Straight off the ferry Gozo feels calmer than Malta. After a transfer to Qala (pronounced AH-la), you’ll walk across farmland. Here, traditional techniques still dominate; reeds lashed together provide a windbreak from howling northerly winds, drystone walls fortify terraced fields and prevent soil erosion, and drip irrigation keeps crops watered. Some fields appear like abundant Garden of Edens with drooping lemon and fig trees, colourful explosions of wildflowers, and with the sweet scent of fennel hanging in the air.
You’ll get up close and personal with the sea several times. Daħlet Qorrot is a fishing village with a humble and hard-working personality. San Blas is a small, remote and rocky bay with a feisty character. Ramla’s vast sweep of red sand is perfect for sunbathing and swimming. As you climb steeply from each bay, be sure to glance over your shoulder for the best views. Xaghra (pronounced SHA-ra) was one of Gozo’s earliest settlement and Victory Square is a pleasant place to people-watch with a glass of wine.
SicherheitshinweiseThere are several stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement. Walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic, except where the road bends left.
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Points of Interest
Bay of Daħlet Qorrot
The colourful boathouses of Daħlet Qorrot are carved into the limestone cliffs so these manmade caves can shelter the fishing boats during the worst storms. In winter this picturesque beach can be transformed into a thick bed of seagrass that gets washed ashore.
As you climb away from Ramla Bay, you’ll pass a cave. Legend says this is the cave mentioned in Homer’s The Oddysey. Supposedly Calypso, a nymph, lived in this cave and hosted Ullyses here for seven years. The cave is currently closed, however, there is a great view of Ramla beach.
Food and Drink
There is little food and drink available on this hike so be sure to carry enough. There is a small general store in San Blas after 7.5 kilometres, and some restaurants on Ramla Beach after 11 kilometres.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
Make sure you bring enough water. It is recommended to drink 0.75 litres per 1 hour of hiking.
Be sure to bring plenty of sun cream and a healthy respect for the sun.
Long trousers are recommended today. There are a few footpaths overgrown with spiky thistles!