Mellieha

Home to the biggest sandy beach in Malta

Mellieha is one of the most popular tourist resorts on the islands, situated in the greenest area of Malta.  This quaint village is located to the northest part of the island and sits up on a hill.  In the centre of the town lies the Parish Church overlooking Malta’s biggest beach, Ghadira Bay, the most popular sandy beach on the island.  One can easily spend a full day here without getting bored.  Ghadira is popular for water sports of any level.  Mellieha is surrounded by open countryside and is not joint with any other village.  The village is especially busy in summer when there is more going on.  One can find a good number of restaurants and bars in the area.  There are some small shops but in general shopping is limited in the area. 

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Nearby is the Ghadira Natural reserve, home to more than 200 species of birds and open all year round.  Hunting has been banned in this area.  The church dates back to the end of the 19th century but an earlier sanctuary still survives tucked beneath the rocks underneath.  This sanctuary is dedicated to the Birth of Our lady in Heaven.  A visit inside the church is recommended.  The area around the Church is characterized by a number of narrow streets which make Mellieha a very romantic place especially in the evenings.  Next to the church, there are stairs which lead to the old air raid shelter used in the World War 2.  Up to the 1930’s, caves in the area were still the home of some locals until the British built apartments and they were moved. 

An interesting unspoiled area of the locality is ‘L'Ahrax Tal-Mellieha’, a protected countryside area, offering beautiful coastal scenery and stunning views all over Mellieha.  In Mellieha, there are several nice areas for walking.  A walk towards the 17th century Red Tower, situated on a hill overlooking Ghadira Bay, is recommended.  From up the tower one can even enjoy great views over Gozo and Comino.  Down the road from the Tower, near the edge of the cliffs, are several spots from where it is possible to enjoy stunning sunset views.