8 Things To Do In Mellieħa This Winter
Maltese winter notwithstanding, Mellieħa is great no matter the time of the year. The beach still looks great, and there's plenty to see and do beyond the confines of Għadira Bay. Take a trip with us around Malta's northernmost town and have a ready-made itinerary for your next weekend outing.
1. Get schooled in all things nature
Pop by the Għadira Nature Reserve and the Foresta 2000 site on your next jaunt to Mellieħa. The nature reserve is one of the last remaining areas of wetlands in Malta attracting several migratory birds throughout the year, and is now a Special Area of Conservation. Next door, you can find Foresta 2000, an afforestation site for Mediterranean woodland that includes several native tree and plant species.
2. Freshen up with a cold drink...
Get set for the rest of your township exploring with a quick jaunt over to Haus of P, located atop the Pergola Hotel and home to some of the most breathtaking views you'd get in the town.
3. ...or get cosy with a mug of warm coffee
If midmorning mimosas aren't your thing (it's 5 o'clock somewhere), treat yourself to a warm mug of goodness to keep you going on your winter trails around Mellieħa. Espresso, cappuccino, hot chocolate - you name it.
4. Visit the OG castle-on-the-hill
Set your Spotify playlist to Ed Sheeran and climb up the "hill" overlooking Għadira Bay to the Red Tower. Also known as St. Agatha's Tower, it was completed in 1649 as the last of the Lascaris watchtowers, and later fortified in the 18th century. It offers spectacular views over the Mellieħa stretch as well as a clear line-of-sight to Comino and Gozo.
5. Delve into Malta's folklore
Sitting smack in the middle of the Mellieħa countryside is ir-Razzett tax-Xitan a.k.a. the Devil's Farmhouse. The foreboding name comes from the 18th century structure's link to an old Maltese myth that alleges the farmhouse was built in three days by the devil himself. This is thought to be in part due to the double enclosed staircases within the farmhouse which reputedly look like horns.
6. Explore a palace with an amazing view
Technically part of Selmun, but also technically a part of Mellieħa so we'll gladly add this to our list - Selmun Palace is an 18th century palace built in the Baroque style and overlooking Selmun Bay and a wide sprawl of countryside. The exact date of construction is unknown, but the earliest known appearance of the structure is in a 1783 map where it is depicted as Torre Nuova (new tower).
7. Get away from the hustle and bustle of life
Slip away from the palace and descend into Selmun Valley, where you can get lost in the beautiful hilly countryside. Between the picturesque views of Selmun Bay and the quaint terraced fields, it's easy to forget you're a literal stone's throw away from town life.
8. Round off with dinner at sunset
Catch the sun and the stars from your seat atop the Pergola Hotel. Head back to the Haus of P for an evening meal, complete with a wide range of wines, sizzling steaks, mouthwatering seafood, and a Mediterranean blend of pasta dishes and burgers. End the night with a selection of their tantalising desserts, or try your hand at their alcoholic milkshakes.
What's more, if you're looking for your 2018 hangout for Valentine's Day, Haus of P has you covered! Click here to find out more.
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Built on the sides of one of the numerous valleys in Mellieħa, he Pergola Hotel & Spa overlooks the Parish Church, Għadira Bay, and the sister islands of Gozo & Comino. It stands a literal stone's throw away from the village centre which comprises of a rich choice of shops, bars and restaurants.
The Pergola boasts a choice of twin rooms, suites and deluxe self-catering apartments, which were all meticulously designed to the highest standards both aesthetically, and also in terms of comfort. This ensures that your accommodation will be a major ingredient in making your stay one, which provides a complete sense of detachment from the everyday schedules.
The Haus of P sits atop the hotel and is the perfect spot for the morning snack or an evening under the stars. With a wide range of light bites, and a mediterranean flair for pasta dishes and meats, the Haus of P is sure to be a stop on your visit to Mellieħa.