Gozo is an island of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is part of Malta. After the island of Malta itself, it is the second-largest island in the archipelago. Compared to its southeastern neighbour, Gozo is more rural and known for its scenic hills. The island of Gozo has long been associated with Ogygia, the island home of the nymph Calypso in Homer’s Odyssey. In that story, Calypso, possessed of great supernatural powers, and in love with Odysseus, holds him captive for a number of years, until finally releasing him to continue his journey home. The island has a population of around 37,000 people (all of Malta combined has 445,000), and its inhabitants are known as Gozitans. It is rich in historic locations such as the Ġgantija temples, which, along with the other Megalithic Temples of Malta, are among the world’s oldest free-standing structures.
The island is rural in character and, compared to the main island Malta, less developed. Azure Window is a remarkable geologic feature of the island; it is a natural stone arch that was formed millions of years ago when a limestone cave collapsed. There are many beaches on the island, as well as seaside resorts that are popular with tourists and locals alike. The most popular are Marsalforn and Xlendi Bay. Gozo is considered one of the top diving destinations in the Mediterranean and a centre for water sports. But you are unlikely to have any time for that during the programs. It would be best to add a few days after the program to your travel calendar to visit these sites.
Steeped in myth, Gozo is thought to be the legendary Calypso’s isle of Homer’s Odyssey – a peaceful, mystical backwater. Baroque churches and old stone farmhouses dot the countryside. Gozo’s rugged landscape and spectacular coastline await exploration with some of the Mediterranean’s best dive sites. The island also comes complete with historical sites, forts and amazing panoramas, as well as one of the archipelago’s best-preserved prehistoric temples, Ġgantija.
Venue: Cornucopia Hotel, Gozo, Malta
Located in Xaghra (Gozo), Cornucopia Hotel is convenient to Ggantija Temple and Calypso’s Cave. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Ta’ Pinu Shrine and Gozo Ferry Terminal.
10 Gnien Imriek Street, Xaghra, XRA1521, Malta | Website
Make yourself at home in one of the 48 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Rooms have private patios. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Recreation, Spa, Premium Amenities
Dip into one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools or enjoy other recreational amenities, which include bicycles to rent. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, where you can take in a garden view, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), currency exchange, and dry cleaning/laundry services. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free parking is available onsite