Casa Rustika, Malta

Zejtun - Places of Interest

Zejtun has many places of interest to see.

For a full insight into the history and up-to-date events list, consult the local council website :

Zejtun's origins lie in antiquity judging by discoveries in the area of Punic tombs and the remains of a large Roman villa complete with cisterns and olive press. Olive oil production here probably continued into Arabic times: the village derives its name from the semitic word `zejt' meaning olive. The nearby prehistoric site of Ta' Silg suggests the area was inhabited even earlier. Zejtun was elevated to town status by the last Grand Master in Malta, Ferdinand de Hompesch, who named it `Citta' Beland' after his mother's lineage. Zejtun, lying near to Marsaxlokk and Marsascala Bays, was easily open to attack from Barbary Corsairs and the Ottoman Turks. You can still see some fortified houses in the village core. Zejtun today retains much of historical interest. The Parish Church of St Catherine (1692), described as `the cathedral of the South', is perhaps the finest work of Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafa'. The Old Parish Church of St Gregory, dating back to 1592, is a fascinating church. In 1969, a secret passage was discovered in the church walls. Intended perhaps as a safe place for villagers when Zejtun was under attack, these passages revealed the skeletal remains of some 80 or people.

Bus Route Numbers: 27, 29, 30



The South is characterised by its fishing villages and quiet bays. It offers an authentic insight into Maltese rural life. It is also the location of two of Malta's prehistoric temples, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra. The region is largely undeveloped and ideal for excursions. Marsascala is the South's main coastal resort and a favourite place for local people and visitors on summer evenings. Marsaxlokk is Malta's premier fishing port; its bay is lined with old houses, fish restaurants and cafes. Highlight of the week here is the Sunday market displaying an astonishing and colourful array of fish. Nearby villages Zejtun, Zurrieq, Qrendi, Safi and Mqabba are typical of Maltese rural life. They also reveal some interesting medieval chapels and baroque parish churches. Highlights further northwards include the Blue Grotto at Wied iz-Zurrieq, sea-level caves accessible only by boat.