White Rocks Complex, Malta

Posted: February 15, 2011 in Malta

 

Today, a ghost resort complex. In the past… well I read some reports placing the complex building in the 40’s. Which I don’t believe considering the architecture of the whole place. Then I read a comment saying the complex was built in the 60’s which sounds more realistic. Initially it would work as a residential complex for British military with families. Apparently there were several building stages, leading to the final layout which took over about 137.000 sqm out of 369.000 sqm of grounds attached to the project. About 400 – 500 apartments/rooms were available.

 


 

Before entering the residential area, the explorer will see the reception and common areas, including a ruined swimming-pool which, accordingly to a French who was sent there by the family to something like a Summer camp, had so much chlorine that the eyes would burn a lot after a swim.

Accordingly to a testimonial the place was generally known amongst the British as St.Patrick’s Officers Married Quarters, and were available to junior officers from all branches. Still following the same source, the accomodation was of high quality, in a mix of 4 bedroom houses and 3 bedroom flats. All of them were provided with central heating, phone and garage.

 

 

The complex was handed to Maltese authorities when the British left, in 1979. Political divergences led to a deadlock which is about to be solved. Apparently the area will be used as a high quality sports complex with a budget of 200 million Euros. The official announcement was issued on June 2010 and full details can be read here.

I was on the spot during my first visit to Malta, in September 2009, and again now, in February 2011. It’s extremely easy to enter the premises. Actually there is a bus stop right in front of the main entrance, no fences, no security officers. It’s wide open. Some locals like to visit the place, for a walk, for a picnic, for walking the dogs. I spotted a guy picking logs of wood in the area and some traces of homeless occupation. The level or risk seems to be extremely low.

These are the coordinates of the access: 35° 56.053’N 14° 27.751’E

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Comments
  1. misellie says:

    I spent several excellent holidays at White Rocks and I am very sorry to see the state it is in.
    We stayed in a spacious two bedroom ”bungalow” with sitting room and kitchen plu a shared patio area and we just loved the place; returning several times.
    The bulk of guests at the times we stayed there were kids from Europe sent to improve their English.They were off the premesis in class by 9 o’clock and we had the pool to ourselves until they returned at 1o’clock; by which tme we were nicely toastedand ready to go out exploring the highways and byways of Malta.
    Once we shared our patio area with a group of Georgians who spoke no English but were very sociable. Another time our neighbour was a Czech who played the cello beautifully and who was a musician with the Vienna Phil.He as teaching at a summer school and was billeted at White Rocks
    We learned that it had been a Royal Marines Camp in the past and that it had been a great place for wild parties!!!

  2. papaleguas says:

    Great feedback and story! Thanks so much, it was really rewarding to read your testimonial.

  3. David Cranch says:

    I can confirm that the complex was previously used as married quarters for the British Military. From 1973 to 1975 I lived in one of the 4 bedroom bungalows. They were very spacious and comfortable with fantastic views.

    Not a bad place to spend a couple of years, school in the mornings and then swimming in the afternoons 🙂

    It’s a shame to see the state they’re in now.

  4. asiagoSF says:

    I spent two summers at the White Rocks with friends from Rome and Sicily in -best guess- 1985 and 1987 or 1988. It was cheap enough for us college students back then. So many memories.
    I must say, if all residents treated it as we did, no wonder it’s a pile of rubbish!

  5. Lovely photos! I was just at White Rocks recently and it’s interesting to see what other people found interesting about the place.

  6. Pauline says:

    I lived at “st Patrick’s” as a child in 1969 to 1972 and have some very fond memories of the place – it is such a shame to see it looking so bad as it was a wonderful place to live.

  7. Gianfranco Bruno says:

    Ci sono stato con una borsa di studio dal 24 agosto al 13 settembre 1988.Eravamo 60 ragazzi italiani per un corso di lingua inglese in un Liceo delle vicinanze.Cerco i ragazzi di quel periodo.

  8. jill sollars says:

    Such a shame to see it as it is. My husband walked there as recnntiy as DEC 2013 with or dog. You have to be carful l were you put your feet as I had quite a bad fall.

  9. alison.Gallie.MA Hons.M.Litt. says:

    I lived there when my parents were stationed there 1964_70
    We has a 4 bed house with staircase at front.Makes me sad to see the complex in a sad and sorry state! So many happy memories of close friends and Major Dougie Maccullum who saved me from complications of Second degree burns.It was a happy community,whether one had a flat or house.I always visit that area and St Patrick’s/Andrews barracks ,when we return on our hold.a
    Alison Lees Gallie.Alison Gallie I btinternet.com

  10. Vittoria says:

    hi there, does anyone have picture of white rocks back in the days? it would be great to see fewof them.

  11. cam says:

    Hi – can confirm like some of the previous replies – it was used as the family quarters for Officers – lived in the 3rd floor flat in the first block as you entered on the left hand-side.
    So sad to see that it was never taken care of a developed – each house/flat has stunning views up the coast towards Gozo.

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