Xewkija is a town in Gozo, situated mid-way between the Mgarr Harbour and Victoria. It is the oldest village in Gozo, established as a parish on the 27th of November, 1678. The word Xewkija means thorny, suggesting that there were immense areas full of thorns in the past. The coat of arms of Xewkija is a shield on a gold background with a red horizontal strip between two thorns, one above and one below. The motto of Xewkija is ‘Nemo me impune lacessit’, that is, ‘No one shall attack me with impunity’. Xewkija has a population of around 3,600 people and occupies an area of 4km2.
The town is famous for its Rotunda church dedicated to St. John The Baptist whose dome dominates the village. On entering the village from the main road, you can see the remains of a mill built during the times of Grand Master Perellos. This mill is unique in Gozo because it has eight points that show the wind directions.