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Mgarr ix-Xini, Xewkija

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Mġarr ix-Xini (Maltese: L-Imġarr ix-Xini), is a bay close to Għajnsielem (southwest), Xewkija and Sannat (southeast) on the Maltese island of Gozo. It lies in a gorge to the west of Mġarr Harbour, accessible mainly from the nearest village of Xewkija as well from Sannat.

During the rule of the Order, it served as a small harbour for galleys. A small watchtower was built to defend the area in 1661, and it was restored several times in recent years.
Nowadays, this secluded spot is popular for swimming and diving. On 12 November 1999, the former Gozo ferry MV Xlendi was purposely sunk to create an artificial reef and dive site. However, the ship rolled over while sinking and it ended up upside down. It may be unsafe for inexperienced divers.
The movie titled By the Sea, starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt was partially filmed at Mġarr ix-Xini from August to November 2014.
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  • Customer service and time-management at its worst! It might have a mediocre selection of mouthwatering meals, but it will depend if they are in a hurry or not. This place is known for the seafood...  more »
  • Not served by Mgarr ix xini kiosk. Went there for couple times for lunch in the last three weeks and toilets were available. Today I went there for a two coffee and a juice and my daughter needed to....  more »
  • Magic place. I came there after watching the movie By The Sea. A great bar with fresh seafood.
  • Absolutely lovey bay! It‘s a jewel. Starting with the breath taking view from the top of the hills, the atmosphere at the peaceful, romantic beach is lovely. The visit of ix-Xini made our day. You can book a diving trip there too. There are even hiking paths leading to it. Definitely a highlight!
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