L-Għasri

L-Għasri is the smallest village in Gozo. The village lies tucked between the hills of iż-Żebbuġ and Għammar. The name is of Arab origin probably linked to the verb ‘to press’ and this may have been an area where olives were pressed for oil. L-Għasri is reached by forking right on the ir-Rabatl-Għarb road just after the Aqueduct.

The village is dominated by Ta’ Gurdan (the Gordan) lighthouse which stand at the top of Ġurdan Hill above the village. The famous lighthouse rises 180 metres above sea level and was inaugurated in 1853. Its beam could be seen up to 50 kilometres away. From the hill around the lighthouse there are marvellous 360 degree views of Gozo – well worth the walk up.

From Għasri Village Square, a road leads to the fabulous valley of Wied il-Għasri. On the way, there are a number of typical farmhouses, most of them available for short or long lets, as well as a charming old chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Wied l-Għasri area is marvellous for country walks and cycling, especially in Winter and Spring. The valley opens onto the sea between high cliffs, and the secluded little inlet here is ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving.

The village church, designed by a local priest, Dun Guzepp Diacono, was built early in the twentieth century (1903-16) and is dedicated to Christ the Saviour. The village was established as an independent parish in 1921.

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