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Subject: Roads in Malta, List of beaches, List of tallest buildings in Malta, List of Roman public baths, Postal codes in Malta
Collection: St. Paul's Bay, Towns in Malta
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Xemxija is located in Malta
Country  Malta
Region Northern Region
District Northern District
Local council St. Paul's Bay
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code SPB
Dialing code 356

Xemxija (, pronounced shem-shee-ya) is a suburb on the western part of St. Paul's Bay in the Northern Region, Malta. It is a quiet resort, surrounded by Maltese countryside and some of the most fertile valleys in Malta. There is also a picturesque small fishing harbour. The resort is the gateway to the sandy beaches of Golden Bay to the west, and to Mellieħa Bay to the north. There are a few hotels and restaurants in Xemxija, but nightlife, shops and bars can be found in nearby St. Paul's Bay, Buġibba and Qawra.


The area around Xemxija has been inhabited since prehistoric times. It contains a number of archaeological sites, which now form a heritage trail. These include a number of rock-hewn tombs,[1] remains of two megalithic temples,[2][3] a Bronze Age grain silo,[4] trogloditic dwellings, cart ruts, a Roman road, and Roman apiaries.[5]

In around 1715, the Order of St. John built Arrias Battery as part of a series of fortifications defending Malta's coastline. The redoubt was also called Xemxija Battery since it was on the sunny side of the bay (xemxija means "sunny" in Maltese), and the area around it became known as Xemxija. Today, the redoubt is a restaurant.[6]

An underground emergency flour mill was built in Xemxija during the Cold War. It has been restored to working condition by the Fondazzjoni Wirt Industrijali Malti, and is now open to the public.[7]

Since the 1980s, many apartment blocks have been built in Xemxija, and the area is now a small resort.


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