The hotel is advantageously located on Republic street in Victoria, the capital, which lies precisely in the centre of Gozo making the perfect starting point to visit the whole island as roads radiate in the four directions towards all the villages and bays in Gozo.
Republic Street is Victoria’s main street, flanked by shops, shopping malls, Villa Rundle Gardens, banks, theatres, restaurants, the market, the post office, the cinema, the Bishop’s chancery and petrol stations. The Main bus terminal and several bus stops are just a stone’s throw away from The Duke Boutique Hotel, providing easy access to the island by bus.
GPS Location - Latitude 36.044189 / Longitude 14.242986
Arrive at Malta international Airport – Distance to Gozo is approximately 6 km.
A regular ferry service carries passengers and cars between Malta’s northern most point of Cirkewwa to Mgarr, Gozo’s main harbour. The trip takes approximately 25 minutes.
Taxi transfer – The hotel offers two taxi options from the airport to the hotel.
Split transfer - On arrival at the airport, after collecting your luggage and checking out, you will find your chauffeur waiting for you with a sign with your name. He will drive you to the ferry port in Malta where you will board ferry to Gozo. Once in Gozo another taxi chauffeur will be waiting for you for your transfer to the hotel.
Executive Direct transfer – The Chauffeur that picks you up from the airport boards the ferry and chauffeurs you directly to the hotel. This will save you boarding the ferry on foot and handling your luggage.
By Car - Take the road to Gozo via Msida, drive up regional road passing through St. Andrew’s, Coast Road, St. Paul’s and Mellieha to Cirkewwa ferry terminal. Take the ferry ride to Gozo. Once in Gozo, drive is approximately 10 minutes by car, 6.4km, to Victoria, Hotel is located on Republic Street, whilst private car park and public car park may be accessed through Main Gate street.
Upon arrival by car, it is highly recommended that you park your car in the parking bay reserved for hotel guests in front of the shopping complex. Once in the complex, take the lift on the left up to the reception on the 4th floor. Once you are checked in, your car may be parked in our private car park, at a fee of €10.00 or for free in the public car park just outside the hotel.
By Bus – There are a number of routes to Cirkewwa from various towns and villages across Malta and from Mgarr Gozo to Victoria, route 301. The bus service in Gozo is operated by Malta Public Transport and passengers visiting the island can travel using the same bus cards and tickets used in Malta. The buses are painted in green and trips can be identified by the number that is shown on the bus. The cost per trip varies from €1.50 in winter for a 2hour trip to €2.00 in summer. One can also opt for a 7 day ticket for the price of €21.00 for adults or €15.00 for children. Tickets can be bought either online, from the booth machines or once you hop on the bus. Buses operate daily between 05.30hrs and 23.00hrs.
On foot – From the Main Bus terminal in Victoria, walk down Main Gate street onto Republic Street. Walk for 350m down to The Duke shopping complex and take the lift to the reception on the 4th floor.
Victoria is not just the geographic heart of Gozo, it is also the centre of everyday activity. It manages to combine the bustle of its market and shops from sun rise to sun set with a relaxed and sociable atmosphere in the evenings. It is a great place to watch the Islanders go about their day from the cafes dotted around the squares.
Victoria is also the administrative centre, which includes the main schools, the hospital and the law courts. Its main square is Pjazza Indipendenza, popularly known as it-Tokk. The main building on the square is the Banca Giuratale, built between1733-38, formerly the seat of the municipal government of Gozo and presently of the Victoria Local council. An open market is held every morning in this square and several open air cafes are also found here. Browse around Victoria's narrow winding streets and you'll find everything from delicious fresh produce, cheeses and wines, to antiques, craft goods, fishing nets and knitwear. The town also has a thriving cultural life all of its own, with some surprising attractions ranging from opera to horse races in the main street on festa days.
Right next to The Duke hotel, one will find the Villa Rundle Gardens. These gardens were laid out by the British in 1910 and house a variety of local and imported trees, an oasis of peace in the centre of the busy town. The Garden also incorporates a playing area, a visitors’ centre and an area dedicated to open-air activities.
Just off the main square in the very heart of the old town, one finds the medieval parish church of St. George Martyr, referred to as the marble basilica, as it is entirely covered in marble. The present basilica was rebuilt by its supporters after the destruction by an earthquake in 1693. It has a profusely gilded interior and very impressive is the bronze and gilded canopy over the high altar. The main attraction is a statue of the patron Saint, St. George, sculpted in wood in 1838.
An interesting chapel, among the many that are found in Victoria, is the 19th century chapel dedicated to Saint Martha, built in 1859.
A walk up the hill will lead to one of Gozo’s most treasured gems, the Citadel, which has undergone a major revamp over the last couple of years. One will be welcomed by the majestic sight of the Gozo Cathedral dedicated to Santa Marija, across the small square at the top of a wide flight of steps guarded by two 17th-century bronze cannons. A walk along the fortified ramparts is rewarded with a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Gozo’s hills and valleys, villages and churches and a view right across the sea to Malta. Only a couple of families live within the Citadel walls today and some old residences lie in ruins. There are several fascinating small museums: The Cathedral Museum, the Museum of Archaeology, the Folklore Museum, the Gozo Nature Museum, the Old Prison, the Old Gunpowder Magazine, the Grain Silos, the Battery and the World War II Shelter and close by there are also the Law Courts and the Bishop’s Palace.