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Ghajnsielem & Mgarr

Geographical Location:  South of Gozo Island Malta

Neighboring Towns and Villages: Xewkija, Zebbug, Gharb, Victoria

Accommodation:  A 4 star hotel and Numerous Self Catering Farmhouses and Villas in Ghasjnsielem - Gozo

Shopping in Ghajnsielem: Limited. The capital of Victoria remians the main place for shopping.

Banks, Bureau De Change, ATM's: A few available

Entertainment & Places To Visit: Visit Marsalforn Village, through Zebbug or Victoria about 10 minutes drive.

Beaches:  Mgarr ix-Xini bay or nearby Ramla Beach

Public transport: Regular and frequent buses from Victoria.

Health: A pharmacy is available in Ghajnsielem. Nearest hospital is in Victoria.

Town Information: Arriving  in Gozo from Malta, your  first close up view will be of Mgarr, where fishing boats and ferries lie in a harbor backed by flat-roofed houses on the hillside. Dominating the scene are the Churches of Our Lady of Lourdes, on the cliffs above the village, and neighboring Ghajnsielem. Modern Development continues apace and the fishing village now has a 4 and 5  star hotel which sits conspicuously on the cliffs. To the southwest lie the walls and bastions of Fort Chambray. Mgarr is known to most people as the gateway to Gozo and it is a picturesque entry to the Island. The harbour is dominated by a neo-gothic monument, the Lourdes Church, built in 1888. Left of the church is Fort Chambray, designed by military engineer de Tigne' in 1723. But work only started in 1749 at the personal expense of the Knight de Chambray, who was later Commander of the Galleys and then Governor of Gozo. It was the last fortification built by the Knights, and its only active service came during the resistance to French occupation of the Islands in 1798. The plan had been to build a town within its walls - a miniature version of Valletta. But this was never carried out. Today though a modern `township' of deluxe apartments is being built within the fortifications.

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