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A ferry unloads at Ċirkewwa after arriving from Mġarr, Gozo.

Ċirkewwa is a harbour situated at the northernmost point of Malta.

It is the site of the Ċirkewwa Ferry Terminal, from where regular car ferries operate to the port of Mġarr in Gozo. In the summer, boat trips to Comino also operate, as well as organised diving excursions. As Ċirkewwa is a point on the northernmost end of the island, and not a town, there is no major infrastructure besides the terminal, but near the harbour there is a hotel. Paradise Bay, a sandy beach, is also nearby, to the south of the Ċirkewwa peninsula.

Visitors travelling to Gozo can reach Ċirkewwa by car by following road signs to Gozo, and by bus from Valletta, Sliema, Buġibba and St. Paul's Bay.


The name Ċirkewwa is derived from the Maltese word "ċirka", which means "circle". This name was given to the town due to its circular shape, as it is situated on a small peninsula that curves outward into the Mediterranean Sea.

Diving in Ċirkewwa[edit]

Ċirkewwa Arch

Ċirkewwa is one of the most visited scuba diving sites on the Maltese Islands. It has underwater cliffs, caves, tunnels and an arch down to the seabed at 27m. Ċirkewwa also includes the wrecks of the tugboat MV Rozi and the P29 patrol boat, which were intentionally sunk in 1992 and 2007, respectively.[1][2] Out towards Marfa Point is a statue of the Virgin Mary which was placed in a natural cavern by the Amphibians Diving Club.[3]

From the middle of 2010, divers have been cooperating to designate Ċirkewwa as a Voluntary Marine Reserve to safeguard the site. The site now has the support of the diving community which is working to gain the support of the fishing, angling and boating communities to implement a code of conduct to preserve and protect the site.


  1. ^ "Rozi". AquaVenture Limited. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  2. ^ "P29". AquaVenture Limited. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  3. ^ Wood, Lesley; Wood, Lawson (2006). Malta, Comino and Gozo. New Holland Publishers. pp. 48–49. ISBN 9781843309420.

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Coordinates: 35°59′16″N 14°19′43″E / 35.98778°N 14.32861°E / 35.98778; 14.32861