Mellieha Travel Guide

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Mellieha Things to Do

  • Mellieha Shelters

    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...

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  • Mellieha Bay

    Mellieha Bay has the most popular beachin all of Malta. Our apartment was locatedin Mellieha Bay. Our apartment was called"Sandy Beach" ......

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  • Mellieha Bay

    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...

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  • The Mellieha Sanctuary

    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...

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  • Red Tower

    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! :)

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  • Anchor Bay

    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!

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  • Popeye Village

    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.

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  • A little cemetery behind the church

    We found this little cemetery by accident when we climbed up the hill to have a closer look at the Mellieha church. It's just behind the church and looks very calm and beautiful.

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  • Church of Our Lady of Victory

    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...

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  • Paradise Bay

    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

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  • Swimming in Mellieha Bay

    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...

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  • Ghadira Nature Reserve

    Don't know if one can visit but this looks like a real nice place especially seen from up next to the red tower in Mellieha the view from up there is breath taking !

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Mellieha Hotels

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Mellieha Restaurants

  • Good value lunch with huge portions!

    We ate lunch at Ta Randi restaurant on our first day in Mellieha in December 2013.It was conveniently located, just 100 metres or so from our hotel (Solana Hotel & Spa) on steep Triq Gorg Borg Olivier, the main street running through Mellieha. It was the ideal place to grab lunch and kill some time while waiting to check in to the hotel at...

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  • excellent bar/restaurant great value and...

    Lovely bar and restaurant on the Main St in Mellieha, bar far the least expensive and the best food we ate in our entire holiday. It looks like it had recently been renovated and has a nice ambience and a good mix of friendly clientele from locals, expats to tourists like ourselves. The staff are all attentive and friendly particularly Gina who...

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  • Great food

    A cozy little restaurant with an Italian air, Giuseppi's was recommended on the net, and (luckily!) my wife and I decided to give it a chance. Besides the set menu, the restaurant offers an assortment of chef's specials - a lot, actually! My hat's off to the waitress for remembering all of them! They all sounded delicious, so choosing one was...

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  • Nice terrace

    Punta Rena serves texmex dishes and is located along the road that leads to the beach. They have a terrace which offers nice view to the bay. Can't comment on the food, we only went there for a drink once.

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  • Bar in hotel

    A cosy bar in the hotel where except all other beverages you can try Kinnie as well. This is traditional Maltese soft, non-alcoholic, bitter-tasting drink, made from bitter oranges and aromatic herbs, and is caramel in colour.

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  • Amazing Food with a freindly warm...

    We recently had our wedding in Malta and after being let down by our hotel for a reception venue. We were desperately searching round for a nice restaurant to hold our reception. Luckily we found fruit de mer in mellieha bay.Run by Antionette and Charlie we couldn't of asked for better hospitality. Evan at such short notice Antionette and Charlie...

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  • Great pizzeria

    The Le Mar Grill House / Pizzeria / Pasticceria / Gelateria, is one of the most popular places in Mellieha Bay, ideal for family outings. Here you can savour mouth watering pizzas, grills, light snacks, home made desserts and ice cream. Sitting outside on the terrace you can also enjoy a nice seaview. We ate here twice during our week in Malta....

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  • Fresh Seafood

    Small restaurant specialized in Maltese seafood, pasta and other dishes also available. Located on Marfa Road, near the Luna hotel. The service was very friendly and quick. I had fish fillets, unfortunately can't remember the name of the fish... It was served in a white wine sauce with potatos and vegetables and tasted very good!

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  • A bit more upmarket...........

    Very pleasant restaurant halfway up Mellieha main street. Small, intimate, seemed to be busy most nights (a good sign: the customers included many Maltese). Variety of dishes, including a huge number of specials which were rattled off by our waitress (no written list, which was made choosing difficult). Fish and meat dishes, local and Italian...

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Mellieha Nightlife

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    by Bigs Written Aug 13, 2004

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    There was only a small festa when I have been in Mellieha, an agricultural one (pic). The biggest religious festa in this town is held on the 8th of september, Il-Vitorija. The festive activities start already at the 1st of september and they are going on for the whole week. Would like to be there in that time...must be a great experience.

    If you want to know more follow the link below, the festa is descibed very well on that page I think.

    Festa BiedjjaAnnabell is singing at the

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Mellieha Transportation

  • Airport Transportation

    .We were just there in Mellieha Bay for a total of 10 days, and taxi fare from the airport to Mellieha Bay will run approx. 25 - 30 euro each way .... BUT you can contact Williams Garage, and it will only cost you 18 euro one way for up to 4 people.http://www.williamsgarage.com/transfers.htmlEnjoy your stay in Malta, we had a great time ......Al...

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  • Take a bus

    The yellow buses run frequently to and from Mellieha and unless you have a car they're the best way to get around. Buses no. 44 and 45 go to Valletta, tickets cost 25c/person. These buses go via Mosta and it takes about 50-60 mins to reach Valletta, depending on the traffic. If you catch an older bus, the trip is not very convenient, but...

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  • Tours..........

    Billy's, on the main street, takes bookings for tours with Oasis (as well as providing taxis and car hire). They are reasonably-priced, and the three drivers we had were pleasant and knowledgeable.The minibuses they use are fine in cooler weather but I imagine they'd be pretty uncomfortable on a hot day. Still, they get you to various places and...

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Mellieha Local Customs

  • Feast of Our Lady of Victories

    As all Malta towns, Mellieha has its own celebration.The feast of Our Lady of Victories is celebrated on September 8, but the festival starts earlier, on August 30.The entire town is colorfully decorated and the hand made fireworks are the main attraction.

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  • The cave particularity

    Just entering the cave chapel your attention is definitely captured by the famous Madonna and Child icon. But while looking at the altar from the back of the chapel I had the impression that something was "wrong" with it.Going closer I have noticed that the icon, the main work of art, it was not placed on the axis of the chapel, but 40-45% to the...

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  • Ex-votos in the Sanctuary Cave

    Beside the old decorations, the entrance room to the sanctuary has the walls covered many ex-votos.These ex-votos, a real confirmation of the sanctuary's importance, stand on the walls as evidences of the blessings received by the pilgrims who came here to pray to the Madonna and Child icon.

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Mellieha Off The Beaten Path

  • Grotto of Our Lady

    When one leaves the sanctuary, one can also visit the artificial cave dug in the 17th century. This cave could be reached from the road that leads to Mellieha Bay. Fourteen steps lead to the site where a small chapel with a statue of the Virgin and a natural spring can be found. Here one is more aware of the serenity of the original sanctuary. The...

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  • Pilgrimage cross............

    You'll have to look for this, because it's rather hidden away at the top of the village. In fact, it was set in a rather unattractive piece of wasteland just beneath the remains of the fort.The cross was constructed, apparently, to give pilgrims hope on the last leg of their journey to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieha. I only found out about...

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  • More tombs

    These are equally hard to find (perhaps more so). They lie off the road which winds from Mellieha Bay to the main roundabout; not the main road through the village. It's called Triq Lewis Wettinger, so first you have to get yourself there.About halfway up (or down) on the left (or right) there is a small layby/pullover. Look carefully at the...

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Mellieha Favorites

  • Small cemetary

    There is a small cemetary near the church. It was a bit different of we were used to see in the cemetaries, but interesting as well.

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  • Children playground and panorama

    Just behind the church there is a small square with children playground, small caffe and some benches for to enjoy wonderful panoramic views. It is a nice place to spend some time for resting or looking at the views around.

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  • Mellieha Church

    Mellieha church is a great landscape spot, located on the hill, so is seen from many places. At the time we were there it was closed, so we couldn't get in. But we enjoyed the exterior architecture.

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L'amigo: Maltese Rabbit stew
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The parish church facade
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The parish church
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Mellieha Cave Chapel
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Mellieha Sanctuary Cave
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Crowning the Madonna of the Sanctuary
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Madonna and Child painting
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The square in the sanctuary
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The gate to the sanctuary
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Mellieha Bay
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Armier Bay
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Red Tower
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Our Lady of the Grotto
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The Parish Church
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Mellieha Bay – the beach
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Paradise Bay
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Santa Marija
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Triq Borg G. Olivier
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