Surrounded by two of the most picturesque bays in Gozo, Xlendi Bay to the left and Dwejra to the right, this is arguably one of the most inspiring spots on the island, rich in flora and fauna.
After a brief stop at the lake, where we stop to feed the residential ducks, goldfish and the occasional frog, we head north via Triq Ghajn Ghabdun and eventually reach Santa Lucija, Gozo’s smallest village.
Santa Lucija lies to the west of Victoria, the capital city of Gozo. It is positioned between three hills namely Ghar Ilma, Il-Mixta and Santa Lucija, each of which bear a natural water spring, making the surroundings one of the most fertile areas of Gozo.
It is generally agreed that the first people to inhabit the Maltese islands were farmers and came over from Sicily more than 5000 BC. The first Neolitic Sicilians might have been encouraged to explore and finally settle down on the little island across the sea visible to the south on very clear cloudless mornings. With them they brought stone tools, domesticated animals, seeds and characteristic pottery. It was this pottery, found at Il-Mixta in Santa Lucija Gozo that in recent research was claimed to be of a purer Sentinello type than that of any Ghar Dalam pottery. This makes the Il-Mixta area the oldest inhabited place in the Maltese Islands.