Wardija is a small village located in the St. Paul’s Bay area of Malta and its name is believed to have originated from the Sicilian or Italian word “guardia,” which means ‘to watch.’
Surrounded by the neighbouring areas of Bidnija, Buġibba, San Martin, and Pwales, the area boasts a rich history, with archaeological remains dating back to prehistoric and Roman times, indicating that it has been inhabited for centuries. Wardija underwent a transformation in the 16th to 18th centuries when it became a popular hunting destination with the construction of hunting lodges, castles and chapels, making the area a major attraction for anyone interested in history.
Many knights and noble families built country residences in here, initially intended as places of respite during hunting trips or simply as country retreats. Some of these grand houses are still owned by the descendants of the original builders, while others have been repurposed as private homes, commercial accommodation and wedding or event venues. The village is also home to two schools, one for local students and one catering to foreign students.