Self catering flat with no shop not near Victoria
Posted Jul 19, 2016
We were driven to our flat in a booked taxi, but the driver spoke no English and could not understand our question about pick-up time for the flight back. it was a Sunday afternoon, the complex office was closed, the flat key was in the door. We looked around for lunch. There was no shop, no bar and no restaurant in the complex. We looked around the hamlet of Fannel for food, no luck, we walked three quarters of a mile in extreme heat to the village of Gahasri, shop "7 Day Opening" was shut. We walked back and swam in the wonderful pool, and returned to the village, shop still shut. Then we saw a bus stop and took a delightful bus into Victoria, which has restaurants. From then on we took the bus every day, into Victoria, and out to various beaches and coves, shopping in Victoria on the way home.
On Monday we went into the office and said what had happened, and they found it amusing that anyone should come to Fannel without a hire car. We asked them to phone the taxi company to find out our departure time on Sunday, and each day a different person said he would call the firm and leave us a note in the room, but it didn't happen. By Friday we were frantic, as the office staff said to guess the time working back from to aircraft departure time. Finally I had to stand and wait until someone phoned and gave us the date!
Gozo is a beautiful island with much to see, it would have helped if there had been some literature in the flat giving shop opening and bus times.