Have you followed the path up to Ta’ Ġordan lighthouse?

February 16, 2019

Gozo’s only lighthouse, Ta’ Ġordan Lighthouse stands on a hill that is a real vantage point over the island. From here the view stretches over the rest of the island and on clear days, you might even be able to catch a glimpse of Sicily!

 

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But before you reach out for the path that leads you here, we suggest that you consider the Għarb to Għarb walk, a hike that is around 10km. Here  are the highlights of the walk:

  • Start off at the Għarb village square beneath the gaze of the baroque parish chruch that dates back to 1679 and walk downhill along Triq Birbuba that will lead you to the countryside.

 

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  • One of the foothpaths along the way will bring you to San Dimitri Chapel. This old chapel is tied to one of Gozo’s favourite legends.

 

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  • From here you can proceed walking in parallel with the coast and you will inevitably end up in Wied Il-Mielaħ. Rock erosion in the area has produced Gozo’s second window.

 

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  • The coastal views from around the area will reveal cliffs with many caverns and fissures and cavaties. Eventually you will end up in Wied il-Għasri, the pebbly beach which is reached via steep steps in the cliffside.

 

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  • If you take the inland path, you can follow the route that leads to the Ta’ Ġordan Hill. At the top you will notice that the lighthouse is currently undergoing restoration, and some other small buildings that were use as an RAF base in World War II.

 

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  • Proceed onto the road that leads to Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary. You might also want to climb Għammar Hill but once you decide to trace your route back to Għarb, you can take the secondary road that passes below the Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary. As you walk along this road, take a moment to admire another unique view of the Sanctuary. As you continue with your hike, you’ll soon find yourself in the backstreets of Għarb amid old and new dwellings.

 

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Now that you’ve come back to the Għarb square, take a look at the belfry and mark the message – “Ibni, għożż iż-żmien”,  which translated into English means ‘Cherish the time my son’, a message that resonates well with all those who seek to enrich their lives with meaningful travel experiences!

 

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You can follow this route in more depth by accessing it here. 

 

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