The village of Nadur is a true traditional Gozitan village located on a high hill to the east of the island of Gozo. There are interesting things to see in this traditional village including high belvedere vantage points providing some of the best vistas over land and sea. From these points the island, Comino and Malta can clearly be seen. The village can be reached directly from the harbour of Mġarr or from ir-Rabat .
As with most of Gozitan villages, Nadur life revolves around the baroque Parish Church which dominates the Nadur skyline. This is considered as one of the best pieces of baroque architecture to be found in Gozo.
There are two village squares in Nadur. One in front of the church and the other is found behind the church. You will find various eateries in both squares ranging from snack bars, the local football club, up to very good quality dining. There are also other shops in the area which include the village grocery store, a confectionery, a modern pharmacy, a stationary.
This church stands imposingly in the sizeable central village square opposite which is an old stone cross and is dedicated to Saint Paul and Saint Peter. The feast of Saints Paul and Peter is a national holiday and is celebrated on the 29th of June. Locally this is referred to as “L-Imnarja”. The feast is connected with the start of summer. In fact the name derives from luminaria (illumination). Another attraction in this village is its own Maritime Museum. This museum is a treasure-trove of naval memorabilia extending from the time of the Knights, through the British era up to the twentieth century. Attractive green valleys surround the village of Nadur which is also known for the peaceful bays located nearby.
This island of gozo is small and accessible. Close by are the beautiful beaches of San Blas and Ramla. In addition there is Daħlet Qorrot which is a delightful small bay very popular with fishermen as well as local swimmers.
One can see unique traditional boathouses in Daħlet Qorrot many of which are constructed around natural caves and ledges found at the base of the cliffs. Around half way between Dahlet Qorrot and San Blas you will find a San Blas Tower, a watch tower which dates from the period of the Knights.
In addition Nadur itself can be considered to be a kind of watch tower for the island of Gozo. This is supported by the fact that the name of the village “Nadur” derives from the Maltese word nadar, which means “to observe at length” – “to keep guard”.
A must visit site for any visitor are the highest point of the village which offer some of the most spectacular views in Gozo. This is referred to as the belvedere. From here one can see the wide expanse of fields, bordered by the vistas of the sister islands and boats crossing the blue. On these heights stands the Ta’ Kenuna Tower. Built by the British in 1848, this tower was not built as a watch tower but as a telegraph link between Malta and Gozo. A Maltese Botanical Garden also surrounds the tower.