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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 (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.

Cam on-line since: 08/10/2013

Comments

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • William Clarke

    Spent a day down in Birzebbuga, first time for about ten years, had pleasant day on beach, and a paddle, local men catching a lot of small stuff that went home for the pot I presume, some anglers on Exiles bay give the local cats a treat, they come down when angler is spotted, clever felines eh.

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • DaveS

    Walking on beach today, I think the grass helps keep the sand more secure.Some of the other man made beaches in Malta do not last as long without rework to keep the sand in place

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    • 2 months ago
    • Pauline kimber

    I refer to my last post.....such a shame the beach isn’t tip top ....all this grass on the beach should be taken away as all people do in the summer is put their disgusting cigarette ends on it .........all needs to be sand ....look at the best beaches in tourist destinations.....no grass !

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    • 3 months ago
    • Pauline kimber

    I hope now that the skate / board ,bike area is more or less finished that the outside is finished and not left all scruffy and untidy!
    Otherwise will spoil the area . Needs more waste bins in Birzebbugia on the paved area ..

  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • Michael Clare

    A Very Merry Christmas to all Skyline Viewers and Best Wishes from Michael Caroline & James

  • avatar
    • 7 months ago
    • DaveS

    The guys are working hard on the President Project, The Skate Park. Plenty concrete has been poured and park is looking far nearer to completion now.

  • avatar
    • 10 months ago
    • sej016

    I think that this is a low quality camera with a slow link as well. It keeps freezing quite frequently.

  • avatar
    • 10 months ago
    • Michael Clare

    Good Morning All..... What a beautiful beach, and we will be on the other side of this Camera Lens a week today and enjoying the Maltese Hospitality along with our good friends from Holland, Dumbarton, Sheffield and Bolton.

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • DaveS

    Remember during the current roadworks all buss's wil not return via the normal return bus stop.To leave Birebugga catch the bus at bus stops which are arriving bus stop and stay on the bus as it goes to the end of the line and returns to Valletta by a signed Temp' route.

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • Capture Sam

    12may18--One Million Hits, Birżebbuġa Beach and Pretty Bay. EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • Pauline kimber

    How much longer before this skateboard park is finished ?

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • Michael Clare

    “Happy Easter” to all in Malta and Skyline viewers from Caroline & Michael and James ....

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • ROBERT MACAULAY

    The pile of sand is for the skateboard park they are making there.

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • Pauline kimber

    What’s the pile of sand for at the far of the picture ?

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • Capture Sam

    29dec17-- A Thank You to our host, Water's Edge - Malta, for sponsoring this 'live cam' view of Birżebbuġa Beach and Pretty Bay stunning.

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    • 1 year ago
    • Derek05

    Avril, Bolton?? We lived there for many years, but moved a little farther North last year.