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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

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  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Jon

    Hi Crispin; Yes we're waiting for flights to be released for next August. Because the day of the week we need to fly and the airport we'll fly from it's Ryan Air for us. Trust you'll have a good time in Gharb; i'm sure you will. We were just struck by what a great place it is & so peaceful.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Crispin Hall

    Hi Jon. We are back in Birbuba at the end of this month for 3 weeks ........ and much looking forward to our trip
    Next flight booked for March and then May once Easy Jet open the flights up next week - roll on 29th September
    Hope you all keeping well

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Jon

    Hi Crispin; when are you next in Gozo; we're going to Malta for a 4 nights after Christmas. no doubt we'll pop over to Gozo (we're at the Nth of the island which helps). We didn't make it over there this summer so looking forward to Christmas.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Crispin Hall

    Oh dear me ....... umbrellas up today in Gharb

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Jon

    I see Gharb is as hectic as ever during rush hour - less then 1 vehicle per minute passing through - so peaceful.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    good to see this one back after its break.gan canny folks

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Ann Galea

    An even more beautiful fireworks display tonight. Well done again Gharb !

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Ann Galea

    What a lovely evening hearing the band and seeing the fireworks. Also nice to see to see the words come up on the screen for the songs that were specifically created for the feast so everybody could sing along. Well done Gharb !

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Jon

    Hi Philip; Good to hear from you. Trust you're doing ok. I'm sure you'll enjoy returning for a week to Gozo.

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Philip Woods

    Hi Jon, I've arranged a week in Gharb in October.

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Jon

    Hi Philip (Woods) how is your health doing. trust you're at least holding your own. Any plans for a return, even if just a holiday back to Gozo?

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Jon

    It's two years since we spent a couple of weeks on Gharb - was really relaxing and enjoyable. Hopefully in 2020 when we return to Gozo we'll at least get to visit Gharb again.

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Beacon

    Zlaqt fuq l-ilma u fl-art waqajt
    Gwejnah minnhom inkisirli
    Domt tmien gimghat nimmedikah
    Sa kemm issa fieqli.
    Bil Gwejnah imfejjaq
    Bhal ghasfur gej Ghawdex intir
    Ma L-Emeriti jew Eremiti
    Ftit gimghat ohra sejjer Intir.
    Fil-Festa ta Santa Marija
    Il-banda iddoqq marci allegrija
    U f’nof- inhar igerru z-zwiemel
    Fit-triq tat-tigrija.
    G. S.

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Beacon

    Pitirross ta sidru ahmar
    Jidher fix-Xitwa wara Maltempata
    Jittajjar qalb is-sigat
    Waqt li l-bdiewa jaqilaw il-patata
    Ghasfur tal-bejt qed nara
    Jimxi fuq l-opramorta
    B'dudu f'munqaru
    Waqt li jien ingerrem bicca torta
    G.S.

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Carol Ex

    My second photo of yesterday should have read The New Mr & Mrs. For some reason Mrs got missed off!

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Philip Woods

    Busy church this week! Wednesday 5:00pm funeral, Thursday 5:30pm wedding and 5:30 today another wedding.