Gozo off the Beaten Track: FAA’s first heritage walk in Gozo

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Gozo off the Beaten Track: FAA organises its first heritage walk in GozoFlimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar is presenting its first heritage walk in Gozo – Gozo off the Beaten Track will uncover the unknown history of parts of our sister Island in this fascinating and unique heritage walk.

FAA said that the heritage walk is open to Gozo residents as well as those travelling over from Malta.

While the heritage and allure of the Azure Window and the Citadella are well known to many, sites like Xerri's Grotto, the Santa Verna remains and Wied il-Mielah are less frequented and not as familiar to many. These sites are still very significant in telling the story of the island's history.

FAA said that this walking tour will in fact shine a light on such areas of Gozo which will increase our appreciation of the beautiful island.

The tour, which is taking place in March, will begin in Xaghra with a visit to Xerri's Grotto, one of the two remaining caves found on the Maltese Islands where stalagmites and stalactites can be seen. It is an important site used by geologists to assist in historical dating.

Whilst in Xaghra, the tour group will be guests of a traditional farm, home to one of the last remaining active field windmills on the island. The tour will include the statue of our Lady of Mercy next to the Plague Hospital and walk through the oldest part of the village to the Santa Verna prehistoric remains.

After lunch at a traditional bakery, the tour will continue via the trackless train through the Xwejni saltpans, Wied il-Ghasri, the Ta' Sdieri area to the Wied il-Mielah coastal window. The tour will end in Gharb, the second oldest parish outside Victoria, with a visit to the parish museum.

FAA said that 'Gozo off the Beaten Track' will last the entire day and will shine a light on Gozo's beauty, unique history and authenticity.

This event is open to the public with preference given to FAA members, for those who want to be sure of a place, become a member at http://new.faa.org.mt/how-to-help/become-a-member/

Gozo residents who wish to book for the Heritage Walk, should email FAA for the meeting place in Gozo via: admin@faa.org.mt.

Tickets may be booked by visiting: https://ticketengine.faa.org.mt/

Event Details for Saturday, the 12th of March.

Those in Malta will meet at Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal at 8.30am.

Duration: The tour will depart with the 09:00 ferry from Cirkewwa and return with the 18:00 ferry from Mgarr.

Price: €30 for FAA Members and €35 for Non-Members.

The price is inclusive of lunch, transport in Gozo and entry fees related to the tour. Price is not inclusive of the Gozo ferry.

The tour will include 1 hour of light walking therefore FAA reminds those joining to wear comfortable shoes and waterproof clothing in case of rain. Access to Xerri's Grotto is via a spiral staircase and is not advisable to people suffering from arthritis or claustrophobia.

Lunch Menu:

Starter: Garlic bread (freshly baked on site). A platter per four persons of typical Maltese delicacies,

Main Course: Pork or chicken served with a side of vegetables and traditional roasted potatoes.

Dessert: Traditional honey ring (Qaghaq tal-ghasel)

Guests will be served one soft drink or small bottle of water included in the price. Coffee and additional soft drinks and water will be against payment.

Booked guests are kindly requested to advise FAA of the selection of their main course preference – pork or chicken. Vegetarians and those with specific dietary requirements are also requested to advise FAA beforehand by e-mail via: admin@faa.org.mt.

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