Mellieha Village: Home to the most popular beach in Malta, Ghadira Bay!

mellieha village church malta

Mellieha village is located in the northwestern part of Malta.

In the summer months, it’s a popular location with visitors since the area boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Malta.

The village was largely developed under the British Rule.

However, many ruins and tombs indicate that the village has been inhabited since the New Stone Age period.

For a while, the village was deserted though. It is believed that this was due to the constant attacks from the corsairs.

It was the Knights of Malta who properly established the village when they built fortifications and a church.

The church here is one of the most venerated places on the Maltese islands. Just across the road, there’s the famous Grotto of the Madonna. Set deep in a cave, this grotto is believed to have healing powers. You can in fact see many votive offerings there given in thanks for successful cures.

Recently voted as a European Destination of Excellence, the village still retains that authentic charm and is perhaps the most successful from all resorts in Malta to still maintain a somewhat traditional “feel”, even though it’s essentially turned into a resort in the summer months.


mellieha village coast

Mellieha boasts a breathtaking coastline


Gorg Borg Olivier Street is a narrow sloping road which defines the centre. In it, you can find countless shops and restaurants.

Festival celebrations in Malta are huge! And Mellieha is no different.

The festival to commemorate the feast of Our Lady of Victories goes on for a week and culminates on the 8th of September.

Il-Vitorja, which is one of the most popular public holidays in Malta, is celebrated all across the Maltese Islands and this day mainly commemorates the Maltese people’s victory over the Ottoman empire in the Great Siege of Malta.

mellieha village ahrax

Gorgeous scenery awaits you in the area locally known as "L-Ahrax" limits of Mellieha, including this beautiful crater/cave ... a haven for scuba divers!


The main attraction of the village is the beautiful Ghadira Bay.

Just across Ghadira Bay, is the Ghadira Nature Reserve. At this reserve you can watch resident birds as well as water birds which come here to rest and refuel during migration times.

If you’re interest in visiting this reserve, go to our BirdLife Malta page for more information on opening times, etc.

If you continue walking up the hill, beyond the bay you'll be rewarded with lovely country walks where you can take in the lovely country and coastline scenery.

The popular Red Tower (or St. Agatha's tower) is clearly visible from the bay.


Where to stay

If you decide to stay in this village while on your Malta holidays, you have various types of accommodation to choose from.

In the bay area, you'll find a multitude of affordable self catering apartments, as well as reasonably priced hotels.

If you're looking for hotels in the area, you can find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say about hotels in Mellieha here.

Alternatively, you can also check our main accommodation page here to get more information on all the accommodation options there are available in this village, ranging from self catering apartments to luxurious villas.


Getting there

Mellieha is popular with both locals and visitors alike and therefore there are many bus routes that serve this location. For information on bus schedules and routes that go to this village, visit www.arriva.com.mt.


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