Gharb: One of the oldest villages in Gozo!
The tiny village of Gharb is said to be one of the oldest villages in Gozo. It’s also probably one of the most traditional and quintessentially Gozitan.
It really does seem as if time stood still here!
The village has a population of about 900 people. Many archaeological excavations in the area, exposed remains from both the Neolithic period and the Bronze Age.
As with any village on the Maltese islands, the focal point of Gharb is the stunning parish church and basilica which is located in the village square.
Built in 1699, the basilica has a unique concave façade. The three beautiful female statues on the façade represent Faith, Hope and Charity.
Opposite the basilica, you can find a Folklore Museum.
This privately owned museum is located in an 18th century townhouse and has an interesting collection spread over 28 rooms.
The museum depicts how life was in Gozo in the old days.
Its main focus is old tools, machinery and manufacturing techniques.
Each room focuses on a specific trade and a description of how the machinery was used is provided on each item.
The museum opens from Monday to Saturday (9.30 am till 4.00 pm) and on Sunday from 9.30 am till noon. Entrance fee is Euro 3.50.
If you like crafts then you should also pay a visit to Ta’ Dbiegi Crafts Village.
This crafts “village” has many interesting handcrafts on sale ranging from hand made pottery, filigree, Gozo lace and stunning mouth-blown glass.
Here you can also see some of these traditional crafts actually being made.
The village also offers plenty of beautiful country walks.
Its traditional and serene ambiance has prompted many Maltese people and also visitors to the islands to purchase a second home in the village.
In fact, you can see many stunning farmhouses in this area.
On the outskirts of this tiny charming village lies the famous Ta’ Pinu Basilica.
Go to www.publictransport.com.mt and get all the info you need on bus routes and schedules relating to this location.