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Bahrija


Baħrija, the Maltese word for moth, is a very small rural village in the limits of Rabat Malta, with a population of about 3,000 that is constantly growing. 

Bahrija is one of the highest places in Malta, and since it is exposed to the cold northern winds coming over the sea, the weather here is cooler than that of the lower parts of Malta. From this village one can see most of the north of Malta and the south west of Gozo. Also on a clear still night, a line of street lights is visible on the horizon to the north, where Sicily is. 

Although Bahrija has little rich soil, much of its land is used for agriculture, mostly growing grape vines and other common fruit that can withstand the harsh heat of the summer and the lack of soil.

The Victoria Lines start in the zone of Bahrija known as Kuncizzjoni. The Victoria Lines, a unique monument of military architecture, are a line of fortifications flanked by defensive towers, that spans 12 kilometres along the width of the Maltese Islands, dividing the north of the island from south. 

The newly built church, which is dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, celebrates its annual feast on 11th November. This feast is associated with an old tradition where a bag full of an assortment of nuts and fresh fruit is given to young children on the day.

Another tradition present exclusively in Baħrija is the annual fair which is held on the 1st Sunday after the feast, where an assortment of goods are given away in a number of lotteries.

Bahrija is a good place for an enjoyable quite walk and for cliff climbing in the area of Fomm ir-Rih. This area is characterised by a fault line, which creates an interesting landscape with vertical cliffs, and a pebble beach. The bay and the land form one of the most stunning scenic views.

Baħrija’s restaurants are famous for the cooking of the Maltese traditional food, the Rabbit.

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