Xlendi is a typical fishing village and a popular summer resort. It takes its name from a type of Byzantine vessel that used to shelter in this port.
Wedged between majestic cliffs, Xlendi is the most picturesque and the most romantic fishing village of Gozo. Before the present high rise buildings, constructed since the 1960’s, a white statue of the apostle Saint Andrew, patron saint of fishermen, reigned over the port. It still dominates the little harbour where fishing boats create a colourful collection when they are moored.
The cliffs bordering the inlet on this side can be reached by walking past the statue to a steep flight of steps cut into the rock. From the top there is a bird’s eye view of Xlendi. Further down the path, there is L-Ghar ta' Karolina, “caroline’s cave”, a natural grotto one used by nuns for swimming.
Xlendi tower, on the opposite promontory, was raised in 1650. it is a massive building that was able to resist gunpowder shots. Its stairway was detached from the main structure and the moat was spanned by an elevating drawbridge. Xlendi church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary of Mount carmel and the front section dates in 1868.
Xlendi is a main summer resort. Restaurant line the seafront, keeping the little bay busy from morning till late evenings entertaining their patrons to al fresco meals. Diving centres, hotels and a couple of clubs may also be found in Xlendi.