The lovely village of Xaghra is located to the east of Rabat Gozo. It’s one of the largest villages in Gozo and also one of the busiest during the day.
Xaghra's parish church and town square at night
As with all Maltese villages, the parish church and main square are the “life” of the village. The village’s main attraction are of course the world famous Ggantija temples, which are perhaps the most visited site from all Gozo attractions!
These Neolithic temples are the most evocative and impressive from all the temples from the New Stone Age period found on the Maltese islands. If you’d like to learn more about these magnificent temples, visit our Ggantija Temples page for more information.
In addition to Ggantija, this village has a couple more interesting attractions that are worth a mention.
Ta’ Kola Windmill is one of them. This windmill was built in 1725 and is located at Triq il-Bambina. The windmill is one of the few last remaining windmills from the Knights of Malta period.
Nowadays, it houses a museum of country life. So if you’d like to learn how life was on Gozo island in the old days, you will definitely find this museum interesting. Most of the displays in the museum are of woodwork tools, farming tools and milling gear. Most of the equipment that you will see here, is still in excellent condition.
The windmill is open daily from 9.00am till 5.00pm. (It’s closed on December 24th, 25th & 31st, New Year’s Day and Good Friday).
If you’re visiting Ggantija temples, you can purchase a Xaghra Day Ticket which also includes entry to Ta’ Kola Windmill. You can get these types of tickets either from the temples or from the windmill’s entrance.
Calypso Cave is another interesting site which is worth visiting if you’ve got the time. The cave offers some spectacular views of Ramla bay, which is said to be the most beautiful beach on Gozo island.
Allegedly, the cave is said to be the one referred to by Homer in The Odyssey.
In this cave, nymph Calypso kept Odysseus prisoner of love for seven years!
The cave itself is nothing to write home about, but the views from it are truly breathtaking.
Check out our interactive map below to see what accommodation is available in Xaghra and nearby.