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GOZO

Gozo is the second-largest island in the Maltese archipelago. The island is a 14km by 7km paradise and is about one third the size of Malta. It is more rural and tranquil. The island is pristine still having picturesque fishing villages, scenic hills and valleys and lots of small rocky and sandy beaches. In winter and spring, the island is covered with flowering herbs and lush crops, whilst in summer it is teeming with oleander, bougainvillea and geraniums. In addition to all this you will find the warm hospitality of the Gozitan people, the friendliest people in the Mediterranean.

XLENDI

Xlendi is a popular seaside resort tucked away under towering cliffs with a small land-locked sandy and pebbly beach, on the south west side of the Island. The beach is ideal for both young and old, while for the more adventurous it is possible to swim and snorkel off the rocks bordering the beach. Xlendi’s reef formations makes it an ideal diving site, suitable also for beginners. There are three diving schools and centres based in Xlendi offering a high level of service.

Xlendi is also a typical Gozitan fishing village and harbours a number of fishing vessels. Xlendi with several restaurants, bars and souvenir shops is equipped with all amenities for visitors. The pedestrianized seafront is always bustling with tourists taking in the beautiful view during lunchtime and also at night when al fresco dining is de rigueur during the summer evenings. It’s also an idyllic place at sunsets.

THE PEOPLE

The Gozitans are known for their hospitality and friendliness. The “Karnival” (carnival) is one of the highlights of the Gozitan way of living, especially the spontaneous and sometimes outrageous one in the village of Nadur. “Festi” or feasts are held in every village in honour of the patron saint throughout the summer months. Religious ceremonies in the church are accompanied with fireworks and lively and religious marches accompanied with live band music. In the village of Xlendi the “Gostra”, a wooden pole placed at an angle over the sea is covered in lard with flags at the end. Competitors have to run up the pole and try to retrieve the flag.

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Xlendi Promenade, Xlendi, Gozo XLN1302, Malta.

Tel: (+356) 2156 5555

Fax: (+356) 2156 5400

Mobile: (+356) 7999 5555

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