Most people dream of living by the sea….. the fresh salty air, the sea breeze, the sunshine, the close proximity of a beach which is just minutes away, the possibility of having your personal sailing boat within sight……Living on island Malta provides just such a living experience and yet each coastal location is different in its character and lifestyle. If you’re seeking real estate investment or second home in the Mediterranean and are unsure where to search, here are some hints on what you will find in each key location.
- The Three Cities – each one of these, whether Cospicua, Senglea or Vittoriosa is literally on the harbour waterfront, immersed in unique history, architectural beauty, newly installed Marinas…… seek seashore dining and you find it; seek historical inspiration and you find it; seek picturesque surroundings and they’re all there for the taking including winding alleys, traditional palazzos and grandiose churches. Close by is the fishing town of Kalkara which has a more contained character yet enjoys the same splendid views of the main city across the harbour. In the Three Cities you will find Luxury Seafront Apartments in Vittoriosa as well as highly finished Apartments, Townhouses and Character houses for sale.
- Valletta – again you are in close proximity to the sea, sitting on the Grand Harbour with full view of The Three Cities and the St Julian’s peninsula beyond. Whether you’re in upper or lower Valletta, the sea is just minutes away. This is city-life in tandem with great swimming and sailing experiences and the possibility of opening your front window onto a most spectacular scene. You’re in the hub of things yet can float away on the sea breeze the minute you want a flight of fancy. The Malta Real Estate Market in Valletta has become buoyant again, with 50 – 100 year old apartments being renovated into large split level modern penthouses or top floor apartments.
- Sliema/St Julian’s – modern, urban, busy and chic. Living inland means you get to find traditional town houses that still hold on to the traditional home living as it was decades ago. Go to the ‘front’ as the locals tend to call it and you can opt for one of the stylish apartments in high-rise flats that also offer the opportunity to select a penthouse with pool. Further inland you find the spicy night life of Paceville and a surprisingly neat little sandy beach just seconds away from the beating music. malta property Market was brought to life again just a few years ago when prominent developers built Lifestyle developments namely, Portomaso, Tigne Point and Pender Gardens.
- Marsaxlokk – this is a southern fishing village that has grown and sprawled to become a well populated location close to some beach and rocky seashore sites which are great for swimming. Share village life with the locals and be ready to enjoy the Sunday food and fish markets. This is a traditional area where you find many retire looking to buy a property in Malta. The selection of properties is vast and prices remain reasonable.
- Bugibba – at the other extremity, this is Malta’s version of a holiday home location. Apartments abound and if you like to spend your evening at the bar, there are plenty of drinking places and eateries to choose from. Lovely hotels, casinos, summer strolls on the promenade and lots of tourists.
- Mellieha – this is one seaside town which has grown to amazing proportions. It offers excellent housing options ranging from town houses to apartments, all with great sea views. Some huge villas are found on a specific and more spectacular part of the town and these come with gardens and pool areas. Small furnished holiday apartments abound and some can be extremely top notch. The bonus is that they usually face the seafront and you can just walk down to the sand just seconds away.
Driving around the coastal zones, you’re sure to find several other locations of interest. Stop, stroll around and absorb the feel. Each seaside location is as unique as the history behind it. You will certainly find the perfect one for you to anchor in.
This article was written by Marika Azzopardi, a freelance writer and journalist. A frequent contributor to national English language papers and magazines, she writes about a bevy of topics including art, people and life in general. She is also the author of children’s books and short stories, delving into adult fiction from time to time.