Malta is situated approximately 58 miles (about 93 kilometres) south of Sicily, and approximately 179 miles (about 288 kilometres) north of Africa. The Maltese Archipelago lies at the centre of the Mediterranean. Gozo, the ‘Isle of Calypso’, is a unique island that forms a part of the Maltese Archipelago, and is famous for its mythical legends, folklore and crafts. Some parts of Gozo are still undiscovered and unspoilt.
The southern part of the island facing Malta is low-lying, but it rises near the coast and forms the vertical cliffs of Ta’ Cenc that jut out like a bastion into the sea. Several narrow valleys cut through and dissect the plateau; the best-known being Xlendi. Xlendi Bay is a popular beach on the southwest side of Gozo. Its small, sandy beach is ideal for both young and old. More adventurous water enthusiasts enjoy swimming and snorkelling off the rocks bordering the beach, and beneath the watchtower that stands guard at the mouth of Xlendi Bay. Xlendi is also a typical Gozitan fishing village, harbours a number of fishing vessels and is equipped with several tourist-related amenities. A statue of St. Andrew, the patron saint of fishermen, watches over the activities of locals and guests that walk along the promenade, and frequent the bars and restaurant on the seafront and tiny streets off the seafront.This museum features a wide array of historical displays. Located northeast of town, the centre offers a fine selection of local handicrafts.The citadel, which consists of a restored Norman house, Cathedral and bastions, is worth a visit primarily for its unparalleled views.This series of life-size dioramas depict the history of the island.A sandy beach located at the bottom of a rich and fertile valley on the northern side of the island. This renowned cave is located near the red-sand Ramla Bay. One of a number of interesting sights near Xaghra, the temples are 1,000 years older than the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
Going Ashore in Xlendi
The ship is scheduled to dock at a buoy just outside of Xlendi Bay. Guests will be transferred ashore via the ship’s tenders. Taxis and buses are available at the pier. The town centre, Victoria, is located just two miles (3.2 kilometres) away.
Within walking distance from the pier, there are a couple of souvenir shops, two hotels, and several cafes and restaurants that stay open throughout the day. You can buy the essentials in Xlendi, but if you enjoy shopping, then head for the island’s capital city, Victoria. The local currency is the euro.
Because many tourists come for the day or afternoon, you will find a large number of bars and restaurants throughout Xlendi. The largest concentration is on the seafront overlooking the bay and beach. Gozitan food is rustic in character, and full of the flavour and colour of a typical Central Mediterranean island. The food is influenced by Malta’s proximity to Sicily and North Africa, but with a unique character all its own. In addition to an abundance of fresh fish and seafood like prawns, swordfish and squid, traditional menus include fentaka, a rabbit stew infused with tomato and wine, and varieties of pastry-baked whitefish mixed with chestnuts and vegetables. If you enjoy refreshing soft drinks, then don’t miss Kinnie, an herb-infused orange drink that’s an institution here.
Gozo Museum- This museum features a wide array of historical displays.
Gozo Crafts Centre- Located northeast of town, the centre offers a fine selection of local handicrafts.
Citadel/Gran Castello- The citadel, which consists of a restored Norman house, Cathedral and bastions, is worth a visit primarily for its unparalleled views.
Ramla Bay- A sandy beach located at the bottom of a rich and fertile valley on the northern side of the island.
Calypso Cave- This renowned cave is located near the red-sand Ramla Bay.
Ggantija Temples- One of a number of interesting sights near Xaghra, the temples are 1,000 years older than the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship.