Quite often, while travelling, I accidentally end up in the most amazing place that I fall in love with. Xlendi was that place in Gozo. I had never heard of Xlendi until I started searching for alternative accommodation in Gozo after having a sleepless night due to a basement party at a hotel in Victoria (Gozo’s city),
I only stayed in Victoria because it was easy to get buses to any part of the island from the bus station, but I had to move. While looking at a booking website in the morning, there were a couple of hotels in Xlendi that had rooms. I had no idea what it would be like, but I booked one because the price was so good. That was it. I was off to Xlendi later that day, after my day out in Comino.
It was late in the afternoon when I went to finally got a bus to Xlendi. After a while on the bus, we got to some huge cliffs which looked incredible. I wished I could get off to take photos, but I wanted to get to Xlendi. At the next stop the driver announced that we were in Xlendi, This was it. My wish had come true. This is where I had booked myself in for the night.
The hotel was right in front of the sea. I had booked a room without a sea view, but on my arrival, the receptionist showed me two rooms, one of which had a sea view. The sea view was slightly more expensive, but it was too tempting to turn down, so I decided to go for it. Well, why not make the most of the incredible view while I had the chance? To fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the sea would be far more comforting than the loud music I had to put up with the night before.
Getting around the island from Xlendi didn’t turn out to be a problem. One day, I walked around almost half of Gozo, and the following day I travelled to the other side of the coast fairly easily by bus. Being by the rugged coastline made it all worthwhile.
From my balcony, I saw some stairs on the cliff on the right-hand side. I thought it would lead to a walk somewhere, so I investigated one afternoon. I walked around and then up the cliff, which took me to a cave, Caroline’s cave. It was full of water, so my walk came to an abrupt end. Apparently, Caroline was a wealthy woman from Rabat who founded the Augustinian sisters. She donated her land, which included this cave, to the sisters who used it as a place to swim in private.
Before leaving Gozo, I had to explore more of this beautiful coastal area. The hotel receptionist told me where to go and what to see. I walked along the promenade and followed it round, going over a bridge and then up to the cliff on the left-hand side. I headed for Xlendi Tower first, a watchtower from the 17th century. It was closed when I was there. After that, I walked around the tower and then down to the disused salt pans. After that, I continued on along the coast and then headed back to the town. It was a great round trip with incredible scenery that didn’t take long to complete.
It was pure luck that I ended up staying in Xlendi. Once there, I stayed on for another two nights, until I had to return to the UK. I honestly don’t think I could have picked a better place. If I return to Gozo, I will definitely stay in Xlendi again.
This is where Xlendi is located:
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