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.


Ħal Balzan

Ħal Balzan

153, Triq il-Kbira, Ħal Balzan, BZN 1251, Malta Ħal Balzan is one of the so-called Three Villages, along with neighbouring Ħal Lija and Ħ'Attard, that lie at the heart of Malta.
Tel:+356 21442323, +356 21442525
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Ħal Għargħur

Ħal Għargħur

Triq San Nikola, Ħal Għargħur, GĦR 1162, Malta Ħal Għargħur is perched on a steep peninsula on the Great Fault which run across Malta east-west.
Tel:+356 21414111, +356 21412626
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Ħal Għaxaq

Ħal Għaxaq

Vjal il-Labour, Ħal Għaxaq, GĦQ 1831, Malta Ħal Għaxaq lies among the villages of the south-eastern corner of Malta near the airport.
Tel:+356 21664888, +356 21665454
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Ħal Kirkop

Ħal Kirkop

Triq il-Barrieri, Ħal Kirkop, KKP 1751, Malta Ħal Kirkop is a quaint village typical of the ancient settlements of the South. Despite its proximity to the airport, it still retains a rural charm.
Tel:+356 21680099, +356 21683777
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Ħal Lija

Ħal Lija

Triq Robert Mifsud Bonnici, Ħal Lija, LJA 1403, Malta Ħal Lija is one of the so-called Three Villages along neighbouring Ħ'Attard and Ħal Balzan.
Tel:+356 21416111, +356 21416941
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Ħal Luqa

Ħal Luqa

49, Triq San Pawl, Ħal Luqa, LQA 1724, Malta The village is in one sense the gateway to the Maltese Islands.
Tel:+356 21665533, +356 21665656
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