The idyllic landlocked bay of Xlendi and the glorious blue green waters were for many years a haunt of artists and photographers.
The delightful sea inlet, known as Xlendi Bay, lies at the end of a deep, lush ravine which was a river bed. Until the mid 20th century, Xlendi was a small fishing port and a restful summer resort for a few locals and Maltese.
The bay is now on the must-visit list of most day-trippers to the Island, but if staying on Gozo, it is a worthwhile visit. Gozo has its passionate admirers and Xlendi is , and has always been a must visit when on Gozo. Unlike Marsalforn with its resorty air, Xlendi is popular in the old sense of the word. With its precipitous sides, Xlendi is an overall beautiful place . Its watchtower commands the bays entrance, yet everybody is invited! The bathing all around the bay is possible and good fun.
The Bay of Xlendi still retains a peaceful atmosphere and is surprisingly undeveloped. Xlendi is flanked by steep cliff. For some of the best views, climb the stairs up the cliffs to the right. Bathing in Xlendi is usually off the rocks along the bay with access down ladder into the deep crystal clear water. On the left side of the bay, two tiers of pathways provide ample space for both a walkway and a flat space to spread out a towel and sunbathe. On the promontory is Xlendi Tower, built in 1650. It commands superb sea views and stand on a scenic coastline pitted with hand-dug salt pans.
More recently it has very much become a tourist resort. The single beach , rocky shore and clear waters are good for swimming and the caves and rugged reefs provide ideal conditions for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Some of the restaurants on the seafront specialize in local fish and succulent giant prawns.