Luxury Apartment

Main bedroom with en-suite toilet. Back balcony with views of the Maltese Island
Main bedroom with en-suite toilet. Back balcony with views of the Maltese Island
Għajnsielem, undefined, Malta

Overview

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps 5
Per night €45 - €55
Type: Apartment
Description of the Għajnsielem vacation apartment rental
Ghajnsielem/Gozo: This 3rd floor apartment located in a quiet area in this lovely village of Ghajnsielem with breath taking sea & country views from it`s large sunny veranda,also enjoying lovely views of the channel and the Maltese Island from back bedroom balconies. Finished to highest specifications and having all amenities, apartment consists of an open plan kitchen/living/dinning, main double bedrooms( air conditioned) with en-suite toilet and spare bedroom (air conditioned), having one bunk bed(sleeps two) & single sofa bed. Also guest toilet/shower.Fans provided
This apartment is excellently located having all amenities nearby.
Transport from/to airport can be arranged. Also car rental, brought to the apartment. Day trip around Gozo or to Comino and Malta with own experienced driver available on Spirit of Nu.

Any further assistance you might require, please do not hesitate to contact me.

The Island is reached by a half an hour ferry trip from Malta's northern tip, Cirkewwa.

The Ferry schedule is very frequent with trips every hour during day time, with a few changes during the off season.

Gozo covers an area of 67.1 sq km and is some 50 miles distant south of Sicily. The main town is Victoria in the centre, with 14 village spread across the island. The three main fishing bays are Mgarr, which serves also as the ferry landing port, Marsalforn and Xlendi. But a multitude of coves and inlets abound along its coast, the best known of which is Dwejra in the west with its azure window carved out in the surrounding high cliffs by the battering winter seas. Its spectacular sunsets and the deep blue colour of the sea beneath is the stuff of legends and a haven of divers.

THE GHAJNSIELEM AREA

FORT CHAMBRAY
Within the precincts of Ghajnsielem one finds the famous and historic Fort chambray. This fortress is built on the hill called 'Ras it-Tafal' which is situated between the port of Mgarr and that of Xatt l-Ahmar. It was built at the expense of a Norman Count of the Order of St John, named Francois Chambray during the reign of Grand Master Pinto.

Even as you enter Mgarr Harbour, you will see many of the famous landmarks of Ghajnsielem, the first Gozitan village you will encounter as you disembark from the ferry at Mgarr Harbour and head into the heart of Gozo.

Ghajnsielem means the Spring of Peace, although the name is also thought to mean the Spring of Selim, a Turkish Navel Commander who replenished his ship's water supply from it everytime he sailed by the islands. The natural water spring which inspired the name of the village was turned into a wash-house in 1700 by Grand Master Perellos, but sadly, in 1954, the historic wash-house was demolished and the spring spring that gave its name to the village was entombed so as to further enlarge the village square.

A visit to Ghajnsielem inevitably starts with Mgarr Harbour and fishing village. Head up to the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, which offers fantastic views of the harbour, especially at sunrise or sunset. On the left side, the 18th Century Fort Chambray offers amazing views of Gozo's southern cliffs and Xatt l-A?mar Bay overlooking the Comino Channel. From here you can take the narrow winding road leading to secluded bay of Xatt l-Ahmar or head towards the village centre to visit the Lombard-Gothic Parish Church dedicated to Our Lady of Loreto. The old parish church and the mysterious "Pjazza tad-Dehra" (square of the apparition), where it is believed that Our Lady had spoken to a local shepherd named Anglu Grech, also lie in the vicinity.

This apparition is what had led to the first erection of a statue housed in a niche where locals would gather in prayer since the Nadur Parish, of which Ghajnsielem previously formed part, was too distant. In 1810 the first small chapel was built, with bigger churches being erected later to account for a growing population such that the village was established as an independent parish in 1855, while the new parish church we know today was consecrated in 1978. Religiosity and religious culture remain very strong in Ghajnsielem, with no less than ten procession events happening in the village each year. Several NGOs, clubs and organisations form the heart and soul of community life to this very day.

While there are several indications pointing to early use of the area around the spring and the surrounding caves and coves, Ghajnsielem is one of the last villages to develop as we know it today. The site was dangerously close to an ideal landing place for pirates, and the fresh water springs were known to friend and foe. It was one only from the middle of the seventeenth century, when Grazes Tower then Fort Chambray offered some protection to the area and the Gozo-Malta channel was rendered safer by the construction of Santa Marija Tower on the mid-channel island of Comino that the fear gradually subsided and the first farmhouses were built close to the spring that gave name to the village.

Between 1940 and 1942, eleven shelters were dug throughout the village of Ghajnsielem and another four within Fort Chambray. Post-war times were tough but the development of Mgarr harbour in the late sixties helped Gozo to unleash a new era of prosperity for Ghajnsielem. By now a number of bars and restaurants serve the visitors who come to enjoy the views and the centre of Ghajnsielem which is probably one of the most beautiful squares in Malta and Gozo.

Stephanie Theuma

Area Info
The Island is reached by a half an hour ferry trip from Malta's northern tip, Cirkewwa.

The Ferry schedule is very frequent with trips every hour during day time, with a few changes during the off season.

Gozo covers an area of 67.1 sq km and is some 50 miles distant south of Sicily. The main town is Victoria in the centre, with 14 village spread across the island. The three main fishing bays are Mgarr, which serves also as the ferry landing port, Marsalforn and Xlendi. But a multitude of coves and inlets abound along its coast, the best known of which is Dwejra in the west with its azure window carved out in the surrounding high cliffs by the battering winter seas. Its spectacular sunsets and the deep blue colour of the sea beneath is the stuff of legends and a haven of divers.

THE GHAJNSIELEM AREA

FORT CHAMBRAY
Within the precincts of Ghajnsielem one finds the famous and historic Fort chambray. This fortress is built on the hill called 'Ras it-Tafal' which is situated between the port of Mgarr and that of Xatt l-Ahmar

Even as you enter Mgarr Harbour, you will see many of the famous landmarks of Ghajnsielem, the first Gozitan village you will encounter as you disembark from the ferry at Mgarr Harbour and head into the heart of Gozo.

Ghajnsielem means the Spring of Peace, although the name is also thought to mean the Spring of Selim, a Turkish Navel Commander who replenished his ship's water supply from it everytime he sailed by the islands. The natural water spring which inspired the name of the village was turned into a wash-house in 1700 by Grand Master Perellos, but sadly, in 1954, the historic wash-house was demolished and the spring spring that gave its name to the village was entombed so as to further enlarge the village square.

A visit to Ghajnsielem inevitably starts with Mgarr Harbour and fishing village. Head up to the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, which offers fantastic views of the harbour, especially at sunrise or sunset. On the left side, the 18th Century Fort Chambray offers amazing views of Gozo's southern cliffs and Xatt l-A?mar Bay overlooking the Comino Channel. From here you can take the narrow winding road leading to secluded bay of Xatt l-Ahmar or head towards the village centre to visit the Lombard-Gothic Parish Church dedicated to Our Lady of Loreto. The old parish church and the mysterious "Pjazza tad-Dehra" (square of the apparition), where it is believed that Our Lady had spoken to a local shepherd named Anglu Grech, also lie in the vicinity.

This apparition is what had led to the first erection of a statue housed in a niche where locals would gather in prayer since the Nadur Parish, of which Ghajnsielem previously formed part, was too distant. In 1810 the first small chapel was built, with bigger churches being erected later to account for a growing population such that the village was established as an independent parish in 1855, while the new parish church we know today was consecrated in 1978. Religiosity and religious culture remain very strong in Ghajnsielem, with no less than ten procession events happening in the village each year. Several NGOs, clubs and organisations form the heart and soul of community life to this very day.

While there are several indications pointing to early use of the area around the spring and the surrounding caves and coves, Ghajnsielem is one of the last villages to develop as we know it today. The site was dangerously close to an ideal landing place for pirates, and the fresh water springs were known to friend and foe. It was one only from the middle of the seventeenth century, when Grazes Tower then Fort Chambray offered some protection to the area and the Gozo-Malta channel was rendered safer by the construction of Santa Marija Tower on the mid-channel island of Comino that the fear gradually subsided and the first farmhouses were built close to the spring that gave name to the village.

Between 1940 and 1942, eleven shelters were dug throughout the village of Ghajnsielem and another four within Fort Chambray. Post-war times were tough but the development of Mgarr harbour in the late sixties helped Gozo to unleash a new era of prosperity for Ghajnsielem. By now a number of bars and restaurants serve the visitors who come to enjoy the views and the centre of Ghajnsielem which is probably one of the most beautiful squares in Malta and Gozo.
Property Rates
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May 01 2014 May 31 2014 €50 - - - 3 nights
Jun 01 2014 Sep 30 2014 €55 - - - -
Oct 01 2014 Dec 15 2014 €45 - - - 3 nights
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 12 p.m.
Deposits: Damage deposit €200.00
Payment Options: PayPal
Other Fees: Any other extras you may need please e-mail me and this can be discussed.
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
All amenities are close to apartment within walking distance
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