Mgarr ix-Xini. (10 mins car, 30 mins walk)
Mgarr ix-Xini is a small pebbly beach with intriguing caves on cliff faces. This secluded spot is ideal for swimming and very attractive to divers. One can dive to the purposely-wrecked ferry “Xlendi” even from this bay.
The bay is reputed to be one of the harbours used by the Knights’ galleys, and lies in a gorge accessible from Xewkija and Sannat. The entrance to this natural cove is guarded by a tower, accessible by walk and built in 1661. It has a square plan and contains two floors, each with vaulted ceilings, and a flat roof with a shallow parapet. Mġarr ix-Xini tower had only one entrance, approached by a flight of steps and a palisade drawbridge. A spiral staircase climbs in the thickness of the north wall up to the roof. The Mġarr ix-Xini tower’s neighbours were the St Cecilia Tower (also on Gozo) and the Comino tower on the neighbouring island of the same name (between Malta and Gozo). This tower was jointly restored during the year 2000 by the Ministry for Gozo and Wirt Għawdex (Gozo Heritage). A tempting walk from the bay to the tower through a restored ancient footpath is beyond doubt a unique experience.
A restaurant is also found in Mgarr ix-Xini is well known for its fresh fish. The food served is always a result of their daily catch of local fishermen. It is only open in the Summer season.
How to Get there: Accessible only by car or on foot since no busses are available due to the narrow and steep road. It is a 10 minute car ride or a half an hour walk from the hotel.