Malta Towns & Villages
Geographical Location: North of the island. 13 miles from Valletta and 14 miles from the airport. Impressively located on a high ridge facing North and overlooking the wide bay below.
Neighboring Towns and Villages: Cirkewwa, Xemxija, St Pauls Bay
Accommodation in Mellieha: Several Villas, Apartments, Guest houses and Hotels.
Shopping in Mellieha: Several tourist souvenir shops, supermarkets and coffee shops.
Banks, Bureau De Change, ATM's: A few available
Entertainment & Places To Visit: Mellieha Church and the Sandy Beaches.
Beaches: Nearest beach is Ghadira Bay, Malta's longest sandy beach (1 km from village), which is long and narrow with sand and clean shallow water ideal for small children. There are water sports facilities and numerous beach bars. The main road runs alongside the beach and at weekends it is likely to be over crowded.
Public transport: Regular and frequent buses from Valletta and several other towns and village connections.
Health: Several Pharmacies are available in Mellieha. Nearest hospital is Mater Dei National Hospital.
Town Information: Mellieha is one of Malta's most picturesque tourist destinations. The town centre boasts of its splendid hotels, fine restaurants and traditional cute shops. It has a unique primary school, a majestic baroque church (built in late 19th century) and various cultural organizations, including band clubs, sports clubs, an orchestra, various religious societies, a parish community centre and an environmental pressure group. Since 1993, local affairs are being run by the Mellieha Local Council, an institution made up of seven councilors, elected every three years by the people.
Local opinion : The area is an excellent place to stay for holidays in Malta. Since It is located in the north of Malta, one can easily go to Gozo or Comino for a day. Whilst towards the other side- southward, one can visit St Julians, Sliema for further nightlife and entertainment. Crossing over from Mellieha to Gozo is easy and would just require a 5 to 10 minute drive to the Gozo Channel car ferry terminal. From Mellieha to the other side of the island for example to St Julians would take approx 15 to 20 minutes drive. So the location is ideal to explore the islands of Malta whilst on holiday. The north of Malta is also ideal due to being relatively closer to larger sandy beaches, apart from its own beach in Mellieha Bay. Nearby beaches are Golden sands Beach, Ghajn tuffieha and Gnejna which are all beautiful beaches to spend a day at the beach. Most beaches also offer facilities such as public facilities, a bar or beach bar.
The Village Festa - September 8th: The Village festa of Mellieha is on September 8 that remind the locals of some of the most important historic events from the glorious history of the Malta. The celebration, apart from the religious feast that is also celebrated in Mellieha, Senglea, Naxxar, Xaghra. the celebration is for the commemoration of the victory of the Knights of St John and the Maltese in the Great Siege over the Ottoman Turks in 1565. A ceremony is also still held annually in Valletta, by the Great Siege Monument in front of the Courts. These days September 8 is also considered as one of the five National Holidays of Malta. The Village festa to watch is usually organised by the Church where the locals offer help in the full organisation. Malta is well known for its Village festas that are very much a part of local life and tradition. Malta being a relatively very religious country and celebrates these festas with a great heart.
Mellieha, sits on top of a hill, overlooking the 'tail end' of Malta. An attractive hilltop village with a central street winding downhill. It is also surrounded by fertile valleys and most spots provide good panoramas of the countryside, the Bay (which has the longest beach in Malta) and northwards towards Comino and Gozo Recent developments, together with one of the best villa estates in Malta, have made the town popular with Maltese and visitors alike. One can also find some good restaurants, accommodation in hotels and holiday apartments,villas and bungalows.
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