Charms of The South
The South of Malta has been gaining increased popularity in recent years where many individuals are opting to live in the quieter, less touristic areas on the island, often considered the culture of ‘real life’ Malta. Besides the stunning 3 cities boasting historic fortifications, the South is known for active fishing ports, traditional fish restaurants in Marsaxlokk, historic temple sites and beautiful coastal scenery. Here’s a list of reasons why the South is gaining so much popularity.
Birgu (Vittoriosa), Senglea (Isla) and Bormla (Cospicua), mutually known as The Three Cities are historic villages located on the Grand Harbour, known for their beautiful fortifications, rich heritage and entertainment. Fine restaurants and wine bars are located on the waterfront of these gorgeous villages, also renowned for village feasts particular the BirguFest, famous for the ‘Birgu by Candlelight’ event.
Gorgeous Scenery and beaches
The South also offers gorgeous beaches with a mix of rocky, pebbles and sandy shores and popular swimming spots such as Blue Grotto and St. Peter’s Pool ideal for snorkeling, diving and other water sports activities. Villages such as Marsaxlokk, Birzebbuga and Marsascala located in the South-East, also provide access to clean beaches.
Rich in Heritage
The South of Malta reflects a fascinating history and cultural wealth boasting prehistoric temples, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, built during three distinct periods approximately between 3600 BC and 700 BC. Popular sites include Tarxien Temples, Hagar Qim in Qrendi and Mnajdra Temples overlooking the isle of Filfla. Having existed since the Middle Ages, the three cities date back to the Great Siege in 1565 with Birgu being the oldest of the Three.
Charm & Character
The three cities reflect traditional, Maltese architectural features radiating a particularly magical charm with historic residential alleys, narrow steps, pavements, antique wall lamps, stone balustrades and balconies.
Lifestyle developments in The South
Although market prices are still cheaper than the rest of Malta, the real estate market in the South is becoming more popular due to new special designated areas being developed such as ‘The Shoreline’
If you’re a fan of traditional Maltese properties, the South is definitely for you! These areas offer plenty of charming, converted houses of character and townhouses which retain original Maltese architectural features such as stone balustrades, traditional wooden beams, original patterned tiles and stone arched walls.