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Gary's Guide To Mellieha & Malta

Gary

Gary's Guide To Mellieha & Malta

Restaurants
some of our favourite local restaurants
Specialists in Maltese dishes, fish and Mediterranean food. Expect high quality fish dishes, pasta and local specialties in an intimate setting. Recommended for couples and groups of friends, but not so ideal for children. Only 5 minute walk
Ix-Xatba Restaurant
Specialists in Maltese dishes, fish and Mediterranean food. Expect high quality fish dishes, pasta and local specialties in an intimate setting. Recommended for couples and groups of friends, but not so ideal for children. Only 5 minute walk
A high end restaurant offering a small but exquisite menu with the beautiful Mellieha church as a back drop. The steaks are some of the best in Malta, but save room for desserts because they are out of this world! This is one for the grown ups as there isn't much for kids. (15 minute walk)
10
locals recommend
Commando Restaurant
10
locals recommend
A high end restaurant offering a small but exquisite menu with the beautiful Mellieha church as a back drop. The steaks are some of the best in Malta, but save room for desserts because they are out of this world! This is one for the grown ups as there isn't much for kids. (15 minute walk)
A small restaurant run by a local family who have total dedication to local produce served at the highest quality. The menu varies constantly depending on what is in season and can be sourced fresh and the result is something truly special. Often voted as the number 1 restaurant in Malta it's one that everyone should try during a trip to Malta.
Bouqet Garni
A small restaurant run by a local family who have total dedication to local produce served at the highest quality. The menu varies constantly depending on what is in season and can be sourced fresh and the result is something truly special. Often voted as the number 1 restaurant in Malta it's one that everyone should try during a trip to Malta.
A firm family favorite for many years due to its location next to a large outdoor play area and choice of restaurants. Grab a drink from the downstairs bar and take a seat outside while the kids play, then choose from a quick meal in the family restaurant on the ground floor, or head upstairs to the fine dining restaurant for some amazing dishes
8
locals recommend
Cross Keys
8
locals recommend
A firm family favorite for many years due to its location next to a large outdoor play area and choice of restaurants. Grab a drink from the downstairs bar and take a seat outside while the kids play, then choose from a quick meal in the family restaurant on the ground floor, or head upstairs to the fine dining restaurant for some amazing dishes
Mgarr is a small farming town which is built around a beautiful church. The restaurant itself simply wonderful, specializing in local dishes such as Rabbit and Horsemeat (which are both delicious) but also has a large and varied menu including pastas, burgers, seafood and some of the best pizzas you will find anywhere, all at crazy low prices
13
locals recommend
Il-Barri Restaurant
13
locals recommend
Mgarr is a small farming town which is built around a beautiful church. The restaurant itself simply wonderful, specializing in local dishes such as Rabbit and Horsemeat (which are both delicious) but also has a large and varied menu including pastas, burgers, seafood and some of the best pizzas you will find anywhere, all at crazy low prices
This modern bar & restaurant right on the beachfront is a must visit during your trip to Mellieha, whether for just drinks or a fabulous meal by the sea. Finished to an extremely high standard yet keeping a laid back beach club atmosphere. Great for families as parents can relax whilst watching the kids feed the fish on the jetty below, or for a romantic evening for 2 watching the sunset over Meilleha Bay. There are lots of tables so booking isn’t usually required. 10 minute walk from Tas Sellum
6
locals recommend
Blu Beach Club
6
locals recommend
This modern bar & restaurant right on the beachfront is a must visit during your trip to Mellieha, whether for just drinks or a fabulous meal by the sea. Finished to an extremely high standard yet keeping a laid back beach club atmosphere. Great for families as parents can relax whilst watching the kids feed the fish on the jetty below, or for a romantic evening for 2 watching the sunset over Meilleha Bay. There are lots of tables so booking isn’t usually required. 10 minute walk from Tas Sellum
Excellent takeaway pizzas and salads, a handy spot to have a drink and grab a takeaway. 10 minute walk from Tas Sellum
Westreme - Kitchen & Bar
Excellent takeaway pizzas and salads, a handy spot to have a drink and grab a takeaway. 10 minute walk from Tas Sellum
Gorgeous restaurant located right on the beachfront
9
locals recommend
Munchies Mellieha Bay
9
locals recommend
Gorgeous restaurant located right on the beachfront
Beaches
Mellieha is conveniently located near most of Malta's best beaches, here are our favourites. The wind direction makes a huge difference to how clear the water is, so we suggest using a website called Which Beach Malta to help you decide where to spend your day
Malta's biggest and best beach. Perfect for those of all ages as the entry to the water is very gradual so easy for the kids and the grand parents! Once on the beach you will be spoilt for choice whatever it is you need, wether it be food, drinks, water sports, inflatables, etc!
38
locals recommend
Għadira Bay
38
locals recommend
Malta's biggest and best beach. Perfect for those of all ages as the entry to the water is very gradual so easy for the kids and the grand parents! Once on the beach you will be spoilt for choice whatever it is you need, wether it be food, drinks, water sports, inflatables, etc!
A small sandy beach but easily one of the most beautiful in Malta. Less busy than some of the others due to the long stairway down, but well worth the effort. Amazing snorkeling and an excellent restaurant. Also has sunbeds on a terrace area for the non lovers of sand.
9
locals recommend
Paradise Bay
9
locals recommend
A small sandy beach but easily one of the most beautiful in Malta. Less busy than some of the others due to the long stairway down, but well worth the effort. Amazing snorkeling and an excellent restaurant. Also has sunbeds on a terrace area for the non lovers of sand.
One of Malta's largest and most popular beaches, given it's name Golden Bay due to the Golden color sand. If its windy head here for some fun in the big waves!
18
locals recommend
Golden Bay
18
locals recommend
One of Malta's largest and most popular beaches, given it's name Golden Bay due to the Golden color sand. If its windy head here for some fun in the big waves!
A beautiful little beach, not the easiest to get to, but means its less busy and laid back than some of the others.
Little Armier Beach
A beautiful little beach, not the easiest to get to, but means its less busy and laid back than some of the others.
A hidden gem, not often used by tourists so much less crowded than Mellieha or Golden Bay. Good snorkelling on the right day
18
locals recommend
Ġnejna Bay
18
locals recommend
A hidden gem, not often used by tourists so much less crowded than Mellieha or Golden Bay. Good snorkelling on the right day
Everything Else
Some of our other favourite things to do
A must visit during your stay. A hidden gem of a little outdoor bar at the top of Mellieha opposite the Church, offering some of the most stunning views in Malta. Head here for pre-dinner drinks and photo opportunity! Also has play area for the kids
8
locals recommend
Sea View Cafe/Bar
8
locals recommend
A must visit during your stay. A hidden gem of a little outdoor bar at the top of Mellieha opposite the Church, offering some of the most stunning views in Malta. Head here for pre-dinner drinks and photo opportunity! Also has play area for the kids
St Julians is a bustling, busy part of Malta where you will find lots of high end hotels as well as an array of restaurants and bars. Portomaso is the sister complex to Tas Sellum with a small but exclusive harbour surround by a selection of high end restaurants and apartments. Take a stroll around the impressive boats and have a meal in one of the amazing restaurants overlooking the harbour. Top Tip! Head to the Quarterdeck Bar at the Hilton Hotel for some pre-dinner cocktails overlooking Portomaso Harbour to set the evening off in style.
Portomaso
St Julians is a bustling, busy part of Malta where you will find lots of high end hotels as well as an array of restaurants and bars. Portomaso is the sister complex to Tas Sellum with a small but exclusive harbour surround by a selection of high end restaurants and apartments. Take a stroll around the impressive boats and have a meal in one of the amazing restaurants overlooking the harbour. Top Tip! Head to the Quarterdeck Bar at the Hilton Hotel for some pre-dinner cocktails overlooking Portomaso Harbour to set the evening off in style.
Pronounced PAT-SHEE-VILLE, Paceville is the party capital of Malta. If you’re feeling adventurous, head here for an almost unlimited selection of bars & nightclubs. Don’t blame us for the hangovers though!
118
locals recommend
Paceville
118
locals recommend
Pronounced PAT-SHEE-VILLE, Paceville is the party capital of Malta. If you’re feeling adventurous, head here for an almost unlimited selection of bars & nightclubs. Don’t blame us for the hangovers though!
Beachaven is another hidden gem in the beautiful bay of Xemxija (pronounced SHEM-SHE-YA). Located next to and literally above the water via its raised decking, it was originally a boathouse where boats could pull up and get refreshments, fill up with fuel etc. However these days it is now also a lido and bar/restaurant, meaning you can relax here all day on the sun loungers watching the boats coming in and out, whilst keeping refreshed at the bar. Alternatively head here in the evening and sit on the decking amongst the boats and have a meal and a few drinks taking in the sea air. Food here is basic but good, but Beachaven is all about the location, it’s a beautiful place to be, especially in the evening.
7
locals recommend
Beachaven Complex
7
locals recommend
Beachaven is another hidden gem in the beautiful bay of Xemxija (pronounced SHEM-SHE-YA). Located next to and literally above the water via its raised decking, it was originally a boathouse where boats could pull up and get refreshments, fill up with fuel etc. However these days it is now also a lido and bar/restaurant, meaning you can relax here all day on the sun loungers watching the boats coming in and out, whilst keeping refreshed at the bar. Alternatively head here in the evening and sit on the decking amongst the boats and have a meal and a few drinks taking in the sea air. Food here is basic but good, but Beachaven is all about the location, it’s a beautiful place to be, especially in the evening.
Blue Lagoon is a must visit, the water is crystal clear and its one of the main tourist attractions in Malta, you can get boats trips from almost anywhere. However its so popular/busy you cant really enjoy it on the normal boat trips, so we suggest hiring a self drive boat, and head over there early in the morning (9am ish), anchor up and you'll have the place to yourself before the boat trips arrive. Take a cool bag with some beers, lunch etc as well as your masks/snorkels and it will be the highlight of your trip. This is the best place we've found for self drive boats
Bluewaves Watersports - Boat Hire/Rental & Charters - Water sports - Blue lagoon trips
Blue Lagoon is a must visit, the water is crystal clear and its one of the main tourist attractions in Malta, you can get boats trips from almost anywhere. However its so popular/busy you cant really enjoy it on the normal boat trips, so we suggest hiring a self drive boat, and head over there early in the morning (9am ish), anchor up and you'll have the place to yourself before the boat trips arrive. Take a cool bag with some beers, lunch etc as well as your masks/snorkels and it will be the highlight of your trip. This is the best place we've found for self drive boats
The Blue Lagoon has the most stunning water in the Med, and probably Malta's biggest tourist attraction, a must visit when in Malta. Get here early and avoid the crowds, as it gets very busy
9
locals recommend
Blue Lagoon
9
locals recommend
The Blue Lagoon has the most stunning water in the Med, and probably Malta's biggest tourist attraction, a must visit when in Malta. Get here early and avoid the crowds, as it gets very busy