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The northern villages all have lovely views and are not crowded like the villages in other areas of Malta . They are neither joined to the next village but have open land and rocky stretches between them.
There is a small chapel (Grotto tal- Madonna) on the Village Square - nearby is the Seaview Bar. It might not qualify as the best in Malta but the view is stupendous. The centre of Mellieha dates back to medieval times when pilgrims came to the chapel which is underground and is hewn out of the rocks. The area is dominated by the Sanctuary where the pilgrims lodged and the Church of Our Lady of Mellieha. Part of it is a cave. Dating to the 17th centuary, the walls are covered with votive offerings. The terrace round the church again command splendid views.
In the caves opposite along the road down to the Bay, there are caves which were inhabited until recent times.
Go for a walk to the Red Tower and again be stunned by the scenery. it is unobstructed with views of Gozo, Comino and Ghadira ( Mellieha Bay ) It is now part of the afforestation site of Foresta 2000. There used to be a series of seven Towers all round the shores of Malta . Guards used to scan the seas and signal to the next Tower who would in turn signal to the next and so on in case of sighting an enemy fleet. It was also manned during the two World Wars. Open from 10 to 1pm and till 4pm on Tuesday.
There are a number of hotels, apartments and tourist villages in the village of Mellieha , as well as many bars, restaurants and cafes. Buses also depart from the village centre. Although you can reach Valletta, Bugibba, Sliema etc easily by bus, bear in mind that Mellieha is not central and it will take some 50 min to reach Valletta and the buses in the evenings don`t work till late. Mellieha caters for tourists so you`ll find souvenier shops, car hire, tours etc. Not too touristy, yet lots of options to keep the visitor busy.
Down a rather steep road (you can take a bus) you will find the Bay with sandy beaches, including Ghadira the largest sandy beach in Malta . The shallow waters and the extensive sand make the beach suitable for families with children.There are sun beds etc to hire and also Water Sports available. There are hotels and restaurants down by the beach including some large hotels and a camping site. Even down by the beach there are lovely walks but obviously you don`t get the views you would get up in the village.On the inland side of the bay is a Nature Reserve. There is a tiny lake reserved for migrant birds and wildlife. It is open to the public during the morning and you`ll find observation posts.
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Go to www.visitmalta.com (the official Tourist Authority site) = click on Views and Downloads and you'll find video links including about Mellieha. Also have a look at www.supercities.eu www.heartofmalta.com they also have good video clips, and www.StarWebMalta.com.