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Mellieħa ( ), (IPA: məli:hə) is a large village (pop. 7,549 (Nov 2005)) in the northwestern part of Maltamarker. It is a popular tourist destination during the summer months. Mellieħa as a village developed under British colonization after the British encouraged people to settle in the area by giving leases to the population. For two centuries previously, the area was abandoned due to fear from attacks of corsairs and Saracens. Before that, only a few villagers lived in the area. After the British encouraged Maltese to settle in Mellieħa, the village flourished. Nowadays, the village includes a large number of villas. Even foreigners choose to settle in Mellieħa.


Ruins and tombs show Mellieħa to have been inhabited from Neolithic times to the Byzantine era, but the area was deserted after the Arab conquest (870), likely due to frequent raids by Muslim corsairs. In 1530 the island was handed over to the Knights of Malta, and Mellieħa was one of the many settlements they established, complete with fortifications and a church: The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieħa, which became one of the island's most venerated places.

Popeye Village

Mellieħa is now a tourist resort, featuring Malta's largest sandy beach, Għadira. Another popular attraction is the set of the 1980 film Popeye. A short drive from Għadira, the set is a collection of various ramshackle buildings that made up the city of Sweethaven. The 'town' was originally built using several thousand planks, eight tons of nails, and 2,000 gallons of paint. To this day the set draws a considerable amount of tourism, with daily Popeye-related shows taking place for the tourists.

Feast of Our Lady of Victories

Each village in Malta has its own festival. The festival in Mellieħa, the feast of Our Lady of Victories, begins on August 30 and culminates on September 8, commemorating the repelling of the Great Siege in 1565. This feast celebrates the victory the Maltese people had over the Ottomans, a victory that many believe saved Europe's Christianity.
Mellieħa Bay, with the village and its church in the background
Mellieha is home to Malta's first nature reserve pictured here

Band clubs

European Destination of Excellence 2009

The locality of Mellieħa has through its sustainable initiatives succeeded in achieving this year's title of excellence. The ingredients of this success have been the involvement of the local community, the dedication and strategic vision of its very active NGOs supported by the Local Council and the locality's own assets which have been exalted without being exploited irreversibly.

List of zones in Mellieħa

  • Aħrax Point
  • Anchor Bay (Il-Prajjiet)
  • Armier Baymarker
  • Biskra
  • Ċirkewwa
  • Daħlet ix-Xilep
  • Ġnien Ingraw
  • Ġnien Ta' Xatba
  • Golden Baymarker
  • Għadira Bay
  • Għajn Ħadid
  • Għajn Tuffieħa
  • Għajn Żejtuna
  • Għajn Żnuber
  • Għar Bagrat
  • Għerbulin
  • Id-Daħar
  • Is-Sellum
  • Kortin
  • L-Aħrax ta' Ġewwa
  • L-Aħrax ta' l-Għajn
  • Latmija
  • Madonna
  • Manikatamarker
  • Marbat
  • Marfa Ridge
  • Marfa Point
  • Mellieħa Bay
  • Mellieħa Ridge
  • Mġiebaħ
  • Naħħalija
  • Paradise Bay
  • Parsott
  • Qammieħ
  • Qasam Barrani
  • Qortin
  • Qortin ta' Għajn Żejtuna
  • Ramla tal-Bir
  • Ramla tal-Qortin
  • Ramla tat-Torri
  • Ras il-Griebeġ
  • Ras il-Qammieħ
  • Ras il-Waħx
  • Ras in-Niexfa
  • Rdum id-Dell
  • Rdum il-Bies
  • Rdum il-Ħmar
  • Rdum il-Qammieħ
  • Rdum il-Qawwi
  • Rdum l-Aħmar
  • Rdum Majesa
  • Rdum tal-Madonna
  • San Niklaw
  • Santa Marija Estate
  • Selmun Bay
  • Ta' Ċantar
  • Ta' l-Imgħarrqa
  • Ta' Pennellu
  • Ta' Qassisu
  • Ta' Randa
  • Ta' Skrajda
  • Tal-Blata
  • Tal-Braġ
  • Tas-Salib
  • Wied l-Abjad
  • Xagħra l-Ħamra

Mellieħa main roads

  • Dawret il-Mellieħa (Mellieħa By-Pass)
  • Triq Ġorġ Borg Olivier (Ġorġ Borg Olivier Street)
  • Triq il-Kbira (Main Street)
  • Triq il-Marfa (Marfa Road)
  • Triq il-Prajjiet (Anchor Bay Road)
  • Triq Louis Wettinger (Louis Wettinger Street)
  • Triq San Pawl il-Baħar (St. Paul's Bay Road)

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