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Mellieha Bay lies in the north west of Malta thirty kilometres from Valletta. It has the longest and arguably the best beach on the island. While the majority of the island’s beaches are rocky, Mellieha Bay has that much sought after holiday commodity, sand. Since sandy beaches are rare in Malta, the beach can become rather crowded. A range of water sport activities are available and there is also a diving school. Hotels and apartments provide good accommodation to suit most budgets and its restaurants serve food to satisfy all tastes. Plenty of shops supply essential provisions as well as beach items and holiday gifts and souvenirs. Nightlife is fairly low key. If you are looking for a party atmosphere, take a taxi around the bay to Bugibba where festivities continue until dawn.
If you enjoy hot sunny days on a sandy beach with opportunities for water sports, and a relaxing atmosphere by day and by night, book a Mellieha Bay holiday today and you will not be disappointed.
Mellieha Bay is popular with families and couples looking for sunshine on a sandy beach in a resort with a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere. There is good provision of water sports for those who like a more active holiday.
The Mellieha Bay holiday summer season lasts from April until October when the temperatures in July and August can reach the mid thirties. Malta enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year where temperatures rarely dip below fifteen degrees. Even in winter, five and six hours of daily sunshine is common.
Mellieha Bay boasts the largest, and one of the few, sandy beaches on Malta. It is a pleasant resort with a friendly relaxed atmosphere. The beach slopes gently into clear blue waters offering safe conditions for children and less confident swimmers. A variety of water sports are available. These include wind and kite surfing, banana boating, water skiing and sailing. The rocky waters around the island offer ideal conditions for snorkelling and there is also a scuba diving school.
Mellieha Bay has a good range of hotels, apartments and studios that cater for most budgets. They offer comfortable accommodation and a friendly service. The many cafes, restaurants and fast food outlets provide sustenance for even the fussiest eater. Those who wish to enjoy traditional Maltese cuisine will find many fine fish restaurants along the sea front. The village of Mellieha, located a couple of kilometres inland, has a number of pleasant restaurants set in tranquil surroundings. Shopping in Mellieha Bay is limited to essential provisions, beach items and gifts and souvenirs. As most people visit the capital, Valletta, it is best to shop there if you are looking for exclusive boutiques and specialist items. Nightlife here continues in the same relaxing vein as daytime. Evenings are spent dining al fresco in peaceful venues and strolling along the sea front enjoying the cooler night air.
There are many opportunities to explore the island’s towns and villages, its nature reserves and the Blue Grotto. Valletta has many wonderful buildings and churches including the Grand Master’s Palace, St. Elmo’s Fort and the Cathedral of St. John. Boat trips, including those to Gozo, are popular.
A Mellieha Bay holiday offers sun filled days relaxing by the pool or on a sandy beach with many recreational activities to satisfy the whole family.
Mellieha Bay nightlife is fairly low key reflecting the resort’s popularity with families and couples. Although there are one or two livelier bars, evenings are usually spent enjoying a meal and a drink in the company of family and friends. Those who wish to party can take a taxi to the lively resort of Bugibba.
Mellieha Bay shopping is fairly limited with the many small shops and stalls selling holiday gifts and souvenirs. There are of course supermarkets for essential provisions. Local crafts which make perfect mementoes are silver and gold filigree jewellery and Maltese lace.
Mellieha Bay has a wide variety of restaurants catering for even the most conservative of palates. There are those which serve British food, others where you can savour Maltese specialities and a range of international cuisine. Fish dishes abound, the most popular being the lampuka or dolphin fish. The catch of the day special, fresh from the sea, is usually good value for money. Brogjoli, (we would call them beef olives) cooked in red wine and served with rice is a culinary delight.