Central Malta

Towns in Central Areas

Central Malta includes Lija, Naxxar, Birkirkara, Rabat, Attard, and many other towns and villages.

Ideal for: families with children, those looking for their first home, those looking for their second home

Despite the small size of Malta, the central areas are very popular for being only a small distance away from everywhere else. Most central villages have very old village cores, surrounding the parish church.


Rabat is known among locals as a hidden gem, with its narrow winding streets and colourful wooden front doors. Many residents decorate the façade of their home with hanging plants, vines, and ceramic tokens dedicated to their favourite holy figure. The ancient part of the village includes the Grotto of St. Paul and the Roman catacombs. Art enthusiasts will enjoy the excellent quality of mosaics found at the Domus Romana.


Birkirkara is one of the largest towns in Malta. The town is bursting with life, holding a weekly open market where hawkers sell fresh vegetables and other items. Citizens of Birkirkara enjoy a convenient shopping area packed with fashion boutiques, shoe stores, local cafés, and other conveniences such as the local butcher, locksmith, and optician. Properties found in this area are typical Maltese townhouses with relatively large backyards, and houses of character with colourful patterned cement tiles, as well as apartments and maisonettes.


Attard, Lija, and Balzan are known as the Three Villages (not to be confused with the Three Cities). These areas are highly sought after as residential locations. Those looking to buy or rent will find grand townhouses and houses of character closer to the village core, and many apartments and maisonettes in the newer parts of each village. Villas are also found in these areas, often with large gardens and pools. As family-oriented areas, residents enjoy the use of several play areas and gardens, most notably San Anton Gardens in Attard. Here families enjoy a peaceful stroll surrounded by colourful flowers. Many encounter the Gardens’ own free-roaming peacocks, before getting a bite to eat at the President’s Kitchen Garden.


Don’t miss these highlights:

  • The Grotto of St. Paul, underneath the parish church of Rabat

  • San Anton Gardens, Attard

  • The walled City of Mdina – spectacular at night

  • Ta’ Qali Funpark children’s play area & vegetable market on Saturdays

  • Picnic area and gardens at Buskett

  • Dingli cliffs for a picturesque countryside walk with views of the Fungus Rock

Central Malta is covered by Dhalia’s Attard branch. Branch manager Patrick Sammut will guide clients interested in buying or renting property in these areas. Email: att@dhalia.com