Home to Malta’s largest sandy beach, Mellieha Bay is a popular destination for sun-loving beach fans. Close to the neighbouring islands of Gozo and Comino, a holiday to Mellieha Bay offers you three holidays in one. Perfect for divers, the crystal-clear waters around all three islands allow the chance to explore wrecks and reefs. On land Mellieha’s old town is a laid back mix of shopping and cultural highlights. Away from the old town’s narrow lanes the beach is the star attraction. Temperatures soar up to the thirties in summer and stay mild through the winter months. If you’re more of a night owl, Mellieha’s impressive range of restaurants and bars keep the streets buzzing with a chilled out vibe late into the night.
The party spills out onto Mellieha’s streets in festival season. If you’re travelling in September, you might well find yourself swept up in a whirlwind of processions and concerts. The skies light up with fireworks and streets buzz with the sights and sounds of the parties.
Mild winters and sun-kissed summers make a Mellieha holiday ideal for topping up a tan or exploring the island’s culture. Whether you hit the beach or do something altogether more active we think you’ll love Mellieha as much as we do.
Take a trip inland to this historic walled city and discover the delights inside. Cobbled streets are lined with well-preserved buildings - from palaces and churches to the historical homes of Malta’s noblemen. The city’s gardens are a highlight, with the shady trees offering an escape from the midday sun. With museums serving up plenty of Malta’s culture, Mdina’s cafes and restaurants complete the package.
Every destination has its playground for the rich and famous. For Malta, that hotspot is Sliema. Designer shops, chic restaurants and classy cocktail bars all combine to make Sliema a sophisticated city in the sun. Mingle with Malta’s well-heeled residents and shop for high end souvenirs. If you’re in the market for some people watching, the al-fresco dining needn’t always break the bank. Sliema’s beach is a rocky affair, but game residents still sunbathe among the craggy boulders. Hit the lidos for a cooling dip without diving from the rocks.
This history World Heritage Site also doubles as Malta’s capital. No sandy beaches to laze on here, but plenty of historic palaces, intriguing architecture and exhibit-filled museums to mooch around. Renowned for its shopping as well, Valletta manages to squeeze a lot in to its one square kilometre of Malta’s real estate. Check out the harbours for fabulous yachts and boat trip excursions or pick a spot on the rocks to catch some rays.
Exploring Mellieha Bay…
This film set, built in the 80s, has evolved into a major tourist attraction. Open all year round, the calendar is full of entertaining events for the whole family. Whenever you visit, you and your children will be able to meet Popeye, and his many friends, who will entertain you during your time in the village. Make your debut appearance on the big screen by joining in with the filming or browse the vast collection of Popeye comics on display in the onsite museum. Spinach eating optional.
Hit the beach
Mellieha is home to Malta’s largest beach. With fine sand and clean, shallow sea, it’s perfect for families and couples looking for a long, lazy day at the beach. The usual sun beds and umbrellas are for hire, along with cafes and restaurants just a short walk away. For a more active day on the coast try out some of the watersports on offer.
Mellieha Air Raid Shelter
Take a break from the soaring temperatures by heading underground. This network of tunnels are hugely impressive when you learn they were dug by hand. Made to protect residents during WWII, they are some of the largest on the island and reach a depth of 12m. Well-placed mannequins add a spooky touch of realism and help you visualise what life must have been like sheltering from the bombs.
The northern coast of Malta is just a short journey away from the neighbouring islands of Gozo and Comino. Hop aboard the ferry and explore the islands. Comino is virtually uninhabited. With just one hotel on the island, there are no cars. You’ll want to head to the Blue Lagoon for its shimmering shallows of crystal clear water. Instagrammers never had it so good. Gozo’s rugged landscape offers hikers plenty to explore on shore. Divers will want to head for the first-class dive spots and wrecks hidden beneath Gozo’s waters.
Maltese cuisine is infused with flavours from countries far from its shores. As nations have occupied the island, they’ve left their mark on the menus as well. With English, Italian and Arabic highlights influencing dishes, your tastebuds are guaranteed a gastronomic tour. Try the Lampuki pie for a treat fusion cooking. This fish pie combines English pastry, baked Mahi-Mahi fish, Arabic herbs and Italian vegetables.
Mellieha Bay restaurants
For a meal to remember and a fantastic setting, head to Il-Mithna. Set within a 17th windmill, the restaurant serves up a top-notch Mediterranean and Maltese menu. The freshest catch from the day is served up alongside a menu of fantastic mainstays. Not cheap, but the food is well worth it. For a more budget friendly option, there’s an early bird set menu.
Mellieha holidays are made with sunworshipping holidaymakers in mind. With day trips to Valletta and the nearby islands as well as world-class dining, historic relics, annual festivals, and of course Malta’s largest beach, this is a sun-blessed and beautiful place to visit all year.
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