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Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel 4-star

St. Anthony Street, Ghajnsielem, Gozo, Gozo, Malta Show map

The Grand Hotel is ideally situated overlooking the fishing hamlet of Mgarr Harbour and the surrounding verdant valley. The hotel enjoys panoramic views of Comino and Malta across the Gozo channel. More…

Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz

Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz 5-star

Triq ir-Rokon, San Lawrenz, Malta Show map

Surrounded by 30,000 sq mts of garden this Hideaway Spa offers the truly magical feeling of the Mediterranean, providing guests with exceptional comfort, priivacy, relaxation and service that... More…

Hotel San Andrea

Hotel San Andrea 3-star

Xlendi Promenade, Xlendi Show map

Hotel San Andrea is situated on the promenade of the picturesque bay of Xlendi, just 5 meters away from the clear sea of the Mediterranean. More…

Downtown Hotel

Downtown Hotel 3-star

Triq L-Ewropa, Victoria (Gozo) Show map

The Downtown Hotel is the only hotel in Victoria, Gozo's main town, situated just off the town's centre, within easy walking distance from the bus terminus, the Citadel, open air-market and numerous... More…

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  • Gozo one of the most untouched and unique islands in the Mediterranean. Gozo is the perfect island holiday destination, a serene land where time has stood still. An all-year round destination, Gozo is ideal for beach holidays, religious or historical travel, an eco-holiday, spa vacations, a self-catering stay in one of our unique properties, a walking holiday or just an opportunity to get away from it all and indulge in great food, great beaches and an exceptional culture. It is also paradise for those after a diving holiday in the crystal-clear Mediterranean waters. Gozo is many things to many different people, but above all it is truly special.
  • My Choice - Victoria, Capital of Gozo: 3 beautiful Arias


  • Victoria is the capital City of Malta's sister island, Gozo. We will take a tour around it and enjoy three very beautiful arias by Bellini, Verdi and Puccini. We'll hear:

    1. Casta Diva from the Opera Norma by Bellini sung by Maria Callas
    2. La Vergine Degli Angeli from the Opera La Forza del Destino by Verdi, sung by Mirusia Louwerse with André Rieu's Orchestra.
    3. O Mio Babbino Caro from the opera Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini, sung by Montserrat Caballé.

    All photos were taken by Choy Hong (Jasmine Grech)

    VICTORIA or RABAT
    Victoria, or Rabat, is the capital of Gozo, (known as Ghawdex in Maltese), an island of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The town has a total population of 6,500 and by population is the largest locality in Gozo.

    Victoria is the name given in 1897 by the British government on the occasion of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, at the request of the Bishop of Malta, Mons. Sir Pietro Pace. However Gozitans still often refer to it by its old name, Rabat. The area around Victoria, situated on a hill near the centre of the island, has been settled since Neolithic times.

    THE CITADEL
    In the heart of Victoria lies the Citadella (Citadel), which has been the centre of activity of the island since possibly Neolithic times, but is known to be first fortified during the Bronze Age approximately around 1500 BC. It was later developed by the Phoenicians and continued into becoming a complex Acropolis by Roman times.

    The north side of the Citadel dates back to the Aragonese domination period, while the south flank, overlooking Victoria, was re-constructed under the Knights of St. John, namely between 1599 and 1603 The massive defensive stone walls of the fortifications rise above the town and were built by the Knights to protect the village communities from foraging corsairs attempting to take slaves and threatened invasion of Moslem forces.

    Within its walls lies a fine 17th century baroque Cathedral designed by Lorenzo Gafà, the Maltese architect who also built the Cathedral of Mdina. It is said that it lies on the site where a Roman temple dedicated to Juno once stood. It is most famous for the remarkable trompe l'oeil painting on its ceiling, which depicts the interior of a dome that was never built.

    Victoria is home to three football clubs, SK Victoria Wanderers, Victoria Hotspurs F.C and Oratory Youths, and two well equipped gyms.

    Feasts of Victoria, Gozo
    The main feasts in Victoria are the feast of St. George, one of the patron saints of Gozo, celebrated in St. George's Basilica in the heart of Victoria and the feast of Assumption of the Virgin Mary celebrated in its Cathedral situated in the centre of the Citadel dominating the whole island,

    There are also two band clubs:
    La Stella Philharmonic Society (Is-Soċjetà Filarmonika La Stella) which belongs to St George's Parish and Leone Philharmonic Society (Is-Soċjetà Filarmonika Leone) which is the first band club in Gozo AD 1863 and which celebrates the feast of St Mary at the Cathedral.

    Villa Rundle
    These gardens are situated between Republic Street and the Main Car Park in Victoria. One can see in these gardens a bronze bust of the Gozitan 18th century historian and grammarian Can. Gian Pietro Agius de Soldanis and another of Gozo born French poet and writer Laurent Ropa. It has recently been completely rehabilitated.
    VICTORIA - Gozo's Capital
    Victoria is the capital town of the island of Gozo. The name Victoria, locally known as Rabat, was given to the medieval town of Gozo in 1887 in honour of the famous British Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations. At the same instance, the town was also raised to the status of a city; then officially known as Citta' Victoria.

    Citadel. RabatThe town of Victoria embraces both the Citadel, the ancient city of the Island, as well as Rabat, the old suburb of the Citadel. Rabat in Arabic and Archaic Maltese stands for suburb and this name was first documented as Rabbatum in a notorial deed drawn by Andrea de Beniamin on 22nd February 1455. Its motto is A magna maxima (From great supreme). The coat-of-arms has an azure background and portrays a shield with three hills and the letters VR (which stand for Victoria Regina) on top of the shield. There are many places of historical and cultural interest in Victoria and a visit to the Citadel is considered a must. From these fortifications one can enjoy a superb view of the whole Island. Also within the Citadel there is the Gozo Cathedral and the Law Courts, as well as the Cathedral Museum, the Gozo Museum of Archaeology, the Folklore Museum,theCitadel Armoury,the Folklore Museum,the Old Prison, and the Natural Science Museum.

    Pjazza IndipendenzaThe centre of the capital city of Gozo is Pjazza Indipendenza, known as it-Tokk. The square is dominated by the Banca Giuratale, built between 1733 and 1738, formerly the seat of the municipal government of Gozo and presently of the Victoria Local Council. In the mornings, there is an open market that shares the square with several open air cafes. The magnificent St.George's Basilica is located in the centre of the old town, just off the open air market in Pjazza Indipendenza. The cobweb of narrow streets around St. George's Basilica are the oldest in town and are worth a walkaround.

    Republic StreetIn Triq ir-Repubblika (Republic Street), Victoria's main street, there are all kinds of shops, a couple of shopping arcades, pharmacies, banks, the Police Headquarters, the Bishop's Chancery, as well as La Stella and Leone Band Clubs who own the Astra and Aurora opera theatres respectively. In lower Republic Street, one also finds Villa Rundle Public Gardens which were laid out by the British in 1910. These gardens, with a variety of local and imported trees and a fountain, are an oasis of peace in the hustle and bustle of the busy town.

    Close to the crossroads is Victoria's main parking area and the Bus Terminus. Other smaller parking areas are in St George's Square, Savina Square, St Francis Square and St Augustine Square.
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    Malta is both an outstanding summer vacation destination as well as a living microcosm of Mediterranean history. Few people realize or expect that on such a small cluster of islands one can come across such a wealth of historic traditions. Besides archeological and architectural gems Malta's great attraction are the numerous village "festas" falling mostly during summer. These festivities in honor of the village patron saint are characterized by band marches, colourful street decorations, spectacular firework displays and a religious procession where the statue of the patron saint is carried through the village streets. At the same time, Malta's many beaches are an obvious place to spend the time waiting for the celebrations to begin or to have a break from the rich historical tapestry of the islands.

     

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