Bus Route: Victoria to Kercem - Bus
The village of Kercem lies close
by to the south-east of Victoria,
spread between the picturesque Lunzjata Valley, the green hills
of "tal-Mixta, Ghar Ilma" and "ta' Dbiegi",
and stretching up to the Pond of San Rafflu and Xlendi
cliffs. These sites are indicative that this village
has the most beautiful landscapes in the Island of Gozo, rendering
them an artist's pleasuredome. The area is one of Gozo's best for
country walks and cycling
and could connect to the village of San Lawrenz or directly to Dwejra
Kercem evolved into a village community in the late Middle Ages,
around an ancient chapel dedicated to Pope St. Gregory the Great
built around 1581. Kercem became a distinct parish on 10th March
1885 by Bishop Pietru Pace. The Kercem parish church
is the only Gozitan church, which is jointly dedicated to two saints.
As referred earlier, it was traditionally dedicated to Pope St.
Gregory, but since 17th August 1885, the church was additionally
co-dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. As a matter of fact,
although the village celebrates the two feasts
without distinction, the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help could
now be considered in terms of popularity as the main religious celebration
of the village. It is celebrated yearly on the second Sunday of
The village of Kercem has a population of around 1700 people, but
although this does not make it one of the largest in Gozo, its population
is renowned as highly energetic, successfully venturing in all types
of cultural activities making them popular all around Gozo. Such
example is the annual Ghadira Fair, which is a popular traditional
family fair in the beautiful countryside area of San Rafflu. Both
young and old take their chances to win a variety of prizes ranging
from home goods to traditional prizes like goats, sheep, rabbits
and poultry. Traditional music, food, drinks, pony rides and other
amusements also entertain people especially children.
The peaceful hamlet of Santa Lucija, although in itself incorporated
within Kercem, is quite distinct with its rustic church square empathising
a calm picturesque charm unequalled throughout the whole island.
Santa Lucija is slightly inhabited by country folk with a few old
houses disorderly built around an old chapel dedicated to St. Lucy.
Santa Lucija's green pastures, are the local shepherd's playground,
and sights of grazing sheep are very common especially in winter
or spring. A number of old farmhouses in the area have been discreetly
converted to country villas, with great care spent on these properties
to retain a rustic look.
Santa Lucija is one of the few unspoilt places in Gozo whose inhabitants
stubbornly resist a hectic urban life while rendering nostalgists
from larger communities envious of what they gave away in time.
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