having short breaks in Gozo- comparison

This whole summer I spent in Malta and twice I had a chance to go for a short weekend break to Gozo to change the scenery a bit. First time it was in July when we booked our stay in an old town-house in Gharb thanks to recommendation of our friends and at a very low price which now is much higher. Second time we went at the end of August to a modern flat in Zebbug.

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view from the roof

view from the roof

sunset sky as seen from the roof

sunset sky as seen from the roof

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one of the bedrooms

one of the bedrooms

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tiny swimming pool

tiny swimming pool

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more space and bedrooms

more space and bedrooms

The place itself was enormous and we were only 4  so we barely occupied 2 rooms and kitchen but the house can hold even 16 people. It has few levels, enormous kitchen/dining area, roof and small swimming pool. It is interesting to spend few days in a place like this which even though restored, has the feel of a place from 100 years ago. It is built from the typical Maltese limestone and even inside you have the stones not covered with anything, all the time it has a feel of dust in the air which was a bit irritating. I think it would be a great house for hosting a lot of friends but just for 4 us , it seemed too big and not homely enough. The village of Gharb has one bar /pizzeria with cheap and tasty drinks- we tried them while we watched the final of the World Cup. It also has shop on the main square near the church with delicious fresh Gozitan cheese and fresh, crunchy bread although I have to say the prices where for tourists. I am pretty sure that if we spoke Maltese, the prices would be different but that’s life and I understand they make money on visitors.

In August we spend few days in an apartment for 6 in the quiet village of Zebbug.

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back balcony view

back balcony view

one of the bedrooms

one of the bedrooms

living room

living room

the terrace-the favourite spot of our stay there

the terrace with BBQ-the favourite spot of our stay there

I fell in love with this flat and especially with the terrace on which I could spend hours just admiring the views during the day or at night gazing at very visible stars. The only downside is that there is only one small shop open early in the morning and in the afternoon but it doesn’t stock everything. We were surprised to learn it doesn’t sell bread which is crucial but Zebbug is a short drive to Marsalforn where one can find plenty of shops and supermarkets. Overall, if we go again, I would go for the modern flat with superb kitchen and amazing views. It was great to experience the life in a typical town house and it also gave me an impression how it would be to live in a place like that if we ever think about buying a property in Malta.

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