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Birżebbuġa Beach and Pretty Bay

Birżebbuġa is a lovely tourist destination at the southeast of the Maltese island; it is said to derive its name from the combination between "Bir", meaning "well" and "żebbuġa", meaning "olives", this to confirm the importance of olives still keeping the local economy strong; although it is rightly considered a sea destination, it is rich in olive trees all stretching along four stunning valleys, which are Wied Dalam, Wied Zembaq, Wied Qoton and Wied Buni.

Its surroundings are perhaps best known for the important archaeological sites, the bay was firstly inhabited by Phoenicians who considered it an ideal spot to anchor, but other remains give an evidence of human presence dating back to the Neolithic Period or the Bronze Age found in the Cave of Darkness (Għar Dalam) or related to the prehistoric temple or settlement, Borġ-in-Nadur, the hill has also provided us with a variety of Roman remains while a legend related to the Hasan Cave (Għar Ħasan) concerns Arab presences; more recently, during the 20th century, Birżebbuġa has become home to the British Navy, its harbour, the Malta Freeport (Port Ħieles Ta' Malta), has played an important role in the past due to its strategic position in the heart of Mediterranean, over the years has experienced a remarkable growth concerning commercial exchanges.

Birżebbuġa is rich in charming attractions and architectural treasures although is not included in the most visited Maltese destinations list, a visit to the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows (1909) or the St George's Church (1575, reopened in 1683), the fortifications, Fort St. Lucian (Torri ta' San Lucjan, 17th century), Ferretti Coastal Battery (Il-Qajjenza) or the so-called "Birżebbuġa entrenchments" (dating back to the Knights of St. John's period) shouldn’t be left off our Birżebbuġa itinerary. Due to the fact the whole southeast coast was massively fortified during the Knights' period, Birżebbuġa can today boast ancient buildings and fortifications survived bombings and natural disasters, a great experience and a lovely trip to the past will be a visit in Birżebbuġa's oldest part...

Among its most beautiful attractions we can't avoid mentioning the enchanting sandy beach commonly known as Pretty Bay (Ramla ta Birżebbuġa); although the heavy traffic taking place every day and container ships going and coming from the imposing harbour contrast with the natural environment of the bay, Birżebbuġa keeps its features of idyllic spot with a number of relaxing areas; Pretty Bay is very popular in Malta, as one of the largest beaches in the island, it is the ideal place where to stay with the own family or spend pleasant hours with friends...originally a rocky and desolate coast beach, it was turned over the years into a wonderful bay thanks to the sand collected from the sea; moreover the bay is enriched by small and ancient houses stretching along the modern seaside promenade and unnumbered accommodation facilities, restaurants, nights and cafés scattered everywhere.

Webcam on-line since: 08/10/2013

Comments


  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • chris fox

    stayed in bbga in apl, never heard a thing - and we were only staying 50yds from the site

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Anna

    Does anyone know something about how loud is the construction process? And what time they start to work? We are going to stay in B-Buga near this place and we are worried about possible disturbing noises.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Mags

    Mary Miller.Thanks for letting me know.I too am coming back in early October.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Mary Miller (nee Hanrahan)

    Mags, I was there last week and yes it is the lifeguard station. Apparently there are a few round the island. Can't wait for 18th September when I'll be back there

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Jesse

    Hi Mary-Anne Kingscott, the camera was damaged, but today they have replaced it and it's back live again. Enjoy viewing!

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    How come the camera at Marsaxlokk bay Fort St Lucian have been off for such a long time.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Mags

    No not those,I have been here and have seen them,i only left on the 10 June.I mean the the yellow structure close to the water ,it was not there when I was.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Joseph

    Perimeter wall of the 7 a-side football pitch

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Mags

    Could someone tell me what the yellow structure is in the middle of the beach please.Is it for a Lifeguard?

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Mags

    Been here.Beautiful.Coming back in September.

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • Mags

    FAO.Chris Fox.
    Thanks for that info.We have been to Malta many times but always to North East coast which is beautiful also.Time for a change.

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • chris fox

    fao Mags
    we've just come back and although we've been to B'bgga a number of times it was the first time we actually stayed there. Excellent week, thinking very seriously about September. Can be a bit quiet (not too many Tourists-def a plus point with us!). We walked the coast road to Marsaxlokk & back a couple of times (30mins-ish), very agreeable but might be a bit harder nearer July/Aug. We actually did something of a webcam walk! following them around the bay from the Waters Edge right to the Gente de Mare - good fun! Sure you'll enjoy Birzebbuga

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • Mags

    Coming here soon.Highly recommended by somebody that used to live here.Looks great and relaxing.Cant wait.Roll on 27th.

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    • 5 months ago
    • Marta

    Oh, someone wrote beautiful b-day wishes on sand on Monday 14.04.2014 :) Great idea. I like this camera view very much ;)

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • Vic

    I thank you for turning the cam to the left, it is so much better.