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2019-09-26 00:18:56

A small village in northwest of Malta - Mgarr

A small village in northwest of Malta - Mgarr

Mjarr is a village on Gozo Island that attracts tourists with natural and historical attractions. Traveling around the island, visit Mgarr, and you will be impressed by the oldest buildings that have survived to this day, the cleanest beach, picturesque cliffs and other pleasant pleasures. To get to Mgarra, you need to use the ferry from Malta to Gozo Island, and from there take a bus or taxi.

Village History

  1. The first records of the settlement date back to the middle of the 13th century - a group of fishermen settled here and founded the village: in addition to fishing, they almost did nothing here, trade was carried out only with the neighboring cities of the island, which were founded long before the 13th century
  2. In 1551 there was a terrible time for the island, including Mgarr - the Ottoman invaders invaded Gozo, and not all cities were able to withstand the enemy: the inhabitants of Mgarr were taken to Libya as slaves, and the weak and sick were killed on the spot
  3. 1565 - the period of re-settlement of the village: the Maltese residents pitched pastures, vineyards, farms around it, were engaged in cattle breeding and winemaking, unlike previous residents.

Village Features


There are no beaches in the town itself, only sheer cliffs: for access to the sea you should visit Mgarr ix-Xini - a beach located in the vicinity. This is a pebble beach, ideal for families with children: the entrance to the sea is gentle, comfortable, without sharp changes in depth. There are few people here, you can retire and have a good time. The water is clean, there are no waves - the beach is protected by cliffs.

Mgarr ix-Xini offers services for diving enthusiasts: instructors will show underwater caves and introduce them to the diverse inhabitants of the sea. There is a sunken ferry that attracts scuba diving enthusiasts.

Historical monuments

Ta' Hagrat is a complex of ancient temples located near Mgarra: it was built around 2600 BC, consists of a main and secondary building. The walls and rooms of the temples are well preserved, and the construction surprises tourists and scientists: stone blocks weigh up to 50 tons - how could people use them? Accordingly, there are legends about an ancient civilization, which had rich knowledge and technology.

During excavations, elements of everyday life, ceramic dishes and other evidence that the area near Mgarra was inhabited long before the beginning of our era were found near the temple.

Interesting Facts

  • Mgarra's population is 2,995 (as of the 2005 census)
  • The village was glorified by two talented natives: the winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 and the representative of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018
  • Only 20 kilometers from the village was the famous "Azure Window", until it was destroyed in 2017.


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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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