Malta Highlights. Xlendi Bay.

Xlendi Bay


The idyllic landlocked bay of Xlendi and its glorious blue green waters were for many years a haunt of artists and photographers. Xlendi Bay, (pronounced ‘Shlen-di’) is a little haven of quaint charm. Beautifully placed at the end of a deep lush ravine which was once a river bed and hidden by two tall rocky promontories, it is a delight for swimming, diving, or just strolling around. During summer, the sheltered little dock is packed with a myriad of pleasure craft, but in winter, only the little boats of the local fishermen are here. In peak season too, the dozens of little bars, cafes, and restaurants are crowded, but many of them close for the winter months. I like to come to this beauty spot during the quiet season. The towering high rocks, the blue of the ocean, the little boat repair yard, and the scenic beauty of it all, can be viewed and appreciated much better in the absence of an overcrowded mass of tourists.

That’s why I came here for two weeks a few years ago and enjoyed the comfort and quietness of ‘St. Patrick’s Hotel.’ I savoured every minute of my fourteen days, strolling the hills and valleys, rambling through the old lanes and little fields, absorbing the soothing peace and solitude of this world apart. From this homely base, I navigated my little car to every corner of the island, and when it was time for me to say goodbye, I felt blissfully revived, happy, refreshed and inspired.


The Bay of Xlendi always retains its peaceful atmosphere and is surprisingly undeveloped though there is a good choice of accommodation with lots of apartments and hotels. Xlendi is flanked by steep cliffs. For some of the most spectacular views, I climb the stairs up the cliffs to the right or cross the little bridge over the ravine on my left where I can meander around this gorgeous plateau beside the ancient Xlendi Tower. Bathing in Xlendi is usually off the rocks along the bay with access down ladders into the deep crystal clear water. On the left side of the bay, two tiers of pathways provide for both a walkway and a flat space to relax and sunbathe.

Gozo is an idyllic island and Xlendi Bay is one of it’s hidden treasures.


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