The deep Xlendi Valley runs down to one of the prettiest creeks on the island. The idyllic bay and the glorious blue- green waters were for many years a haunt of artists and photographers. More recently, it has become very much a tourist resort, and the village has expanded to take in apartment blocks, holiday villas, souvenir shops etc. It is enormously popular, and consequently in summer gets very crowded. Out of the holiday season it still manages to exude local character and undeniable charm.
The shingle beach, rocky shore, and clear waters are good for swimming, and the caves and rugged reefs provide ideal conditions for snorkelling and scubadiving. On the cliffside a series of steps, with beautiful bay views, lead to a small secluded pool which was once so private and little known that the local nuns used to come here and bathe, assured of privacy.
Xlendi looks its best in the early morning or at dusk when the daytrippers have gone. Ideally, you should stay for an evening meal, for Xlendi is liberally endowed with good eating places, and the sunsets over the cliffs can be spectacular. Some of the restaurants on the seafront specialise in local fish and succulent giant prawns. 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 it is worthwhile lingering a night or two to enjoy the sunsets. The bay still retains a peaceful atmosphere and is surprisingly undeveloped though there is a good choice of accommodation from apartments to hotels; most options have sea views. 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.
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