Ta Pinu Shrine

The Ta’ Pinu Shrine is a famous Catholic pilgrimage site located on the island of Gozo, which is part of the Maltese archipelago. Here’s a brief history of the shrine:

The Ta’ Pinu Shrine was built in 1920 after a local woman claimed to have heard the voice of the Virgin Mary in the nearby fields. According to the story, the Virgin Mary asked the woman to pray at the site where the shrine now stands. Over time, the shrine became known for its miraculous healings and intercessions, and it soon became a popular destination for pilgrims from all over the world.

During World War II, the shrine was damaged by bombs, but it was quickly rebuilt after the war. In 1953, Pope Pius XII elevated the shrine to the status of a minor basilica, which is a special designation given to churches that have particular historical, cultural, or spiritual significance.

Today, the Ta’ Pinu Shrine continues to attract thousands of visitors every year, who come to pray, light candles, and seek intercession for their various needs. The shrine is also an important cultural landmark on Gozo, and it is a testament to the enduring faith and devotion of the Maltese people.

Ġgantija Temples on Gozo Malta

The Ġgantija Temples on Gozo Malta are a UNESCO World Heritage site and are believed to be some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world. Here is a brief history of the temples.:

The Ġgantija Temples were built between 3600 and 3200 BC during the Neolithic period. The temples are made of limestone blocks and are located on a hill in the town of Xagħra on the island of Gozo.

The temples consist of two megalithic structures, which are believed to have been used for religious purposes. The temples are named after the Maltese word for “giant” (ġgant), as they were believed to have been built by giants.

The temples were rediscovered in 1827 and have since been excavated and restored. They are now a popular tourist attraction and an important site for archaeologists studying the Neolithic period.

Climate & Weather – Gozo

Weather in the Maltese islands is very strongly influenced by the sea, with a characteristic Mediterranean flavour – similar to that of southern Italy or southern Greece.  Summers are hot and dry, with winters cool and wet.  Average annual rainfall is 600 millimetres, most of which falls between October and March, with June, July and August usually quite dry.  Snow never falls in the islands, but it can get very windy at times – mostly from the north west.  There is, however plenty of winter sunshine, with daytime temperatures around 15 degrees centigrade or above, with around 5-6 hours of sunshine.  Summers are warm, dry and very sunny indeed – one will only rarely see rain between April and August.  July and August are the hottest months with temperatures often above 36 degrees C, with over twelve hours per day sunshine in July.  Humidity can be high during the summer months, but there is usually a cooling sea breeze to be had.

Month Highest Recorded temps Daily Average Temperature in degrees C Lowest Recorded temps Average Rainy Days per Month Average daily sunshine hours
High Low
January 22.2 16.3 10.1 3.9 11.2 5.5
February 22.7 16.3 9.8 2.6 9.6 6.4
March 33.5 18.0 11.2 4.8 6.6 7.3
April 29.4 20.2 12.9 6.5 5.3 8.5
May 34.5 24.5 16.3 10.5 2.4 10.0
June 39.8 28.7 20.1 14.8 0.9 11.2
July 43.1 31.5 22.5 17.4 0.2 12.2
August 43.0 32.0 23.4 18.0 0.9 11.4
September 39.2 28.9 21.5 16.2 4.9 9.0
October 33.5 25.5 18.5 11.3 6.1 7.2
November 28.9 21.3 14.9 5.7 9.7 6.5
December 24.6 17.6 11.5 3.8 14.1 5.2

Public Transport to Xlendi

Should you wish to explore and make your own way from the airport to the accommodation, here are some ways on how to get to San Antonio Guest House.

Arriving by Public Transports

Crossing the islands of Malta and Gozo involves boarding a ferry. There is an express bus (X1) connecting the airport to the port from which this ferry departs (Cirkewwa). The express bus, X1, takes about 70 minutes to make its voyage, but is subject to traffic conditions.

More information about the bus route available from the airport can be found on the following site:

https://www.publictransport.com.mt/en/route/X1

You can access the ferry timetable from the link below. The ferry makes regular trips and works on a 24-hour basis.

http://www.gozochannel.com

Once you arrive at the Mgarr harbour on Gozo, there will be a bus (numbered 301) outside the terminal waiting to make a trip to Victoria. This bus should eventually travel from Victoria to Xlendi bay. Once you board the bus at the Mgarr harbour, ask the bus driver if the bus 301 (Mgarr to Victoria) will change to 306 (Victoria to Xlendi)

https://www.publictransport.com.mt/en/route/301

https://www.publictransport.com.mt/en/route/306

It is best to ask the bus driver taking you from Victoria to Xlendi to stop at the “Qsajjem” bus stop (pronounced “Sayyem”). Then walk down about 150 meters and turn on the first road to your left. This is Tower Street. San Antonio Guest House is at the corner of this street and is surrounded by trees.

Please be advised that the bus service on Malta and Gozo is not very frequent after certain hours.

Should you wish to explore and make your own way from the airport to the accommodation, here are some ways on how to get to San Antonio Guest House.

Arriving by Public Transports

Crossing the islands of Malta and Gozo involves boarding a ferry. There is an express bus (X1) connecting the airport to the port from which this ferry departs (Cirkewwa). The express bus, X1, takes about 70 minutes to make its voyage, but is subject to traffic conditions.

More information about the bus route available from the airport can be found from the following site:

https://www.publictransport.com.mt/en/route/X1

Introducing the fast ferry from the Port of Valletta to Gozo Mgarr Port, fast and reliable.

The traditional ferry that operates from the Port of Cirkewwa to the Port of Mgarr Gozo.

You can access the ferry timetable from the link below. The ferry makes regular trips and works on a 24-hour basis.

http://www.gozochannel.com

Once you arrive at the Mgarr harbour on Gozo, there will be a bus (numbered 301) outside the terminal waiting to make a trip to Victoria. This bus should eventually travel from Victoria to Xlendi bay. Once you board the bus at the Mgarr harbour, ask the bus driver if the bus 301 (Mgarr to Victoria) will change to the 306 (Victoria to Xlendi).

https://www.publictransport.com.mt/en/route/301

https://www.publictransport.com.mt/en/route/306

 It is best to ask the bus driver taking you from Victoria to Xlendi to stop at the “Qsajjem” bus stop (pronounced “Sayyem”). Then walk down about 150 meters and turn on the first road to your left. This is Tower Street. San Antonio Guest House is at the corner of this street and is surrounded by trees.

Introducing the Mgarr Port Direct Bus to Xlendi Bay

Route TD30: From Mġarr (Gozo) and Xlendi

This route operates on the following Bus Stops: Mġarr (Gozo) – Xewkija (Industrijali) – Xlendi

First Bus departing from Mġarr (Gozo): 10:08
Last Bus departing from Mġarr (Gozo): 19:08
Frequency: Every thirty minutes

First Bus departing from Xlendi: 09:45
Last Bus departing from Xlendi: 18:45
Frequency: Every thirty minutes

Remember to stop at the “Qsajjem” bus stop (pronounced “Sayyem”). Then walk down about 150 meters and turn on the first road to your left. This is Tower Street. San Antonio Guest House is at the corner of this street and is surrounded by trees.

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