Birzebbugia - Water Polo Pitch and Pretty Bay live cam
Birzebbugia, view of Water Polo Pitch and Pretty Bay

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Birzebbugia - Water Polo Pitch and Pretty Bay

Although quite small, Birżebbuġa is a stunning holiday destination in the heart of the Maltese Pretty Bay (Bajja Sabiha); it is visited by many tourists who appreciate its sea and fantastic hinterland enriched by four valleys Wied Dalam, Wied Zembaq, Wied Qoton and Wied Buni boasting a variety of olive trees, Birżebbuġa has been famous over the centuries for the cultivation of olives still keeping the local economy very strong; its name confirms this since it is said to derive from the combination between 'Bir', meaning 'well' and 'żebbuġa', meaning 'olives'.

Birżebbuġa's man-made large sandy beach played an important role only in more recent years, the bay has been artificially filled with sand in occasion of the works for the construction of the Malta Freeport (Port Ħieles Ta' Malta), the sand collected from the seabed has turned a desolate rocky coast into a wonderful bay; however, the Malta Freeport and the uninterrupted coming and going of cargo vessels have partly destroyed Birżebbuġa's scenic views but didn't make it less attractive under other point of views, there are amazingly relaxing places, green areas, splendid beaches and crystal sea water, ideal conditions for all types of water sports, a variety of attractions such as the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows (1909, Parroċċa Marija Addolorata), St George's Church (1683, Knisja ta 'San Ġorġ), a modern seaside promenade, fashion clubs, high quality restaurants, a number of fortifications such as 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 and plenty of evidence of the earliest Phoenician settlement, the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, the Romans; its archaeological importance has made it very popular in the world especially for the caves of Għar Ħasan and Għar Dalam, and the Borġ in Nadur Temple, moreover the whole beach is surrounded by a lovely scenery made up of modern buildings and high quality facilities which increase its charm and beauty.

Today Birżebbuġa is also undertaking in an ambitious as well as realistic project that, after having faced bureaucratic problems, has finally started, this project concerns the construction of a modern and competitive waterpolo pitch and club house (Water Polo Pitch in Birżebbuġa, Il-Pitch tal-waterpolo ta' Birzebbugia), a large structure (33x25 mtrs) built above the current waterline, an excellent and funny opportunity for children, sports enthusiasts as well as elderly and disabled persons.

The area involved has been strongly influenced by the building of Malta Freeport, in order to accomodate its large ships, extensive dredging works have been made and deepen the seabed in the centre of the bay so that most of this sand was pumped onto the shoreline, thus forming a sandy beach and resulting in the lowering of the seabed and a less circulation of the water within the pool, the extremely stagnant and noxious water has so prevented any possible kind of competitive matches; as a consequence the number of visitors went drastically down and the Aquatic & Sports Club's financial resources, intended to maintain it in operational state, became fewer; over the years the situation has changed, the works finally started and a new Water Polo Pitch will be soon up and running again.

Cam on-line since: 01/18/2014

Comments

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • Carine

    visited last week ... pity that the snake is already a little damaged :( but had a great time and took some fine photo's #love#malta

  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    just watched the easyjet flight from Newcastle cross on its way to land.

  • avatar
    • 6 months ago
    • Joseph

    Gale force winds in Malta today.

  • avatar
    • 9 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    15nov18--" The most artistic public bench in Europe " illuminated in the evenings is spectacular. Thank You to our hosts, Birzebbuga Aquatic & Sports Club & Thomas Smith Co. Insurance Agency & Malta Freeport Senoir Team Sponsor.

  • avatar
    • 9 months ago
    • Pauline kimber

    Yes..I made a previous comment about that lump of wood..supposed to be a snake....
    a waste of space and money...I’ve never seen anybody sitting on it!

  • avatar
    • 10 months ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    I agree Alan, it’s something or nothing!! They should have done a few benches, for people to sit on, and enjoy the view!!

  • avatar
    • 10 months ago
    • alan slade

    Same here Mary-Anne and I still do not think its right for there a big white blo

  • avatar
    • 10 months ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Yesterday it was the first evening, I’ve seen the snake lit up. A bit late, summer nearly finished now.

  • avatar
    • 10 months ago
    • DaveS

    Was a lovely day walking from Bizebbuga to Marsaxlokk

  • avatar
    • 11 months ago
    • Anton Izzo

    Happening just now , club's swimming gala, what a wonderful view to watch from your own house.A beautiful sunny day but with a cool breeze. Well done BASC.

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • Capture Sam

    8aug18--Other than the builders/workers today was the first time I viewed folks sitting on " The most artistic public bench in Europe " . It looked like a family of 7 or 8 with a baby stroller and the kids seemed to like trying different positions. Fantastic. EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • alan slade

    had a look at night more than once and still the same drab bit of brown wood Capture Sam

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • J.C. Borg

    I have just been near the Water Polo Pitch, there was someone in the water, some people in the restaurant, OK.
    But I also saw a lot of unfinished work. Why?? Seems that the organizers are in disagreement what to do next.

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • Capture Sam

    26jul18--The Snake has now been put back together and there seems to be lighting fixtures now. ( gotta remember to look at night ) . EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    alan slade. it's artwork in I believe the form of a snake and doubles up as seating. if you click on their logo I'm sure that they will explain all. gan canny tho'

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • Capture Sam

    17jul18--Over one million hits, fantastic. Pool and Snake are looking great. Thank You to our hosts, Birzebbuga Aquatic & Sports Club & Thomas Smith Co. Insurance Agency & Malta Freeport Senoir Team Sponsor. EnJoy EnJoy