In-Nadur

In-Nadur lies on the easternmost hill of Gozo. It is an interesting traditional village and affords fabulous views over land and sea. It is reached either from ir-Rabat or directly from Mġarr Harbour.

The baroque Parish Church dominates in-Nadur’s skyline and is one of Gozo’s best pieces of baroque architecture. The church is dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul and stands majestically in the sizeable village square opposite an old stone cross. The feast of Saints Peter and Paul, also called “L-Imnarja” is celebrated on the 29th of June, which is also a National holiday. The feast’s name derives from luminaria (illumination), and is connected with the start of summer.

The village has its own Maritime Museum, a treasure-trove of naval memorabilia from the time of the Knights, through the British era to the twentieth century.

In-Nadur is also renowned for the enchanting green valleys and peaceful bays that surround it. On the coast nearby are the beatiful beaches of San Blas and Ramla as well as Daħlet Qorrot. a delightful small bay very popular with fishermen as well as local swimmers. Note the unique boathouses in Daħlet Qorrot which are mostly converted from natural caves and ledges at the base of the cliffs. A Knights-period watchtower, Ta’ Isopu Tower (also called Ta’ Sopu or San Blas Tower) stands half way between Dahlet Qorrot and San Blas.

In-Nadur is itself considered to be a kind of watch tower for the island. The name of the village derives from the Maltese word nadar, which means to observe at length – to keep guard. Certainly the highest point of the village offers some of the most spectacular views in Gozo. Here stands the Ta’ Kenuna Tower, built by the British in 1848, not for defence but as a telegraph link between Malta and Gozo. A new Maltese Botanical Garden surrounds the tower.

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