Għarb, Gozo live camView of the splendid Għarb Parish Church

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Għarb, Gozo

Lovely town of Gozo (Għawdex), Għarb boasts very ancient origins dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze ages, an exciting archaeological site with an Arabic name meaning 'West' that would prove the presence of this population here between 870 and 1090 A.D.; some buildings still keep their original rural structure with decorated stone balconies, its ancient roots can be seen in the centre of the town through narrow and cobbled streets, alleys and rural farmhouses scattered everywhere.

Located on the most westerly place and the most panoramic and highest point of the island, the Ta' Dbiegi hill, Għarb played and important role during the Knights of St. John's period thanks to its coastal lookouts, the first to signal the arrival of enemies to the beleaguered Maltese by constantly relaying smoke signals. Today Għarb is a very quite town where it is possible to still enjoy the atmosphere of an ancient hamlet, as one of the most fertile areas of Gozo, its agricultural production is a massive part of its economy, it could be extremely easy to meet old people retaining a typical old Maltese dialect, almost non exixtent somewhere else. The craftmen also play a very important role in servicing the economy of Għarb, a great part of locals are excellent metal and textile workers, carpenters, the town is also popular for the manufacture of the unique “Gharb blade” the tradiitonal sharp knife popularly known as the 'Sikkina ta' l-Għarb'; a tour of this lovely town should include a visit to the Għarb Folklore Museum located in a privately-owned house from the early 18th century, 28 rooms host a large collection of antique tools and artefacts, unique memories of a glorious past and popular traditions. Għarb is not so large if compared with other major places, however historically, it played an important role in safeguarding Malta, moreover lovers of nature will enjoy its natural beauty and peacefulness while history-lovers will be delighted to find so many reminders of a rich past. Għarb locals are still very traditional, their ways of life are strongly rooted in simplicity as Gozo history and culture have to teach...

Among its architectural attractions the splendid baroque Parish Church is worth a visit, built between 1699 and 1729 it is commonly known as Church of the Visitation (Il-Bażilika u Kolleġġjata tal-Viżitazzjoni) dedicated to the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Elizabeth, the church boasts two twin clock-towers, a façade of extraordinary beauty adorned with three female figure, Faith situated above the main door, Hope with the ancor and Charity situated at its sides; the interior is elegant, splendid the Visitation and the altarpiece, a personal gift of the Grandmaster de Vilhena. The feast day is on the 31st May of every year, however the outside festivities are held on the first weekend of July.

Cam on-line since: 10/24/2014

Comments

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Jon

    Hi Philip; Sorry to hear of your illness and the fact you have had to make the decision on health grounds to return to the UK. Trust you are getting the treatment you need back here and that maybe you will be able at least to visit Gharb again in the not to distant future. Every blessing. Jonathan

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Philip Woods

    Jon: Unfortunately I have had to return to UK on health grounds. I miss Gharb and my friends, ex-pats & Gozitans greatly. Have to say the health service is amazing. Diagnosed my condition after tests in 5 months where as UK took 9 years to decide 'unknown'!!

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Jon

    Hi Philip; I assume you're preparing for another long hot but very relaxing and enjoyable summer in beautiful Gharb. We're sadly not able to come to Gozo this year but we're certainly planning to return to the beautiful island in 2020.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Jon

    Hi Paul; I agree there's something about Gozo that seems get into your blood. We stopped in Gharb for 3 weeks during Aug 2017 - lovely place and as Philip says nothing rushes except the sparrows (even then). Swimming in Xlendi where you stayed is all memorable.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Paul Barber

    Cant believe that I was here last week! I even waved at the camera! Beautiful place! Beautiful Gozo!

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Philip, been on ten minutes and counted over a dozen vehicles and four pedestrians 9.30 am - must be rush hour.

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Philip Woods

    Derek: Nothing and no one 'rushes' in Gharb except the sparrows (spuggies)! You should know that!

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    five to ten on Wednesday morning rush hour over an the spuggies are darting around the buildings. gan canny folks.

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Crispin Hall

    Ah ha only 14 more sleeps till the first visit of the year ........ lucky me

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Philip Woods

    Christine Beal: Ask Mayor David at Gharb council. Click the logo on right. (I'd give you the link but not allowed to on here) It has nothing to do with Skyline!

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Christine Beal

    Did you find out if the other Gharb cameras are going to put back

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • Christine Beal

    Is the Gerano Square Camera in Gharb Gozo down for cleaning?

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • Jon

    Just had the screen on for a few minutes - no vehicles or people cam across the view of the camera - so quiet & peaceful (accept it's clearly a bit windy in Gharb today).

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • Linda Williams

    Been & gone back home, but had a lovely time - thank you. Hopefully back in spring next year

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    15nov18--Linda Williams are you here? I'll say it anyway. EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 7 months ago
    • Gill

    Thanks Jon, We are staying the month and have already booked another month in Feb/March and May. It's a tough life being retired!!