Mgarr ix-Xini: Haven of Underwater Wonders

Mgarr ix-Xini beach is a small and secluded beach that epitomises the idyllic charm of this enchanting island of Gozo (Malta). It is one of the hidden treasures awaiting those seeking serenity and unspoiled landscapes.

Mgarr ix-Xini, with its secluded location and breathtaking surroundings, offers a haven of tranquillity away from the bustling crowds. Nestled within a picturesque creek and a steep sided natural valley, this hidden gem attracts visitors from all corners of the globe, ready to be captivated by its undeniable beauty.

As you step onto the bay's shore, you'll immediately notice its unique charm. The beach, adorned with smooth pebbles, creates a mesmerising texture underfoot, adding to the allure of this secluded oasis. Surrounding the bay, rugged and towering rocks stand tall that enhance the sense of seclusion and contribute to the dramatic beauty of the area.

Where is Mgarr ix-Xini

Mgarr ix-Xini is located close to the three charming villages of Ghajnsielem, Sannat and Xewkija, along the southern coast of the island of Gozo.

Why people visit Mgarr ix-Xini

Most people visit Mgarr ix-Xini for an unforgettable swimming experience. Many visit to enjoy the stunning artificial reef and the beauty of the steep sided natural valley. This bay is quite underrated, making it a perfect off-the-beaten-path destination in Gozo and Malta.

Tourists and also Maltese people love to join the friendly locals who gather in the valley for relaxed conversations over coffee or a beer. Get ready to embrace a unique and authentic slice of Gozo's charm.

Quick Facts

The meaning of ‘Mgarr ix-Xini’ in Maltese

In Maltese, Mgarr ix-Xini means "the galley's landing place". Mgarr means "the landing place" and ix-Xini also translates to "ship".

Hollywood Celebrity Favourite Spot

Mgarr Ix-Xini served as the filming location for 'By the Sea' starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, gaining attention from local and international media. The presence of both Hollywood celebrities on the island generated excitement among residents and visitors who had the opportunity to catch glimpses of the stars and witness the movie-making process firsthand.

Mentioned by CNN

A CNN article from 2015 by Tamara Hinson, Mgarr ix-Xini was listed as one of the top 10 places to be visited before they are changed forever. (Luckily, Mgarr ix-Xini remains largely untouched today!)

How to get to Mgarr ix-Xini?

Direct Bus from the Gozo Ferry

Use the Tallinja app to get to Mgarr ix-Xini to the nearest village of Ghajnsielem bus stop named, Cilja. From the bus stop you need to walk for 20 mins through the valley to reach Mgarr ix-Xini bay.

Car Rental

Navigating the narrow road of Mgarr ix-Xini can be a bit challenging. It's important to remain focused and approach the road carefully. When vehicles come up the hill, always give them the right of way in order to navigate the road smoothly. Parking can be a challenge, even during low season. (TIP: Arriving early can increase your chances of finding a parking spot).

What to see and do

Diving and snorkelling opportunities

Get ready for an unforgettable and ideal aquatic adventure! Mgarr ix-Xini bay is listed among the Top 10 sites for scuba divers and snorkellers with deep water in Malta and Gozo of all time.

Mgarr ix-Xini hiking trail

Prepare to be mesmerised! Mgarr ix-Xini is more than just a beach! Embark on an unforgettable adventure along one of Gozo's most scenic hiking trails. Starting from Mgarr ix-Xini to make your first stop at the tower, the trail winds along the captivating coast, leading you through Ras il-Hobz until you reach the awe-inspiring Salt Pans of Ix-Xatt l-Ahmar. Click here to follow the directions to navigate the trail.

Nearby Villages and Attractions

Get ready for an unforgettable journey and rev up the excitement! Explore the charming nearby villages and hidden gems in Gozo on our well-reviewed Gozo Tuk Tuk or Gozo Quad Bike tours. Expert guides will accompany you, sharing their knowledge in English and French, as you discover fascinating landmarks. During this tour, you’ll enjoy a delicious traditional Gozitan lunch. Plus, enjoy the convenience of included pick-up from Malta.


Avoid Jumping off cliffs

It’s crucial to emphasise the importance of avoiding cliff jumping to the sea at Mgarr ix-Xini bay for safety reasons. Jumping off cliffs poses significant risks and should be avoided. To raise awareness and deter such activities, memorial stones have been placed at the site to highlight the dangers associated with cliff jumping. These stones remind visitors about injuries or even loss of life, which can result from engaging in this risky behaviour. It’s strongly advised to prioritise personal safety and follow the warning signs or guidelines provided by local authorities when visiting Mgarr ix-Xini Beach.

Underwater photography

Mgarr ix-Xini Bay is considered one of the best places in Gozo and Malta for underwater photography. The beach's clear and pristine waters, coupled with its rich and diverse marine life, make it a paradise for underwater photographers. The transparent visibility is perfect for capturing stunning shots of the vibrant underwater ecosystem, including colourful fish, intricate corals, and fascinating rock formations. Whether you are a professional photographer or an amateur enthusiast, Mgarr ix-Xini offers ample opportunities to capture breathtaking underwater scenes and create memorable photographs.

Amenities at the beach

Safety first! Lifeguards are on duty during summer to keep swimmers and beachgoers safe. Hungry? Grab a bite at the snack bar/restaurant conveniently located at the end of the hill. What about shade? Rent sunbeds and umbrellas or feel free to bring your own.


Is Mgarr ix-Xini a good dive site?

Mgarr ix-Xini is a good diving site, and all divers state that this should be at least a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Highly recommended by all diving companies in Malta and Gozo. 

Are there restrooms at Mgarr ix-Xini?

Yes, there are restrooms at Mgarr ix-Xini, at the small restaurant there. You can normally use their facilities but since they're intended for customers, will expect you to buy something, even if it's just a bottle of water.

Is Mgarr ix-Xini a family-friendly beach?

Yes, Mgarr ix-Xini is a family-friendly beach. Its calm waters, gentle slopes, and breathtaking surroundings make it a good spot for little ones to swim around and enjoy quality time by the sea.

Author: Norbert Bezzina

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