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Feb 13 2017

Xlendi – My Favourite Place in Gozo

XlendiQuite 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.

View from hotel balcony in Xlendi

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.

Xlendi

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.

Xlendi

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.

Location

This is where Xlendi is located:

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About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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