Victoria seems to be an unlikely name for a tiny island capital, however, the capital of Gozo proudly holds this name since 1887. At the height of the British colonial period, it was decided that the ancient name of the city Rabat, would be changed to Victoria and this to celebrate Queen Victoria's coronation golden jubilee year. Whilst officially called Victoria, some Gozitan and Maltese locals still affectionately call the city Rabat, making sure to distinguish it from Malta's Rabat.
Today Victoria is the very heart of the island, busy, and constantly on the move. Besides being the focal point where one can find all the main offices, banks, schools, library, museums, theatres, cathedral and other, it also serves as a drive-through locality which allows all visitors to Gozo access other towns and villages around the island.
Victoria – Gozo, has a much wider spread of property types available, both for rental purposes and that of properties for sale. Apartments, penthouses, maisonettes, farmhouses as well as terraced houses and houses of character are available to let and to buy in Victoria, Gozo.
Victoria has its very own ancient fortified city, which is called the Cittadella. This conspicuously located and undated construction is believed to have originated during the Bronze Age, eventually experiencing varied changes and improvements during Phoenician and Roman times. A surprise invasion by the Ottoman Turks during the Middle Ages led to the capture of this fortified city, with the entire population of the island being led into slavery. Eventually the Cittadella was rebuilt and improved upon by the Knights of St John.
The Cathedral within the Cittadella is a noteworthy baroque church, which was designed by the eminent Lorenzo Gafa.
Saint George's Basilica which is Victoria's main church is also a very interesting building and contains major works of art, namely the altar piece by Mattia Preti, and works by Giuseppe Cali. One may visit the Basilica Museum, which is located adjacent to the church.
Two interesting buildings in Victoria are the local theatres - The Aurora Theatre and the Astra Theatre, both of which regularly feature opera and other stage performances by prestigious local and international artists.
If you're in search of some greenery, you must visit Villa Rundle Gardens. Quietly nestled in the heart of the city, the gardens include early twentieth century trees, a fountain, and a birdhouse.
One can find practically anything in and around Victoria since this little city is well equipped with all sorts of shopping facilities and eateries. Whether you are after buying some typical Maltese sweets, some handmade souvenirs, or your entire grocery shopping, there are enough little corner shops to suit every requirement. Bigger and bolder are the very popular Arcadia shopping mall and The Duke shopping mall, both of which are located on the high street. These shopping malls also cater for clothes shopping where you may find all International brands available.
In Victoria, Gozo - the main buildings which a real estate agent would be proud to showcase, are the old buildings located in the narrow alleyways. Though, rarely for sale, these all date back considerably and include beautiful palazzos, townhouses, and post-war edifices. New builds of apartment blocks are mostly located on the outskirts of Victoria.
Several beautifully constructed limestone facades lead to spacious terraced houses which boast several unique features. One also finds immaculately converted character homes in the back streets as well as on outskirts.
The property market in Victoria, Gozo is a bouyant market and has a mixed population of locals and foreigners, living in and around the town. During holidays such as Easter and throughout the summer, many locals rent their second homes to Maltese and foreign holiday goers. This niche market provides the necessary boost to the real estate market in Victoria. Finished apartments start at €95, 000, Terraced Houses at €155, 000, whereas other property types, being unconverted such as a house of character or a farmhouse start at circa € 250, 000. One also finds penthouses as well as terraced houses in Victoria, Gozo. It is recommended that you contact our Office Manager, Edith Camilleri via email on [email protected] or call her on +356 79551616. If you are in Gozo, you may visit the RE/MAX office in Victoria, located at 11, Independence Square, Victoria.
Property for sale in Victoria