Where's Gozo? The usual response when someone asks me where I live. India? No, that's Coal Gozo, the little sister island of Malta, with freestanding man-made structures from 3600 BC, more than a thousand years older than the pyramids of Egypt, has over the centuries, been invaded by almost all the powers in the Mediterranean region, yet still remains relatively unknown and undiscovered within 21st century Europe.

Gozo or Ghawdex (in Maltese) meaning Joy, was perhaps better known in the past; as Gaudisium in the Middle Ages (1100-1280 AD), Gawdex during the Arab period (870-1100 AD), Gaudos in the Byzantine Greek time (535-870 AD), Gaulus by the Romans (derived from Gaulos, meaning Phoenician merchant ship, 220 BC-400 AD), Gwl by the Phoenicians (also a type of ship, 750- 220BC). In Greek mythology Gozo is Ogygia, the island of Calypso. Today however, Gozo's fortresses and coastal watch towers are trying to attract paying guests rather than repelling invaders.

Market trends in tourism have changed, from purely mass market sun and sea, to a demand for authentic experiences, with more discerning travellers seeking destinations that have an identity of their own and a 'unique' sense of place. Whilst Gozo is well known for scuba diving, there is a growing niche for 'well being' experiences, in destinations that can offer a holistic whole life approach, delivered through creative experiences that stimulate aspects of our self development that feed the mind, body and soul.

Gozo is a very different island destination and a wonderful antidote to Malta, offering authentic, peaceful and tranquil island life in a compact and intimate, friendly, yet very accessible setting.

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