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Experience Gozo like a local. Learn everything you need to know about Sannat, Gozo.
Getting to Sannat
Sannat is on the southwest coast of Gozo neighboured by the villages of Munxar, Xewkija, and Ghajnsielem. Just a 15-minute drive from the ferry terminal. If you’re travelling by bus, you would get to the capital, Victoria and take the 305 or the 306, which gets you to nearby Munxar. Sannat is home to the spectacular Sanap Cliffs, which are undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking sights on the island.
Staying In Sannat
Sannats rich history dates back to the 1500s. When the parish was established. In 1942, the village was hit by two WWII bombs, causing 18 deaths and significant damage to local buildings and landmarks. You can see a commemorative plaque as well as a section of one of the bombs on the back wall of the Parish Church and you’ll also see a commemorative plaque from the 1951 visit of HRH Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.
Just a short distance from Sannat is Mgarr ix-Xini, one of Gozo’s most gorgeous natural inlets. It’s a prime swimming spot, and popular with rock jumpers if you fancy something with a bit more adrenaline. The small rocky beach is a great place to soak up the sun for a few hours, before enjoying some deliciously fresh seafood at the beachside restaurant. For film trivia lovers: this was the filming location for the movie ‘By the Sea’, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
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Breakfast & Lunch In Sannat
Breakfast and lunch options are limited in Sannat but you can catch a morning bite at Ta Cenc Hotel from 7 am, or a coffee and pastry from the small bakery in the village Square. For lunch, you’ll find it hard to beat the view of the Sanap Cliffs so packing a picnic may be your best bet! In summer, head to Mgarr Ix Xini for scrumptious Mediterranean classics and fresh fish cooked on the grill in front of you. You will want to sit and graze all day.
Dinner In Sannat
Sannat gets a bit livelier at night, with many more options for dinner. Often top-rated among those options is Beppe’s Steakhouse, which offers a meaty menu and a great wine list. Right next door you’ll find two stalwarts of most Gozitan Parish Squares: the football club and the band club. Both have ‘salt-of-the-earth’ restaurants with tasty food and plenty of liquid refreshments.
Drink In Sannat
Ta Rosina is a charming village tavern on the second of Sannat’s squares. Pull up a chair at one of the outside tables for a front-row seat of the village’s comings and goings, or sit inside for a cosy atmosphere, especially when the evenings get colder. Sunday afternoons, in particular, are popular for gatherings. This pub has been in Rosina’s family for decades, and she is always on-site for a chat. The walls are decorated with antique beer shields and photos of celebrities who have visited – Angelina Jolie, Rob Lowe and Billy Connolly, who famously owns a house down the road! Food is available, but only for those who call in advance to put in an order.
Things To Do And See In Sannat
Ta Cenc Sunsets
Enjoy the Gozitan sunset from this prime spot on the edge of the Ta Cenc Plateau. Before or after you can walk the nearby circular path for spectacular coastal views and a close-up of Gozo’s fascinating flora – the path is rocky in places so a good pair of trainers or walking shoes is a must.
Feast your eyes on fantastic views with a walk along the Sannap Cliffs. Start at the beginning of the paved pathway and meander along until you reach the end, where you’ll have a lovely view down into Xlendi and another great spot to watch the sunset. It’s an absolute must-do on any Gozo bucket list.
Accommodation In Sannat
Don’t miss these things to see and do in Sannat
- Find the Lace House. When open, you can learn more about the increasingly rare craft of making lace, and outside
- Indulge in some essential self-care with a spa treatment at the Ta Cenc Hotel. Try the 5-hour ‘A Walk Along the Cliffs’ treatment, which includes a scrub, massage, facial, manicure, and pedicure, lunch on the terrace, and a glass of prosecco. Bliss.
- Spend the day on the pebble beach at Mgarr ix-Xini.
- Walk some friendly alpacas along the Sanap Cliffs or through the Olive Groves in Xewkija.
- Head to neighbouring village Xewkija for the biggest breakfast ftira you’ve ever seen – eggs, bacon, sausage, hash brown, all crammed into traditional Maltese bread… bon appetit!
- Drive 5 minutes down the road to Xlendi, for great swimming and hiking as well as an impressive selection of bars and restaurants.
- Catch a tour of the Lord Chambray brewery in the nearby Gozo Agricultural Village, before stocking up on some of their unique, locally brewed craft beers.