Towns in Northern Areas
Malta’s sandy beaches are mainly found on the northern side of the islands. Apart from the popular beaches there are also a multitude of deserted coves and little beaches sometimes only accessible by sea. Although many are small, they are some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Beach activities range from relaxing in the sun, to scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, water-skiing, and beach volley.
The swimming and sunbathing season starts in April when the weather becomes much warmer. Temperatures can reach around 28°C to 35°C, then gradually cooling down until end October.
Top beaches in Northern Malta
Ghajn Tuffieha – a long staircase carved into the rock leads you down to the bay.
Golden Bay – a perfect sandy beach, great for snorkelling – watch out for rays and starfish!
Armier Bay – at the northernmost point of Malta, this little beach faces Gozo and Comino
Mellieha Bay – a long sandy beach, perfect for families with young children
Mgarr is a rural farming village known for its restaurants selling traditional rabbit stew. This village is particularly beautiful for its blend of different coloured fields and its coastline.
Adjacent to Mgarr is the town of Mellieha, a tourist destination with fantastic beaches and plenty of restaurants. For those who prefer to enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside, Mellieha is a popular location for nature walks. The Majjistral Nature & History Park is an area of protected coast dedicated to natural conservation. The organisation holds outdoor events such as guided walks, olive-picking and kayaking.
Historical sites in the North of Malta:
- Wignacourt Tower, St Paul’s Bay (built 1610)
- Skorba Temples, Zebbiegh (megalithic)
- Ta’ Hagrat Temples, Mgarr (3300 BCE)
- Lippija Tower, Gnejna (1637)
- The Red Tower, Mellieha (1649)
Other northern towns include St. Paul’s Bay, Xemxija and Bugibba. These are very popular with both locals and foreigners, especially during the summer months. Bugibba is known for its nightlife and flourishing British pubs, which sprung up to serve the local British expat community.
Non-Maltese residents can freely purchase property in Special Designated Areas. The following SDAs are located in the north of Malta:
• Tas-Sellum Residence, Mellieha, Malta
• Southridge, Mellieha, Malta
Dhalia Real Estate can be found in both St. Paul’s Bay and Xemxija. Managing both branches is Mr Neil Mercieca, whose teams can provide assistance to those looking for property for residential, letting or commercial purposes.