Birżebbuġa is a growing seaside resort in the South East part of Malta, lying between Kalafrana and the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. It hosts around 10,000 inhabitants, and has been a popular tourist destination particularly because of the archaeological sites of Ghar Dalam and Borg in-Nadur, as well as the sandy beach of Pretty Bay. The village derives its name from Maltese, translating into a ‘well of olives’. The meaning can be seen in the town’s coat of arms – a blue chevron and an olive branch on a white background. The blue represents the sea while the olive branch represents the significance of this tree in the past local economy.
The town is built around Pretty Bay, encouraging the establishment of various shops, cafes, restaurants, a hotel, and several other tourist amenities along the coastline. There is a popular gazebo and a children’s playing field in Pretty bay, surrounded by a walkway that crosses the sandy beach. The neighbouring St. George’s Bay has a rocky shoreline, which makes it popular for sun bathing, snorkelling, sailing and fishing. It is also famous for pre-historic cart Ruts that run across the beach.
There are two popular band clubs in Birzebbuga which contribute to the town with music of the highest quality. Both bands march through the town during the feast of St. Peter in chains that is celebrated every first weekend of August. The highlight of the feast is the carrying of St. Peter’s Statue leaving from the Parish Church going around the streets coupled with a spectacular firework display. The main streets are brightly decorated and lined with kiosks selling nougat, candy floss and other typical food.