Gharb Travel Guide

  • Gharb
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  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Gharb Things to Do

  • Parish church

    The Parish Church in Gharb is dedicated to the 'Visitation of Our Lady to St.Elizabeth'.Built in Baroque style like so many other churches in the Maltese islands it is one of the more attractive churches on Gozo.The feast day is on the 31st May and the outside festivities are held on the first weekend of July.Hours of Mass:Mon till...

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  • Folk Museum

    This museum opened in October 1996 and was the Brainchild of Mr 'Silvio Felice'.Although called a Folklore Museum it concentrates mostly on the trades and crafts formerly prevalent in these islands.The museum is not a mere collection of tools and gadgets,but where possible,related items are exhibited together in a particular workshop.The museum is...

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  • The altar piece

    The main painting of the church depicts the Assumption to the Heavens of Our Lady and was made by Amedeo Perugino in 1619.

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  • ta' Pinu - inside

    Ta' Pinu inside is even more beautiful. 6 mosaics, 76 coloured windows and many ex-votos are decorating the church, while the altar and the canopy attract the attention right from the entrance to the church.The old structure existing on this place at the time the sanctuary was built is incorporated into the chapel behind the apse.

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  • ta' Pinu - outside

    The sanctuary is built in a neo-Romanesque style using local stone.The outside is characterized by straight lines, symetrical and simple.Standing in austere isolation of the surrounding cultivated fields, the sanctuary can be seen from far away.

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  • Sanctuary's name

    The name of the sanctuary comes from the name of a very religious man who took care of the old chapel. His name was Pillippinu Gauci, Pinu for short. He was the one to restore the chapel and ordered the painting of Our Lady Ta' Pinu, representing the Assumption of The Blessed Virgin to Heaven.

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  • Shrine to the Virgin Mary

    Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, ta' Pinu Sanctuary was built next to an old chapel, where it is believed that in 1883, a local woman, named Karmni Grima, heard Our Lady speaking to her.Since the date of its consacration, the sanctuary became a pre-eminent shrine to the Virgin Mary and a final destination for Maltese and international pilgrims.

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  • Location of the Sanctuary

    Ta Pinu Sanctuary is located on the eastern side of the valley separating the village of Gharb from Ghammar. The church is surrounded by lush fields and there are no buildings close to it, except the few one-storey buildings at the end of the road leading to the square in front of the church.

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  • Santwarju tal-Madonna ta' Pinu

    The Sanctuary tal-Madonna ta' Pinu is 700m away from the village of Gharb, on the western part of the Island of Gozo. The works for the sanctuary began in 1920 and the church was consecrated in 1932.The huge basilica of ta' Pinu with its 47-meter-high campanile is Malta’s national shrine and a church of pilgrimage.

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  • The village of Gharb

    Gharb is a village located at the westernmost point of Gozo. The remains of the village's old roots can be still seen in some of the decorated stone balconies. Gharb is the second oldest village parish in Gozo. The village's church has an elegant facade which has been compared with Church of Saint Agnes in Piazza Navona in Rome.Another attraction...

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  • Beautiful Streets

    Gharb is one of the most beautiful and well-to-do villages on Gozo and contains more "houses of character" than any other, as well as a lot of holiday rental villas. It's easy to see why, the streets are lined with lovely properties, mostly in this beautiful warm stone, and many having nice traditional balconies.

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  • Hand Ringing

    We thought that the bell ringing was in some way automated, but when we looked up at the belltowers we saw that there were guys in there ringing the bells by hand. I hope that they had ear protection!

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  • Bell Tower

    Here's one of the churches two bell towers. It's decorated with the lights for the Festa as well as with some hangings. It was about midday and the bells were ringing a pretty carillon.

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  • Finest Church

    As well as the square being highly regarded, Gharb church (Church of the Visitation of Our Lady to St Elizabeth) is also regarded as being one of the finest in the whole of the Malta. It doesn't suffer from the over-sized, over-grandness of many other churches, having a beautiful symmetry in its curved baroque face.

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  • Beautiful Square

    Gharb is regarded as having one of the most picturesque and quaint squares in the whole of Malta. Part of this appeal comes from the fact that you can juxtaposition the Church, cross, phone box and police station light in your photograph. This must be one of the most photographed scenes on Gozo/Malta and appears on loads of postcards & guidebooks....

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Gharb Restaurants

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    by steventilly Updated Jul 15, 2004

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    This was quoted as being the only place to eat in all of Gharb (certainly in terms of restaurants rather than cafes) After we'd eaten there we did see another one or two places (but I made no notes other than that). The food here was excellent though and we've no regrets about eating here. They also have rooms to let.

    Favorite Dish: Giant ravioli stiffed with ricotta and eggs and with a plain tomato sauce. Nothing too fancy, just the type of simple traditional Italian dish that we love.

    Salvina, Gharb, Gozo

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Gharb Transportation

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    by Diana75 Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    Ta' Pinu is easily reachable from Victoria (Rabat) Bus Terminus.

    Buses no. 61 and 91 are covering the route both in summer and winter time.

    Maltese bus
    Related to:
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Gharb Local Customs

  • ta' Pinu ex-votos

    Inside ta' Pinu sanctuary many ex-votos stand on the walls as evidences of the blessings received by the pilgrims who came here to pray for their health and not only over the years.Those ex-votos are a real confirmation of this special sanctuary's importance.

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  • Festa

    Festas always brighten up a town or village but I hink the colours used at Gharb were the nicest I'd seen. Certainly against the type of houses and other buildings in the village (and especilly the square) it made a very wonderful scene. If we go again next year I think i will try to be in Gharb on festa day, I'd like to see it at night too.

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  • Festa

    The feast day for Gharb parish church is 31st May but the outdoor festivities are held on the first weekend of July, which was when we visited.The streets are decorated with bunting, hangings and figures of religious icons.

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Gharb Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware, Horses

    Take care during the horse racing. The races we saw involved kind of one-man traps, pulled by the horses. In one race there was a locking of wheels and both traps momentarily lost control. The crowds are just standing against the walls of the street with nowhere really to hide if anything goes wrong. Susan positioned herself next to a side alley...

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  • Fireworks

    The fireworks that they use at the Festa wouldn't be allowed in the UK. They're at eye level and spin round spitting out fire, smoke and debris into any crowd that is standing nearby. And it seems to be that people actually want to get hit by these things - they stand right in line and jump around in front of them. There must be dozens of people...

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Gharb Off The Beaten Path

  • Ta' Gurdan Lighthouse

    Ta' Gurdan Lighthouse rises to 161 metres above sea level and was built in 1851 under the British rule.The lighthouse became operational in 1853 in order to help the increasing maritime traffic in the area.Equipped with modern systems it is said that its beam was visible 38 miles away, and was more powerful than that at St. Elmo in Valletta.A climb...

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  • Mass in the sanctuary

    Participating to a mass in ta' Pinu sanctuary is for everybody a touching experience.We have asked the permission to celebrate the mass in Romanian in a chapel but they have been much more generous allowing us to celebrate the mass on the main altar.This definitely was one of the most special moments of our trip!

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  • The countryside

    Gozo's countryside is extremelly beautiful.The area around ta' Pinu and Gharb in particular has many panoramic countryside tracks and valleys and is ideal for walks and for relaxing.

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