If you’re looking for a beautiful, picturesque spot for your holiday, the village of Mellieha is the perfect place for you. This quiet yet cultured area of Malta overlooks the sandy beach of Mellieha Bay, making for beautiful views throughout your holiday.
With fabulous accommodation options, village festivals to attend, and ferries to Gozo and Comino (these are easily accessible from a nearby village), you can experience the true culture of Malta and explore many of its tourist attractions.
The Best Places to Visit in Mellieha
The village is abundant with characteristic, historical attractions. Here are some favourites:
· The Parish Church
This beautiful building from the nineteenth century was built with traditional Maltese stone, and holds five magnificent bells. This church is also famous for its selection of stunning paintings by the Maltese artist Giuseppe Cali.
The building is dedicated to The Birth of Our Lady; one of several religious events celebrated with a feast in Malta. You can also visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady which is situated just 2 minutes from the church and built in the sixteenth century.
· The Hidden Grotto Shrine
Often unnoticed by passing tourists, this hidden shrine is home to long-forgotten prayers and letters from pilgrims on its walls. It is wonderfully tranquil, and a perfect place to discover and appreciate the history of Malta.
· St Agatha’s Tower
This grand watch tower was built in 1649 and is known as ‘The Red Tower’ due to its colour. This also makes the building visible across Mellieha, so easy to find!
Dedicated to St Agatha, the tower was originally made to be a signaling post on the coastline and could house up to 30 soldiers. Visitors can climb to the top of the tower, admire its glorious views, and learn of its vast and expansive history.
· WWII Air Raid Shelter
This attraction is open to the public daily and is the largest shelter out of the 46 that were dug during WWII. Explore the tunnels and see them come to life with sound effects, mannequins and waxworks. The shelter is a true historical marvel that is well worth the visit.
How to Get To Mellieha
The quickest and easiest route begins once you have flown into Malta airport. Direct flights are often available and last just three hours. The next step for tourists is to pre-book a vehicle from a company offering transfers from Malta airport, which take only 30 minutes.
Transfers from Malta airport are certainly the simplest, most stress-free way to travel to Mellieha and start your wonderful sight-seeing holiday.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for affordable transfers from Malta airport Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.