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Churches of Gozo (3/4): Xaghra Parish Church
Built in 1.815, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is in the town of Xaghra. The parish of Xaghra was established by Bishop Cocco-Palmeri on 28 April 1.688. The parish was originally sited in the chapel of Saint Antony Abbot in the same town.
Enjoy walking the streets. There are a few bars and shops around, but most interesting are the people.
Old ladies making fancy lacework in their doorways smile or say hello.
Old men sit in the sun sharing jokes or gossip with their neighbours wave or nod.
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Xaghra - Xerri's Grotto
Down an ordinary looking street (albeit a street of very attractive townhouses) you'll come across a house with the sign "Xerri's Grotto" on it. After you go in (ring the bell and wait) you go a short way along a corridor and then descend a deep (and steep) spiral staircase. What is at the bottom will amaze you. I expected a pokey little hollow but what is actually there is a large system of underground caverns filled with strange formations of stalagtites and the like.
Entrance fee is modest and the owner/guide is a very pleasant fellow.
Xaghra - World's Best Cheesecake!
I suppose this should be in the restaurants section, and mention is made there too, but we simply adored the lemon cheesecake at Oleander - so much so that we went back a second time to have another piece.
Xaghra - Ta' Kola Windmill
Ta' Kola is signposted from Ggantija and is about 5 minutes walk away. It's a little further into town and stands at the end of a street, as you can just about see from the picture.
It's a preserved windmill of a style that was once common. You can go in and walk around its various rooms, which are all decorated and furnished as they would have been in the past. It's quite a nice little museum.
Xaghra is quite a large town (by Gozo standards) a little to the north east of Rabat. It has a number of attractions, quite apart from the fact that it is a pretty little town in its own right. This was possibly our favourite place on Gozo, though not for any typically touristic reasons - it was just the kind of place that we'd like to live.
The square here is very pretty, dominated by the church and surrounded by cafes and bars. We liked Oleander and ate there more than once.
Xaghra - Coronation Stores
One of the quaint things in Xaghra is the Coronation Stores, and olde worlde type of store, seemingly still stuck in Victorian times. It's interesting to look at and to browse around, but they really had very little that you would want to buy. I can't help wondering about its purpose - just someones hobby, or a real store?
The fruit & veg van outside was good too, and had some lovely stuff on it.
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