When It’s Raining On Holiday

It is objectionable when it rains on a vacation. When booking a trip, the majority of us spend so much time programming activities or finding the best beaches. However, if it rains during the week you are on holiday it doesn’t have to stop you from having a great time.

The whole point of a vacation is to unwind and take it easy. And there are numerous ways to do that even if it’s pouring rain outside. In fact, finding these alternate rainy-day ventures will substantially slow things down.

It is forecasted to rain next Sunday so we thought of sharing our top ten preferred things to do when the weather is gloomy:

  1. Send some post cards. From experience, finding postcards, writing postcards, remembering addresses, finding stamps and locating a post-box is easily half a day’s work.
  2. Ignore the rain and go for a hike. Just put on a lightweight windbreaker and continue with your already planned out itinerary. And think how rewarding the hot shower will be when you peel off your wet clothes.
  3. Find a great restaurant and savour a long, easy-going meal. Rain is a great excuse to stick-around your favourite restaurant trying different appetizers paired with a satin-smooth bottle of wine. (Always drink responsibly though!)
  4. Spa: A massage or facial is exceptional anytime, but for some reason you might feel slightly remorseful getting treatments when it’s amazing outside. If it’s gloomy outside, it’s the perfect reason to get a little pampering.
  5. Find a local charity to donate to. Do some research – what local causes could you contribute to? Find a local cause and donate some of the money you’re not spending because you’re inside escaping the rain. (You will get some good travel karma, promise!)
  6. Lie in. Remember all those times you were at home, when the alarm went off at the crack-of-dawn, then you heard the rain and wanted to roll over and go back to sleep? Now’s your chance.
  7. Do some yoga. If you’re a yogi, this will already be on your list. If you’re not, when was the last time you really stretched your limbs? Book yourself a local class or use a class on an app. 
  8. Journal. Another rainy day activity that is adequate for your health. From promoting mindfulness and inspiring creativity, a little bit of writing every day has massive benefits.
  9. Do some puzzles. Exercise your brain with some puzzles – crosswords, sudoku, maths challenges, give your brain something to chew on and get a bit shrewd in the process.
  10. Write some reviews. Share your experience online and you will be helping other visitors make a good decision.

So, that’s our list of 10 things to do when it’s raining on holiday. With any luck, the rain has already cleared by the time you get to the end of this list.

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LEARNING THE LANGUAGE

The Maltese and Gozitan people are very friendly and will appreciate any efforts to speak a few words of the local language.

The official languages are Maltese and English. Maltese is a language of Semitic origin written in the Latin script. Over the centuries, it has incorporated many words derived from English, Italian, and also French. Italian and English are widely spoken. People working in the tourism industry, including food and beverage servers, speak English.

Here are some basic words and expressions to help you along:

  • Yes: Iva
  • No: Le
  • Please: Jekk jogħġbok
  • Thank You: Grazzi
  • Good morning: Bonġu
  • Good evening: Bonswa
  • How are you?: Kif inti?
  • Good / Very well: Male say: Tajjeb grazzi Female say: Tajba grazzi
  • Do you speak English?: Titkellem bl-Ingliż?

More basic words and expressions are listed on our “Information File” which is placed in all of Abraham’s Farmhouses for all our guests, and also on our social media pages:

Gozo Hills Are Alive with Hikers – Hiking in Gozo

Truly ideal as a nature-lover’s paradise, Gozo tempts visitors for an escape into the tranquillity and picturesque scenery it offers. In spite of its small size, the island boasts a beautiful countryside, best seen from atop one of Gozo’s many hills. So, if you’re visiting Gozo with the intention of exploring, pull on your hiking books and prepare to enjoy some stunning views from Gozo’s highest peaks.

Seeing how the favourable Mediterranean weather offers near day-to-day sunshine across the year, there is no bad time to set off on a hiking adventure. That said, make sure you’ve got plenty of sunscreen to slap on to protect your skin, as the UV rays can be deceptively strong, even in winter.

The best way to really get the most out of your trip is to cover the span on the island over a few days, as you can easily spend a morning and afternoon exploring one area with frequent breaks to take in the scenery. Plus, if you’re not keen on trekking on your own, there are plenty of tours available to take you off the beaten track.

Here are our top three picks for hiking in Gozo:

Ta’ Dbiegi Hill

Reaching a height of 190 meters, this hill near the village of San Lawrenz promises amazing country views of the whole island, so you should try to plan your hike on a clear day to get the best visibility possible. Being so close to town, this is a great space to explore, both for its views and the potential for finding some scrumptious, Gozitan food along the way!

The Cliffs Overlooking Ramla Bay  

It’s hardly surprising that this gorgeous bay, with its richly-coloured sand, is a sight to behold from afar as much as it is up close. Luscious green-topped cliffs envelope this beautiful beach, where you can get a bird’s eye view of the deep blue waves bubbling towards the copper coloured sand.

Dwejra

The area surrounding Dwejra holds some of Malta and Gozo’s most iconic sights, with its most famous being the Azure Window. A short ramble will lead you to that natural limestone arch that has become a must-see for any Game of Thrones fan. Hikers can explore the landscape of Dwejra freely, and should expect to find some surprises along the way – the rocks by the sea actually hold several fossilised layers within them dating back hundreds of years. They make an exciting addition to any Gozo hike!

If on the other hand you prefer cycling to hiking, then there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying the same routes from a mountain bike.  Gozo is an island of hills and valleys, so be prepared for a series of slopes and looping and winding routes. For more information about Cycling in Gozo check out this article here. All in all, you will enjoy cycling because most of the time you will be in the open countryside or passing through quiet and sleepy villages.

Abraham’s Farmhouses tucked away in the village of Xagħra are a perfect accommodation solution. The rustic charms of the farmhouses along with the luxurious services that are provided are a good base to return too after your hiking or cycling expeditions.  We can guarantee an experience, which you will want to repeat. Have a look at the various traditional farmhouses we have to offer. Book your stay with us today or email us for more information.

Cycling in Gozo

A treat for the senses, Gozo and all its surroundings are a delight to take in, with its picturesque views, the experience of the bustling village square, and the refreshing smell of the sea. When roaming around and discovering a beautiful place like Gozo, who would want sit cooped up in a car, unable to fully take in all the character that the island has to offer?

As of late, cycling tourism has taken off like crazy in Gozo and numerous routes have been planned out to help cyclists – novices and pros alike – to really get the best of what Gozo has to offer.

To make the most of your cycling adventure, we suggest travelling to Gozo between the months of October and May when the weather is more favourable for outdoor activities. Several travel companies on the island offer guided bike tours – but if you prefer to go at it alone, here are three of Gozo’s best cycling routes.
The Scenic Route

If the sea holds a special place in your heart, then you’ve come to the right place. Starting from Mgarr, cyclists can take in stunning views of Comino on their way to Qala, from there to Marsalforn to learn about the specifics of Gozitan history at the Qbajjar salt pans, and finally, once you’ve covered most of the coast, you’ll be rewarded with the magnificent view of the Azure Window in Dwejra.

The Historical Route

This route will take you on a live history lesson across Gozo – roam through the pristine streets of the fortified city of the Citadel in Victoria, and visit the national museums that hold centuries of history within. Along your way into Xaghra, you’ll be able to marvel at the Neolithic Ggantija Temples and the Ta’ Kola Windmill, just before heading down to Calypso’s Cave. This route gives you an introduction to a variety of national treasures that are a sight to behold.

The Easy Route

Cycling in Gozo can be tricky – some roads are not ideal for cyclists and what with traffic at peak hours, some routes are best avoided. For a relaxing journey, it’s best to stick to village streets where the plain is often flat and smooth. We recommend visiting the villages of Nadur, Marsalforn and Zebbug, as this provides a fantastic way of seeing the locals in action and getting to know the ins and outs of Gozitan life.

Renting A Bicycle

Unless you have your own trusty bike on hand, there are a couple of great bicycle rental places available to help you get the wheels of your dreams while you’re in Gozo. Rates are usually reasonable and include a helmet and a lock, ensuring that you won’t have to worry about a single thing as you make your way!

 

 

Get Married in Gozo – Intimate Wedding Destinations

Gozo is a dream location for weddings, especially if you want something intimate and unique – it promises the ultimate island nuptials.

Imagine this: you arrive by private yacht with your wedding party, and dock in the pretty bay of Mgarr ix-Xini (a spot made world-famous by the recent film By The Sea, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie). Next, you take a classic car up along the winding coast, stopping for snaps in the open countryside and with views of the sea, before arriving at the pretty chapel of your choice for a ceremony that’s steeped in history. Finally, you arrive for the reception of your dreams – perhaps a sit-down dinner in an award-winning restaurant, or in a winery with stunning opens vistas and an intriguing menu of fresh, local produce. This really is the recipe for the ultimate Mediterranean island wedding.

And, when you tie the knot in Gozo, none of this is far from reality. As a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean, Gozo is a truly unique location – one boasting a history that spans 7,000 years, as well as a cosmopolitan atmosphere that makes it as exciting as it is beguiling.

There are so many incredible destinations where you could hold your wedding in Gozo. To start with, there are many hotels and restaurants with venues that are perfectly geared up for ceremonies (whatever the size), followed by receptions.

Of course you may want something completely different, and this is where Gozo really comes into its own. Every nook and cranny could be transformed into a magical location with some creativity – and a wedding planner will be able to guide you. So, from a ceremony aboard a yacht, on a beach or on the Citadel bastions, to a reception in one of the iconic museums or in a picturesque town piazza, the options are endless.

Plus, when you’re planning an intimate wedding in Gozo, one of the most fun aspects is choosing your accommodation. We recommend considering a traditional farmhouse – Gozo’s answer to a chalet in the Alps, or a cottage in the Scottish Highlands. These authentic dwellings can also be chosen based on the needs of your wedding – some sleep 12 guests or more with their own swimming pools, while others are more intimate and focus on having incredible views that would look stunning in your wedding photography. A farmhouse provides the perfect place to get ready on your big day with your bridal party, and is also a lovely, homely location for you to leave from as you head to your ceremony. Plus, what could be more fun than sharing a house with your friends and family before embarking on the biggest adventure of your life?

At Abraham’s Farmhouses, we can sort out your accommodation needs and our staff will guide you about other service providers that you might need to organise your dream wedding. Have a look at one of the traditional farmhouse accommodations that we have to offer.  The private complex, Il Vigneto Court is the perfect retreat for those seeking privacy but within easy reach of the cultural delights Gozo has to offer. With beautiful Mediterranean architecture the complex offers a high standard of luxury complete with private pools. If you wish you can book the whole complex in order to have all your dearest and nearest in one location. For availability or special bookings you can contact us today or click here to make a direct booking.

 

 

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