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A long time ago, olive trees were cultivated on the hill on which this village stands. Its name 'Zebbug' (Olives) recalls that activity.

The picturesque village, perched on one of the highest hills in Gozo, offers views of the sea and of the green fields and pleasant countryside in the vicinity. Victoria (Rabat) and the Citadel, to the south of the village, are a pleasing sight from Zebbug Hill.

The village, which is a very old one, became a parish in 1688.

The parish church of the Assumption dates from 1736, but it was modified and enlarged in recent years. It is in the usual baroque style, and stands in a fairly large square. As expected in such an isolated place, the village core is made up of winding streets and ancient rustic dwellings.

The village is notable for a special 'marble' quarried in a field in its vicinity. The material is a type of alabaster, of an opaque yellowish hue, with a hard, consistent texture. Supplies are very limited.

Nowadays, this little village (pop. 1,200), has become very popular with holiday-makers from Malta, and even from abroad.

Several villas and vacation premises have been constructed on the hill-brow, with exceptional vistas around them. The scenic surroundings and the pure air on the hill make the village very attractive.

A steep road leads downhill to lovely Qbajjar Bay and to the important resort of Marsalforn.

Text courtesy of the National Tourism Organisation - Malta.