Where are the most beautiful churches, the best restaurants, the most beautiful beaches?
Which place suits me?
Is there something going on here? Gozo is supposed to be so quiet.
Bus, taxi and Co, how do I get to Gozo?
Is there more than sea here?
You may also ask these questions in advance of your journey. I would like to describe to you the places in Gozo and help you with the decision.
If you are in Mgarr (Ihmaar) from the board, the first glimpse of the church certainly falls Our Lady Of Lourdes, over the fishing port. A trip there is worthwhile. In Mgarr It's all about fishing, boating and maintenance, the Yacht club and the terminal of the Gozo Ferry. In addition to the Grand Hotel, you will also find restaurants, car rentals and bars, a typical port. You can eat delicious food in Bancinu Restaurant. In summer there are sailing regattas around Gozo, Comino and Malta. Open-air concerts at the Port provide entertainment. Oh, yes, when you're in the terminal, you cash in on the ATM. In some villages there is no and in the small shops you can not pay with card. The landing point for the boats is in the opposite Comino, the excursion boats and the hop on hop off buses.
Over the port on the way to the island's interior, lies Ghajnsielem (Eisiilem). At the place name you can see the difference between language and writing in Malti, the language of the Gozianer. Pretty Tricky! Following the road to Victoria, it goes through the new part with the Gozo campus of the University of Malta. If you turn right, you will come to the old town centre around the church Our Lady Of Loreto. The village life is characterized by the association's life, so here too. Next to the community centre you will find the house of the brass band with restaurant and the club House of the Football Association. Both very representative. To Ghajnsielem Belongs also the Ford's, the fortress of the Knights over the harbour. Today there are holiday apartments. Please note the huts, fields and stables and the small dry-fallen lake with the bridge when you drive up the road from the harbour. This is Bethlehem, it is brought to life every year during the advent season. An annual spectacle that reminds of the time around Christ's birth.
The village Qala (Aala) is the southeastern Gozo and now my new home. The development of the village began as early as the 15th century with the construction of the Watchtower and Gun Battery Over the Hondoq Bay. Today it has spread and fills the area between Nadur and Mgarr With town and farm houses, fruit and vegetable gardens and oranges, lemons and mandarin trees. It has everything I can wish for. Small shops that deliver the goods home to me, good restaurants at the great Place at the Church of St. Joseph's, the Horse Riding Farm, Zeppi's Bar, the meeting place for Gotianer, residents and holidaymakers and the beach at the Hondoq Bay. Thanks to the clubs, this is all about Year. Whether Festa In August, International Folk Festival in October, diner By The Stabels Monthly in summer or colourful activity in carnival, it is not boring here. In July, the night rises three days Hondoq Festival with bands and dance at the Hondoq Beach.
The easternmost place of the island is important for daily life on the island. The farmers, mostly in the sidelines, produce 60% of the demand for fruit, vegetables and other crops, but also dairy products, poultry and meat are part of it. Of course, fishing and craft play an important role here as well. Every Wednesday the market takes place in the morning. The hustle and bustle around the church of St. Peter & Paul is worth a visit. You can enjoy delicious local food in "the Fat Rabbit"enjoy and in the bakery Mekren there are fresh bread, pies and pizza. Stop by when you're on your way to the beach at San Blas Bay, it's worth it! The annual highlight is the foolish days in carnival. Originally, the inhabitants of the village were fully masked as witches, ghosts and undead to undetect their scurrilous practical joke. In recent years, the focus is on fun and dancing around the church. All of Gozo and many of the main island make for the hustle and bustle.
The largest village on the island, with a view over the Ramla Bay, is Xaghra (Schaara). Here you will not only find the beautiful basilica Our Lady Of Victory and the Church square with its large selection of good restaurants, cafes and bars, but also the witnesses of the long history of Gozo. The temple complex from the Neolithic and the cave of the Calypso, which we know the Odyssey. Under two private houses you can find caves accessible on request. There is also a nice hotel. The Cornucopia will be gladly booked for weddings. The small toy museum is worth a visit just like the windmill. An annual highlight is the performance of the passion on Good Friday. The parish, the clubs and the brass band represent in costumes the story with pictures from the Bible to the crucifixion of Christ.
The village is located in the northeast and is mostly lively in summer and full. The inhabitants live by and with the tourists. Above the coastal road are the holiday homes, which are empty from November to April. B&B's, guest houses and hotels are also open in winter. Originally it was the main port of the island. The first people landed from Sicily coming here in Gozo. The St. Paul is to be stranded here on his way to Rome. The village church is dedicated to its shipwreck. The importance of the port in the 16th century led to the consideration of the order of Malta to give up the Citadel in Victoria and to build a new fortress here. Since the Gozianer did not want to pay for it, the plan was not realized. Today, life takes place on the promenade. The small sandy beach in front of the hotel Calypso is popular and the restaurants are vying for guests in the evening. If you follow the coastal road you will come to the beaches of the Qbajjar and Xwejni Bay. A beautiful resort with many possibilities for water sports.
The third place with a port is Xlendi (Schlendi). Between the steep rocks of the cliffs lies the Xlendi Bay to the west. At the top of the bay rises the Xlendi Tower, one of the surviving defensive towers of the Knights ' era. Feared in the past, the bay's upstream reef with its ship tailcoats is an attraction for divers. The caves in the cliff are also interesting for water sports enthusiasts. The beach at the end of the bay with its promenade and restaurants and bars is very popular in the summer.
The oldest community in modern times is Xewkjia (Schokiija) on the plateau south of Victoria. The local business area with manufactories, tomato factory, commercial center, State farm and part of the Gozo campus of the university, the workshops for furniture and car dealers offers the most jobs on the island. Before you reach the centre of the village, you will pass the Gozo football stadium, the racetrack, the helicopter landing area or the cemetery. The centre of the village is dominated by the Rotunda, which is already visible from afar. With the chapel of St. Bartholomew with the besides standing Cecilja Tower and the remnants of the octagonal windmill, you will also find monuments from the knight's time here.
The island's capital, from the Gozianern Rabat called, has urban flair. Based on the Citadelle, the old city at the time of the Knights, the town spread down to the new town in the south. As the center of the island with an infrastructure of good standards it presents itself today. The bus terminal, called Victoria Bay, is located in the middle of it and connects all places on the island. In addition to the Episcopal Church of Saint Marija in the Citadel, the Basilica Saint Gorg And the Church of St. John the spiritual and cultural center of the city. As everywhere in Gozo, the influence of the parishes is great. Their brass bands are the origin of the philharmonic choirs and orchestras of the two opera houses. With guest appearances by Maltese artists working on houses around the world, astonishing performances of operetta, opera or musical and concerts in spring and autumn are possible. Not to mention the concert hall of Don Bosco here, too, is exceptional. Around the independence place below the citadel over the square of San Gorg to the church of St. Francis lie the streets and alleys of the old town. Here you will find the morning's market, small shops full of goods, sometimes bizarre in form and offer, sometimes crammed with utensils, but also quite elegant from shoe to hat. A visit is always worthwhile. If you are the Republic Street into the new town, you will find elegant fashion and shoe shops, the malls of the Duke and Arkadia, shops for interiors, furniture and much more. You can take a time out at the villa Rundle Garden, the city park of Victoria.
A place without any special characteristics that's Zebbug (Schebuug). But it is a good starting point if you want to explore the north coast with the salt pans and the cliff. But also culinary, he is a highlight with the pizzeria Francesco.
Many Malta guests want to Comino, that you notice especially In the summer. Visitors storm the Rock of the Blue Lagoon and settle down there. They all sit close to each other and remind me of the Apes of Gibraltar. You should make your way to the rocks fortPut. Swimming in the lagoon has something, but you should making it from the boat. The island was long populated. The remnants of the quarantine station will then show. In the Middle Ages, Comino was cultivated here and that gave 200 people work. There are three left today. In the north there is the Comino Hotel with beach on the San Niklaw Bay with a diver base. At the adjacent San Marija Bay you will find a camping site and another hotel. Also worth seeing is the Marija cave and the Marija Tower in the south, the remnant of the former garrison from the 17th century. I personally like the Chrystal Lagoon north of the tower much more than the Blue Lagoon. Unfortunately it is difficult for pedestrians to reach. It is very popular with cliff jumpers and divers.
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