Southern Malta

Towns in Southern Areas

The southern region of Malta is where locals enjoy a quieter lifestyle, with traditional values remaining in place. The area is home to stunning cliffs and valleys, as well as harbours and bays.

The Marsaskala seafront promenade is popular with locals wishing to take a leisurely stroll or dine at one of the local bistros. The features of this small town include cliffs and saltpans, as well as gardens and local meeting places. The area is also of historical significance, with some surviving fortified buildings such as the Vendome Battery from 1715. The Tower of St. Thomas was built by Grandmaster Wignacourt to defend the bay from attack.

Marsaxlokk is a picturesque fishing village with traditional values. The local fish market takes place on Sunday mornings, bringing crows of Maltese looking for their lunch. Don’t forget St Peter’s Pool in summer for a unique swimming and snorkelling experience.

Three Cities

The Three cities are a group of cities on the coast of Malta, known for their rich maritime and cultural history. The harbours of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua have been in use since Phoenician times, and also became home to the Knights of St. John. As they are historic locations, these localities feature winding narrow streets decorated with potted plants. Wandering these maze-like streets around the village core is a great way to spend a morning, just don’t forget your camera.

Vittoriosa, also known as Birgu, was selected by the Knights of St John as a location to govern the islands while keeping an eye on their naval fleets and any approaching attackers. For this reason, the city is beautifully fortified with bastions and forts. Plaques indicating the historical significance of the site are dotted around the city.

Senglea, also known as Isla, suffered extensive bombing during WWII but has been rebuilt. Visit the Gardjola watchtower and enjoy the green gardens with views of the Grand Harbour. The waterfront and marina are a must-see area, populated by traditional Maltese fishing boats.

Cospicua, also known as Bormla, still bears the scars of WWII bombing on the façades of certain buildings. Within this city lie many historically and architecturally significant areas, the burial site at Ghajn Dwieli (500 BCE), the Cottonera Lines (1670), and St Clement’s Retrenchment (1854).


Must-sees in the South of Malta

  • Is-Salib tal-Gholja, Siggiewi
  • The Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu
  • Boat cruise across the Grand Harbour
  • Tarxien Temples
  • The Hypogeum, Paola
  • Ghar Lapsi, Siggiewi


The Special Designated Areas, where non-Maltese residents can freely purchase property, located in the south of Malta are the following:


Dhalia Real Estate Services can be found in Fgura and Cospicua, both led by branch manager Mr. Gordon Dalli, and also in Marsaskala where the team is managed by Mr. Konrad Sultana.