This guide is aimed at readers who enjoy cycling, not just for its own sake, but because it can take them through landscapes of beauty and past features of historic, natural or environmental interest. Cycling provides enjoyment, exercise and wellbeing with minimal impact on the environment.
The historic island of Gozo provides wonderful opportunities for cycling. Its attractions include stunning landscapes, a beautiful natural environment and a range of rich archaeological and cultural treasures. Gozo, a short 35 minute ferry ride from Malta, has its own tranquil way of life with country lanes leading past small villages, peaceful valleys, picturesque sea inlets and dramatic cliffs. It has been inhabited from the earliest times and possesses many stone-age monuments. The island is so small that on any one cycle you can encounter a variety of interesting features.
This comprehensive book is packed with practical information and advice. It provides detailed maps of cycling routes on Gozo, together with a description of the noteworthy features that lie along each route. This guide also describes the background (historical, cultural and environmental) of the key points of interest to increase your understanding and pleasure. All the suggested cycle routes can be done from Malta by taking an early morning ferry to Gozo and returning in the evening. Allowing time for admiring the sights, each cycle route represents a day’s adventure. The suggested routes also encourage you to stop at specific locations from where short walks can bring you to impressive features that cannot be directly reached by bike. The routes are mostly along level roads though there are a number of inclines that some might find a little challenging. However all the routes can be done by anyone with an average level of fitness.
Importantly, this practical guide provides a listing of the outlets from which bikes can be hired as well as providing invaluable advice on practical support issues such as when best to visit, accomodation, safety tips and bus and ferry information. The sections on archaeology, geology and wildlife will add considerably to your understanding and appreciation of this most pleasant mediterranean island.
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