Mgarr (Victoria), Gozo, Malta
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Approximately 6 Hours
Megalithic Temples of Malta
"Seven megalithic temples are found on the islands of Malta and Gozo, each the result of an individual development. The two temples of on the island of Gozo are notable for their gigantic Bronze Age structures. On the island of Malta, the temples of Hagar Qin, Mnajdra and Tarxien are unique architectural masterpieces, given the limited resources available to their builders. The Ta'Hagrat and Skorba complexes show how the tradition of temple-building was handed down in Malta."
The essence of Gozo is contained within the intricate weave of heritage, history and religion that makes up the DNA of this tiny island with its small population.
Begin your tour with a drive to the Temples in Xaghra, which are one of the most important archaeological sites in the Maltese Islands. The well-preserved site consists of two temples dating back to between 3600 and 3200 BC. Pre-dating Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, they represent a phenomenal ancient culture and are considered to be among the oldest freestanding monuments in the world. Enter via the newly-constructed Interpretative Center, which helps to put context around the mysterious civilization that built the temples. From here, walk with your guide to explore the site via a pathway that provides terrific views of the natural landscape surrounding .
Victoria is Gozo's capital city. This town is still called Rabat by the locals. You'll see Arab and British influences so well interwoven that, to the locals, it appears the norm. Take a brief walking tour with your guide; then, you will have some free time to either visit the Citadel or relax at a local café (at your own expense).
Reboard your coach for a panoramic drive outside of town. You'll stop for photos at the Basilica of Ta' Pinu -- a center of pilgrimage. The origins of this church date back to 1883, when a peasant woman claimed to have heard the voice of the Virgin Mary in the old chapel. Later, the site became a shrine. Later still, a larger and more magnificent church was built on the site.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant.
From the hilltop village of Qala, take in the vista across to Comino Island and the whole Maltese archipelago in the distance, with picture-perfect views of Gozo. Capture with your camera your ship anchored between the Maltese Islands.
Please note: Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience; each guest is responsible for returning his/her headset after the tour. Missing or damaged headsets incur a fee of 80 euros. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring a sunhats and sunscreen. At Ta' Pinu, you can visit the church independently; arms and legs must be covered.