Experience Gozo like a local. Check out this must-do list of things to do in Xaghra.
Getting to Xaghra
Xaghra is one of the largest towns in Gozo and one of the earliest inhabited parts of the island. It is home to the Ġgantija megalithic temples which date back to the year 3600BC and the Xagħra Stone Circle, natural underground features such as Xerri’s Grotto, Ninu’s Cave and Calypso’s Cave which overlooks Ramla Beach. Situated to the North-East of Gozo’s capital Victoria it takes just 10 minutes from the Gozo Ferry Terminal and is well connected by bus. Take route 307 from Victoria.
Staying in Xaghra makes sense if you are excited about the geographic and ancient wonders of Gozo. Xaghra also stands out for its bustling square full of bars and restaurants which come alive at night. The town is also well equipped with banks, local shops and supermarkets and like most places in Gozo, centred around the parish church. Also, there is easy access to beaches such as Ramla Bay, Marsalforn, Xwejni Bay and the Salt Pans which can be found just 10 minutes down the road.
The Xaghra Gallery.
Things To Do In Xaghra. Eat, Drink, See, Be, Do, Stay.
Check out our favourite accommodation, cool places to eat and drink, plus must-see sights in Xaghra. Find the balance between being and doing, and always leave room for the magic. Bookmark this page if you’re visiting us soon as we update it often – and get in touch if you would like us to curate your island experience.
Kickstart your day with a hearty or healthy breakfast or brunch at Cafe Reale. Located centrally on the main square, you can choose from fresh bagels, cakes and croissants, omelettes and eggs, sausages and toast or fresh fruit. Perfect for people-watching!
For a memorable dining experience, settle down for a leisurely lunch at Latini Restaurant in Victory Square. Located at the opposite end of the church, graze on Mediterranean dishes cooked by their chef of 15 years. Try the fresh Burrata. It’s delicious.
Al Sale brings failsafe Mediterranean vibes along with the taste of close-by Italy to Victory Square. They offer good veggie and vegan options so cater for all. Spaghetti and seafood are the orders of the day with fresh catches delivered daily. We love their Risotto.
Experience the perfect Gin at 73 Bar. Choose from their extensive menu (seriously – it’s quite something) and sup away until your heart is content. The great thing is, they not only know what Gin is what but how it is served, including the glass. Bravo folks! This is what we need in Gozo!
Grab a coffee or juice at Coronation Bar and sit and watch the world go by in Xaghra Square, the perfect sunny spot for people watching and taking a break from exploring Gozo Island. They offer options for non-dairy plus an array of homemade juices to quench your thirst.
This hidden cave is a true natural wonder with a formidable story. No spoilers, if you find it, you will be rewarded.
Who wouldn’t want an adventure to see this view? Spoiler! This picture does not do it justice!
Do and Be
Visit The GGantija Temples
The Ġgantija Megalithic Temples complex are older than the pyramids in Egypt dating back to 3,600BC. They represent one of the earliest architectural accomplishments in the history of mankind so well worth a visit. In 1980, the site was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. People report feeling a sense of healing and rebirth when visiting the temples.
Book A One Day Retreat
Take a day away from the world and put yourself on the agenda by booking a one day retreat at L’Gharix Temple Retreat in Xaghra. Set in a 765-year-old villa, this unique and sacred place sits just behind the Ggantija Temples with its own private cave holding group sessions, workshops, guided meditations and one-day retreats.
Head To The Beach!
Ramla Bay Beach is the largest sandy beach on Gozo Island. It’s distinctive red sand, tower and surrounding caves make it a great place to relax, swim and explore. Discover the ultimate list of Gozo’s beaches here.
Don’t miss these things to see and do in Xaghra
- Pick up freshly baked Pastizzi in Tal-Furnar Restaurant & Bakery
- Visit Ta Kola Windmill.
- Wander the streets with your camera and snap some of the wonderful old signage. See if you can find the iconic “Museum Of Toys” sign.
- Visit the Xagħra Stone Circle just 400m from the Ġgantija Temples and buy a Maltese Goddess souvenir from the stall opposite. She will stay with you forever and bring you feminine energy and wisdom.
- Tuck into juicy local fruits of the season from the ‘5 A Day Store’ on Triq It Tigrija. The owners are always ready to help and it will be fresh from the fields that day.
- Xaghra Festa is a must-visit if you want to experience Gozo’s party season at its best! It is held on 8th September every year, which coincides with Victory Day.
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