Your Homestay Accommodation
Our house is situated on the outskirts of the village of Xaghra in a quiet residential area. The house is approximately 5 years old and built in traditional Gozitan style using local stone. It has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. There are 2 roof terraces affording views of the island. The rear terrace directly faces the island's capital Victoria and its majestic Citadel. Both terraces can be used for teaching, relaxation and barbeques.
Your room contains a double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets and lamps, mirror and hairdryer. Patio doors lead to small, private balcony. A private bathroom (with shower) for your sole use is next door to your bedroom. We provide all towels and bedding.
We have a fast internet connection which you are welcome to use. We are also registered for skype so that you can keep in touch with relatives (if they also have skype).
We provide three meals per day, breakfast, lunch and evening meal. We can accommodate special dietary requirements (please inform us at the time of booking).
We use as much fresh local produce as possible and, in the warm evenings of spring, summer and autumn, we often take meals on the roof terrace, frequently barbequing local fish such as swordfish and tuna.
The Village of Xaghra
A 10 minute walk will take you from our house to the picturesque, but lively village square, dominated by the beautiful parish church. The church, dedicated to the Nativity of Our Lady; is one of the most beautiful churches in Gozo, with an elaborately decorated interior, gilt sculptures, Italian marbles and beautiful paintings.
Within the village square, one can find a number of shops, banks, restaurants and pavement cafes where locals and visitors alike enjoy watching people go about their day. In the morning the square is bustling with activity as the fruit and vegetable and fish hawkers sell fresh produce. In the afternoon the square is quieter as many locals take a traditional siesta, but the activity resumes in the evening when once again people return to the square to meet friends and enjoy a drink in the cool evening air.
The village is rich in historical heritage and therefore has plenty to offer its visitors. It is situated north east of island’s capital, Victoria, on a plateau, and encircled by beautiful bays. It is famous for the Neolithic Ggantija Temples, which are a UNESCO world heritage site, being the oldest free standing structure in the world and pre-dating the pyramids in Egypt.
Other places of interest in the village include:
Calypso's cave; reputed to be the cave referred to in Homer’s Odyssey, in which the nymph Calypso held Odysseus captive for seven years as a prisoner of love.
Xerri’s grotto and Ninu’s cave are underground caves; both of them lie beneath private houses but are open to the public. The grottos contain remarkable stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Pomskizillious Toy Museum; a privately owned museum which exhibits toys collected from all over the world, some dating from the 18th century, including a scarce set of unmarked Lead Cricketers, and soft toys made by Steiff, Lenci and Kathe Kruse.
Ta’ Kola windmill; still in working order, it has been fully restored and now houses a Museum, displaying a range of tools, some of which were originally manufactured by the owners of the mill. On the first floor, the living quarters of the miller have been recreated using traditional furniture and items related to Gozitan crafts, such as weaving and lace making.
A regular bus service operates to and from the island's capital, Victoria. For the more adventurous, Victoria can also be reached in approximately 20 minutes by a brisk steep downhill walk.