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Gozo - Qala


Qala with a population of 1,609 people is the farthest village from Gozo's capital and its rocky hillsides enjoy unobstructed views of the islands of Malta and Comino. Its name is both Arabic and Maltese for sheltered haven or bay, and this is reflected in its coat of arms - a Gozo boat sailing on rough seas.

Breathtaking scenes can be enjoyed from the Qala Belvedere and from the small courtyard in front of the church known as Il-Madonna tal-Blat. The village parish church built in baroque style and is dedicated to St Joseph. This church faces Comino and legend has it that it was built so that the people of Comino could follow Holy Mass from across the straits when rough weather kept priests from crossing to Comino. The village feast of St. Joseph is celebrated yearly on the first Sunday of August.

Qala is a pleasant and rural place with many natural and historic attractions. Hondoq ir-Rummien, the coastline below Qala is a rocky trek to which nature have contributed a great deal such as several caves, the prettiest of which is G─žar Minka, which is only accessible by boat. This area is also a vital habitat for dwindling species of rare plants. There are many sites of historical interest here, such as the salt pans, the islands best preserved windmill and other prehistoric remains such as cart ruts which extend over 180 meters and are some of the longest in Gozo. The sea in this area boasts some of the cleanest and clearest waters attracting swimmers and divers alike.

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