Mġarr ix-Xini is a beautiful inlet with a rich historical background. This secluded bay served as an occasional refuge for the galleys of the Knights of St. John and, in 1551, was used by invading Turkish forces to load captive Gozitans onto their ships during the island's most devastating raid.

Overlooking the entrance to this inlet is a watchtower constructed by the Knights in 1661, which still stands guard today. This historical tower is managed by volunteers from Wirt Għawdex and is open on select days. The tower offers a glimpse into the past and stunning views of the bay and surrounding landscape. A recently renovated path, which is both delightful and scenic, connects the bay to the watchtower, making for an enjoyable walk.

The waters of Mġarr Ix-Xini are not only popular with swimmers but also attract divers from around the world. The bay's underwater landscape features several intriguing caves nestled within the cliff faces, providing exciting exploration opportunities. Additionally, due to its sheltered location and rather shallow depths, Mġarr Ix-Xini is a great spot for a night dive.

Mġarr Ix-Xini was the location where Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt shot their film ‘By the Sea’.