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Ix-Xatt l-Aħmar

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The name of this bay literally means “Red beach” and it is an idyllic spot both for swimming and diving. This is one of Gozo’s less discovered swimming areas, frequented by locals and known for the cyrstal clear waters and beautiful coastal surroundings. Of particular interest to experienced divers is the wreck of the deliberately scuttled old Malta-Gozo Ferryboat “ix-Xlendi” which lies in the depths just beyond the bay. A handful of boat houses shelter a few fishing boats in winter.

Despite lying just one bay along from Mġarr Harbour, within site of the Guardiola (guard post) of Fort Chambrai, ix-Xatt l-Aħmar is rarely busy. Perhaps because the route to it is not that obvious: a narrow road winding down from the village of Għajnsielem.

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