The idyllic hamlet of Bidnija, the second smallest village in Malta, is located between two sweeping valleys in the heart of Malta. It is still largely a farmer's village since it is entirely surrounded by fields which mainly belong to the inhabitants themselves, although in recent years many have moved here in order to enjoy the quiet life amidst the countryside. It makes a perfect base for exploring the more rural side of the island. A pretty chapel is located in the village centre, dedicated to the Holy Family of Nazareth, also not far is the famous Mosta Dome, the third largest unsupported dome in Europe.
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Rabbit and meat stew is very popular amongst the Maltese and Gozitans, as well as delicious Italian-inspired pizza. Sample the local produce including fresh berries, olives and wine from the vineyards.
Mellieha's nightlife is laid-back and relaxed, with bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. You can easily spend the evening over dinner with a glass or two of wine, enjoying the Maltese cuisine. For a more energetic scene, head to Bugibba or St. Julians for a livelier array of bars and clubs.
Ghadira nature reserve in Mellieha is the perfect spot for bird-watching.
Popeye village - the stunning set of the 1979 film is based in Anchor Bay, Mellieha.
There is a large waterpark called "Splash and Fun Park", located inbetween Bugibba and St Julians, with a selection of winding slides and pools for the whole family to enjoy. Another great place to take the family is the Mediterraneo Marine Park, where you can book a session to swim with dolphins.
The passenger ferry terminal is located in Mellieha, only 20 minutes away, where you could spend the day island hopping from Malta to Comino or Gozo. Gozo and its pretty capital of Victoria can be explored in just a day, or visit the tiny island of Comino where you will find beatiful bays to swim.
What better way to take in the Maltese countryside, than on a horse riding trek. The stables are situated just outside of the village, and they can take you on one to seven hour rides, depending on experience.
Most villages have their own church, and Bidnija was built by the residents themselves.
Malta's only national park; Tal Majjistral, can be found between Golden Bay and Anchor Bay near Mellieha.
Clay pigeon shooting
Cycle route, Bird watching, Horse riding
Holy Family Feastlocal event
Every third Sunday of July, The hamlet celebrates the 'Holy Family Feast' at it's local church. A procession marches through the streets and fireworks light the sky.
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