Duck Village – Il-Gżira, Malta - Atlas Obscura
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Il-Gżira, Malta

Duck Village

The eclectic seaside sanctuary caters to a rather fowl crowd. 

A tiny Maltese island boasts a slice of Mediterranean paradise residents can’t stop flocking to. But you won’t find any humans inhabitants basking in the warmth of this seaside village, as it’s an exclusive spot reserved for a more fowl crowd.

Malta’s Duck Village is a quirky home for ducks, chickens, and geese. When they’ve tired of sunning themselves or swimming in the nearby water, the creatures can retire to eclectic wooden houses adorned with bright colors and funky designs. Locals deliver food to the peckish tenants and even donate old stuffed animals and other items to give the village a more homey feel.

A local volunteer started the sanctuary, which over the years has grown and transformed into a village for more than just ducks and chickens. Stray cats managed to befriend the birds and soon set up camp alongside the feathered residents. Guinea pigs and bunnies also hopped on their chances to move into the charming resort. Strangely enough, the different animals seem to get along without running afoul and make rather agreeable neighbors.

You’ll find this colorful village right after crossing the bridge to Manoel Island. It’s always happy to welcome visitors—though cuddling the birds may not be the wisest idea.

Know Before You Go

You should be aware that the inhabitants of the village have a strong smell.