Victoria - A view from our expert author

St Georges Basilica Victoria Malta by Ted Attard, Viewing MaltaSt George’s Basilica is one of Victoria’s two parish churches © Ted Attard,

Explore the impressive medieval Citadel of Gozo’s double-named capital.

Gozo’s capital Rabat was renamed in honour of Britain’s Queen Victoria in her Golden Jubilee year, 1887. It has been known by both names ever since, though locals more often refer to it as Rabat – from the Arabic for ‘suburb’. The town is the suburb of the medieval walled Citadel (or Citadella or Il-Kastell) that sits on its northern flank. The impressive Citadel is a must-see and Victoria/Rabat is both pleasant to wander around and a good place to stock up on supplies, from food to petrol, a towel to a new pair of spectacles. Shops are concentrated in the centre around the main square (It-Tokk) and the bus station. There are two banks (HSBC and Bank of Valletta), both with ATMs and both on the main street (Republic Street), where you will find a post office and two shopping centres.

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