Are you wanting to experience authentic Maltese culture and traditions ? Then why not visit some of the most exciting and fascinating traditional villages on the Maltese islands.

Are you wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of Malta’s hotspots? Main towns and cities like the capital Valletta and tourist hotspots such as Sliema or Bugibba are always busy, so head for Malta’s quieter and smaller villages.

Villages across Malta offer residents and visitors an authentic taste of the local lifestyle over the centuries and are the heart and soul of the island’s long history, packed with traditions and vibrant culture

Villages from the biggest to the smallest, often have as a central feature, a baroque-style parish church. Around this church a whole host of colourful festas and traditions take place, to celebrate its patron saint. Each also has its own unique character shaped by local architecture, archaeological finds, fishing or even seasonal fruits and vegetables that thrive in the area.

Here are a few of the traditional villages

Marsaxlokk

This quaint village on the south-east coast of Malta is known for its fresh fish and seafood. Famous for its colourful fishing boats known as Luzzu. Sundays are hugely popular where you can find locally caught fish and the open air market.

Marsaxlokk is long considered by the Maltese to have the best fish restaurants on the island. If you are wanting to seek a taste of Malta, walk along the extensive coastal promenade and pop in to some of the many restaurants, bars and cafes.

Attard

Like the famous ‘Three Cities’ of Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua (Bormla) and Senglea (Isla), Malta also has ‘Three Villages’. These villages are in the centre Malta – Lija, Attard and Balzan – In centuries past they were popular locations for the nobility to set up home. All three villages feature magnificent baroque architecture

Attard is very close to its neighbours, in fact, so close that it is often mistaken for them. However, property in this exclusive area tends to be in high demand due to its superb traditional architecture and lush citrus gardens.

Sharing an Attard address is the magnificent San Anton Palace – the official home of Malta’s President with San Anton Gardens, the large public gardens surrounding the palace. Ta’ Qali national park and the national football stadium are also found in Attard

Lija

Close to Attard is another of Malta’s famed Three Villages, Lija.

This village that has not lost any of its sophistication or charm and boasts historical features including Maltese traditional wooden balconies and intricately carved stonework. Famous for its many citrus trees, many properties in this upmarket village have small private gardens and orchards.

Balzan

Balzan is the last of the Three Villages and is a typical Maltese village, named after Maximillian Balzan, a Spanish merchant who settled in Malta in the 16th century. He imported the area’s orange trees from Granada, Spain.

The influence of Malta’s leaders and architects of that time, the Knights of the Order of St John, can still be discovered in Balzan’s beautiful residences that they built as homes for visiting nobility. Today, the small community continues to host popular annual festas with the spectacular Balzan Parish Church at the heart.

Qrendi

Found in the south-west of the island, Qrendi is steeped in character and tradition, despite its many well know landmarks.

Two of Malta’s oldest heritage sites, the Mnajdra and Ħaġar Qim Neolithic temples are situated here. You also have the opportunity to explore the famous Blue Grotto, where multiple sea caverns surround transparent, turquoise blue waters that inspired its name.

Be sure not to miss out on either of their two summer festas with their beautifully decorated streets and breath-taking firework displays.

Gharghur

Escaping to Gharghur, one of Malta’s smallest villages, provides the tranquility away from better-known and far busier tourist towns.

The village is set on one of the islands highest points in the north showcasing stunning panoramic views of the island.

Gharghur’s narrow streets also feature stunning architecture that reflects the long history of the area, while the nearby valley and surrounding countryside are ideal for hiking.

Bidnija

Home to the best olive oil in Malta, Bidnija is situated between Mosta, St. Paul’s Bay and Mġarr and is the second smallest village on the island. It is located in the northern region of Malta.

This tiny rural village is characterised by its surrounding ancient olive groves, with some ‘Bidni’ olive trees dating as far back as 5000 years. Many of these olive groves are still owned and farmed by generations of the same family. Recently both Maltese and foreigners have bought property in Bidnija to make the most of its countryside views and traditional local life.