Thursday, March 14, 2019

Gozo wins 'Best of Communities & Culture' at the ITB in Berlin

The international organisation Green Destinations has awarded our beautiful island of Gozo as No. 1 in the category ‘Best of Communities & Culture’ during the Sustainable 100 Top Destination Award Event held at the world's leading travel trade show ITB in Berlin. The award promotes sustainable practices in tourism and recognizes continuous efforts in protecting tradition and culture of the destination, involving its local communities and avoiding effects of mass tourism.
The island of many myths, rugged landscapes & long traditions is considered by many a hidden gem, a 'hotspot' in the med and a ‘must’ when visiting Malta. Here’s our top pick why Gozo is such a surprising & rewarding island to discover, whether for a day trip or as a stand-alone destination for truly unique meetings and incentives.

Food: the people of Gozo pride themselves in traditional family recipes, passed on over generations, using only the finest seasonal & local ingredients, preparing dishes from what the land and sea has to offer. A few things you’ll definitely want to taste: ‘Gbejna’, a cheese specialty made from sheep’s milk; ‘Ftira’, a bread specialty baked in small, tucked away bakeries using traditional ovens; ‘Lampuki Pie’, a pie made from seasonal fish; the wines of Gozo, which can be tasted across the islands many restaurants, bars and beautiful vineyards and estates; and of course the sea salt, harvested in family tradition for many generations and sold across the Maltese Islands.

Adventure: the rugged cliffs of Gozo, the crystal clear seas, the beautiful beaches and small inlets make it a true paradise for adventure lovers; offering a great variety of activities from diving, sailing, kayaking and fishing to abseiling, climbing, sky walking, hiking and biking. The island is also popular for its many off-roading paths and all sorts of water sports.

Culture & History: Gozo is home to the oldest freestanding structures of the world, the Ggantija Temples, making it undoubtedly an important part of Mediterranean ancient history. The island celebrates its culture and history with a number of events, cultural activities & celebrations, an opera season and the much loved summer village feasts.

Simplicity: the landscape, the sea & the sun offer the perfect setting to unwind in unspoiled nature with massages by the beach, yoga sessions on a cliff, SUP Yoga on paddle boards & activities related to local harvesting, fishing and cooking.

Where to stay? Gozo is best known for its tucked away & beautifully converted farmhouses spread across the island, but it is also home to boutique hotels and the luxury 5* Kempinski San Lawrenz, a unique spa resort in a beautiful garden setting.

How to get to Gozo? The Malta International Airport offers daily, direct flights from all major European hubs to Malta with a ferry service crossing or private boat charter to Gozo.

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