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.


Ħaż-Żebbuġ

Ħaż-Żebbuġ

Triq l-Isqof Caruana, Ħaż-Żebbuġ, ŻBĠ 1905, Malta Ħaż-Żebbuġ has a village-like atmosphere although it has been a large residential area for centuries.
Tel:+356 21468181, +356 21460404
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Iklin

Iklin

“Three Villages”, 11, Trejqet ir-Rumanzieri Iklin, IKL 1320, Malta The locality of L-Iklin with a population of around 3,200, is situated on a hill upon which in-Naxxar is built. On the south it borders with Birkirkara and Ħal Lija while on the east it borders San Ġwann.
Tel:+356 21416741, +356 21416441
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Imqabba

Imqabba

29, Triq il-Parroċċa, Mqabba, MQB 1512, Malta Imqabba is one of the South's ancient villages. It is also at the heartland of Malta's limestone quarries.
Tel:+356 21680622, +356 21680606
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Imsida

Imsida

Pjazza Menqa, Msida, MSD 9090, Malta The name Imsida comes from the Arabic msayda, meaning `a fisherman's dwelling'.
Tel:+356 21334343, +356 21342424
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Kalkara

Kalkara

1\2 Binja tas-Salvatur, Triq Luigi Pisani, Kalkara, KKR 1330, Malta Kalkara is an unofficial fourth member of the so-called Three Cities, nestling inside the creek on the eastern side of Vittoriosa.
Tel:+356 21665500, +356 21665566
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Manikata

Manikata

Limits of Mellieħa, Malta Manikata is a small village in the limits of Mellieħa in the northwestern part of Malta. Read More