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Welcome to the official website dedicated to the Majjistral Nature and History Park, Malta's first natural national park.

The area in the northwest of Malta, which includes the coastal area from Golden Bay to Il-Prajjet and ix- Xagħra l-Ħamra, was declared a national park by the Government of Malta by Legal Notice 251 of 2007 in September 2007. The Park has taken the name of the northwest wind/region: majjistral in the Maltese language.

The Park’s area includes a stretch of 6km of protected coast designated as part of a larger Special Area of Conservation of International Importance within the Natura 2000 network of sites as per the European Habitats Directive. The directive calls for the effective management of such sites through the adoption and implementation of management plans.

The Majjistral Park also contains a number of historical and archaeological sites that have been identified in one of a series of studies commissioned by the Malta Tourism Authority. Whilst various areas of the park still sustain agricultural activities, other areas consist of natural habitats. The park organises regular outdoor activities which aim to encourage an active lifestyle while becoming aware of the natural heritage of the area. Educational school visits are held during the cooler months while summer sees more of a focus on the coast with guided snorkelling sessions offered at the beautiful sandy beach of Golden Bay which has been designated as Beach of Quality according to international Blue Flag criteria.

The Park is being managed by the Heritage Parks Federation consisting of 3 NGOs involved in coastal management, cultural restoration and environmental protection. The management is overseen by a management board, composed of 3 representatives from the NGOs, three from the public sector, Mellieħa Local Council and a chairperson. The Management Board is currently made up of the following members: Chairperson: Dr. Carmen Sammut, Members: Ms Nadia Suda Lanzon, Mr Darren Saliba, Mr Joe Cristina, Mr John Buttigieg, Mr Peter Mamo, Mr. Martin Galea, Dr. Rudolf Ragonesi, Mr. Vince Attard.

The Park is a member of the EUROPARC Federation which represents protected areas in 35 countries.

European Day of Parks 2014 - Anne-Marie Austad wins with her entry inspired by Majjistral Park

European Day of Parks 2014 - Anne-Marie Austad wins with her entry inspired by Majjistral Park

"Finally, the European Day of Parks campaign “Parks for Nature. Parks for well-being. Parks for peace” chooses its winner with an overwhelming number of votes!

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2014 European Day of Parks contest winner, Anne-Marie Austad, author of a stunningly beautiful artwork created for a special event organised by Il-Majjistral Nature And History Park, Malta in conjunction with FALKO youths and researchers celebrating the EuropeanDayofParks - "An Evening with Shearwaters". 

The international competition was organised by the Europarc federation of which Majjistral park forms part.

The Majjistral Park management would like to extend its congratulations to Anne-Marie - a keen birder and trainee ringer who has been very active in the local volunteering scence for the conservation of birds.