Easily termed as, “One of Malta’s jewels in the crown”, the small and quaint village of Qrendi, located in the South West of the Maltese Islands, boasts of a wealth of breathtaking scenery, a treasure trove of history, a rich religious cultural heritage, legends and a peaceful rural environment based on potato harvesting.
Beautiful landscapes comprising a magnificent coastline, adorned with an array of caves and grottos, enchanced by a rich colourful marine flora and fauna, complement our sky blue, clear, and refreshing seas. An invitation for all to experience boat visits to Wied iż-Żurrieq and the Blue Grotto.
Evidence of “Early Man” in the form of the Neolithic Temples of Ħaġar Qim, Mnajdra, the Misraħ is-Sinjura Dolmen, and the Misqa water tanks, take our visitors as far back in history as 3500 B.C. and are visited by the vast majority of our foreign visitors.
In the year 1858, an abundance of fossilized bones, teeth and tusks of extinct animals that included elephants, hippopotami and raptors, were found in the Locality of Qrendi close to the Mnajdra Temples, and where many paleontologists have since made the Magħlaq area their hunting grounds.
Qrendi’s religious culture is at its best during the summer months with the celebration of the feasts of the village’s patron Santa Marija in August, and that of our Lady of Lourdes in July. A time when religion, culture, history and the Qrendi pyrotechnic abilities blend together in honour of Marija, the Blessed Virgin, and Mother of the Son of Almighty God.
Visits to the Qrendi parish church, as well as to the village’s wayside chapels of San Mattew tal-Maqluba, Sant’Anna, Santa Katerina, il-Madonaa tal-Ħniena, is-Salvatur, and tal-Grazzja, also offer an insight into the village’s rich religious heritage.
Late Medieval and Early Modern interventions can be witnessed through the presence of the coastal towers of Torri Sciutu, Torri tal-Ħamrija, and the inland Torri tal-Kaptan, together with the Guarena and Guttenberg palaces, all giving evidence of the strategic importance that Qrendi played during past ages.
Walks through the village’s natural and rural surroundings give one the opportunity of blending a healthy lifestyle with the appreciation of a countryside designated for potato harvesting, and where crops are sown in the shelter of carob trees growing in abundance in our fields.
Mayor of Qrendi