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 Qormi

Ħal Qormi

395, Triq il-Vitorja, Ħal Qormi, QRM 2507, Malta Ħal Qormi is the second largest town on the Islands. It is has both residential and light industrial areas, but the town's core is still characterised by alleys and narrow streets.
Tel:+356 21440101, +356 21440606
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Ħal Safi

Ħal Safi

40, Dar il-Kunsill, Triq l-Iskola, Ħal Safi, SFI 1404, Malta Ħal Safi is a small, ancient parish nestling among larger village neighbours in the vicinity of the airport.
Tel:+356 21689168, +356 21689796
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Ħal Tarxien

Ħal Tarxien

73 Triq Santa Marija, Ħal Tarxien, TXN 1704, Malta The town is known mostly for its prehistoric temple complex dating back to the copper age, which gives rise to the distinct Tarxien Phase of megalithic building on the Islands.
Tel:+356 21666688, +356 21666777
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Ħamrun

Ħamrun

Triq id-Duka ta’ Edinburgh, Ħamrun, ĦMR 2063, Malta Ħamrun is a bustling, urban area that developed from fragmented villages. It is a popular shopping town with a lively atmosphere.
Tel:+356 21222020, +356 21221522
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Ħ'Attard

Ħ'Attard

No. 6, Triq il-Kbira, Ħ'Attard, ATD 1021, Malta Ħ'Attard is one of the so-called Three Villages, along with neighbouring Ħal Lija and Ħal Balzan.
Tel:+356 21411111, +356 21411414
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Ħaż-Żabbar

Ħaż-Żabbar

Ċentru Ċiviku, Triq iċ-Ċawsli, Ħaż-Żabbar, ZBR 1322, Malta Ħaż-Żabbar lies just inland from the Three Cities and shares a common history.
Tel:+356 21664466, +356 21675567
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