Mellieħa and the Hamlet of Manikata (Malta)
With its marvellous Mediterranean weather, Mellieħa is a dream-destination for those in search of sun. The beaches that line the coast of Mellieħa are some of the world's finest. All the "fun under the sun" activities are available, along with top-notch restaurants, nightlife and accommodations.
For visitors looking for non-beach culture, Mellieħa is rich in archaeological sites. The magnificent church, Our Lady Mellieħa, is one of Malta's most-prized pieces. It was built shortly after the Knights re-established the island in the 1500s. Every year on August 30th, the feast of Our Ladies of Victories commemorates the repelling of the Ottoman Great Siege in 1565. The celebration lasts until September 8th and it is said that this victory helped save Europe's Christianity.
What makes the Locality of Mellieħa special?
The charm and mystique in the region are alluring. With a combined population of 8,200 residents, Mellieħa and Manikata offer visitors a relaxed "rural-island" experience. The picturesque landscapes on the coastal region are second to none, with many trails leading to spectacular vista points.
Inland, vast and fertile farmlands provide fresh produce to the region’s many restaurants. Local farmers, through programs like the Rural Heritage Trail, have recently banded together to preserve their authentic farming practices and the results are impressive.
Mellieħa is also home to many rare and protected species of wildlife. Its close proximity to the seashores attracts a great number of colourful birds.
The people of Mellieħa are constantly looking at ways to improve their land. Major projects to cleanup abandoned countryside farms and other places of neglect are top priorities on the agenda. One such area, Il-Bajjad, once was a deteriorating scrapyard. After incalculable hours of work, the terraced fields re-opened in 2008 with a vineyard, garden and fruit trees.
Countless other projects have also succeeded in refurbishing old farmhouses and turning them into modern bed and breakfasts. These unique practices are what make this locality a leader in today's world of redeveloped landscapes.
What to look for in:
- Spring: Trails filled with adventurous walkers
- Summer: Sun-drenched beaches with sparkling sand
- Fall: Fantastic dinners with seasonal vegetables
- Winter: Breath-taking sunsets from beachside villas
Highlights of Malta:
- Spend a week celebrating at the Our Ladies of Victories feast
- Have fresh strawberries for breakfast
- Wake up at a countryside B&B