Xlendi

kantra xlendiXlendi is a cliff-enclosed bay on the western side of the island formed around a small canyon by the sea.  The seaside touristic resort is a popular destination in summer for both locals and tourists.  The beach is quite small but enclosed by a backdrop of cliffs it provides a beautiful panorama.  It is delightfully sheltered and safe for swimming with a good visibility, thus popular with snorkellers.  On the left side of the beach there are bathing platforms built into the rocks where one can sunbathe and jump off the rocks into the sea or through the use of ladders.  To the right of the beach, one can climb up the scraggy hills which lead to the intriguing ‘Carolina’s Cave’ from where one can admire nice views.  A larger cave is ‘Catherine’s Cave’ which is known for its clear blue waters.  On the left hand side of the bay, one can also enjoy breathtaking views of the area from the Xlendi tower, which dates back to the 17th century.  It was built to prevent the turks from entering the bay.  The tower, surrounded by salt pans, was the first one to be built on Gozo.  One cannot also miss ‘Il-Kantra’ which is a beautiful valley, situated adjacent to the Tower.  The walk from the beach to the Tower is very scenic and can be done in about half an hour.  From the tower one can admire great views of the high cliffs.  Xlendi is very tourist friendly offering a wide array of restaurants, bars, hotels and apartments.

 

On the way to Xlendi, one can stop in Fontana where there is an old fashioned washing house with natural spring water where locals used to gather to wash their clothes.


One can find some very good seafood restaurants dotted along the sea front.  In Xlendi there are also a number of gift shops selling traditional handmade lace and other local produce. The biggest nightclub of the island, La Grotta, is also found here and is considered to be one of the best clubs in the whole Maltese islands.  It is only open in summer.  A two day festival, known as 'Il-Fjakkolata Tradizzjonali tax-Xlendi' is also celebrated in Xlendi with the participation of folk groups and local singers.  The resort is usually quiet during the week but gets more hectic during the weekend.

 

xlendi tower overlooking cliffs    xlendi buildings