San Lawrenz

img3San Lawrenz lies to the west of Gozo, some 4 kilometers from Victoria (Rabat).  The village parish is dedicated to roman martyr Saint Lawrence.  The foundation stone of the church was laid on 21st  November 1886, the building being completed by 1897.

The area boasts some of the most spectacular scenery on Gozo; namely Dwerja bay, known as the inland sea.  Here you will find  ‘General’s Rock’, or ”Fungus Rock’, the name given to a 65 metre high megalith, so named  because of the existence of a minute plant once having grown there which was mistaken for a fungus, and thought to have had great healing powers.  There is a roman tomb at Dwerja and a tower dating back to the knights of St. John.  The bay is also popular with bathers.  A most interesting rock formation along this coastline is the ‘it-Tieqa taz-Zerqa’ (Azure Window), which is accessible both by boat and on foot, and is a great favourite with photographers, it resembles a doorway, or ‘window’ framing the blue of the sea.


The Maltese archipelago lies at the centre of the Mediterranean, consisting of three islands: Malta, Gozo & Comino with a total population of 400,000. The relationship between the Islanders and the various nationalities that occupied Malta over the centuries has created a marriage of styles and traditions, giving the Islands a fascinating eclectic culture.

(10)GOZO, or GHAWDEX  [Awdesch] as it is locally known, lies 20 minutes away by ferry from Malta. Measuring about one third the size of Malta it has a character quite distinct from Malta.

With mostly sunny weather, expansive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of history, there is a great deal to see and do. With a little help from any guidebook, captivating places of interest are immediately identified.Flat-topped hills and intensely cultivated fields characterize the landscape whilst the coast has rugged cliffs, steep valleys and beautiful inlets. Baroque churches and old stone farmhouses dot the countryside.


Things to do in Gozo:

  • Go to a village feast and mingle with the locals in summer.
  • Wander the streets of Victoria.
  • Try the Maltese pastizzi either filled with ricotta or peas.
  • Go diving.
  • Go to Ta’Cenc cliffs, limits of Sannat.
  • Drink and dance at a disco, where all the nightlife is.
  • Visit the Azur Window in Dwejra.
  • Rent a mountain bike and cycle around Gozo.
  • Rent a car and explore.
  • Go horse riding.
  • Get a boat to the Blue Lagoon in Comino.
  • Go to the Citadel in Gozo and visit the various museums.
  • Soak up the sun at the various beaches in Gozo .
  • Try a bottle of Maltese wine.
  • Go for a Jeep tour.
  • Drive to the Salt pans in Qbajjar.
  • Walk in the Nadur war shelter.
  • Eat at one of the various restaurants.
  • Visit the shrine of Ta’Pinu in Gozo.
  • Rent a jet-ski and enjoy the warm blue sea.
  • Rent a canoe or go for a banana ride.
  • Try fresh Gozo cheese.
  • Charter a yacht / boat and sail round the island.
  • Organize a day trip by catamaran to Sicily from Malta.
  • Attend the Nadur carnival in February.
  • Go for a quad bike tour.
  • Visit the Xewkija church, which has one of the biggest domes in Europe.