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.


Marsa

Marsa

173, Triq Balbi, Marsa, MRS 1817, Malta The town of Marsa, situated in the innermost creek of Grand Harbour, is the nerve centre for the Islands' shipping and engineering industries.
Tel:+356 21220522, +356 21220606
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Marsalforn

Marsalforn

Limits of Żebbuġ, Marsalforn, Gozo Marsalforn, meaning 'bakery harbour', is Gozo's main seaside town. During the summer, it becomes a bustling, lively resort.
Tel:+356 21563056
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Marsaskala

Marsaskala

228, Triq is-Salini, Marsaskala, MSK 3012, Malta Marsaskala (a.k.a. Wied il-Għajn) has developed only in recent years from a small fishing village into the popular southern resort it is today.
Tel:+356 21637171, +356 21637744
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Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk

2, Triq Vittorio Cassar, Marsaxlokk, Malta Marsaxlokk Bay is Malta's second largest natural harbour. It is the best place to see the colourful, traditional Maltese fishing boats, the Luzzus, with the mythical eye painted on their prows.
Tel:+356 21652525, +356 21659555
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Mdina

Mdina

Corte Capitanali, Misrah il-Kunsill, Mdina, MDN 1050, Malta The history of Mdina traces back more than 4000 years.
Tel:+356 21450707, +356 21450745
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Mellieħa

Mellieħa

126, Triq il-Mitħna l-Ġdida, Mellieħa, MLĦ 1107, Malta Mellieha was once an isolated 15th century hamlet perched on the ridge overlooking Għadira Bay.
Tel:+356 21521333, +356 21521666
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