Experience Gozo like a local. Check out this must-do list of things to do of things to do in Xlendi.
Xlendi Bay is on the southwest coast of Gozo nestled between the villages Munxar, Fontana and Kercem and a 20-minute drive from the Gozo Ferry Terminal. There is a large car park close to the seafront and additional parking on the hill as you descend into the valley. If you are travelling by bus from the ferry, you take the 301 or the 303 to Victoria, then the 330 or 306.
Xlendi is the second-largest seafront resort in Gozo and is situated at the bottom of a beautiful valley. Originally a tiny fishing village, nowadays it has transformed into an island hotspot amongst locals and tourists. Although the area has undergone much development, it remains picturesque and you can still catch sight of the traditional brightly coloured fishing boats and find a peaceful patch to sunbathe, read, swim or snorkel. The bay is perfect for swimming with crystal clear waters and designated areas to keep the watersports and swimmers separate. Along the left-hand side, there is a paved walkway where you can enter the sea from one of many ladders… or jump off the diving board! For the active traveller, there are plenty of watersport options including jet skis, paddle boats, kayaks or private charters to explore the neighbouring coastline and caves.
The bay is steeped between stunning dramatic cliffs on the right and interesting geographical landmarks on the left such as the Il-Kantra Valley, Watchtower and Saltpans, making it a great spot to explore. There is a small promenade with a few gift shops, ice cream parlours and gorgeous oceanfront eateries, many are open from breakfast to dinner during the summer months. Come nighttime, the area is transformed into a romantic setting with pure holiday vibes.
Gallery of Xlendi
Things To Do In Xlendi. Eat, Drink, Do, Be, Stay.
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Set back on a road running parallel to the seafront you will discover FRONT. This trendy restaurant and live music venue offer a tasty breakfast menu with firm favourites such as avo-toast, pancakes, and divine smoothie bowls. Plus a cheeky Bloody Mary if that’s your jam!
Is there ever a time not to eat by the sea? Or grab a post-swim Spritz or Sundowner? Moby Dick Restaurant is perfect for all three. They offer an extensive menu from traditional dishes, pizza, pasta and sharing platters so you will find something for all appetites.
For a truly special dinner-setting make reservations for an ocean-side table at Ta Karolina. At night the cliffside is lit up creating an enchanting and romantic atmosphere. This gorgeous eatery is known for quality steaks and seafood specials including lobster. A real treat!
Drink With A View
Xlendi is a prime location to enjoy Golden Hour in Gozo. The most dramatic sunsets can be seen between January -May, however year-round this seafront resort remains a favourite. Il-Terrazzo is located to the left of the bay and boasts an elevated laidback terrace making it a perfect choice for a sundowner.
Cocktail O’ Clock
A holiday by the sea and a colourful cocktail go hand in hand! Zafiro Restaurant has one of the few exclusive seafront spots and is a popular choice with the locals. They specialise in Maltese and Mediterranean cuisine and a vibrant cocktail menu serving indoors or al fresco on their beachfront terrace.
Għar Ta’ Karolina
Climb the flight of steps cut into the rock face to enjoy a stunning birds-eye view of the surrounding area before descending into a natural cove known as Għar Ta’ Karolina. These unusual steps were created in 1889 to provide access to a private bathing spot for the local nuns.
Dating back to 1650 the tower is the oldest of four free-standing watchtowers in Gozo and can be reached by foot from the main bay (5-10 minute walk) across a quaint stone bridge over the stunning inlet known as Il-Kantra. Discover the location of the other three watchtowers in Gozo here.
Do and Be
Rent A Jet Ski
If you are ready to up the tempo then hit the waves on a jet ski and feel the wind through your hair and get that all-important adrenaline kick! Or if you prefer something a little slower paced, rent a kayak, paddleboat, paddleboard and more from Xlendi Watersports.
Have A Secluded Swim
For a peaceful swim head in the direction of the Watchtower to discover Il-Kantra Valley, a natural inlet with turquoise water. Take your snorkelling gear and quieten your mind as you connect with and explore the underwater delights.
Best Of Xlendi And Close By
Don’t miss these 5 things to see and do nearby…
- Walk the cliffs to the left of the bay towards Munxar.
- Take a diving course at a local dive centre.
- Watch the spectacular sunset (best views between January – May).
- Get your Italian ice-cream fix with gelato from Gelateria Granola.
- Enjoy a sunset Segway Tour of Sanap Cliffs with a viewpoint over the beach.
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