Michael and Pam's Travels

Mellieha, Malta. 2018

Date: 4th August 2018

Travelled: ย Only by scooter, the Hymer is up on ramps and hooked up to electricity.

Visited: ย Mellieha, Malta

Stayed: ย Camping Malta, L-Armier, โ‚ฌ21.50 pd, all the usual services. ย N35.99484, E14,36686

 

We have fallen into the campsite lifestyle here at Camping Malta. ย In the caravan behind us our English neighbours are great fun and we chat each morning and evening about whose-who in the campsite and things to do around Malta. ย In front of us a young German guy in a converted van, has good english and we have the odd chat mostly about how sun-burnt he is.

Whilst you can easily walk along the road to the next beach, walking anywhere else is difficult. ย The local limestone near the coast is weathered into an irregular moonscape of jagged rock and hollows.

 

Out for an early walk around headland, a balmy 28ยฐ at 8am.

 

Looking back at Camping Malta.

 

 

As we carefully walk we discover Coral Cove. A collapsed sea cave only 200 metres from our site. ย Vince tells us people have drowned here and itโ€™s very dangerous if a swell developes.

 

Looking along the coastline, the water is clear but the rocks jagged.

 

Our neighbours tell us the nearby town of Mellieha is well worth a visit so we decide to start our Malta exploration there.

 

 

Get Directions

 

We find the old town of Mellieha on top of the hill as you would expect. ย Itโ€™s a steep climb on our little scooter but we soon find a parking spot near the Parish Church of Our Lady of Victory.

 

Not sure who this fellow is but he has pride of place in Mellieha.

 

Across the courtyard and a level below the Parish Church stand the Sanctuary a stopping place for pilgrams since medieval times.

 

A quick look inside the Sanctuary, we were surprised to find a several people sitting around, but then again it was quite cool in there. ย Then again it is claimed that St Paul, stopped here and blessed this place.

 

We eventually find a tiny tourist office and the girl provides a map and recommends a couple of things to visit.

 

We go on to visit the Air-Raid Shelter museum, โ‚ฌ2.40pp.

 

It was constructed to provide shelter during WW11 built within a couple of months. At 12 metres below ground level and 500 metres in length it was the largest in Malta. ย Nice and cool down here, lots of photos and some memorabilia from the 1940โ€™s.

 

Lastly, we walk down a long flight of stairs to the Grotto of Madonna. ย Built within a deep cave. ย A small spring tickles on one side, it is reputed to have the power to heal sick children. ย A bit spooky and your hot and sweaty after the 50 steps back up to ground level.

 

So we have done the old town, we scooter back to the Hymer for a swim. ย Our neighbours John and Linda ask do we want to go with them back into Melleiha for dinner tonight ? ย Their Lexus handles the road from hell much better than our scooter.

 

A last photo of the Church, as we walk to the restaurant. I had the pan fried rabbit, excellent.

 

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