Welcome to the Maltese Islands

Welcome to the Maltese Islands

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The Maltese archipelago is made up of three small islands. The largest island is Malta (316km²), the second-largest is Gozo (67km²) and the third is Comino (3.5km²). Together, they make up a population of just over 400,000 people residing on these islands situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

Why is Malta’s lifestyle so appealing? 

Malta’s Mediterranean lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular for relocating families and businesses alike. Surrounded by heritage, a wealthy history, magnificent architecture, not to mention a sunny climate and spectacular landscapes, Malta is an attractive option for all. 

If you want to discover the Maltese Islands, we are giving you a preview of the wonders you are about to uncover.

A fully enriched history

Although small in size, Malta occupies an enormous history that spans over 10,000 years. Malta’s first inhabitants were the Phoenicians who settled on our islands in the 9th Century BC. The list of foreign settlers includes the Carthaginians, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Knights of St John, the French, the British, and many others. All these inhabitants left their mark on the Maltese Islands, leaving countless traditions and cultural sights. Malta gained its national independence in 1964 and in 1979 it achieved the withdrawal of the British troops and the Royal Navy, marking this day as Freedom Day. The island’s most prominent historical attractions include the UNESCO protected Megalithic temples which are said to be some of the oldest free-standing structures on Earth.

A stellar educational system

Malta offers a vast selection of private, international, and public schools and the Island also boasts the oldest University in the Commonwealth outside of Britain. Most of the Maltese population are multilingual, also speaking fluent English and Italian besides their native Maltese language.

Reputable healthcare

Malta has an outstanding healthcare system in which you can find both private and public hospitals on the island. The main hospital is ‘Mater Dei’ General Hospital and it is well-known for its effective, efficient, and quality care with reputable physicians, highly skilled nurses, and a dedicated workforce, together with state of the art technology and excellent facilities.

A mediterranean climate

Malta’s weather and climate are strongly influenced by the Mediterranean Sea, similar to southern Italy or Greece. The climate is very Mediterranean which consists of hot, dry summers and short, cool winters with adequate rainfall. The months of June till August are typically quite dry while the wettest tend to be between October and March. 

The annual temperature is that of 18ºC and the monthly averages lie between 12ºC to 31ºC. Winds tend to be strong and frequent and humidity is consistently high normally over 40%.

Other reasons why you should make Malta your future home

  • Clear blue, Mediterranean beaches that are great to swim in, almost, all year round. 
  • A high standard of living. 
  • Low crime rate. 
  • Tax benefits. 
  • A tax-friendly procedure for moving in and out of Malta. 
  • Favourable double-taxation agreements with key countries. 
  • A highly respected jurisdiction for incorporating low-tax companies. 
  • Political stability. 
  • An excellent banking system with the presence of major international banks. 
  • Reasonable cost of living.  
  • Good residency conditions.

The best way to travel to Malta

By air

Malta is simply two to three hours away from almost any European country. There are regular daily flights operating at the Malta International Airport from many European cities such as London, Rome, Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Madrid, and others. There are also regular flights to other destinations in the Middle East, Far East, and South to Africa. 

By sea

Malta offers a direct connection to the closest mainland, Pozzallo in Sicily, via a catamaran operated by Virtu Ferries. The whole ferry trip takes approximately 90 minutes. Other sea transports include other ferries and cruise ship companies for to and fro travel to Malta. There is also an internal ferry that connected the two islands of Malta and Gozo provided by the Gozo Channel Company Ltd. Comino can be reached by privately operated boats from Malta.

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General information

  • Entry to Malta is permissible via a valid passport or an equivalent travel document. 
  • Schengen Member State nationals do not need entry visas and can remain in Malta for three months. 
  • Malta follows the Central European Time (CET).
  • Sockets are British-style accepting the standard square three-pin plugs. 
  • Tap water is safe to drink in Malta although many prefer the taste of bottled water due to its heaviness. 
  • Malta’s religion is predominantly Roman Catholic and has 359 churches in total. 
  • Normal shop hours are from 09.00hrs till 13.00hrs and then from 16.00hrs to 19.00hrs. However, some shops and supermarkets stay open all day, till late. 
  • Specialised local markets are organised on Sundays in different localities around the islands. 
  • Malta follows the EU rules on pet travel and adopts the PETS Scheme. There are a number of veterinary clinics in Malta including 24-hour emergency service.

Discovering Malta

If you are thinking about moving to Malta, the next step is to look at the property for sale in Malta. You can choose from a wide range of properties, depending on your style and budget, such as farmhouses, villas, houses, apartments, townhouses, and others. Whether you are looking for buying or renting, Century 21 can help you in this journey. 

Century 21 can guide you through all the steps of coming to Malta, buying or renting a property, setting up your office space and company, going through the steps and stages of acquiring permits, giving you financial advice, and more.

Regions in Malta

NORTH

Central localities are known for offering an abundance of property for sale in Malta. From apartments to farmhouses to rent in Malta in areas like Zebbug or villas in Malta in areas like Attard and Balzan, there is a home for all budgets in the island’s centre.

CENTRAL

Central localities are known for offering an abundance of property for sale in Malta. From apartments to farmhouses to rent in Malta in areas like Zebbug or villas in Malta in areas like Attard and Balzan, there is a home for all budgets in the island’s centre.

SOUTH

Central localities are known for offering an abundance of property for sale in Malta. From apartments to farmhouses to rent in Malta in areas like Zebbug or villas in Malta in areas like Attard and Balzan, there is a home for all budgets in the island’s centre.

Discovering Malta through localities

Find out all about the individual localities around Malta. From houses for sale in Gozo to Malta villas for rent or sale, different properties are at your disposal if you are looking at moving into a new home.

A beautiful and quiet town in the central region of Malta. View Attard’s property for sale or rent.

Bahar ic-Caghaq overlooks Malta’s sea easter coast. Home to Malta’s waterpark, Splash & Fun, find property for sale.

A residential central area close to Attard and Lija, the Three Villages. Find villas and farmhouses to rent or buy.

A rural village within the limits of Mgarr, St Paul’s Bay and Mosta, Bidnija is located in the northern region of Malta. View villas in Malta for sale or rent.

A central town that can be shortened to B’Kara. Take a look at all the property for sale in Malta’s largest populated town.

A typical seaside town in the southern region that comes to life in the summer months, Home to Pretty Bay, fishing and diving, explore the apartments and houses for sale or rent.

Bugibba is a tourist attraction which means that it is busier during the summer months. Find apartments and/or houses for sale or rent.

Also known as Bormla, Cospicua makes up part of the island’s three cities. View your property for sale or rent.

A northern Maltese village with picturesque views of Dingli Cliffs and other historical places. Find farmhouses to rent in Malta.

Located in the south of Malta between Paola and Zabbar, Fgura is a residential area with numerous shops and property for sale or rent.

A town right next to Malta’ capital city with beautiful views, the Floriana Health Centre, and a number of property for sale.

GHARGUR

Located near Madliena and Naxxar, Ghargur is one of Malta’s smallest villages. Learn more about Ghargur’s property for sale.

GHAXAQ

Ghaxaq is a small village in the south of Malta, close to Luqa and the International Airport. Home to celebratory village feasts, take a look at the property for sale.

GUDJA

A village in the south of Malta with numerous schools, clubs, public gardens, and property for sale or rent.

GZIRA

A popular town close to Sliema and including Manoel Island. This town by the sea offers a number of properties for sale or rent.

HAMRUN

A central town, full of shopping opportunities and commercial buildings. View property for sale and apartments to rent.

IKLIN

A central town that is very modern and offers endless opportunities for residential places such as villas in Malta, apartments, farmhouses, houses for sale, and more.

KALKARA

A southern village located near the Rinella and Malta’s Smart City with a number of historical places to explore. View property for sale or rent.

KIRKOP

One of the smallest villages in Malta located in the south of Malta. Look for property in Kirkop for sale or rent.

LIJA

A quiet town near Balzan and Attard but the busiest of the Three Villages. Lija is a beautiful residential area with apartments, homes, and houses of character for sale and rent.

LUQA

Located close to Malta’s International Airport, this southern town is full of opportunities for property for sale or rent.

MADLIENA

A quiet residential area in which you will find various farmhouses to rent or villas for sale in Malta.

MARSA

Marsa is the hub’s south with its own Harbour and is known for commercial and industrial purposes. Find apartments for sale in Marsa.

MARSASCALA

Marsascala is at its busiest in the summer months and it is your typical southern village by the sea with many apartments, villas, and farmhouses for sale or rent.

MARSAXLOKK

The fisherman village. This town is home to some of Malta’s best fish restaurants and includes a variety of property for sale or rent.

MDINA

Malta’s oldest city and former capital city. A medieval wonder with baroque architecture and a stunning story to tell. View farmhouses to rent in Malta or a variety of property for sale.

MELLIEHA

A northern town with incredible country views and sea views. Find all the Malta villas for rent or sale available in Mellieha.

MGARR

Known for its beautiful beaches like Gnejna and Ghajn Tuffieha, Mgarr offers picturesque countryside views and gorgeous property for sale or rent.

MOSTA

A central town with the incredible attraction of the historical Mosta Dome Rotunda church. Look through the property for sale and rent.

MQABBA

Located in the southern region, Mqabba is a typical village in Malta with a number of farmhouses for sale in Malta.

MSIDA

Previously a fisherman’s village, Msida is surrounded by the Harbour and it is very close to Malta’s capital city. Find apartments for sale or rent here.

MTARFA

The small town of Mtarfa is located in the northern region of Malta. Known for picturesque views, take a look at the property for sale in Mtarfa.

NAXXAR

A central residential town in Malta with a number of attractions like churches and palazzos, including beautiful houses for sale.

PAOLA

Also known as Rahal Gdid, the southern town is one of the most populated in Malta. View apartments and houses for sale in Paola.

PEMBROKE

Located in the northern region and it is one of Malta’s newest towns. A great residential area to find the next property for sale for you.

PIETA

A central small town on the outskirts of Malta’s capital city, Valletta. The former national hospital, St Luke’s is located here, along with multiple houses and apartments for sale.

QAWRA

Located in the northern-eastern coast of Malta, Qawra is the busiest during the summer months with a number of bars and restaurants coming to life. Take a look at the apartments for sale or rent.

QORMI

One of Malta’s largest cities in the central south area. Qormi is home to the popular feasts of St Gorg and St Sebastian and includes various properties for sale or rent.

QRENDI

A beautiful southern town in Malta known for its countryside views and scenes. Look through property for sale in Malta close to Mnajdra and Hagar Qim temples.

RABAT

A northern village in Malta known for historical attractions like the catacombs and churches. Find farmhouses to rent in Malta.

SAFI

Countryside views are a given at Safi, Malta. A town in the south of the island, perfect for a quiet property for sale or rent.

SAN GWANN

A central location that is known for growth. San Gwann is an excellent place to reside in with numerous property for sale options.

SANTA LUCIJA

A small town in the southern region of Malta, popular for the Chinese Garden. View all the property for sale in Malta or Malta villas for rent.

SANTA VENERA

A central town between Hamrun and Birkirkara. Find apartments for sale or rent in Malta.

SENGLEA

Also known as Isla, Senglea makes part of Malta’s Three Cities. A fortified city in the south of Malta in the Grand Harbour Area. View property for sale or rent.

SIGGIEWI

A quiet residential area and home to many historical sites and Ghar Lapsi beach. Find property for sale.

SLIEMA

Malta’s largest high rise locality near the sea with abundant shopping facilities, restaurants, bars, entertainment areas, and hundreds of apartments for rent or sale in Malta.

ST JULIANS

One of Malta’s major touristic areas especially due to Paceville, Malta’s nightclub, Portomaso, and St George’s Bay. View St Julians’ property for sale or rent.

ST PAUL'S BAY

A northern-eastern town located by the sea. St Paul’s Bay or San Pawl il-Bahar offers property for sale or rent.

SWIEQI

Swieqi is a quiet area but located close to the hustle and bustle of Sliema & St Julians. Swieqi is a growing residential area with various properties for sale or rent.

TA' L-IBRAGG

A quiet town within the limits of Swieqi and Madliena. Ibragg is great if you are looking for a property home to buy or rent in Malta.

TA' XBIEX

Located by the sea and surrounded by various amenities, Ta’ Xbiex is close to the Sliema & St. Julian’s area. Look at various apartments for sale or rent.

TARXIEN

A small village in the south surrounded by heritage such as historic temples, churches, and property for sale or rent in Malta.

VALLETTA

Valletta is brimming with historical sites, restaurants, bars, and stunning views. View property for sale in Malta’s capital city.

VITTORIOSA

Also known as Birgu, Vittoriosa makes up part of Malta’s three cities and it is brimming with heritage and culture. Find property for sale.

XEMXIJA

A suburb of St. Paul’s Bay, Xemxija is located in the north of Malta close to Golden Bay and Mellieha. View the property for sale or rent.

XGHAJRA

A small village in the southeastern region of Malta located on the coast between Valletta and Marsascala. Take a look at the property for sale or rent.

ZABBAR

Zabbar is a residential area in the southern region of Malta. Look through property for sale or rent.

ZEBBUG

One of Malta’s oldest towns with plenty of churches and historical architecture. Find houses of character, farmhouses and villas for sale.

ZEJTUN

One of Malta’s oldest towns in the south, Zejtun is surrounded by churches and options for your next property home in Malta.

ZURRIEQ

A village in the southern region of Malta with views of Filfa from Wied iz-Zurrieq. View villas and farmhouses for rent or sale.