Mellieha is a modern town, noted for its large private villas overlooking the bay although it has managed to retain some of its rural and original character. It was once an isolated 15th century hamlet which was abandoned for a couple of centuries as it was vulnerable to pirate attacks. Since it was re-populated in the 18th century it has developed into a flourishing fishing town (try say that after a few shandy's!) retaining a quaint historic centre with narrow streets. For history buffs you need to check out the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin which is a national shrine where it is claimed a fresco of the Madonna and Child is said to have been painted by St. Luke.
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