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Għarb (Malta)

Welcome to Għarb

Għarb Għarb is a tranquil small village situated in the west of Gozo Island. It is one of the oldest settlements on the island, best known for its local crafts, deep-rooted culture, ancient architecture and pristine landscapes. The local Council has always championed conservation projects. A great success story and a key achievement of the island’s regeneration efforts is the revival of Wied il-Mielaħ, from wasteland to a magnificent rural destination.

Regeneration and revival

Wied il-Mielaħ is a project that has earned incredible success in the quest towards sustainability and eco-tourism. Wied il- Mielaħ, which literally means ‘salty valley’, now forms one of the most important landscapes in Għarb. This stunning location combines rubble walls and valley basins with rich flora and fauna. For a very long time, Wied il-Mielaħ was abandoned and was merely used as wasteland. The misuse of the site motivated the local Council to take action and revive Wied il- Mielaħ. The main aim of the regeneration project was to make it an outstanding rural destination. The project included restoration of the location to its natural state and reconstruction of the rubble walls, while also making it a sought after tourist destination. A cultural aspect was also considered during the restoration works, and today the valley is included in some of Gozo’s most important festivities.

Sightseeing tips

  • stop at the Għarb Folklore Museum which hosts a collection of local arts and traditional crafts
  • check out the Sanctuary of Ta’ Pinu, a grand basilica building surrounded by countryside
  • go and see the Għarb Church Basilica, a baroque style church dedicated to the Visitation of Our Lady to St. Elizabeth
Last update: 04/10/2011 | Top