Mellieha is an attractive hilltop village with a central street winding downhill. This is one of Malta's most picturesque tourist destinations which has a huge 18th-century church with an ancient shrine, fine restaurants and shops. Situated 30km west of Valletta, people come here for the peace and relaxation, for the watersports and for the option of a little sightseeing. The beach at Mellieha Bay is clean and gently shelving, with golden sand and shallow water making it ideal for children. It boasts stunning views across the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea, with long, rocky headlands giving the bay a secluded, protected feel.