Near the both churches you find the Mellieha shelters. As Malta was bombed heavily in World War two you will find many of those shelters on the island. I found it quite interresting to get an imagination of the life during long air raids. As to make it more real there is the sound of the alarm coming from far away. On the other side a new born baby is crying. All rooms that you find inside the long tunnels are documented in many languages.
The whole thing is organized by some Mellieha clubs who reopened the shelters a few years ago.
It's definately worth a visit! Entrance fee is 1 Lm.
From Mellieha you can easily reach some of the most beautiful places of the isle of Malta. In 10-15 minutes on foot, going down hill, you reach Mellieha bay (known also as Ghadira bay). In Mellieah bay you can, if you want just have your towel and stay on the sun or, (as i made) rent sunbeds and umbrella. It's not expensive at all (expecially thinking at the prices of Italy): about 10 Euro for all the day. There are bars where you can drink and have some food, so the facilities, even if essentials, are good enough. The sea is really beautiful and it's a sand beach so it's good if there are children in family. Still on mellieha beach there are some facilities for sea sports so there are many things you can do on the beach:-)
If one happens to be in the area of Mellieha, or even maybe on the way to Gozo, one should pay a visit to the sanctuary that is stuffed with history and tradition. Inside, one can admire various works of art like icons, frescoes and oil paintings on the side altars, (17th and 19th Centuries), as well as splendid marble sculptures like the statues of St Paul and St Luke. In the main sacristy, one can admire numerous ex voto paintings and a small museum dedicated to Pope John Paul II, who visited this sanctuary in 1990.
Built in 1647 and standing on Marfa Ridge the red tower used to be a lookout post for the Maltese knights.
We tried to walk up to the tower one day, but it was way too far and the weather was way too hot, so we had to give up. So I only got photos of the tower from a far, but maybe I'll get closer next time! :)
This is where the Popeye Village is situated (see my previous tip). Opposite the film set are these great steep rocks as seen in the pic.
I wasn't too keen on seeing the Popeye Village, but I'm glad we went there, otherwise I would've missed these spectacular views!
Sweethaven Village or Popeye Village as it's also known is a film set of the 1980 Hollywood musical “Popeye”, starring Robin Williams. It was constructed in Anchor Bay during the last 7 months of 1979.
Nowadays the film set has turned into a fun park for children. We didn't go in, just took some pictures from the other side of the bay.
Mellieha church (or Church of Our Lady of Victory) was built in late 19th century and is located in the middle of Mellieha along the main road on the edge of a steep hill. The location makes it a good landmark.
It's worth climbing up the hill as you'll see the whole Mellieha Bay from there. There's also a small cafe just beside the church where you can have a cup of coffee while enjoying the views.
We could see the church from our hotel balcony and it looked even more beautiful after dark when it was lit up. We could even see the church while swimming at the hotel's roof top pool. :)
A beautiful beach, crystal clear waters, loungers & parasols, a friendly bar (the only place in Malta that can make a frappe) & a good restaurant. This is paradise - civilised.
We love beaches & spend all our holidays seeking out new & better spots. This ranks highly, just has everything we love & has a great feel
Malta's best sandy beaches are in the northern part of the island. One of them is Mellieha Bay, which was my holiday destination in September 2007. During our stay the beach seemed to be very crowded every day, but if you got there early enough (before 10 am) there were lots of available sun beds to choose from. The day price for a sunbed with an umbrella was Lm 2,25 (~ 5,4 €).
The sea water is very clear and warm, I just loved swimming there!! It often gets quite windy in Mellieha Bay, but as it's so hot, a little bit of wind is a relief!
.....is actually more atmospheric then the larger sanctuary, I think. It lies on the opposite side of the road to Mellieha church, a natural cave tucked away in the hillside down a flight of stone steps, with a spring rising underneath the statue of Our Lady. Lit only by votive candles, its walls adorned with letters and baby clothes (even a pair of crutches) it gives a good impression of how important such scred sites remain to those who believe.
........lies underneath what is now the parish priest's house. Originally a natural cave (probably in use as a holy shrine during the 1400's), it has been extended over the centuries and, more recently, renovated and restored (the last Pope visited in 1990).
The large collection of votive offerings left over the years has been re-ordered and makes a fascinating display in the sacristy and corridors. The restoration uncovered a well and a charnel pit, both of which now lie under perspex covers.
The small chapel contains a fresco which according to tradition was painted by St Luke (who was shipwrecked on Malta with St Paul). It has been dated to the early 14th century.
Before entering to the sanctuary, on the left side, some stone stairs bring to Mellieha shelters.
Most of Malta's town have been seriously bombed during WW II and many churches suffered of critical damages (ex.: Mosta. Xewkija).
The shelters, in fact long tunnels, have been made in order to protect the locals during the long air raids.
Entrance fee: LM 1-.
Pope John Paul II visited Mellieha on the 26th of May, 1990.
Together with the Maltese gathered in the sanctuary, the Pope prayed in front of the image of Our Lady of Mellieha.
John Paul II offered to the sanctuary a rosary in gold and lit a silver lamp.
A commemorative plaque placed in front of the chapel’s altar is remembering the visit of the Pope.
From its location, up to the hill, the plateau in front of the parish church is offering a wonderful view of the picturesque bays and Mellieha's residential area.
Just spend a little time here and enjoy the view!
The parish church inside is a wonderful surprise.
The whitest white possible and only few decorations, also white, are highlighting the elegant altar and the painting in the altar.
By the time of my visit, it was celebrated the mass in the church and I have to admit that attending to a part of it was really touching.