Gostra is held on the first Sunday of September. Once a very popular
summer event in many fishing villages,
it has survived only in Xlendi.
This traditional sport consists of competitors climbing
(running) a greased pole projecting from a headland onto the sea
to grasp a flag at its end. Both winners and losers end up in the
There are several other traditional sports activities
on the same Sunday that coincide with the celebration of the village