A Hidden Gem On A Hidden Gem: The Magical Waters Of Gozo
Malta is an island that just keeps on giving and just when you think there is nothing else to see, it offers you a ferry ride to the neighbouring paradise of Gozo.
On Thursday afternoon, we took a large contingent of our elite athletes over to the secluded is- land to have a guided tour of everything it had to offer.
Under clear blue skies, the athletes soaked up the historical elements of the astounding Gozo, listening intently as our expert guide brought the island to life. Our first stop was a visit to the official residence of The Hon. Dr Justyne Caruana, Minister for Gozo – Dr Caruana greeted the athletes with a few words of welcome and posed for photos with our stars.
“At the moment we are investing in sports facilities – For example, we have just had the budget this month, so we’ve announced many new ventures. An aquatic centre, as we currently do not have one and we want to invest in other sports facilities. I really love seeing these athletes here, we have been working on it for many months now so it’s nice to see it happen. I will certainly be watching it over the weekend!”
Dr. Justyne Caruan
On the drive through the picturesque landscape, the athletes took a dip in the Inland Sea, sometimes called Qawra. A lagoon of seawater linked to the Mediterranean Sea through an opening formed by a narrow natural arch.
“Swimming through the arch was so cool – being lifted up by the waves towards the roof of the arch was exhilarating, one of the most beautiful places I have ever swam!”
We then moved on to the state of the art Cittadella Visitors’ Centre housed in two old water reservoirs built in the 1870s. The EU co-funded project brought the history of Gozo to life in dramatic fashion, and really gave the athletes a lasting impression of how much change the island has seen.
“It’s so nice to take the time to really learn about a place and connect with the history rather than just fly in and fly out with a race in-between”
Walking back through the city to the harbour we surprised our athletes with a private boat trip to the Blue Lagoon between the island of Comino and the islet of Cominotto. Just fifteen minutes across the water from Mgarr Harbour, this is one of the best swimming spots in Malta. With the sun slowly setting on the horizon the athletes set off for the nearest rock formation the other side of the long narrow bay that makes a perfect swimming pool. Before we knew it they were cliff jumping off the highest rock they could find taking it in turns to try an ever increasingly daring selection of entries!
Sometimes the best training is just to let off some steam and enjoy the moment.
On the bus journey back to the hotel the air was filled with athletes enthusiastically comparing their favourite moments from the day. A lasting impression was made and without question, Gozo is an amazing advert and testament to the region’s natural beauty.