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Gozo - Marsalforn


Marsalforn forms part of the village Zebbug and is the most popular tourist area in Gozo with various hotels, restaurants, bars and beaches.

Upon entering Marsalforn you’ll find a fertile valley named after the village. The valley is bounded by several hillocks with the most famous of these being that of tas-Salvatur (Our Saviours Hill) also referred locally as Tal-Merzuq Hill (Ray of Light). In 1901 a large wooden cross was erected on the peak of this volcano like hill and when Gozo was consecrated to Christ the Saviour, a stone statue of Christ replaced the cross. This was in turn replaced by a gigantic concrete statue towering twelve meters above the hill, which can still be seen today.

Marsalforn’s history dates back to Roman times. Its port was used for the importation of food supplies from Sicily and by people to travel to Sicily and other ports however with the development of Mgarr Harbour, this lost its importance and for several centuries it remained a quiet fishing village inhabited by a small community of fishermen and their families.

The village church is dedicated to St Paul because legend maintains that it was from Marsalforn that St. Paul embarked for Sicily and Rome after he was shipwrecked in Malta. The feast is celebrated annually on the 10th of February, a national holiday in Malta.

During the winter months, when tourist numbers are low the village gains a quite, peaceful feeling however during the summer the village becomes a busy and vibrant place visited by both local and foreign visitors.

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