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Advantages/disadvantages of choosing Gozo

Postby Equil » Sat 8 Sep 2012 08:16 GMT

Hello, I am really new and green to this! I am contemplating renting as a retired person in Malta - initially for a few months to see how it goes! My initial trawl has identified appropriate accommodation in Gozo which I can afford and think I might like. Is there any real disadvantage of living on Gozo as opposed to the main island? Equil
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Re: Advantages/disadvantages of choosing Gozo

Postby chris green » Sat 8 Sep 2012 09:43 GMT

Equil wrote: Is there any real disadvantage of living on Gozo as opposed to the main island? Equil


Hi Equil,

I have lived in both Malta (three years) and now Gozo (four years) and as a retiree I have a strong preference for the latter. The only minor disadvantage would be that there are a couple of government departments which are not represented in Gozo - so an occasional trip might be necessary.

You may get some flippant answers from other members of the Forum who reside on the main island but I am offering a truthful answer to a serious question.

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Postby gozomark » Sat 8 Sep 2012 10:52 GMT

disadvantages off the top of my head

1. medical - Gozo hospital is naturally not as specialised as the main hospital in Malta
2. distance from airport
3. if the weather is bad , a few hours a year the ferry won't operate
4. No LIDL
5. you cant come to Gozo for the weekend
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Postby JJ » Sat 8 Sep 2012 11:26 GMT

4. No LIDL


Sounds like a positive advantage!
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Postby Equil » Sat 8 Sep 2012 16:32 GMT

Thanks to all. I am clearer now. All of the 'negatives' I can live with! I guess my only slight worry is the distance from the airport. Not intending to bring a car, and thus relying totally on taxis or public transport, that might be a consideration. I don't mind being 'stranded' for weekends, and I can definitely live with Lidl, I guess. Thanks again! Equil
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Postby JJ » Sat 8 Sep 2012 16:47 GMT

Where the airport is concerned, taxi fares are competitive at the moment and currently you can get a 'split transfer' (separate taxi either side) for €30 (recommendations in the Recommended Suppliers forum of course). I usually leave Sannat at 13.00 for a 17.00 flight and arrive back about 17.30 from a 15.00 landing.
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Postby dave dee » Sat 8 Sep 2012 19:14 GMT

As a retired person i would definately choose Gozo, having lived in Malta for 9 years now, i will head there when i retire to get some sleep before i go.
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Postby gozomark » Sat 8 Sep 2012 19:16 GMT

" i will head there when i retire to get some sleep before i go. " just remember to bring your own bed
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Postby dp600 » Sun 9 Sep 2012 06:23 GMT

You can get to the airport from the port(malta side )for 9 euros return with a trannsfer bus(name in other forum)
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Postby gozomark » Sun 9 Sep 2012 07:13 GMT

or by standard bus for about € 2 :-)

However, the time taken by either bus is so variable I tend to go to the airport by taxi, but return by bus
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Postby dave dee » Sun 9 Sep 2012 10:36 GMT

Or by bycicle for nothing.
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Postby Equil » Sun 9 Sep 2012 11:31 GMT

All suggestions gratefully received! I would like to say I appreciate the bicycle one, but it would be as lie! I would love to think it was a genuine possibility, but it would need a motor! Eqw
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Postby Dundazi » Sat 17 Nov 2012 16:17 GMT

You speak of Lidl Is there one? Malta or Gozo wow is it the same as Lidl we know
off that where is the best place to shop?

I have always used Morrison s Tesco and Sainsburys and Aldi and Lidl and-presumed that there is nothing like that in either Malta or Gozo am I right? Maureen
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Postby gozomark » Sat 17 Nov 2012 16:21 GMT

Yep, same Lidl as UK - about 5 shops in Malta, none in Gozo yet. There is a review of the large supermarket chains on the following link on the recommended suppliers forum

http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... hp?t=21010
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