Mellieħa is a town in Malta Island.
As with many religious venues in Malta, it is wise to dress considerately (trousers, long skirts, etc.) at the local church.
Triq il-Mistra is the main road for traffic from the south and east, whilst the Triq il-Marfa sees most of the traffic from the north and ferries from Gozo and Comino.
Buses are available to major towns such as Valletta and to the nearby ferry port of Ċirkewwa on the main roads throughout the town.
Mellieħa is a small town which is easy to walk around, but for those who are unable to cope with the steep hill between the main area of town and Għadira bay, there are buses and taxis available.
Taxi It is advisable to ask the cost before before hiring a taxi.
Car Hire There are many local car hire companies in Mellieha and nearby resorts the quality of vehicles supplied varies greatly. The bigger international car hire firms are also represented in nearby resorts and will deliver and collect from hotels for free. If dealing with an international car hire company if you book well in advance via the internet it may work out cheaper than a local firm. Normally hire cars are required by local law to be supplied with the fuel tank at least half full or quarter full for a single day hire.
Driving Malta drives on the left side of the road and most of the road traffic laws are handed down from British rule but but over the years differences in law and local driver habits have arisen, your car hire company should advise you on the important local traffic laws.
The most important of these is not to move a vehicle after an accident until the traffic warden service have arrived and recorded all details.
Be aware local drivers have habits that would cause alarm in most countries, they habitually overtake on the approach to blind bends, and don't hesitate to enter roundabouts in the face of on coming traffic. Also beware of grossly over loaded trucks and vans.
- Popeye Village, Anchor Bay, . 09:30-17:30 (but changes according to the season). The set of the 1980 film, great for children. There is also a restaurant, two small swimming-pools and sunbathing areas. Anchor Bay is on the opposite side of the island to Mellieha. If driving, take the Mellieha by-pass and look out for the signs at the bottom of the hill. The website has bus details. The price includes a free portion od punch, a free boatride and a postcard. €14 adults, €6.20 children. edit
- The beaches. They are excellent! edit
- Riviera Blue. A small, family-run restaurant on the main road just up from the bay towards the centre. Does seafood and Maltese specialities such as fried rabbit. Clientele is a mixture of locals and travellers. Cheaper than the touristy restaurants right next to the beach (around €30 for two people with drinks). edit
- Take-away kiosk. At the top of the hill, in the centre, on the main road, on a corner, is a take-away kiosk, seemingly-open 24 hours (!), which does slices of Italian pizza, British pies, and Maltese pastizzi for ridiculously-low prices (the pastizzi cost 25 cents). edit
- Malta Caravans & Camping, Dahlet ix Xmajjar, Mellieha, MLH 7500, ☎ +356-21521105/+356-99496707, . checkout: 11:00. Basic campsite, with small shop, small pool and small astroturf football field. Showers cost extra and last three minutes. Right next to the sea, with a beach 10 minutes' walk away. Free parking. The campsite is about 5km out of Mellieha. When coming from the airport or La Valletta, keep driving along the main road, follow this road up a hill (near the Red Tower), then turn right and follow the signs. Then the actual signposted road to the campsite is littered with potholes, save your suspension by turning left when you see a sign "Mamla-Tat-Torri L-Abjad" and just follow the road, round the small bay and up a small hill near the White Tower. Cost - for example, one adult & one child & one tent (with car parked for free outside) €15 per night. edit