Long Walks On A Little Island

Feb 05, 2015    /    get off the beaten track, wild adventures

Before I landed in the hospital, my goal for my time on Gozo (the prettier, more rural island north of Malta) was to walk as much of its coastline as possible. On an island of just 26 square miles, I thought it might be possible to walk around the whole thing, one piece at a time over the five or so days that I had.

Of course, getting sick put an end to those plans pretty quickly. But not before I’d taken a couple really pretty strolls, like the one below, which started in Sannat, took me past the cliffs at Ta Cenc (pronounced tah chench), passed through the stretch of coastline where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had just finished filming their latest movie, and wound its way along the coast to the harbor where the ferry comes over from Malta.

This photo essay is the story of that walk.

Luna hiking

Cliff views

Cliff major

path to the tower

blue waters


Tower area Gozo

prickly pears



Yellow rocks

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All photos taken with my brand new Sony a6000.

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  • Carol
    February 5, 2015

    What a surprise to see the cacti! Sending rapid healing your way.

    • gigigriffis
      February 5, 2015


      And yes – cacti are everywhere there! Prickly pear is a big thing on the islands – you can get jam, liquor, etc. It was surprising and interesting.

  • Emily
    February 5, 2015

    I thought the same thing: “Hey! A cactus!” :)
    Gorgeous pics!

    • gigigriffis
      February 5, 2015

      Thanks. I’m pretty happy with how my new camera is performing.

  • Rebecca
    February 5, 2015

    Wow great pictures! Do you have plans to go back so you can do your walk around the island? I know getting sick put a kaibash on that.
    You made me homesick for the desert southwest in the US. Wow very cool that cactus are everywhere.

    • gigigriffis
      February 5, 2015

      I don’t think so. I got to do the two walks that intrigued me most (and another that is really popular, though it wasn’t my personal favorite). I may change my mind (I might be biased against a return at the moment just because of how sick I’ve been), but I don’t often return to places once I’ve been. There are too many new places to explore.

  • Swissrose
    February 7, 2015

    Lol – a cactus with berries was new to me! What does it taste like, I wonder?
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    • gigigriffis
      February 7, 2015

      The prickly pear jam tastes very sickly sweet (I didn’t like it at all), but the prickly pear liquor was nicer. It tastes very floral, almost like a rose smells.

  • Kathryn
    February 7, 2015

    Magnificent. And it’s great that you at least got to walk some of the island.

    Is the prickly pear poisonous? We have it in Australia and the spikes can be really dangerous.
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    • gigigriffis
      February 8, 2015

      I have no idea about the spikes. I just know they make jams and liquors from the fruit itself, so that must be okay.

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