Gharb Village

The name 'L-Gharb', originates from the Arabic language and suggests the establishment of an organised community here during Arab domination between 870 and 1090 AD.

L-Gharb village is a traditional village. Its character is distinctly rural and until very recently it was populated almost exclusively by people who worked the surrounding fields in this fertile area of Gozo. They retained an old Maltese dialect, with a rich vocabulary of old words and pronunciations, long since discarded by the rest of the population. The people of l-Gharb village are also renowned craftsmen mostly famous for the manufacture of the unique "l-Gharb blade", a traditional sharp knife popularly known as the "Sikkina ta' l-Gharb". Even today, L-Gharb is home to blacksmiths, locksmiths, cotton weavers and lace makers, carpenters and masters in cane-work. Gharb is also known for producing able fishermen, while Gharb shepherds produce the best Gozo cheese on the Island.

The pretty village is very traditional, rural with many lush green fields. Until recently was populated almost exclusively by people who worked the fields in the surroundings. 

Historically, Gharb had a significant role. During the Great Siege of Malta in 1565, Malta lived in constant fear of an invasion from the Ottoman Turk empire, who came through the seas and onto Malta’s many exposed beaches making their destructive advances into Malta’s tiny villages. Gharb’s coastal lookouts sent smoke signals to Malta to warn of these threats from the sea.

Interesting facts about l-Gharb

  • Established in 1679
  • The second oldest village parish in Gozo.
  • The name ‘l-Gharb’ is purely Arabic, suggesting it came about during Arab domination between 870 and 1,090 A.D.
  • Population of just 1,500 and 400 families
  • Feast day: 1st week of July

Things to see in Gharb

  1. The Parish Church
  2. L-Gharb Folklore Museum
  3. Ta’ Dbiegi Crafts Village  
  4. Ta’ Pinu
  5. Tiny chapel of St. Demetrius
  6. Wied il-Mielah
  7. Azure Window at Dwejra