How to Have The Best Time in Malta: Visit Mellieha

Sitting 150m above sea level, Mellieha provides breath-taking panoramic views abound. Scenic lookouts span the village offering Ghadira Bay and the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea.

Located at the northern most tip of Malta, Mellieha is one of the most beautiful places in Malta. The picturesque village is a popular seaside resort with plenty of to see and do.

Lined with bars, restaurants serving mouthwatering dishes and top places to stay, Mellieha is an awesome host.  A much loved gem by locals and travellers alike, visitors can expect a magical time. 

Mellieha is also a great base for getting to sister islands Comino and Gozo… (which of course you must see!)

Okay, so I’m going to get this in early…

if you’re solely looking for a buzzing party, then Mellieha nightlife isn’t the one. You’ll have to visit neighbouring villages or more touristy towns for that.

Now we have got that way…

For the best things to do in Malta, make sure you include a visit to Mellieha and follow all the tips to guarantee a great time. 

So lets dive right in.

Here are Top 10 Things to See and Do in Mellieha.

1. Popular Spot for the Kids (or free-spirited big ones) Popeye Village

Girlinmalta smiling at Popeye Village, Malta

First up has to be the vibrant and colourful Popeye Village, which is one of the best things to see and do in Malta. 

Also known as SweetHaven Village this attraction is popular with travellers and is arguably one of the most instagrammable places on the island.

You might recognise Popeye Village but do you know the back story?

In 1979 Anchor Bay (the name of the bay, Popeye Village is located) was transformed into a filmset.

The ramshackle village we see there today, is the original filmset for the movie Popeye (starring the late Robin Williams).

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The film wasn’t much of a hit, in fact it tanked. But, the set remains and is now a major tourist attraction in Malta.

Good ole’ SweetHaven Village now features a theme park and is one of the most popular things to do in Mellieha with kids and free-spirited big kids! 

Admission into the theme park itself costs: 15.00 EUR for adults, 12.00 EUR for children (3-12 years).

Includes a boat ride into the hypnotic waters of Anchor Bay, animated shows and so much more. Tickets can be bought direct or also online here. 

With the dazzling turquoise waters and awe-inspiring cliffs of Anchor Bay. Popeye Village is a dreamy place and a visit here is a must.

Getting there:(Buses: 101)

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2.The Red Tower

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Next up on my list of things to see and do in Mellieha is a visit to The (big) Red Tower or more accurately, St Agatha’s Tower.

During 2020 St Agatha’s Tower underwent major restoration and is now redder then ever!

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St Agatha’s Tower was built in 1649 by Grandmaster Lascaris.

Perched in the mesmerising Mediterranean waters. In the centre of East and West, Malta was prone to attacks

During the time the Knights of St John reigned; the tower served as a great defensive position as they fought off invasions.

Later, the tower was used by the military, during both the 1st and 2nd war.

From the roof you won’t see nefarious characters. Instead you’ll see why Red Tower made the perfect lookout. The view overlooks both Comino and Gozo and provides picture perfect views of Ghadira Bay and the nature reserve.

Tip: This is a great spot in Mellieha for watching the sunset. 

Getting there:(Buses: 41, 42, 49, 221, 222)

3. Chill on Malta’s Largest Sandy Beach

Ghadira Bay, Mellieha, Malta

Also known as Mellieha Bay and Mellieha Beach, Ghadira Bay is 800m long and is Malta’s largest sandy beach.

No matter the shade of blue (or green) Ghadira Bay is a stunningly beautiful beach with favourable swimming conditions.

Because of its calm and shallow waters, Ghadira Bay is another popular place in Mellieha for the kids.

Mind you, there’s something for everyone at Ghadira Bay. The long golden stretch offers visitors range of: water sports from kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving to sailing.

Or if you’re anything like me…

chilling and simply being a beach bum!

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Ghadira Bay is popular amongst among tourists and locals alike.

So can get extremely busy during peak times (June to September) and in particular Sundays – a day the Maltese typically spend with their famillies.

Ghadira is large enough to accommodate lots of people.

Still, it’s best to get there early and get your spot!

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Ghadira Bay has blue flag status – beach speak for a great beach (quality of waters, services and safety have been given the thumbs up)

Getting there:(Buses: 41, 42, 49, 101, 250, 221, 222, X1)

4. Mellieha Parish Church

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4th  is Mellieha Parish Church, a beautiful church built between 1881 and 1898 by poor locals who cut and transported all the stone themselves from a nearby quarry.

Sharing a dream to have their own church, they worked tirelessly and didn’t stop until they eventually did.

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All churches in Malta are protagonists in their own right; the heartbeat of the community and felt in every knelling bell echoing through the chords of its villages… and Mellieha Parish Church is no different.

The church is the focal point and is mesmerising no matter where in Mellieha it can be seen. Seeing it from the outside will amaze you, but do head inside… you won’t have seen nothing yet.

Getting there:(Buses: 41, 42, 49, 221, 222, 250, X1)

5. Mellieha’s Cafe With a View

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Cafe With a View does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a cafe and it has a view. But for me, the name doesn’t quite seem to match the breath-taking panoramic views of Mellieha, Gozo and Comino.

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Aside from offering a large variety of food here, Cafe with a View has an impressive variety of gins and cocktails and takes it place as a very worthy fifth spot. This is a great place to chill with a cocktail, watch the sunset or have a light bite whilst taking in the very best of Malta.

Getting there:(Buses: 41, 42, 49, 221, 222, 250, X1)

6. Discover Mellieha’s Natural Wonder

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Not to be confused with the Blue Lagoon on Maltas’ smaller sister Island, Comino the Coral Lagoon is another one of Malta’s natural wonders. What’s more it can be found right here in Mellieha and is an absolute must-see. If you’re all about the ‘Gram.. this charming almost hidden gem is up there with the best of them.

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You can find this natural sea cave near Armier Bay and this spot is a photographers dream.

The waters inside the Crystal Lagoon are a sparkling green, rich with marine life.

Getting to Coral Lagoon is off the beaten track, but that adds to the magic and makes what you’re about to see even more special.

Tip: You can also get there by hiring a kayak from Armier beach. Not only can you get to Coral Lagoon taking the scenic route… you can also enter the cave. Costs €20 for 2hrs.

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Getting there:(Buses: 41, 42, 49, 221, 222)

7. Selmun Palace

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An old abandoned 18th Century building in the midst of a beautiful countryside is the reason Selmum Palace is in 7th place of things to see and do in Mellieha.

Oh, and did I mention the ga-zill-ion cats, which have now taken up residence here? (Another plus if you’re a cat lover). Back in the day, Selmum Palace was the old stomping ground for the Knights of Malta

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The Knights met up and stayed here during the summer months. Despite nothing being around here except one or two passers by (and the cats) it has all the feels of an era long gone by.

There’s also an old abandoned hotel just behind and standing here allows your imagination to run and run

There has been talk of Selmum Palace being haunted but it’s just a story…

Saying that… who feed the cats? 

Kidding! 

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Getting there:(Buses: 41, 42, 49, 221, 222, 250, X1)

8. Hiking in Mellieha’s Beautiful Countryside: Selmun

Selmun, overlooking Mistra Bay, Malta
Selmun, overlooking Mistra Bay

Hiking is not the first thought many people when they think of Mellieha, but it’s one of the best ways to see the beautiful scenery and breath-taking views.

Selmun is a hamlet in Mellieha and has some of the best hiking trails in Malta. Offering camping, trekking and secluded beaches, Selmun is another gorgeous gem in Malta.

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Steeped in history,  Selmun offers views of the Islands of St Pauls, The White Tower, gorgeous cliffs and more.

Peaceful and rural, you’ll remain undisturbed and free to explore. Other than the odd farmer, you may not encounter another soul while you are here.

Campers in Selmun, Mellieha

Don’t worry though, you won’t get lost…Selmun Palace is your landmark and the bastions can be seen for miles. 
Getting there: (Buses: 41, 42, 49, 221, 222, 250, X1)

 

9. Paradise Bay Lives Up to Its Name

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No.9 on my list is the aptly named Paradise Bay.

I don’t know about you; but, I am always a little cynical when a place has a name such as “beautiful” or “paradise” ⁣

That said, wouldn’t you agree that Paradise Bay lives up to its name?


Personally, this is my favourite Mellieha Beach. Moreso for the vibe, the secluded cove offers and the amazing scenery around. ⁣

Paradise Bay, Mellieha, Malta

Paradise Bay is located at the bottom of a cliff and 100 steps stand between you and the spectacular crystal clear waters below.

So, definitely a case of stairway to heaven (or paradise).

Although it feels like nothing when you have the promise of a gorgeous hidden gem waiting for you… climbing back up may be another story.

If you have mobility issues, this might not be the best beach for you.

But not to worry, if that’s the case… you’re spoilt for choice with beaches in Mellieha.

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Getting there:(Buses: 41, 42, 49, 101, 221, 222, X1)

10.Lesser-Known Mellieha Beach: Imgiebah Bay

If you’re looking for a Mellieha Beach that is dog friendly and lesser known than neighbouring beaches…

you need to visit Imgiebah Bay.

Secluded and nestled between rugged cliffs and beautiful nature.

Avoid the clamour of tourists and find yourself a quiet spot here instead.

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Getting there is an adventure in itself; passing through winding roads, old trees and abandoned buildings.

Imgiebah Bay is a hidden gem worthy of a visit.

Imgiebah Bay, Malta
 
 

Getting there: (Buses: 41, 42, 49, 221, 222, 250, X1)

 
 
 

How to Get to Mellieha & Getting Around Town

Views of Mellieha from Maritime Antonine Hotel

Mellieha is easy to reach using public transport and well connected with many bus routes from all over the island getting you there. 

What’s more, once you’re in Mellieha, all of the sights are within walking distance ora quick bus ride away. 

From Malta International Airport (Bus Stop Airport 2):

Take the X1 bus, though it is a 60-90 minute ride, it is direct. 

From Mosta (Bus Stop Rotunda 3)

Take bus 41 or 42 both are direct bus routes and will take between 30-35 mins.

From Bubbiba/St Pauls:

Take any of these buses 41, 42, 49, 250221,222, 225 250, X1* (all are direct ) 20-30 mins.

From Sliema/St Julians (Bus Stop Ferries 5)

Take either 222/X1* another direct route which will take between 45-70 mins.

X1 is a an express airport bus and therefore doesn’t stop at all stops.

Tip: Download the Tallinja app to view bus timetables in real-time
Use these links to download: 

Click here for iPhone.

Click here  for Android.

Where to Stay in Mellieha

Mellieha, Malta

Take the opportunity to stay in the picture-postcard village of Mellieha. Whether you’re looking for something more flash or something a bit more budget-friendly, there is amazing accommodation for every kind of traveller in Mellieha.

Paradise Bay Resort

Amazing location, at the waters, edge. Offering spectacular panoramic sea views.

  • 276 sea views rooms
  • 3 swimming pools 2 x outdoor 1 x indoor
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • 3 x Restaurants
  • Bar
  • Private beach area

Mellieha Holiday Centre

  • 151 self-contained private bungalows
  • 3 swimming pools 2 x outdoor 1 x indoor
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Fitness centre
  • Restaurant
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Beachfront
  • Free parking
  • Bar

Solana Hotel

  • 183 rooms
  • 2 swimming pools 1x roof 1 xindoor
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Fitness centre
  • Airport shuttle
  • Restaurant
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Private parking
  • Bar

Stay in a Townhouse During your Stay in Mellieha

Mellieha, Malta

Staying in a traditional townhouse is the best way to immerse yourself in the local culture whilst you’re in Mellieha.

Not to mention a chance to get up close and personal with Maltese unique architectural features. The honey-coloured exterior often masks the magic that awaits you inside.

Quirky door knockers; high airy ceilings, intricate details, patterned tiles, and spiral staircases. These houses also include a courtyard; some even have pools. With a population of only 10,000, Mellieha is a quiet and tranquil place. But a stay in a traditional townhouse promises you something unique and you’ll find stays on Airbnb.

And ta-dah there you have it the Top 10 things to see and do in picture perfect Mellieha! Make sure you follow these tips to guarantee the best time!

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