Northwest Malta travel guide

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Northwest Malta

With the low hill ranges crossing from west to east, the Northwest of Malta differs visibly from the rest of the island. The first of these hill ranges, running north from Naxxar, Mosta and Mdina/Rabat, is also the highest and drops quite steeply towards the north of the island. In the 19th century, the British erected a small fort to protect these hills against invasion. In the valleys between the Victoria Lines, the Wardija, Bajda, Mellieha and Marfa Ridge, there is still a lot of agriculture. The few villages that there are here are quite small, because until the 17th century this part of this island was under constant threat of attack by pirates and was scarcely populated. There are hotels in many of the isolated coves but there is no way the region can be described as overrun by hotel blocks and other tourist facilities. The one exception is St.Paul's Bay, which is the focal point of the tourism in northwest Malta. The towns of Qawra, Bugibba, St. Paul and Xemxija have amalgamated into one huge modern tourist resort with dozens of hotels, apartment houses, restaurants, bars, discos and souvenir shops. The only thing that's missing is sandy beaches. If you don't want to swim in the pool or use the rocky coastline to access the sea, you should take a bus, boat or car to one of the beaches in the surrounding area, which are among the most beautiful Malta has to offer.

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