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Ghajnsielem, Gozo

Ghajnsielem is a medium-sized locality on the South-East coast of Gozo, Malta's sister island. Ghajnsielem boasts a population of approximately 3,500 inhabitants, and is the first Gozitan village after the Mgarr Harbour, where visitors cross over from Cirkewwa in Malta.

Ghajnsielem means 'Peaceful Spring' in Maltese, and comes from the water spring that was built here be Grandmaster Perellos of the Knights of the Order of St. John in 1700. This water spring included public wash basins and water spouts.

Ghajnsielem is a typically sleepy Gozitan locality, characterized by sloping, stepped alleys, narrow roads and traditional townhouses, as well as the characteristic Gozitan hospitality.

About Gozo:

Most tourists who visit the Maltese Islands feel that their journey is not complete without a trip to Gozo. Though only a third the size of Malta at only five miles long and separated by a brief stretch of sea, this humble island and its coastal and rural landscape is rich in ruins and rock formations, and its countryside is perfect for relaxing walks and sightseeing.

The island is less crowded than its Malta and provides a quiet and inexpensive retreat that offers some hotels and plenty of self-catering luxurious holiday apartments, villas, and in particular the characteristic Gozitan Farmhouses. Sea and countryside views are easy to find and enjoy, no matter where you choose to stay.

Gozo is famous for its distinctly more relaxed and rural lifestyle, still heavily based upon traditional values and cultural influences. The local Gozitans are hospitable, friendly, and are keen to assist tourists, particularly those in and around the capital city of Victoria (or Rabat). The geographic heart of the island, Victoria is characterized by its fortified Citadel, as well as its bustling marketplace ‘it-Tokk’. The island is for all outward appearances, however, modern and fully equipped, providing a wealth of amenities and facilities, from water sports and diving to country walks and fine restaurants. 

The miniscule island is full of beautiful panoramas, stunning temple sites and the magnificent abundance of sea and water activities, from diving in Comino and the spectacular Blue Lagoon, bathed in bright azure waters. The island of Comino itself is almost uninhabited, and has just one hotel, but is the perfect location for swimming, snorkeling, walking and leisure, uninterrupted by cars, people or pollution.

Places of Interest:

Mgarr Harbour
Fort Chambray
Lourdes Chapel and Lourdes Home
Comino and Blue Grotto
Santuary of 'Our Lady of Loreto'
Ggantija Temples
Azure Window
Ramla l-Hamra 

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