At the head of the bay, steps lead over the cliff above the little fishing-boat harbour to a tiny cove in the rocks where you can swim. This was apparently once reserved for the local nuns. Alternatively, you can keep walking up the hillside above and then hike over to Wardija Point and Dwejra Bay. On the south side of Xlendi Bay, a footpath winds around to the 17th-century watchtower, Torri ta'Xlendi, on Ras il-Bajjada. Below here you can scramble down to some salt pans with fantastic, windswept views. From here you can hike east to the Sanap cliffs, and on towards Ta'Ċenċ.
Another alternative is the 12km (largely coastal) Xlendi Walk, linking Xlendi with Mġarr Harbour, one of eight walking routes around Gozo and Comino. See 'Country Walks/Rambling' on www.visitgozo.com to download route maps and track information.