Discover the charming village of Mgarr
Mgarr is one of the most isolated villages that you’ll find in Malta. It is roughly some five kilometres away from Mosta.
This village borders with Mellieha, Mosta, Rabat and also St. Paul's Bay.
The attractiveness of this village lies in the fact that it is rural and surrounded with beautiful countryside. The population of this small village is around 3,000.
Most of the locals are farmers or work in the agricultural industry.
The locality offers some great country walks, where you’ll see many examples of a typical girna (corbelled hut). You will also see long stretches of rubble walls, all adding to the picturesque aspect of the village.
Not high on the list of your typical tourist, Mgarr is often “stumbled” upon when one is heading to nearby Gnejna Bay, Fomm ir-Rih Bay or other picturesque locations.
The parish church
The dome of Mgarr’s parish church has a unique shape. The church is often referred to as the “Egg Church” for two reasons. The first one is evident as soon as you see the church - its dome resembles the shape of an egg.
However, the other reason for its strange name is much more interesting.
The church was built in 1912 and … are you ready for this? It was mainly built with the money raised from the sales of locally produced eggs! It is believed that the locals sold thousands upon thousands of eggs before they had enough money to build the church.
The patron saint of this village is St. Mary and its festa (a religious festival) is held on the first Sunday after the 15th of August.
Ta’ Hagrat Prehistoric Site
The site is in a field near the centre of the village. The temple dates from around 3600 to 3300 BC. Although of great prehistoric significance, what remains of the temple are a mere few tumbled stones.
Ta’ Hagrat is open only on Tuesdays from 9.00am till 11.00am.
This prehistoric site lies outside the village in Zebbiegh. Pottery pieces and figurines which were found in this site are today on display at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.
The site is only open on Tuesdays, from 11.30am to 1.00pm.
World War II Air Raid Shelter
This air raid shelter is of particular interest to WWII enthusiasts. The shelter was regularly used by the locals during WWII.
Some rooms of the shelter used to serve as classrooms and even hospitals during the war.
A mouth-watering Fenkata!
If you’ve always wanted to indulge in a fenkata, this is one of the best places to do so! Because here you‘ll find restaurants that specialize in fenkatas.
Fenkata is essentially whole fresh rabbit served in a casserole, accompanied with potatoes. The rabbit is usually fried in garlic and wine.
The fenkata is often used a celebratory meal by the locals, so you’ll often see large groups of family and friends enjoying one.
Festa Frawli (Strawberry Festival)
Yes you read right, a strawberry festival!
This highly popular yearly event draws thousands of locals and visitors each year.
During this festival, you’ll get the chance to taste some of the yummiest strawberries that you’ll find on the island!
If you love strawberries, then this festival is a must. Here, you’ll get to savor all kinds of luscious desserts and drinks - all made with strawberries.
In addition, visitors to this festival also enjoy a host of other activities related to Maltese folklore and traditions.
In 2011, it is said that over 12 tonnes of strawberries were sold during this fantastic event!
This festival is usually organized in April. So if you’re thinking of visiting Malta around that time, check out our Whats On section for the actual dates of the festival.
Heading to Mgarr by bus? Get all the details on bus route numbers and schedules by visiting www.arriva.com.mt.
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