Baħrija,meaning moth in Maltese, is a small rural village in Rabat, Malta, with a low population density. It is also known in English as Baħria, of which the Counts Moscati were granted ownership by the Grand Master of Malta.
Baħrija has two churches, one old and re-inaugurated in 2013 and a newer church, built in 1984, dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours who is also the patron Saint of Baħrija’s feast, held annually on 11 November. During this feast an old tradition is upheld of giving young children bags full of nuts, sweets and fresh fruit. Baħrija also has an annual fair which is held on the Sunday before the feast, where an assortment of goods are given away in a number of lucky draws. The area is also know for traditional Maltese cooking in its restaurants.
Bahrija is one of the most elevated locations in Malta, benefiting from cooler weather. Most of the north of Malta is visible from here, but the south west of Gozo (including Xlendi) is also visible.
Most of the area’s land is used for agriculture, growing grape vines and other common fruit that can withstand the harsh summer heat. Bahrija is a good place for walks: Fomm ir-Rih walk, or for Maltese heritage, the Victoria lines start at Kuncizzjoni.