Mellieaha is either a large village or possibly a small town with 7000 inhabitants. It is built on a ridge overlooking Mellieha Bay. Mellieha is about 20 miles from Valletta. Mellieha consists of a network of narrow lanes, running off a steep main street. Mellieha hs superb views of both Gozo and Comino. Most of the hotels in mellieha tend to be along Mellieha Bay.
Beaches around Mellieha
Approximately 1¼ miles from Mellieha is Mellieha Bay. With its long stretch of golden sand, Mellieha Bay is probably the finest beach in Malta. Across the road from the beach is the Ghadira Nature Reserve. It is a brackish, marshy area, home to many small mammals and reptiles. It also acts as a major staging post for migratory birds
There are a number of other good beaches round Mellieha. Approximately 3 miles away is Malta's second largest beach, Golden Bay. As it name suggests this another sandy beach. This can be busy in the summer because of the language students from the Radisson Hotel.
Eating in Melieha
There are plenty of the usual tourist restaurants in Mellieha
Activities in Mellieha
The major reason people come to Mellieha is because of the beaches. However there are other things to do as well.
There are several dive centres in Mellieha, although the best dive sites tend to be a short distance away from Mellieha itself.
Ghadira Nature Reserve provides a good site for watching migrating birds in the spring and the autumn.
The Red (or St Agatha's) Tower is worth visiting. It resembles the keep of a medieval castle but was built in 1649 by the Knights of St John. It has a chapel dedicated to St Agatha,hence its second name. The roof of the tower provides spectacular views over the rest of Malta and in particular Gozo and Comino. The view is reputed to be one of the best in Malta.
The Tunnara museum: this is based in a battery built by the Knights of St John in 1716. It illustrates the history of the battery through the ages and has a unique collection of artifacts used in the mattanza, a form of mass netting of blue fin tuna, still used in Sicilly.
Mellieha's main church is 19th century Baroque. Beneath it is the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin, one of Malta's national shrines. There is a fresco of the Virgin and Child, which was reputed to have been painted by St Luke (who was ship wrecked with St Paul). Unfortunately, the painting has now been dated as 13th Century. However the legend has helped make the church into a major place of pilgimage.
Mellieha is very handy for the ferry from Cirkewwa to Gozo.
Finally Mellieha is very close to the Popeye Village in Anchor Bay. This was built for the film of the same name in 1980
Getting to and from Mellieha
Mellieha has good public transport links, but because of its postions it is probably not the best location for those wanting to see the southern sites of Malta. Mellieha is very handy for the ferry to Gozo or Comino though, and an excellent choice for those who would like to imbibe Malta village culture.