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    • 7 days ago
    • chris fox

    re: eating out. Waterside will still be open, there are a couple of pizza restaurant places to the left of the camera which stay open, Sea Breeze Hotel and of course a walk /bus/car over to Marsaxlokk usual restaurants plus a couple of decent new ones opened on the far side. I think most of the cafes/restaurants do stay open

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Mags

    This place continues to appeal.The temperatures over the past month have the "come here for Christmas" look about them.This very well may happen next year if there are enough places to eat at in December.Does someone out there know if there is?

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    • 1 month ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    We ended up having tea hear, at the Water's Edge Hotel.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Adrian Allain

    Thanks for the Kalafrana photo JMR, We had some great barbies there and dancing to CCR's 'Bad Moon Rising'
    I've posted a pic of the Pretty Bay beach as it was then.

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    • 1 month ago
    • JMR

    I have just uploaded a photograph (subject to skyline approval of course) of Kalafrana which was mentioned in a post by Adrian. I use to swim there as a child too. I do not know what year the photograph was taken. We left Malta in 1969 so could be mid/late 60's. Hope it jogs a few memories.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Robert Collier

    Thank you Mary-Anne, nice to know how and when these places get altered.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Mags

    I have stayed in Pretty Bay twice this year and have to disgree about the Freeport not being a nice view.My husband and I found the coming and going of some of these huge boats quite interesting.We are in our 60's and found it a very relaxing place to stay.Already planning next years visit.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Robert Collier, when they where doing the free port, the sand that they lifted up, they put it in the bay, and created this lovely beach.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Robert Collier

    One thing I meant to ask is, where did they get all the sand from? when they extended St Georges beach in Paceville they got the sand from the Sahara, is that where they got this beach from, I have never actually been on this beach so I don't know what sort of sand they have got there.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Yes things have changed since 1969, but the beach is very nice now, and it never gets as busy as some other beaches, because it's quite big! The free port is not a nice view!! But when we go for a drink or lunch down there we look over to St Lucian Tower view!! Apearintly the hotel is quite a good one.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Robert Collier

    Oh my what a difference, they have certainly built up the area around the beach, not distasteful either.
    Thank you for sharing them with us Adrian.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Adrian Allain

    I have posted 2 photos of Pretty Bay which I took in 1969, when we lived in St. Angelo Street for a while. For comparison I show the view in 2004.
    In the photo looking along the sea wall you can just see the start of the sandy beach, which was small, but large enough for the population at that time. We used to swim at Kalafrana as well. Impossible now because of the free-port.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    By the way Dougie2, that beach was much more smaller, but it was sandy, but when they built the free port, the sand they lifted up, they put it there, and came this nice beach. If you go on the camera of St George's Bay in Birzebbuga you can see the free port.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    No I have not seen the waves going up as high as that, for a very long time!!
    Dougie 2, Birzebbuga is no where a busy as St Pauls Bay, Qawra Coast, Sliema. Very nice for a relaxing holiday. If you like walking or not, there is a lot to do. There is Marsaxlokk bay, the fishing village just near there, then there is a very nice bay called Marsaskala, with quite a nice promenade with nice restaurants where you can sit out with a beer and so on!! It all depends what you look for in a holiday. Hope that gave you an idea!!

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 (Bajja Sabiha); 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.

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