Mellieħa, Malta best practice
Perched on a series of hills on the north-west of Malta lies the idyllic locality of Mellieħa, a European Destination of Excellence (EDEN). Today Mellieħa has a community of over 10,000 inhabitants and comprises the hamlet of Manikata and Selmun.
Surrounded by green plush valleys and the crystal clear blue seas of the Mediterranean, Mellieħa is quickly establishing itself as a destination for all seasons. Whether out for a walk along the rural country trails, visiting the historic Marian Sanctuary or one of the many local forts dotting the coastline, a quick dip in the blue waters of Mellieħa Bay or the other 12 surrounding bays, or during one of the very popular activities organised by the Mellieħa Local Council, this locality has a lot to offer.
Mellieħa has a lovely character and pictoresque energy that provides you with a new life in Malta as well as offering you all amenities for a comfortable holiday. A relaxing walk around Mellieħa’s core village is very interesting, informative and full of history. Amongst other attractions one can visit the National Shrine of Our Lady, which is amongst the 20 Marian Shrines in the European Marian network and the World War II shelters. Stop for a nice coffee with fantastic sceneries and meet the friendly local people. Almost all residents speak fluent English and are very proud of our culture. They definitely make you feel at home.
In our village one can find various heritage trails leading to our heritage sites such as the Tunnara Museum, St. Agatha’s Tower also known as the Red Tower and the White Tower which were built during the time of the Knights of St. John.
For bird and wildlife lovers a visit to the Għadira Nature Reserve is a must. Our lovely, both rocky or sandy beaches can be enjoyed all through the year because the days tend to be warm and the sun shines, at least for a short time, almost all year round. Two most popular beaches that hold a Blue Flag are Għadira Bay and Golden Bay. Mellieħa is flanked on three of its sides by the sparkling blue Mediterranean sea making it also a perfect destination for trekking, walking and hiking. It’s just 5 to 10 minutes drive away from Ċirkewwa, where you can easily hop on the ferries to visit sister islands Gozo and Comino. Thirteen hotels, various apartments and B&Bs are found in our village some offering all inclusive with special prices, especially during low seasons.
The Mediterranean cuisine is easily found in one of the many restaurants found in Mellieħa, which will surely leave the visitor with a good taste and provide that much needed superb gastronomic experience. Whilst making the most out of the local produce such as fresh fish, herbs, honey, wine and salt, the chefs in this typical village are spoilt for choice in providing the tourist with such an experience.
With its typical village square and the commanding church, quaint village houses and picturesque views over the bay and ridges Mellieħa is surely the place for your next visit. Mellieħa is truly a destination for all seasons.