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Gozo Brochure 2010

Gozo Brochure 2010

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Published by: VisitMalta on Jul 21, 2010
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Gozo: The Magic of Calypso’s Isle.
Gozo’s charm is apparent the moment you step off the 25 minute ferry journey which brings you overfrom Malta. The intimate setting of a small, island community with a long tradition of warm hospitalitywill make you feel at home within moments of arriving. Greener, more rural and just one third the sizeof Malta, Gozo moves to a strikingly different, more leisurely, rhythm than its sister island.Our island is steeped in myth. According to legend, this was Homer’s isle of Ogygia, where the nymphCalypso held the Greek hero Odysseus as her companion for seven years. Today though, visitorswillingly surrender themselves to Calypso’s charms as they gaze over the glimmering red sand of Ramla Bay from the vantage point at the cave which, legend has it, served as the nymph’s home.
An island of mystery, history and faith
Mystery surrounds the prehistoric stone builders who left us theawe-inspiring temples of Ġgantija, believed to be the world’soldest free-standing structure, and today a UNESCO WorldHeritage Site. The Ġgantija temples take their name from theMaltese term “ġgant” meaning “giant”, a name which testifiesto the size and height of the megaliths from which the templesare built. There’s no mystery about the Romans’ impact on ourisland though. Calling it Gaulos, they considered Gozo importantenough to be administered separately from Malta, and even gaveus the right to mint our own coins.

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