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Meet the Locals

Meet the locals: The four southern villages experience

Far from the mainstream leisure tourism there’s pretty much more to discover in Malta. A culture to get in touch with and a community to enter.

This project is about the real Malta and its name “Discovering Malta and Gozo through its People and Culture” , clearly reflects its aim: it is not just making people coming to Malta, it is about giving new possibilities to this Island to be an innovative reality. We can make Malta a reference model by showing people that there are many ways of "Discovering Malta and Gozo".

The core concept is more focused community based tour rather than the generic sightseeing tour. Community based tourism is about people and intercultural experience through food stories and traditions that feature at the locality. It is an experience that can give the possibility to discover some of the lesser known histories which no guidebook so far could possibly recall.



Located in the south east of Malta Qrendi is an interesting and worth visiting village. First historically mentioned in 1417 in a militia list, Qrendi and its core centre has so much to offer: starting from the baroque parish church to the breath taking sight of the huge karstic depression of Il-Maqaluba which plunged from a cliff. The rural environment adorned with a fine legend, a medieval Octagonal Tower and St Mathews Church; located on the edge of the Maqaluba doline Qrendi seems to be the perfect place to enjoy  a glass of wine at Gnien tal-Kmand surrounded by a quiet and charming atmosphere before plunging into this beautiful spot.


Small villages often hide more than we can imagine and Kirkop is exactly the case. Don’t be misled by its dimensions: Kirkop has a great history and tradition. Indeed its motto is “Parva non Iners", which means “small but not empty”. Starting from the Annunciation Chapel, a small medieval church still in use for special sermons, we will then discover the Parish Church dedicated to St Leonard with more than 400 years of history inside it. And if history means tradition there is nothing more traditional than food and its preparation: be enchanted by the traditional ġbejniet preparation and feel part of the community workers visiting a limestone quarry.  


Mqabba is a typical Maltese village in the south of the country, situated in the heart of a soft limestone area and characterized by a homey and quiet atmosphere. What makes Mqabba attractive is the strong religious tradition within the locals, particularly involved in the folkloristic religious feasts that express the soul of the village.

The importance of Mqabba is shown by the archaeological remains; Mintna Paleo Christian Catacombs are one the attractions that characterize the village. Starting from this you can visit the Old Hospital and enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of tea proceeding for the Parish Church, Mqabba’s landmark. The atmosphere will be particularly evocative during the concert in St Michael Chapel, followed by a Maltese dinner in a typical band club that will give you the possibility to meet and mix with the locals.


Meet the locals experience cannot avoid involving Safi, a small village born seven hundred years ago as a meeting point between farmers and peasants during their way back home from work. 
Safi perfectly represents the typical Maltese atmosphere that you can find in the Southern villages.
Despite its small size has much to offer: from the Xarolla Catacombs to the Roman Wall that you can admire walking towards Church Square. 
Particularly evocative will be the concert in St Paul’s Parish Church and visiting the blacksmith you will be involved in a unique Safi Experience.
The tour will give the opportunity to mix with the locals while enjoying a local honey tasting or Maltese food in St Paul Band Club.  



Booking and information:

Phone: +356 27334442



Price: 60 € per person

Transport and food included


Pick up points:

Dolmen Hotel bus stop – Qawra

Love Monument – St Julian

Ferries- Sliema



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