North Malta is a relatively popular destination for tourists seeking a quiet sun-filled holiday, thanks to its white sandy beaches, rolling hills, quaint villages, vibrant shopping and exciting nightlife. Though this is a considerable boon for the local and national economies, certain localities tend to get rather crowded during the summer months.
In particular Bugibba, Qawra and St. Julian’s see a major influx of tourists, while Sliema is busy all year round. If you like the hustle and bustle of a busy sea-side town, Sliema is the place to be, with interesting property options that often provide an excellent sea view.
If you feel a home should be a retreat from the busy feel of everyday life, or you simply want a place which can offer a slower, less stressful lifestyle, there are several other options to consider in the North of Malta.
Desirable locations in the North of Malta
Although near Bugibba and Qawra, St. Paul’s Bay tends to be less busy during the summer months and offers a good mix of amenities, village life and clear and clean bathing water. One of the few localities to offer affordable (but also more luxurious) property with stunning sea views, St. Paul’s Bay has a character quite unlike its neighbouring towns which have been redesigned to suit tourism more than serenity.
Being within walking distance of Bugibba and Qawra does offer an easy option for a night out in the pub to socialise and share a few drinks. Of course, if you prefer a typical hobz biz-zejt and a bottle of Cisk (locally brewed lager) at the local bocci (a game similar to jeux des boules) club on a warm summer’s night, you won’t need to go far.
Though North Malta tends to be touristy, a lot of residential areas are away from the hotels and are much quieter and often surrounded by the countryside (in a part of the island which is less densely populated than the eastern and southern parts of Malta). Driving through Burmarrad, Bidnijia, Wardija, Mgarr and Zebbiegh you will see they are located in rural areas. Another locality worth noting is that of Manikata, which is located nearby Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha, more towards the western part of the island. Being a relatively secluded village, it puts you right in the middle of countryside (on the edge of a natural reserve, Il-Majjistral), yet with easy access to some of the island’s most beautiful sandy beaches and having all basic amenities nearby.
Finally, one of the nicest villages of the island, Mellieha, is located towards the Northern most part of the island. Having been built on a hilltop, parts of Mellieha offer a stunning view of Malta’s largest sandy beach (Mellieha Bay) and offers a mix of different types of properties, with Santa Maria Estate offering highly desirable properties. Mellieha also offers a good mix of countryside and easy access to clear bathing waters, although has more of a characterful village life compared to other localities in the Northern part of the island and, although busier, strikes a good balance in terms of liveliness.