Towns, Villages and Hamlets

Worlds apart from the main resorts and the capital Valletta, are the Islands' villages. They are the epitomé of Mediterranean life. The soul of the Islands' past. Yet, with their lively festas and unique everyday life, they are very much part of the Islands' culture today.

Even the smallest village has its own baroque wonder, the parish church. And to locals, each village has its unique character. After visiting a few, you'll soon pick up on the differences.

Some are known for their festas and traditions, others are national gems as they house archaeological or architectural treasures. Then there are the seaside villages, where the rhythm of life is dictated by fishing. While life in inland villages is determined by the harvesting of the various fruits and vegetables grown nearby.

The oddity about the islands' villages is their size. A village is not defined by the number of residents or streets. The description really dates back to a time when village boundaries were defined by parishes. Some of the larger ones, like Ħaż-Żebbuġ in central Malta are still referred to as villages.

Malta also has its ‘Three Villages', rather like its Three Cities of Vittoriosa (Il-Birgu), Cospicua (Bormla) and Senglea (L-Isla). The Three Villages are Ħ'Attard, Ħal Balzan and Ħal Lija in central Malta. During the Golden Age of Malta, after the Great Siege, many noble families built houses here, and identified the villages with a semi-urban sophistication.

While the size of Malta's villages may vary, those in Gozo are usually small and life here is mostly centred on the activities of the parish and community.


Għajnsielem

Għajnsielem

“Bernardina”, 11, Pjazza tad-Dehra, Għajnsielem, GSM1200, Gozo Għajnsielem is a village situated in the South East of Gozo.
Tel:+356 21561515, +356 21560909
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Għarb

Għarb

Triq il-Viżitazzjoni, Għarb, GRB 1044, Gozo Għarb means West and this typical old Gozitan village unsurprisingly lies in the West of the Island. It started life as a small hamlet centuries ago.
Tel:+356 21560556, +356 21562727
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Għasri

Għasri

6, Triq Dun Karm Caruana, Għasri, GSR 1021, Gozo Għasri is Gozo's smallest parish and village, and one of the most traditional.
Tel:+356 21558686, +356 21515865
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Gudja

Gudja

88 Triq Ray Caruana, Gudja, GDJ 1010, Malta Gudja can claim to be the `mother parish' of nearly all the surrounding southern villages and hamlets.
Tel:+356 21672020, +356 21664646
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Gżira

Gżira

283/1 Rue d’Argens, Gżira, GŻR 1364, Malta Gżira is an urban locality between Sliema and Msida on the western side of Marsamxett Harbour.
Tel:+356 21341034, +356 21341616
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Ħad-Dingli

Ħad-Dingli

Centru tal-Komunità, Daħhla tas-Sienja, Ħad-Dingli, DGL 1880, Malta The village of Ħad-Dingli lies on a plateau some 250 metres above sea level just in land from the spectacular Dingli Cliffs.
Tel:+356 21456060, +356 21454555
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