Unless you’re routinely flying to Gozo by helicopter, there’s no way you can miss Ghajnsielem in all its glory as you sail into Mġarr Harbour. Here’s why we think this town should be on your Gozo to-do list.
1. Mġarr Harbour is pretty AF
Literally Gozo’s first port-of-call. Seriously though, can you think of a more inviting way to be welcomed to the sister island? It’s also got a pretty long history behind it, with forms of ferry services in place since the mid-thirteenth century.
2. The architecture is on fleek
Għajnsielem has some pretty neat buildings to its name. The gothically-styled Sanctuary of Our Lady of Loreto is perhaps the most prominent, towering over Mġarr Harbour and most of Għajnsielem proper.
Other notable buildings in Għajnsielem include Fort Chambray (originally intended to be the capital of Gozo), and the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes.
3. It has the best hidden swimming spots
Ever heard of Xatt l-Aħmar? It’s a favourite among locals, rarely busy, and a great spot for diving. If that’s not enough, it’s right within view of the guardiola of Fort Chambray.
4. Mġarr ix-Xini’s waiting for its Walk of Fame star
In the westernmost reaches of Għajnsielem is a small shingle beach a cove that’s a little tricky to get to by car but worth every drop of sweat once you reach the place. Whether you’re into diving or simply exploring lesser-known nooks of Gozo, this beach is the place to be.
Mġarr ix-Xini’s also famous for doubling as the French coast in the 2015 film By the Sea starring Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt.
5. Comino is Instagram incarnate
Spoiler alert: Comino is technically a part of Għajnsielem.
Weird right? From the crystal-clear waters of the Blue Lagoon, to the world-famous Santa Marija Tower, there’s definitely something to cater to at least once to each and every single Instagram filter in existence.