Rent a house or a Room in Gozo, Malta
All the Villages of Gozo enjoy Peace and Tranquillity but they are differentiated by their characteristics.
On the small Island of Gozo there are 13 villages each different from the other but similar in a very important quality - - the possibility to live in peace and quiet. This is especially true in the smaller ones: Zebbug (meaning Olive Trees), Ghasri (derived from the pressing of grapes and olives), Gharb (derived from Arab), Munxar (grass-cutting tool) and the smallest village of all Sta Lucia named after the patron saint.
Every village of Gozo has its own patron saint and a feast (festa) is celebrated every Sunday during the Summer months. The festa season in Malta and Gozo is very long as you can imagine, starting in early June up to mid-September.
Ghasri village, Gozo- - Corner Shrines abound in Gozo.
Nadur also celebrates the yearly spontaneous Carnival every February. This attracts great masses of people to the village who throng the church square and the surrounding streets anxious to see the bizarre and funny carnival outfits (Photo below).
The larger villages of Gozo are Nadur, Xaghra, Xewkija and Gh'Sielem. Some like Nadur, Xaghra and Zebbug are perched on a flat-topped hill while Gh'Sielem is in a hollow quite near the main port of Mgarr. Almost all the Villages offer good accommodation in the form of flats and farmhouses.
The topography of the island is hilly and in fact the emblem of Gozo features 3 Hills and the Sea. The larger hills were used for habitation while several other hills namely In-Nuffara, Ta Gelmus, Ta Kuljat, Il-Harrax and Id-Daghbrani retained their pristine nature.
Similarly stretches of low land between the hills were built up and eventually developed into villages, while other more fertile areas were used for farmland and agricultre and they are still cultivated today on a part-time basis. Many people in the villages of Gozo still till the land and keep a few animals, some as a hobby but mostly as a means of supporting the family budget.
Xewkija villlage, Gozo, Malta
Going from Gh'Sielem to Xewkija one can observe a wide area of arable land which is still being cultivated. Incidentally, during World War 2 this level stretch of land had to be sacrificed and turned into a temporary air-strip for use by the Allied Air Force.
The slopes on the hillsides are mostly used for clover and other fodder for the animals. However the sloping fields of the villages of Nadur and Xaghra are planted with all kinds of fruit trees such as oranges, lemons, pears and plums. Wherever the land is too dry prickly-pear trees are planted for their succulent fruit in Summer and to serve as wind-breakers to shelter the delicate fruit trees or other crops.
The stretches of countryside and terraced hill-slopes that separate one village from its neighbours is one of the elements that give Gozo its unique character and clean air environment.
Some of the villages situated farther away from Victoria 'own' their bay or beach. Ramla Bay is within the limits of Xaghra and Nadur.
Dwejra, where the Inland Sea, Fungus Rock, the Azure Window and the Blue Hole are found, is within the limits of St.Lawrence. Gharb has its own Wied il-Mielah. Xewkija and Sannat have the nearest access to Mgarr Ix-Xini, a wonderfully picturesque Creek.
Mgarr ix-Xini (Loading Place for Galleys)
Other beaches are Marsalforn (He went to the Bakery), Hondoq ir-Rummien (Narrow Valley of Pomegranates) and Xlendi. To manage the beaches and administer matters of a local nature each village has its own Local Council and yearly allocation of funds.
Wied l-Ghasri l/o Ghasri and Mgarr ix-Xini l/o Xewkija are two very picturesque creeks still untouched by human hand. There is no need to comment here - - seeing is believing.
The weather is perfect especially in Winter and walking in the countryside while enjoying the scenery and fresh country air would be my every morning task.
Life is easy here in Gozo. While everyone goes dutifully about his business, nobody is in a great hurry. People can get to work in 5 minutes, hence there's little hassle and few nervous drivers on the roads and all because of the small size of the Island.
To a senior citizen living abroad who is thinking of alternative housing possibilities, relocation and healthy living conditions I would without any doubt say "Think Gozo".
Imagine buying or leasing a property in Ghasri or Gharb a farmhouse or an apartment and being able to enjoy the mild weather and the peaceful environment all the year round.
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Making Rain, very FUNNY.
Rent a house or a Room in Gozo, Malta