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Guidebook for Iż-Żebbuġ

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Guidebook for Iż-Żebbuġ

Food Scene
Amazing view's whilst eating the best pizza & drinking local wine
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Francesco's
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Amazing view's whilst eating the best pizza & drinking local wine
Chinese restaurant with a nice setting.
Xi Xi Restaurant
Chinese restaurant with a nice setting.
Spectacular views overlooking Mgarr & Comino
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Country Terrace Mgarr Gozo Malta
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Spectacular views overlooking Mgarr & Comino
Decent food at decent prices. The patio is covered by a roof, lots of indoor space for dining.
Smugglers' Cave
Decent food at decent prices. The patio is covered by a roof, lots of indoor space for dining.
Horizon Restaurant
By the sea, serving drinks, snacks & meals.
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Otters Bistro
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By the sea, serving drinks, snacks & meals.
Drinks & Nightlife
Great place in the summer for live music
Horatio's Upper Deck
Great place in the summer for live music
Live music in the summer
Mellos
Live music in the summer
Pool table, TV, reasonable priced drinks & cocktails
Traffic Lights Bar
Pool table, TV, reasonable priced drinks & cocktails
Sightseeing
To the rear of an ordinary house at No 15 January Street, ix-Xagħra is this natural cave discovered in 1888 by local resident Joseph Rapa. The cave, now well illuminated by electric lights, is remarkable for its plethora of natural stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is entered via a 4m descent down a flight of steps, which ends in a large chamber approximately 20 m by 8m. The calcification of water dripping from the cave ceiling has formed a forest of magnificent columns. There are even a few helictites (curved stalectites). Most of the formations are now dry and the same colour as the surrounding rock.
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Ninu's Cave
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To the rear of an ordinary house at No 15 January Street, ix-Xagħra is this natural cave discovered in 1888 by local resident Joseph Rapa. The cave, now well illuminated by electric lights, is remarkable for its plethora of natural stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is entered via a 4m descent down a flight of steps, which ends in a large chamber approximately 20 m by 8m. The calcification of water dripping from the cave ceiling has formed a forest of magnificent columns. There are even a few helictites (curved stalectites). Most of the formations are now dry and the same colour as the surrounding rock.
Hidden beneath an ordinary home in a street that bears the cave’s name in ix-Xagħra, is a small cavern with stalactites and stalagmites. The cave was discovered in 1924 by the current owners’ grandfather while he was digging a well. It is illuminated by electric lights so that visitors can see the rock formations. Entry is via a 10m spiral staircase, built into the original well shaft (so not sutable for anyone with vertigo, mobility problems or a large girth). In the cave you take a circular tour of about 30m past some very pretty calcified formations 25 cm to a metre tall. There are also some interesting formations, which have developed as a result of calcification of tree roots.
Xerri's Grotto
Hidden beneath an ordinary home in a street that bears the cave’s name in ix-Xagħra, is a small cavern with stalactites and stalagmites. The cave was discovered in 1924 by the current owners’ grandfather while he was digging a well. It is illuminated by electric lights so that visitors can see the rock formations. Entry is via a 10m spiral staircase, built into the original well shaft (so not sutable for anyone with vertigo, mobility problems or a large girth). In the cave you take a circular tour of about 30m past some very pretty calcified formations 25 cm to a metre tall. There are also some interesting formations, which have developed as a result of calcification of tree roots.
Amazing views over Ramla Bay, although the cave is now closed to the public due to danger. The love prison of Ulysses Calypso Cave is located in a cliff just off Xaghra; overlooking Gozo’s most sought-after sandy beach, Ramla Bay. This site is thought to be the same cave Homer mentioned in `The Odyssey' where Calypso, the beautiful nymph, kept Odysseus as a `prisoner of love' for seven years. Calypso had promised him immortality if he stayed with her, but he escaped when he could, and returned to his wife Penelope.
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Calypso Cave
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Amazing views over Ramla Bay, although the cave is now closed to the public due to danger. The love prison of Ulysses Calypso Cave is located in a cliff just off Xaghra; overlooking Gozo’s most sought-after sandy beach, Ramla Bay. This site is thought to be the same cave Homer mentioned in `The Odyssey' where Calypso, the beautiful nymph, kept Odysseus as a `prisoner of love' for seven years. Calypso had promised him immortality if he stayed with her, but he escaped when he could, and returned to his wife Penelope.
Ta’ Kola Windmill in Xagħra, Gozo, is one of the few surviving windmills on the Maltese Islands dating back to the Knights’ Period. Its origins go back to 1725 during the magistracy of Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena (1722-36). As its construction seems to have incorporated bad quality stones and mortar, it had to be dismantled and reconstructed during the 1780s. The windmill’s name Ta’ Kola is connected with the last miller, Ġuzeppi Grech who was popularly known as Żeppu ta’ Kola (Joseph the son of Nikola). Apart from operating the windmill, the miller would likely have performed several secondary jobs to keep himself employed when weather conditions made it impossible to operate the mill.
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Ta’ Kola Windmill
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Ta’ Kola Windmill in Xagħra, Gozo, is one of the few surviving windmills on the Maltese Islands dating back to the Knights’ Period. Its origins go back to 1725 during the magistracy of Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena (1722-36). As its construction seems to have incorporated bad quality stones and mortar, it had to be dismantled and reconstructed during the 1780s. The windmill’s name Ta’ Kola is connected with the last miller, Ġuzeppi Grech who was popularly known as Żeppu ta’ Kola (Joseph the son of Nikola). Apart from operating the windmill, the miller would likely have performed several secondary jobs to keep himself employed when weather conditions made it impossible to operate the mill.
The Ġgantija Temples in Xagħra, Gozo, are one of the most important archaeological sites in the Maltese Islands and are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The site consists of two temples dating back to between 3600 and 3200 B.C. The name Ġgantija derives from the word ġgant, the Maltese word for giant as the site was commonly associated with a race of giants. Notwithstanding its age, the monument survives in a considerably good state of preservation. This is evident in the boundary wall which encloses the two temples, and which is built in rough coralline limestone blocks. Some of the megaliths exceed five metres in length and weigh over fifty tons.
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Ggantija
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The Ġgantija Temples in Xagħra, Gozo, are one of the most important archaeological sites in the Maltese Islands and are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The site consists of two temples dating back to between 3600 and 3200 B.C. The name Ġgantija derives from the word ġgant, the Maltese word for giant as the site was commonly associated with a race of giants. Notwithstanding its age, the monument survives in a considerably good state of preservation. This is evident in the boundary wall which encloses the two temples, and which is built in rough coralline limestone blocks. Some of the megaliths exceed five metres in length and weigh over fifty tons.
Parks & Nature
A relaxing quiet garden with water feature, play area & bird aviary.
Villa Rundle Gardens
A relaxing quiet garden with water feature, play area & bird aviary.
Arts & Culture
Before you have fully passed under the archway into the Citadel, you will be welcomed by the majestic sight of Gozo Cathedral, across the small square at the top of a wide flight of steps guarded by two 17th-century bronze cannons. A walk along the fortified ramparts is rewarded with a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Gozo’s hills and valleys, villages and churches and a view right across the sea to Malta. Only a couple of families live within the Citadel walls today. In the square you will find the magnificent baroque Cathedral of Gozo dedicated to Santa Marija, or more precisely the Assumption of the Virgin Mary; as well as the Law Courts.
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Citadel
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Before you have fully passed under the archway into the Citadel, you will be welcomed by the majestic sight of Gozo Cathedral, across the small square at the top of a wide flight of steps guarded by two 17th-century bronze cannons. A walk along the fortified ramparts is rewarded with a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Gozo’s hills and valleys, villages and churches and a view right across the sea to Malta. Only a couple of families live within the Citadel walls today. In the square you will find the magnificent baroque Cathedral of Gozo dedicated to Santa Marija, or more precisely the Assumption of the Virgin Mary; as well as the Law Courts.
Shopping
The Ta’ Dbieġi crafts village is the oldest Crafts Village on the island of Gozo and is located within the tranquil village of Għarb. Set at the foot of Gozo’s natural highest point, historically, it served as soldiers’ quarters for the British military service, the Ta’ Dbieġi crafts village, is spread over an area of more than 6,500 sqm of lush gardens. It now boasts high quality craftsmanship which can be enjoyed on a daily basis and is a must for those seeking quality products manufactured on site by highly qualified artisans. It offers a unique opportunity to observe the artisan at work and the Village also hosts amenities such as access to Wi-Fi and a restaurant.
Gozo Craft Village
The Ta’ Dbieġi crafts village is the oldest Crafts Village on the island of Gozo and is located within the tranquil village of Għarb. Set at the foot of Gozo’s natural highest point, historically, it served as soldiers’ quarters for the British military service, the Ta’ Dbieġi crafts village, is spread over an area of more than 6,500 sqm of lush gardens. It now boasts high quality craftsmanship which can be enjoyed on a daily basis and is a must for those seeking quality products manufactured on site by highly qualified artisans. It offers a unique opportunity to observe the artisan at work and the Village also hosts amenities such as access to Wi-Fi and a restaurant.