Xlendi Malta Bay Gozo is located at the bottom of a very steep valley starting from the village of Kercem which is located very close to Victoria (Rabat), the capital city.
During the descent down to the Bay one can appreciate the greenery all around and the deeper one descends into the valley, one may also notice the abundance of cane growing in the valley, depending on the time of the year arriving at the car park soon after.
Xlendi Bay Gozo is a seaside village located on the southwest of the Island. This popular locality visited regularly by tourists and Maltese alike, and not least by the inhabitants themselves. The beach is small, but it is one of the best spots on the island.
Due to its geological formation and the shallow sloping pebbly beach, the Bay used to be a sleepy fishing village where to date some fishermen still keep a few of the remaining boat houses.
It is also popular as a summer residence where several locals stay in their boathouse as the location offer a tranquil environment. Nowadays Xlendi Malta is more of a resort area where most of the properties have been transformed into restaurants, bars, shops, guest houses and hotels.
The promenade, although small, is very pretty, especially in summer when it is lined with tables close to the seashore where one can enjoy a relaxing meal close to the water’s edge.
Although the area has grown in size because of commercial and residential developments, the area still retains its natural tranquillity.
Upon arrival you will notice that the old traditional coloured fishing boats still anchored in the bay alongside the modern pleasure boats, representing what this location is today – a mix of old and new setting happily next to each other.
The bay is also great for swimming. Along the left side of the bay, there is a walkway with stone benches set upon rocks where people can leave their belongings and jump into the sea for a refreshing swim.
In this area a buoy line enclosing a long stretch of coast indicates a swimmers zone whilst also serving as a protection to swimmers from the boats that move around in the bay. There are several ladders to aid swimmers to climb out of the water.
Xlendi Malta Bay is also popular with visitors in the evening who come to enjoy a leisurely stroll along the promenade in the balmy summer evenings, with many stopping to have a quiet meal at one of the local restaurants sitting at the water’s edge.
It is also popular with families who come along with their children for an ice-cream at a popular parlour which makes home-made ice-cream. This bay is wonderful all year round as spring and autumn are also lovely seasons during which to enjoy this lovely unique location.
This location also offers great walks along the coast in various directions on rough terrain including an interesting walk towards the watch tower located at the mouth of the inlet.
Getting to Xlendi Malta from Mgarr Harbour is very easy.
If you are travelling by rented car, one will find a car park at the bottom of the hill and a few meters away from the centre of the resort.
The bus routes operate every hour in each direction all days of the week all through winter and summer.
Sightseeing buses operate around the island from 09:40 till 17:40 every 45 minutes, visiting all the major attractions of the island, of which this bay is one of them.
This also offers another way of arriving at this location, also leaving one the option of visiting the other localities time permitting
It is possible to rent pleasure boats for various activities you wish to do while you are in Gozo.
Diving is possible by Moby Divers and St. Anthony’s Dives Cove. They are located close to the beach offering a service to those who wish to taste the beauty of the Maltese archipelago under water beauty.
Apartments in Gozo are numerous at this seaside location.
Along the road before you arrive to this location, one can find La Grotta disco – a popular location heavily frequented especially during the summer months.
It is particularly popular with Maltese youths As it is considered the place to be for the young generation on a summer Saturday night.
The watch tower overlooks the entrance to this bay guarding its entrance.
It was built with a purpose since the bay is well secluded by surrounding the high cliffs.
The tower was constructed by the Knights of St. John, under the reign of Grand Master Lascaris during 1650.
Around 20 restaurants are located in this tiny fishing village. All compete with each other for their excellent service and food quality.
One would need to make a table reservation for certain restaurants during peak season either by phoning in advance or by having a stroll upon arrival checking out the different menus and then booking your table by the water’s edge.
The Boat House
Sea Shells Bistro
Antonette's Snack Bar
It - Terrazzo
Da Manuel Restaurant
Enjoy your holiday at Xlendi bay.