oldie (84) like me who can no longer cope with real peaks and the tougher walking of middle age. Returning daily to the warm water pool and jacuzzi was a real bonus. But and we think you should Know this, Ta Cenc is getting a bit tired. Staff were delightful and the room very comfortable, BUT the lighting was abysmal if you wished to read in bed. Plumbing too was poor-no pressure on sink taps and infuriating variations of temp in the shower:quite dangerous in fact as nearly scalding water gushed unexpectedly. Infuriating when it ran bitterly cold We complained but it wasn't fixed. There was also a a 60 euro miscalculation on the bill which to be fair was rectified with good grace. No wonder that the owner Mr Borgon turned on max charm while we were waiting to be taken to the airport.. Just a tad complacent all round we thought.

Mr Blain, 9 Mar 2014

 

Excellent destination (Gozo) for gentle walking at this time of year. Great feeling of solitude, some days we hardly saw anybody else out in the countryside. Very friendly staff; whole island seemed safe, easy to get around, welcoming, low-key. Excellent views, wild flowers, dramatic coastlines, interesting archeological sites.

Mr Kalfayan, 8 Mar 2014

 

Gozo is a lovely unspoilt Island - very green with lots of wild flowers in early spring.

The Ta Cenc Hotel has a wonderful location. The staff are very friendly and helpful.

All in all a most enjoyable weeks holiday

Ms Wager, 4 Mar 2014

 

You did it again, a fabulous chill out holiday in a delightful hotel. So quiet and peaceful, helpful, friendly staff could not have done more for us. The scenery and flowers were fabulous a great time of year to visit. The first time we have been to hotel where all the gym ans health centre equipment worked! Walks fantastic well done, we did not get lost.

Buses fabulous and punctual so easy to use I was a bit put off using them for the walks ,but so easy and cheap, punctuality could teach the uk something.

We would definitely return.

Mrs Murphy, 25 Feb 2014

 

Excellent accommodation and location for a walking holiday outside the peak summer.

Mr Horton, 10 Nov 2013

 

Beautiful hotel in excellent position. Very good and easy bus service on the island, limited hotel courtesy bus in the winter, but the bus stop right outside the hotel makes it easy to get transport into Victoria. Staying in the one hotel makes for a more relaxing holiday, walking as much or little as you want to.

Mrs Moss, 2 Nov 2013

 

This was our first walking holiday with Headwater - we had previously had cycling holidays - and it was very enjoyable. The fact that it was a one centre holiday we particularly enjoyed because it gave us flexibility in what we chose to do - we particularly wanted to have a day in Malta for instance . The Hotel was excellent with very good facilities and superb food. For anyone wanting a flexible holiday - as much or as little exercise as you want - this is well worth considering.

Mr Bell, 29 Oct 2013

 

An excellent destination for coastal scenery, swimming and snorkelling if you don't mind the bird shooting.

Mrs Belcher, 27 Oct 2013

 

Excellent hotel and very good food. We saw nothing of the local representative at any point.

Some of the walking instructions were confusing and we got lost twice - once on the Ta Pinu and Lighthouse walk and once on Fungus Rock and Azure window.



Mr Tyler, 12 Oct 2013

 

We were charmed by the single-storied hotel set so sympathetically on the cliffs. The layout of the rooms and the terrace gave a feeling of privacy not found in a conventional hotel. The staff, particularly the cleaners and in the restaurant, were very friendly and helpful. Considering there are no signposts or markers for walkers on Gozo we thought the route notes were pretty good. You must be careful, but as long as you ensure that what you are seeing exactly matches the description in the route notes you really shouldn't go wrong. The weather was a little warm for us in September but we bought the 7-day bus pass and cut two of the walks short by getting the bus at villages slightly before the end of the walk. It also meant we were not tied to the times of the hotel courtesy bus and we would recommend purchasing it for the flexibility it provides.

Mrs Smith, 21 Sep 2013

 

Hotel was fabulous. We had not realised it would be so hot, or the landscape so barren at the time of year we had chosen so I would advise potential travellers to do a bot more research than we did before booking!

Mrs Arnold, 13 Sep 2013

 

I spent a very pleasant week exploring Gozo on foot, and undertook all six of the supplied walk routes. The route descriptions were at times excellent, at times difficult to grasp. Informal discussion with another 'headwater' traveller staying at the same time as me revelead they had similar problems, so I don't think it was purely me! I did not find the map supplied particularly useful, and actually ended up buying a cheap basic map from the local representative in Gozo whilst I was there. Maps are individual, and I realise what did not suit me may suit others. The weather was very hot. The sea breeze helped, but I agree with Headwater that this is about the latest in the summer you could undertake these walks - particularly towards the middle of the day.



The hotel has super staff and a relaxed feel to it, is in a stunning situation and has a nice layout with individual bungalows. There are some features that are not the standard which I would expect from a five star hotel. One of these I brought up with the hotel at the time, and others mentioned in the feedback at the end of my stay (a holiday is, after all, meant to be relaxing and not a series of complaints). The room was spacious but the bathroom was very dated (painted murals on the tiles suggest it had not been refitted since 1991) and there was a large crack in the sink in the room. The small spa on site had a changing room and showers. In these there was a lot of green and black mould on the tiles of the shower area. I mentioned this to the hotel spa staff at the time and the next day it was better but not gone. This disappointed me from a five star hotel. The package had half board included, something I would not normally choose. On several nights, particularly over the weekend when we arrived, service was very slow and meals arrived looking like they had sat around for a long time. The waiting staff were, on the whole, excellent, but the food was disappointing. I also found the four courses included too much every day, and would have preferred to have some days without dinner at the hotel so I was free to explore local restaurants. I was asked to specify dietary requirements (no fish in my case) with Headwater but the hotel seemed unaware. On days when the antipasti were fish, I always had to say I did not eat fish. Sometimes I was offered an alternative, sometimes not. Hotel guests are advised local water is safe but unpalatable, however the still bottled water I therefore ordered with dinner each night was charged for, and at over 3 euros a bottle I thought this was a bit much. Do they expect those on half board to just not drink anything with dinner?



Finally, transfers were very efficient. Paradoxically, on the way out I had a large minibus all to myself, yet on the way back I was squashed in the back seat of a normal car with two other guests I did not really know (slightly embarassing as there was not much room) as a normal taxi was taking 4 of us to the airport.



Overall I had a great time and would definitely visit Gozo again, but was a little disappointed with the details described above, given then star rating of the hotel and cost of the package.

Ms Tippett, 25 May 2013

 

Good walking across the island with some wonderful scenery. Need to pay very close attentin to the route notes as there are no waymarkings. Found the notes for the walk to Fungus Rock and th Azure window difficult to follow and ended up having to make a detour. No problem with the other walks although notes could be clearer. Very good local bus service for getting to the walks. Excellent for seeing wildlife including insects, lizards and non venomous snakes.

Mrs Currie, 18 May 2013

 

It is some years since we have used Headwater, having previously travelled with them to over 30 itineraries since the company was first formed. It was reassuring to find that standard were fully up to the excellent levels we have always experienced.

Mr Smith, 15 May 2013

 

We greatly enjoyed Gozo and our stay at Ta Cenc. The hotel staff were extremely good and the hotel very comfortable. The bedrooms, with en suite bath, very quiet and secluded. The breakfasts were very good, the dinners not so good. Would give dinner B ; adequate but not imaginative. The wine was extremely expensive. Perhaps if we had had the 'a la carte' dishes the food would have been better, but that would have added considerably to the cost of the holiday.



The local buses are good, mostly punctual but occasionally a bus does not turn up. There is always another one. Buses may be very crowded in the high season. Worth getting the weekly season ticket. Check bus numbers as some of these have changed since Headwater notes published.

Mr Previte, 25 Apr 2013

 

March was a brilliant time of year for a walking holiday in Gozo. We had almost continuous sunshine but temperatures of 15-17 degrees made for comfortable walking - any warmer and it could have been a struggle at times as there's little shelter on many of the walks. The scenery was fantastic and we really felt we got to know Gozo in the week we spent walking round it. The walks were of comfortable length and enabled us to spend time admiring the scenery, both coastal and inland. A thoroughly enjoyable, peaceful and relaxing holiday.

Mrs Dunn, 16 Mar 2013

 

A superb holiday with flexibilty for as much or as little walking as we wanted.

Mr Stevens, 9 Mar 2013

 

A real surprise package. Gozo has everything in a small area. The people are very friendly and helpful. The bus service is excellent, and the scenery and walks are very tranquil yet quite dynamic with the sea at every turn..

Ta Cenc hotel was well positioned for all activities yet in many ways remote from the town.Whether we ate in the hotel, in the towns or at a beach bar the food and service was very good.

Mr Harding, 8 Mar 2013

 

Found Hotel Ta Cenc, to be really fantastic. All staff were so friendly and welcoming. Very professional. Lovely hotel set up - bar and restaurant super. Very unspoilt island. All the transfers from airport to ferry to hotel and back - a pleasure.

Mr Higdon, 2 Mar 2013

 

It was one of our most enjoyable headwater holidays. The sun shone everyday and it was perfect weather for walking. We enjoy going off season and avoiding the crowds. Ta Cenc is the best Headwater hotel we have stayed at with an excellent restaurant and service. Malta really loves Britsh tourists and everyone speaks English. A very welcoming destination.

Dr Millward, 18 Feb 2013

 

Ta' Cenc was a fantastic hotel for location, service and food and peace and quiet in February - exactly what we wanted. Opportuntiies for walking were wonderful, although definitions of flat may vary!

Ms Bull, 17 Feb 2013

 

This was a great holiday. We walked every day, and had time for some sightseeing as well. We very much enjoyed the comfort, food and ambience of the hotel ta Cenc.

Mrs Cassells, 10 Feb 2013

 

Others taking a similar holiday in the hotel did not have access to Headwaters walking notes - until they complained and got copies.

They were more likely to use Headwaters in future, since they had not used the company before.

Mr Burgoine, 9 Feb 2013

 

the hotel Ta Cinc was advertised as a 5 star hotel but did not live up to that standard in respect of accommodation and food. I recommend that you remove th 5 star from the brochure then customers will not have such high expectations of the hotel and consequently will not have to cope with the disappointment.



This was our 6th holiday with Headwater and is the only one that we would not repeat due to the hotel. We would go back to Gozo but would stay in a different hotel.

Mr Evans, 9 Feb 2013

 

Excellent hotel, beautiful location, stunning scenery, warm,sunny weather, friendly and hospitable islanders

Mr Broughall, 29 Dec 2012

 

Hotel Ta Cenc is very well located, in a lovely situation with views, and the most delightful staff.

New Year was a good time to visit - it was so quiet and tranquil, and we had sunshine. We wondered whether we'd like it so much with lots of people round the pools etc.



Mrs Cardy, 28 Dec 2012

 


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