GETTING AROUND GOZO
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BUS TERMINUS is in Main Gate Street, Victoria.
Buses in Gozo are grey with a central red band and show the route number on the front. Gozo buses operate along circular routes, leaving from and returning to Victoria without scheduled stops at termini. http://www.maltatransport.com
A regular service runs to and from Mgarr, route 25, and is timed to coincide with the ferry timetable
With a population of around 4,000, Nadur is Gozo's 2nd largest City with a proud reputation as Gozo's Festival City. The name Nadur means `look out' in Maltese as Nadur hilly position provided an excellent viewpoint to spot any unfriendly navy ships or pirates raiders.
The parish church of St Peter and St Paul was designed in 1766 and is a mix of baroque and 19th century. The facade and dome make it one the most grand and monumental of Gozo's churches.
Kenuna Tower was built as a telegraph link between Gozo and
Ir-Ramla Bay can be reached through Nadur. This is Gozo's largest and prettiest sandy bay. Nadur also includes the coastal area of San Blas, and Dahlet Qorrot - both are small coves perfect for snorkeling.
DAHLET QORROT BAY
SAN BLAS BAY
Ramla Bay has been voted by international travel journalists as one of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean. Gozo's longest and best red sand beach offers splendid views, a summer snack bar, water sports, sun beds and umbrellas
Maltese people often refer to this beach as the "Ramla il-Hamra" - the Red Sandy Beach. The are around the beach is quite interesting and provides some very rich historical treasures. Amongst these are the Roman remains close to the beach as well as the famous Calypso's Cave at the top of the cliffs on the Western side of the beach. " maltagozo.com/bramla
FOOD & DRINK
opposite the church is Rabokk Pizzeria
SPONTANEOUS CARNIVAL IN NADUR
-the 5 nights when Malta's 360 churches go dark
At sunset, the maskarati (people wearing a mask and clothes to disguise themselves), used to come out into the streets, shouting, whistling and doing things which would be regarded as strange, during the normal days of the year. Sometimes, they used to throw sweets, while those who could afford them, used to throw sweet almonds. At those times, the streets of Gozo used to be poorly lit. This helped in encouraging these maskarati to put aside their habitual shyness and throw themselves along with the others, enjoying the outraging happiness
The annual Cena tas-Sinjur (the Lord’s Supper) is organized every
year at the Centre for Christian Doctrine (MUSEUM) in Nadur, Gozo. Hundreds of people from all over Malta visit this special room during the last week of Lent to experience the Last Supper Exhibition.
I-Imnarja FESTA (St Peter & Paul) June 29
|360 view of Ta' Kenuna by gozo.com/photogallery/pan_nadur.php
The Azure Window a
giant rock arch in the cliffs of the Dwejra coastline and the
Inland Sea, a secluded pool of clear water and pebbly sand, sheltered by
Dwejra Tower by dinlarthelwa.org restoration work completed in'97
|Ghajnsielem Gozo is home to a Black Madonna, Our Lady of Loreto in Ghajnsielem Cathedral, just off Mgarr harbor
|Ghasri home to the first lighthouse and the northernmost point of the Maltese islands
Church of the Immaculate Conception is just the beginning of the
strong spiritual feeling here. Two famous characters of Gharb are
venerated in tiny museums :
Basilica ta' Pinu, Malta's
pre-eminent shrine to the Virgin Mary. Ta' Pinu islocated
in the valley separating Garb and Ghammar . The basilica is isolated
and except for a small one-story building on the road leading to the
church, there are no other buildings. The church is surrounded by
terraced fields and the deep blue Mediterranean is visible behind
the basilica. On a hill just to the right of the basilica, there are
white marble statues depicting the fourteen stations of the cross.
The church dates back to 1920 and is built around a small,
barrel-vaulted votive chapel which dates back to the sixteenth
Frenc Tal-Gharb Museum Frenc tal-Gharb Gozo's most famous faith healer, and an apostle of Our Lady of Ta' Pinu. His house has been converted into a historical and folklore Museum. Situated at 74 Rock Street - Gharb Tel (+356)21562384 Opening hours; October - June: 13.00pm - 16.00pm July - September: 11.00am - 16.00pm Entrance: Free
Chapel of San Dimitri. According to legend, the small chapel was built on the cliff side by a woman whose son was freed from captivity by St. Demetrius.
"The village square, so quintessentially Gozitan, has become the view on many a postcard.
Marsalforn, 10 minutes by car
from Victoria, is Gozo`s largest resort. The former fishing village
has filled its rocky shores with hotels, apartments, shops and
restaurants. The small Marsalforn beach attracts crowds, but travel
north west to find quieter bays of Qbajjar and Xwejni
Marsalforn the former fishing village on the north coast has developed into Gozo's most popular sea resort.Venture to the north west and you will find the bays of Qbajjar and Xwejni, much quieter for swimming.
|MGARR Dominating the scene are the Churches of Our Lady of Lourdes, on the cliffs above the village, and neighboring Ghajnsielem.
Qala is located on the eastern tip of Gozo, two miles from Mgarr. and also reached from Nadur. Farmland surrounds the church and most well-known landmark, an 18th century windmill
Qala church dedicated to the immaculate conception but known
as Santa Marija tal blat (St. Mary of the rocks). This Church faces
Comino and it is said that it was built so that people of that
island would follow mass from across the straits when rough weather
precluded a priest from going there.
tal-harrux Remains of a
Carthaginian temple complex in use between 300BC and 100 AD
|Sannat the parish church, dedicated to St. Margaret and built in 1781
|The huge and ornately embellished
baroque church of our Lady of Victories forms the focal point of
this sprawling hilltop village where Malta's most visited attraction
resides. Xaghra contains the most famous of all the
prehistoric sites, the temples of Ggantija, and the Neolithic
site of Santa Verna, which lie nearby but visitors should not
miss the town itself.
Victories: The present
village while it became a parish in 1688, its church was only built in
the mid 19th century. This is one of the most beautiful on Gozo with a
richly-decorated interior, gilted sculptures, Italian marbles and
Calypso's cave, of mythical
fame, also lies within Xaghra in the cliffs. Look out for the
unforgettable view from Calypso cave overlooking the beautiful and
distinguished red sands of Ramla Bay on
the northeastern coast.
|Xewkija home of the dome
ferry terminal to Malta is
The Dome of Xewkija, is the 3rd or 4th largest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world yet, for most Gozitans, it is not quite big enough; the intention was to exceed the dimensions of the Mosta Dome in Malta, which it succeeds in height but not in diameter.
Ta’ Pinu the pilgrimage church is noteworthy
The delightful sea inlet, known as Xlendi Bay, lies at the end of a deep, lush ravine which was a river bed. Until the mid 20th century, Xlendi was a small fishing port and a restful summer resort for a few locals and Maltese but now it is Gozo's main waterside resort. On the promontory is Xlendi Tower, built in 1650.
The seven-story hotels, which frame the little cove of Xlendi, haven't detracted from this inlet's natural beauty. Have lunch on the terrace and a dip with the locals in the pale green water.The shingle beach , rocky shore and clear waters are good for swimming and the caves and rugged reefs provide ideal conditions for snorkeling and scuba diving.
|Zebbug (pop: 1600)
An old hilltop village
with exotic views
once famous for its olive trees
Chapel Of St. Roque St Roque is considered to the protector of those suffering from the plague. This chapel was built in 1592 during the first bubonic plague epidemic to hit the Maltese Islands. It also houses a museum showing the achievements of various Zebbug personalities. preserved through the work of www.dinlarthelwa.org
religious values are untarnished, as judged for example from the
high priority given to the maintenance of street niches. "
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