Mellieħa – Mellieha

Mellieħa took its name from the ancient Punic and Roman salt-terms, as Mellieha means salt in Arabic. Mellieha is one of Malta’s most attractive tourist and summer resorts with beautiful sandy beaches and blue sea. Mellieha has Malta’s largest sandy beach, Għadira, which is perfect for families with small children, as the water remains shallow for a considerable distance from the shore. Mellieħa also has a lot of splendid seaside hotels, good restaurants and many traditional souvenir shops. During the summer months the population increases significantly due to many Maltese having summer residences in Mellieha, but the all year around inhabitants are around 7250 people in an area of 22.6 km2.

According to archaeological discoveries, the town has been inhabited from Neolithic times to the Byzantine era, but the area was deserted after the Arab conquest. It was only during the time of the Knights, that Mellieha was once again inhabited. Mellieha was really developed under the British colonization who gave leases to encourage people to settle.
Today Mellieha is still popular with foreign house buyers. The people of Mellieha are famous for their friendliness and hospitality and most people who visit Mellieha feel welcomed and at home.

Mellieha’s main Village Feast “Il-Vitorja” is held in the beginning of September and it reaches its peak on 8th September. During this popular feast, the village is full of activities such as musical concerts, fireworks, folk singing, food stands, and exhibitions and of course many religious processions in honour of Our Lady of Victories. The Mellieha village feast is a great experience to both tourists and locals.

For tourists choosing to spend their holiday in Mellieha it is worth renting a car, as it is about 20/30 minutes from St Julian’s.


126, Triq il-Mitħna l-Ġdida, Mellieħa, MLĦ 1107
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