Towns & Villages

GĦARB

Triq il-Viżitazzjoni, Għarb, GRB 1044, Gozo

Għarb

Għarb means West and this typical old Gozitan village unsurprisingly lies in the West of the Island.

It started life as a small hamlet centuries ago. You can see its ancient roots in the centre of the village where some houses have fine example of decorated stone balconies. Għarb was created a parish in 1679, a move which gave impetus for the building of a new, baroque parish church. Built between 1699 and 1729, it has an elegant facade which has been compared with Borromini's S. Agnese in Piazza Navona, Rome. This version is naturally a simpler interpretation of the style. The village square, so quintessentially Gozitan, has become the view on many a postcard. On the square is a fascinating folklore museum housing all sorts of memorabilia retelling the Islands' rural history. Għarb lies in some of Gozo's most delightful countryside, particularly at Dbiegi, the highest hill on the Island. Also at Dbiegi is a crafts village.

Within the limits of Għarb is the quaint Chapel of San Dimitri. According to legend, the first chapel was built on the cliff side by a woman whose son was freed from captivity by St. Demetrius. Also nearby is the Basilica ta' Pinu, Malta's pre-eminent shrine to the Virgin Mary. It was on this spot in 1883 that a local woman is believed to have heard the voice of the Virgin.


Discovering Malta & Gozo Through its People & Culture

A project initiated by the Ministry for Tourism, the Environment and Culture in 2011 has led to the development of a number of itineraries for villages and towns which are considered to be on the periphery with regard to mainstream tourism, but which nonetheless showcase the real and authentic experience of the Maltese Islands.

Għarb was one of the localities included in the third set of itineraries and maps developed for this project.

GHARB

Contact Information

  • Contact: Għarb Local Council
  • Phone: +356 21560556
  • Phone: +356 21562727
  • Fax: +356 21566452

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