Gozo Island Resorts: Xlendi
There are only two seaside resorts on Gozo island.
Xlendi is the second largest one. The main one being Marsalforn.
The magnificent blue green water in Xlendi bay provide just the perfect setting for that perfect postcard moment in Gozo.
Xlendi Bay, the lovely sea inlet continues to fascinate both artists and photographers to this day.
Once just a fishing village which was popular with a few Maltese people as a summer resort, Xlendi is today one of the most popular spots on Gozo island for day-trippers.
Surprisingly though, Xlendi has not lost its traditional charm. Xlendi Bay is still simply a sheltered gorge with a pleasant waterfront lined with cafes and restaurants.
Although Gozo buses can be somewhat irregular at times, those that service Xlendi are perhaps among the most frequent on the island. This is largely due to the fact that Xlendi remains a must visit all year round.
For best views of Xlendi Bay, just climb the stairs up the cliffs that are located at the right. The best bathing can be found off the rocks along the bay. The deep blue green clear water is simply stunning. There’s also ample space for sunbathing on the flat rocks.
A watchtower built in 1650 still commands the bay’s entrance and provides some fantastic sea views.
Its crystal clear blue green waters are popular with both swimmers and divers alike. Xlendi in fact has excellent snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities.
If you’re feeling energetic, you can also go hiking and explore the countryside while taking in the magnificent sea views.
If you like water sports, you have plenty of activities to choose from, such as canoeing and water-skiing.
If you’re staying for a couple of days on Gozo island, then Xlendi can be a perfect base.
It’s picturesque, yet has all that you need to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
Xlendi in fact boasts some of the best restaurants on Gozo island. There are also some good grocery stores if you’d like to stay in one of the many self catering apartments that are scattered all across Xlendi. ATM facilities, Internet access and souvenier shops are also available.
We’ve listed the three main hotels in Xlendi below …
Hotel Xlendi Resort and Spa
Overlooking Xlendi Bay, this modern hotel is equipped with a wellness centre which offers various beauty treatments and massages as well as an indoor pool and jacuzzi.
Pamper yourself in style while taking a break from it all!
The hotel also has self-catering apartments with private balconies.
Saint Patrick’s Hotel
Right at the middle of the waterfront, this four star hotel is very popular with Maltese people staying in Gozo for the weekend.
The hotel is equipped with a rooftop terrace and spa as well as a restaurant at ground-level.
San Andrea Hotel
Situated on the waterfront and so just a couple of metres away from the sea, this hotel’s rooms are somewhat small yet comfortable.
You can upgrade your room to have a balcony with sea views. Highly recommended since the views are simply fantastic!
Staff are very friendly and welcoming and go out of their way to provide an excellent service.
If you're heading to Xlendi by bus, go to www.publictransport.com.mt for information on bus routes and timetables that serve this popular Gozitan seaside resort.
If you'd like to walk to Xlendi, it’s roughly a 3km walk from the bus station in Victoria.
If you'd like to learn more about the other seaside resort in Gozo, visit our Marsalforn section for more information.