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Bus numbers 61, 62 from Valletta - then bus number 109 to Bahrija
Baħrija is a small rural village in the limits of Rabat in the Western part of Malta. It has a population of around 3,000 that is gradually increasing with time. The name Baħrija translates to ‘a moth’ in English. There are two churches present, one of which is not used, and another one built in 1984, dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, whose festa is celebrated on the 11th of November. During this day, several Maltese go along with the tradition and give a bag of mixed fruits and nuts to all children. An annual fair is held every Sunday following this feast, where a variety of goods are given away in a number of lotteries. Located on high grounds, Baħrija is exposed to the cold winds coming from the north over the sea, and therefore has cooler weather than the rest of the island. There are panoramic views from this village, covering the north of Malta as well as the South West of Gozo, and if you’re lucky, on days with good visibility, you can even see Sicily. In the southern side of Bahrija is the Qlejja Valley with its ridge having rock-cut water cisterns and silos dating from the Bronze Age (c. 1400 B.C.). These remains are a fairly steep climb up a rugged hill, but the hike is worth even for the views alone. The most important finds from this site are in the National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta.
Bahrija is well known for the beauty of its surrounding countryside, there are numerous walking treks. You can explore Fomm ir-Rih for a cliff walk, or explore the Victoria Lines starting from the Kuncizzjoni. There is also a farming community, growing mostly growing grape vines and other fruits that can withstand the harsh heat of summer and the high winds.
Things to see and do:
Countryside walks: Bahrija is surrounded by countryside, so it's an ideal destination for trekking, especially during the winter season.
Eat traditional rabbit: Go for a fenkata in one of many local restaurants in Bahrija.