Ta' Qali Crafts Village
Ta' Qali Crafts Village
3.5
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  • Holidaymaker186543
    Inverness, United Kingdom27 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    This craft village will be really good when it is finished. There are a good few premises open as you move through but it would be beneficial to have some of the buildings at the start open as initially it gives the impression there is nothing much there. Definitely worth a visit and will be better once more units are open.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • ladycheetah
    Kempton, Pennsylvania172 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit if you want gifts for yourself or others
    We decided to go to Ta' Qali toward the end of our week in Malta and we hadn't done any research. We were pleasantly surprised that the shops that were open, were very nice and offered high-quality goods. It's a "planned" shopping village right outside of Mdina, and seemed to be about 40-50% occupied. Bristol Potteries Limited and Valetta Glass were two of my favorites. There were lots of options for gifts for others and yourself!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 7, 2023
  • Peter Simmons
    London, United Kingdom84 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blown away ! 🥛
    Stop off at Ta'quila Craft Village just outside Mdina (bus 186) goes right past. The highlight has to be VALETTA glass shop where you can see glass being blown and then visit the glass shop attached. Breathtaking. The old world war 2 huts are now few and far between - visit while you can. And combine with a trip to Mdina. Allow 60 mins.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 16, 2023
  • Tourist c_z_
    Zlin, Czech Republic76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good place for souvenir shopping
    Lots of souvenir shops, but hard to find parking space in front of them. Mdina Glass and Valetta Glass are located apart from each other. But still it is interesting to visit. I was happy no shop assistants were pushy to sell. Went with my hired car. I bought just glass tumblers as gift and am satisfied.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 6, 2024
  • A Rob
    96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I loved the crafts village and the people working here
    Picturesque crafts village purpose built to hold crafts and arts people, including potters. Lovely place, very lovely store owners and customer service staff, wide range of collection of jewellery, pottery, souvenirs, diamonds, silver, etc. I particularly liked the range of prices, that there was something for every budget. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the unfortunate company I kept; my friend who wanted to go there actually moaned because it had been renovated, but then all she did was moan for 7 days anyway even though we did everything she demanded. Thanks to the jewellery maker in Exquisite for keeping the Mona occupied while I chose gold earrings for my Christmas present from my uncle. Otherwise I’d have been rushed out of there because Mona wanted to do what she wanted when she wanted, without a second thought to me or anyone else. Since she had already bought what she wanted, she wanted to leave. I wish the village had facilities for storing bad friends, but apart from that it was a lovely place to visit. There was also space to walk away from the incessant mad chattering of Mona, which was wonderful for the ten minutes I managed to obtain peace and tranquillity, before she found me. The views are also lovely and I wish I’d taken a picnic.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 13, 2024
  • Mdwguy
    Chicago, Illinois75 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a stop if in the area.
    Ta’ Quali is an interesting place to visit, especially if going to Rabat or Mdina since it’s on the way. There’s a few shops open that are definitely worth a visit for crafts. Most of the village is not yet open and still under construction, but the shops that are open have great finds.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 20, 2024
  • TravelbugYorkshire
    73 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A work in progress!
    Still very much under construction and much of it looks like a building site. Enjoyed the Valetta Glass shop and it was interesting to see the glass blowing but that was about it for me. Jewellery shops open, very small cafe attached to pottery shop. Bus 56 stops directly outside the village and was on time coming back thank goodness. I am sure this will all be lovely when it's finished but keep expectations in check for now.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 20, 2024
  • Berakas
    Salisbury, United Kingdom20 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit and should get better as it businesses move in
    The village is accessible bus service or the Hop On Hop Off tourist bus, as well as by car with a car park. It takes about an hour and 15 to get there by bus from Sliema/Valletta. However it is relatively new and there are not many businesses there yet. A few jewellery shops, several glass and ceramics stores ( they let you view the glass blowing which is interesting) one cafe and a really inspiring olive wood shop with a creative owner who will do bespoke work. I would recommend visiting it. Opposite the village is the Malta Aviation Museum, with exhibits of aircraft, a beautiful Second World War chapel, a complete Spitfire and Hurricane and many other historic and interesting artefacts. It is well worth a visit, especially if you are interested in Malta’s sacrifices and contributions to the war effort.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 23, 2024
  • anezreltub
    Ramsey, United Kingdom201 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Will Be Better Once Buildings Finished!
    We've visited here many times and it is currently undergoing a massive revamp. It is built on an old airfield and previously the units were old 'nissan' huts...now all sandstone buildings, so part of the initial charm and history has gone. Currently only about 6 units have shops in them, I would suggest around 30 once building works are completed. It's a bit like a UK Outlet Village but no designer labels! My Dad walks with a stick and it's fairly spread out which was a bit of an issue, saying that the paths are smooth and even with a decent free carpark. Cafe did lovely smoothies and the pottery works were beautiful with a wide range in styles and budget.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2024
  • Jules060617
    Lausanne, Switzerland1,482 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too spread-out, decent prices, mixed quality
    Friends had recommended us visiting this artisanal hub. We were frankly disappointed. For one, the different shops are very spread out, and there are no maps to help guide one to areas of interest. Secondly, some shops seemed expensive (ceramics), others appeared to be very reasonable but of questionable quality (jewelry and gems). However, our driver took us to Mdina Glass, a little off-site, where there was an extensive and varied collection to choose from (we bought some Christmas ornaments).
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2024
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SIRNED
UK237 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The craft village as it was, is no more. In true Maltese fashion it has been ‘upgraded’. Sadly this means that what should have been finished in Dec 2018 is nowhere near ready. This ‘improvement has been in the cards for 20 years but the result means things will never be the same. Apart from large premises like the glass factories all crafts an Nissan huts are no more, so the chaotic shambles that once was is slowly and expensively turning into a white elephant. Many of the individual businesses have gone and there is little chance of many returning. Those that have stuck it out have seen trade plummet and costs (of their new premise) soar, probably beyond the financial of many traders. The site is still a tip with roads closed or dug up with little indication of much positive activity at all. The idea was a good on, but in true Maltese fashion, it has been appallingly handled. It should look good when or if it is ever finished, up I cannot see it ever having character or returning to a state of interest to tourists. There were many ways this site could have been converted, but it seems to be failing on most fronts. All the little characters have gone with the cost of them building their own premises to the standard seemingly required bond for ever. It couldn’t have been left as it was, but now I can never see it returning to the attraction it once was. I feel sorry for those once trading there and the bigger premises that have remained though the incompetence of the rebuild. Only a government could have organised this and only a government could have failed so spectacularly. Such a shame that a huge opportunity has been mismanaged with such incompetence. Good luck to those still trading or still trying to, I hope it works for you, but I cannot see much financial success for those left working on the site by this wasted opportunity. It will take you longer to get there, especially by the occasional bus, than you will need to spend looking around.
Written February 6, 2020
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nikkilou1969
Lincolnshire, UK90 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I’ve been here before but more than 20 years ago. It’s definitely gone downhill so not worth a visit at the minute especially as almost everything is closed. It was such a shame to see all the lovely little huts derelict or gone. I understand they’re building a new village which I hope will be great but you can’t replicate the original quaintness of Ta’Qali.
On the edge of the village you will find the fabulous Mdina and Valletta Glass. These two places more than make up for the lack of other shops and their products are amazing. So don’t go expecting lots of places to shop but do go for the glass sellers.
Written January 25, 2020
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Trevor N
Jersey, UK805 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Visited this by bus on our way to Mdina. Frankly a complete waste of time apart from a very good cup of tea at the tiny cafe within the ceramic table shop, it’s easy to miss it.

Basically this is under construction. Some shops we open but these had a rather new and clinical feel to them, and with all the building work going n around those that were open it didn’t create a pleasant atmosphere for shopping.
Written September 27, 2022
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Peter Simmons
London, UK84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Stop off at Ta'quila Craft Village just outside Mdina (bus 186) goes right past.

The highlight has to be VALETTA glass shop where you can see glass being blown and then visit the glass shop attached. Breathtaking.

The old world war 2 huts are now few and far between - visit while you can. And combine with a trip to Mdina.
Allow 60 mins.
Written December 16, 2023
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John C
Midsomer Norton, UK46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Although Ta Qali is in the middle of a major change, a number of the key craft shops remain. Valletta glass and Exquisite jewellery remain and in both you can see the items being made on site. We’ll worth persisting with as the site develops and is completed.
Written November 10, 2022
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SIRNED
UK237 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The craft village has lost its character, all the dreadful uneven surfaces and sadly quite a few or the previous crafts operating from the WWII Nissan huts, which have also now gone. I did take a photo or two, but they are not worth reproducing yet as many sites are either empty or still under construction. This is a project that was considered some decades ago. A start was made, in true Maltese style, so everything has taken much longer than it should and never works out quite as well as it should. There are some gems of crafts starting to make a visit there worthwhile again. The glass factories are still operating as is Alka ceramics all of which are worth a visit and I seem never to leave without buying something! For jewellery Exquisite Jewellery is always worth a stop and you can see the famous filigree being made too.
Written February 22, 2023
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A Rob
96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Picturesque crafts village purpose built to hold crafts and arts people, including potters. Lovely place, very lovely store owners and customer service staff, wide range of collection of jewellery, pottery, souvenirs, diamonds, silver, etc. I particularly liked the range of prices, that there was something for every budget. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the unfortunate company I kept; my friend who wanted to go there actually moaned because it had been renovated, but then all she did was moan for 7 days anyway even though we did everything she demanded. Thanks to the jewellery maker in Exquisite for keeping the Mona occupied while I chose gold earrings for my Christmas present from my uncle. Otherwise I’d have been rushed out of there because Mona wanted to do what she wanted when she wanted, without a second thought to me or anyone else. Since she had already bought what she wanted, she wanted to leave. I wish the village had facilities for storing bad friends, but apart from that it was a lovely place to visit. There was also space to walk away from the incessant mad chattering of Mona, which was wonderful for the ten minutes I managed to obtain peace and tranquillity, before she found me. The views are also lovely and I wish I’d taken a picnic.
Written January 13, 2024
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Jules060617
Lausanne, Switzerland1,482 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Friends had recommended us visiting this artisanal hub. We were frankly disappointed. For one, the different shops are very spread out, and there are no maps to help guide one to areas of interest. Secondly, some shops seemed expensive (ceramics), others appeared to be very reasonable but of questionable quality (jewelry and gems). However, our driver took us to Mdina Glass, a little off-site, where there was an extensive and varied collection to choose from (we bought some Christmas ornaments).
Written April 17, 2024
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Travelingwookie1
Newton Aycliffe, UK1,313 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Small crafts village that appears to be in the process of being expended. Presently the village is home to glass, wood, stone and ceramics. There's also a small cafe.

It's not extensive and won't take you long to look around. Partner this with a look around the aviation musuem and you can kill about an hour.
Written September 15, 2022
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Barbara F
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This will be quite a wonderful spot when the buildings are occupied but right now it’s a complete waste of time. I found only four stores occupied and open and nothing unique. You can find everything here in Valletta and even better Maltese artist creations at “Souvenirs ThatDon’t Suck” or “ Il-Local” (my favorite shop on Malta!) or “Cecik”…all within walking distance of each other in Valletta.
Written July 18, 2023
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