Idyllically situated, Xaghra is a mere 15 minute drive to most localities in Gozo. Victoria is about 4km away. Apart from being in itself a picturesque village, Xaghra is rich in historical heritage with plenty to offer to its visitors. It is encircled by the beautiful bays of Ramla, Ghajn Barrani and Marsalforn. The village’s main square has a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars.
Xaghra is one of the oldest villages in Gozo - one can find the Neolithic temples of Ggantija - acknowledged to be the oldest free-standing structures in the world. At the edge of the village on the other side from the hotel there is Calypso Cave; the home of the nymph Calypso, mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey. Xerri’s Grotto and Ninu’s Cave are renowned for the fantastic shapes of their stalagmites and stalactites.
The village also has an attractive windmill known as Ta’ Kola and a popular toy museum. The hotel is ideally situated for walks in the countryside. The real beauty of Gozo, apart from its stunning seascape and interior, lies in the villages. Here, it seems as if time really does stand still. The locals treasure their peace and the villages are tranquil, proving to be a wonderful respite from the trials and tribulations of everyday life for visitors.
Cheap public transport is available; however car hire is relatively inexpensive and will give wider opportunity for exploring. All roads in Gozo lead to Victoria, also known as Rabat, which is where the fortified citadel sits atop a summit. It is a great place to watch the Islanders go about their day, especially when the main market square, It-Tokk, comes to life.
The town also has a thriving cultural life all its own, with some surprising attractions ranging from opera to horse races in the main street on festa day.
Gozo is about a 1.5 hour transfer from Malta International Airport by road, including the 25 minute ferry crossing from Malta to Gozo.