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Although the individual charm of Gozo lies basically in the natural serenity and beauty of the landscape, the small towns and villages and the inhabitants, there are of course some really interesting things to see which give a visit to Gozo additional value. Here are some recommendations:
[ Ramla Beach ] [ The Citadel: Victoria ] [ Cathedral Museum ] [ Archaeological Museum ] [ Folklore Museum ] [ Victoria (Rabat), St. George's Church ] [ Ggantija ] [ Ninu's Cave and Xerri's Cave ] [ Calypso's Cave ] [ Fungus Rock ] [ Inland Sea ] [ Azure Window ] [ The Gozo Heritage ] [ The guide to the Maltese islands ]

 

Ramla Beach


On Gozo is one of the Maltese islands best sand beaches and one of the most charming. Ramla is best reached via Nadur, Marsalforn or Xaghra.

Ramla is Gozo's largest sandy bay and one of the most beautiful on the Maltese Islands. The beach here is of a deep, reddish-gold hue. The bay is surrounded by countryside and nestles below steep terraced hills and the mythical Calypso's Cave. There are no hotels or tourist developments nearby, but the beach side has several snack bars and cafes. The beach has its own landmark - a white statue of the Virgin Mary. Ramla is a superb spot to while away the hours - even in peak summer months, there always seems to be space on beach. In winter, you can find yourself alone.

The area is excellent walking country. Swimming here is safe and the waters are clear and clean. There are some smooth, underwater boulders a few metres out in the central strip, but these are easily negotiated. On windy days, white surf rolling on the sand is an added attraction and fun for young bathers. The best approach to the bay is from Nadur or Xaghra, down a bamboo-lined valley.
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The Citadel: Victoria


The Citadel also known as "Gran Castello" built in the 15th century by the Knights provided refuge and defence against the numerous attacks by the Turks and Corsairs during that time. It was built at a most important strategic point on a hill in the centre of the island offering a magnificent view - the construction of the Citadel reminds one of the old capital Mdina in Malta. Its bastions still shelter some very impressive historic buildings. Extensive restoration work is currently in hand on these ancient buildings. The Cathedral in the Citadel designed by Lorenzo Gafa was built between 1697 and 1711.

An interesting feature of this building is that, at the time it was constructed, money was short and would not run to a dome. This lack was brilliantly overcome by the Italian painter Antonio Manuele who produced a magnificent Trompe l'Oeil, whereby he created a wonderful impression that the flat roof was in fact a dome. Significant of the valiant position of the Church in those days are the two ancient cannons at the foot of the Cathedral steps.
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Cathedral Museum

The Cathedral Museum houses many sacred vestments and silver and gold items used for sacred services. There are also a number of well-known paintings including those of Giuseppe Hyzler, Michele Busetti and Tommaso Medion.
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Archaeological Museum

Situated in the famous Palazzo Bondi this museum contains objects from various periods in the cultural history of the island.
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Natural History Museum

This small museum has a collection of zoological development of life and its various species on our planet with reflection to the special situation of the Maltese islands. The geological development and structure of the Maltese archipelago is demonstrated in an impressive manner.
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Folklore Museum

Many ancient and modern tools and items of everyday Gozitan life are shown and explained with emphasis on the special handicraft of the island.
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Victoria (Rabat), St. George's Church

The old name Rabat means simply the city. On the occasion of the jubilee of queen Victoria in 1897 the official name was changed in Her Majesty's honour. The town is picturesque. To stroll along the streets and look at the colourful shops and above all to see the market "IT-TOKK" is alone worth the trip to Gozo.

St. George's Church built between 1672 -1678 is very interesting to visit. The paintings in the dome are the works of Battista Conti of Rome. Other paintings are by Giuseppe Cali' Stefano Erardi and Mattia Preti. The richly decorated statue of Saint George is remarkable; it was carved by Paolo Azzopardi in the year 1841.

The area surrounding the Church itself is impregnated with history showing objects and indications of former cultures and settlements dating back to the Roman days.
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Ggantija


The Megalithic Temples of Ggantija situated close to Xaghra provide an outstanding example of the pre-historic monuments which are to be found on the Maltese archipelago. According to the latest analysis they were built 3,500 to 4,000 years before the birth of Christ. The gigantic rocks must be several tons in weight, those of the outer wall reaching as high as six metres.lt is still a mystery how the people of those days were able to move them with the primitive tools of the period. According to an old myth a female giant called "Sunsuna" carried the rocks on her head from Ta' Cenc.

Some scientists assume that there might be an underground temple below Ggantija similar to the Hypogeum at Hal Saflieni, a hypothesis which has not yet been verified. Apart from Ggantija there are other interesting testimonies from the prehistoric times of Malta, for example: the "Menhir" of Qala, Santa Verna, a smaller Temple also close to Xaghra, and the Temples tal-qighan and ta' Marziena. In addition, as in Malta, here in Gozo close to Ta' Cenc what are thought to be cart-tracks can be seen. Their origin has still to be established.
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Ninu's Cave and Xerri's Cave

At Xaghra there are two very interesting caves (Potholes) with stalactitic and stalagmitic formations discovered respectively in 1888 and 1923 in two private houses close to the Parish Church.
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Calypso's Cave

This cave known worldwide as Calypso's Cave is situated close to Xaghra. Some are convinced that Gozo is the island of Ogygia, described in Homer's famous poem 'The Odyssey' on which the beautiful nymph Calypso kept Odysseus as a 'prisoner of love' for seven long years. Calypso promised immortality to Odysseus if he would stay with her, but Odysseus rejected her and escaped to his faithful wife Penelope. Although the cave's interior and exterior are not too impressive, there is nevertheless a feeling of excitement for any visitor to stand on possibly one of the oldest and most famous historic spots in the world. In addition one has a magnificent view of the sea and the sandy beach of Ramla l-Hamra bay far below, which is Gozo's finest bathing beach. From the cave - less than thirty metres from the shore-the careful watcher can glimpse the remains of an underwater fortification, a wall built by the Knights in the mid-18th century. It was built to stop invading boats on a line in the range of two huge fugasses. These fugasses were nothing other than stone mortars, big holes in the rocky shore filled with gunpowder and stones. However they were carefully constructed in a way that their deadly load, in case of ignition would fall on boats which approached the underwater wall.
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Fungus Rock


Fungus RockClose to Dwejra point, in the Southwest of Gozo, one can admire the famous Fungus Rock, popularly known as "Il-Gebla tal-General" (The General's Rock). It is here that the famous "Fungus Gaulitanus" grew, a very rare plant which the Knights believed to possess strong healing powers. This rare and precious plant sometimes presented as a valuable gift to distinguished noblemen - was, for centuries kept under constant guard and any actual, or potential, thief was instantly put to death. Due to the height of the Fungus Rock it was almost unreachable from the sea, therefore the Knights constructed a hoist resembling a funicular, on the watch tower. This tower known as "Qawra Tower" can still be seen.
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Inland Sea

Close to the "Fungus Rock" is another phenomenon; the Inland Sea. The so-called Inland Sea can be reached through a natural "tunnel" It offers ideal bathing conditions, fresh sea water and is warmer than the open sea. Even when the latter is rough, the Inland Sea is calm and inviting. On a calm day one can go back and forth through the cave channel in a fishing boat.

The cave system as well as the coast around the inland sea and the Fungus Rock is a paradise for divers. On the land the soil shows myriads of prehistoric shells and the remains of other marine animals, which make this area a rich source of information for people interested in history and geology. The oldest salt pans of Gozo are to be found here.
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Azure Window


The Azure window which was once a famous landmark in Gozo, used as backdrops in numerous wedding photos and even Hollywood productions such as Clash of the Titans and Game of Thrones, was tragically swept away from the Gozitans and Maltese during a bad storm on March 7, 2017.

Where this beautiful arch was is now a new spectacular dive site.
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The Gozo Heritage

In a fascinating old building a mixture of museum and good entertainment introduces the visitor, in an easy fashion, the way back to 7,000 years of the history of Gozo. Lifesize sculptures set in period environments animated by the latest electronic techniques give the visitor a ringside view of the chequered historical saga of Gozo.

Starting at the beginning of time the visitor is transported to the present day, making stops within all the eventful periods of Gozo's history. During this journey through time one becomes familiar with the numerous colourful personalities who have contributed to the Island's rich history and folklore.

The Gozo heritage is situated on the main road between Mgarr Harbour and Victoria.
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The guide to the Maltese islands

The website is regularly updated with up-to-date content and gives prominence to areas with unique culture and history.
» www.gozoandmalta.com

 

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