Among the many things that I like to do in this world, one THAT always gives me A good feeling…the Sunday stroll!
I think that the Sunday stroll is like a tradition and a custom for every family who can reserve the Sunday for an open-air activity.
My destination for this mid November Sunday was Qrendi. The sky in the South of Malta seemed to have the intention to rain and the sunrays gently filtered the clouds, almost vaporizing themselves on the countryside around.
From the last bus stop in Zurrieq, a village of which I post about recently, I took the street “triq il-Qrendi” towards the homonymous village only few hundred metres. (Click here to discover Zurrieq).
I had as a guide the map “Proposed Heritage Walk” edited by Qrendi Local Council.
I can suggest a morning exploration and you will manage to follow both of the routes:
– The Village core Heritage Walk
– The Countryside Heritage Walk
This little village, with less than 3000 inhabitants, boasts a long history!
In fact within its boundaries you can visit two well-known megalithic temples called Mnajdra and Ħaġar Qim, dating back to the around 3000 B.C.
Reminder that the Maltese Neolithic temple are among the oldest freestanding structures in the world!
So you can actually visit Qrendi in the morning and end your visit at the Temples site or at the Blue Grotto.
About the core village I can say that everything that I saw about Qrendi enchanted me!
In particular the peacefulness of its narrow streets, the feeling of being in another time where the modern world has yet to arrive. Instead of large skyscrapers, you can find lace curtains on small windows of a country house.
I loved the simple beauty of the facade of St Mary’s Parish Church, and the little bakery on its right.
The church and the bakery seem to tell a story to me of a village where the Benedictine expression ‘ora et labora‘ is still alive.
Prayer and work ennoble man, for the Friars. I also like to think of bread as a symbol of sharing a good thing, that comes from Mother Earth, the same good thing that is shared with the eucharistic bread during the Sunday mass, so that Heaven and Earth are symbolically together.
As Qrendi is a Maltese village the Band Clubs palaces cannot miss!
It is not a feast if there is no music, so the two local bands of Santa Marija next to the parish and the Lourdes Band Club guarantee a great show. The first on the 15th of August to celebrate the Ascension of Our Lady or Feast of Santa Marija and the second on the last Sunday of June (can be also the first Sunday of July) to celebrate Our Lady of Lourdes.
The traditional religious feasts in Malta are the best occasion to immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy the atmosphere of the band, the procession, the colourful statues, foods and of course the fireworks, a must for any Maltese Feast!
Malta always surprises me… who would have thought to find an exhibition dedicated to insects in Qrendi??
However, I have not yet revealed the legend of Maqluba, click here