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Escape the February freeze with a Gozo family holiday

Posted on 07 November 2019

Photo Credit: Baron Holiday Homes

The tail end of winter can be a tough time of year.  In February the grip of winter is still felt in frosts and snow and spring can seem to be a long way off.

On Gozo, however, February is much more inviting thanks to our Mediterranean climate that brings mild and sunny winters. In fact, Gozo makes a great destination for a family holiday during the February half term holidays.  

And don’t just come to enjoy the weather. You’ll be surprised at just how much there is to do on Gozo in Winter. Families will enjoy our lively Carnival Season which brings colour, music and dance onto the streets of Gozo.

Winter is also a great time of the year to get out and about exploring Gozo’s scenery and ancient heritage. And when you want to just simply relax, our Baron Holiday Homes provide a cosy retreat as some offer fireplaces, underfloor heating, indoor pool and jacuzzi.

Baron Holiday Homes doesn’t charge for children under the age of two. Plus you can pre-book to have a cot and high chair waiting for you. So why not escape the freeze and boost your vitamin D levels and have some family fun on Gozo this winter?

 

Get cosy in your Baron Holiday Home

Although it’s never too cold on Gozo during the winter months it’s still lovely to return to your ‘home from home’ after a fun day out to truly relax and put your feet up.

Our website allows you to search our rental properties on Gozo that are ideal for a winter break. For instance, you can search for underfloor heating, jacuzzis, and even heated indoor pools.

We also offer a range of in-house extras to help our guests make the most of their holiday. These include a private chef, hairdresser, massage and dining out coupons.

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Enjoy the indoor heated pool at Hamlet 2, Gozo. Photo credit: Baron Holiday Homes

 

Have fun exploring Gozo

All Baron Holiday Home rental properties on Gozo are located in or near to local villages. So it’s easy to experience traditional Gozitan village life. We are a friendly lot and you’ll find that children are welcomed on Gozo. 

When the sun is out, why not take the opportunity to explore Gozo's many attractions? You'll find plenty of walking trails and we can help organise cycle tours and bike rentals. 

There are lots of fun ways of getting around Gozo. If you've got older children. why not Glide Through Gozo On A Segway Tour? Or you might prefer to travel by Jeep, or even a TukTuk. See our webpage Things To Do In Gozo for more ideas and information.

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A Segway tour of Gozo – fun for all the family. Photo credit: GozoSegway.com

The City Sightseeing hop-on, hop-off open-top bus is another great way to explore Gozo for families. Little children will love travelling on the top deck. Or, you can catch one of our local Gozo buses. You’ll find a bus stop close to your Baron Holiday Home.

 

Discover Gozo’s fascinating history

Whatever form of transport you choose to get around Gozo, there are plenty of things to see on our lovely island. Here are a few suggestions to give you a taste of what’s on offer:

  • Ggantija Temples

The Ġgantija temples on Gozo are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Older than the pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge, kids and adults alike will be fascinated to explore this ancient site.

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Enjoy walking the walls of the old Citadel in Gozo. Photo credit: FamilyTravelBlog.com

  • Ancient Cart Ruts

Further evidence of Neolithic society on Gozo in the form of ancient cart ruts worn into the rock surface can be found in several sites on Gozo. If you are exploring the stunning cliffs on Gozo’s southern coast at Ta’Cenc be sure to look out for the extensive tracks

 

  • The Citadel

Gozo’s capital Victoria contains a gem that children will love – the old Citadel. This fortified city dates back to the famous Knights of Malta. You can walk the medieval walls to enjoy the panoramic view and check out the many Heritage Malta museums located here.

These include the Natural History Museum and the Gran Castello Historic House. The Discover Gozo family ticket offers a great way to explore Gozo’s major museums and historic sites. You can book tickets here.

 

Experience Gozo’s colourful carnival season

Every year following Gozo celebrates the coming of the Christian Lent period with five days of festivities in its annual Carnival Season. For 2020, the Carnival Season will run from Friday 21 February to Tuesday 25 February (Shrove Tuesday).

This is a great time of year to visit Gozo as you and your family can join in the fun, enjoy the food, and get to experience an authentic slice of Maltese culture.

 

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Gozo’s carnival Season is a riot of colour and fun. Photo credit: Nikki Portelli

There are two different types of carnival on offer. First, there is the Organised Carnival which takes place during the day in the public squares and streets of Victoria. Expect to see colourful costumes, floats and parades, plus lots of traditional music and dancing.

Watch out for the local carnival treats of Perlini (sugar coated almonds) and Prinjolata (a rich, dome-shaped, sponge cake topped with cream and decorated with pine nuts, melted chocolate and cherries).

Then there is the internationally-famous ‘Spontaneous’ Carnival which takes place once the sun goes down in the village of Nadur. Here, anything goes and you can expect the unexpected. The main aim of the costumes is disguise and people often wear grotesque masks, often satirising local events. The Spontaneous Carnival is more likely to be of interest to families with older children and teenagers.

 

Get crafty with some fun arts lessons

On cooler days or when the family wants a change of pace on your Gozo holiday why not consider an arts and crafts workshop? We have partnered with two local artists - Abi MacLeod Clark and Emma Morgan - to offer Baron Holiday Homes’ guests some fun arty activities.

 

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Mask making on Gozo. Photo credit: Bejta Artisan

You can choose from pebble painting, card making, mosaics, lino printing, and air-drying. And the sessions can be delivered at your Baron Holiday Home. All materials and equipment is provided – you just need to bring your enthusiasm and creative talents!

 

Ask us for help

Baron Holiday Homes is happy to organise car hire and things to do on Gozo for our guests. Just get in touch and we’ll tell you all you need to know about walks near to your rental property, special events in villages nearby, and other local information.

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