Mgarr, Malta is a rural village situated in the north-western edge of Malta, and is not to be confused with the location of the same name which is the main harbour port found on the smaller island of Gozo. Mgarr has transformed and expanded considerably over recent decades, although retaining its typically quiet and staid nature as a country location surrounded by idyllic scenery. Mgarr confines with the other rural village of Bidnija but also with the limits of the large towns of Mosta and Rabat. The village confines stretch to the sea and encapsulate the attractive and string of picturesque seaside bays of Ghajn Tuffieha, Golden Bay and Gnejna.
Local villagers have traditionally been involved in farming and any of the residential buildings found in Mgarr are just minutes away from the nearest patch of green and open country views, if not directly overlooking them.
Mgarr is very popular with locals and foreigners alike for the numerous small and family-run restaurants situated in the village core, all of which specialise in rabbit. Rabbit forms part of Maltese traditional fare and is prepared and cooked in varied succulent dishes. The main dish is rabbit stew and pasta, which is typically referred to as a 'fenkata' and entire families or large groups gather to share the experience.
Mgarr is also strongly connected with a much sought-after strawberry fair alias known as Festa Frawli typically held annually in early April when the strawberry season is at its peak.
These temples date back to megalithic times and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are localised close to the Ta' Skorba Temples which date back to roughly the same period. Both archaeological remains have been widely researched and documented.
The Bingemma Fort is an excellent rambling starting point which leads on to Bingemma Gap, the Bingemma Gap Cart Ruts, Nadur Tower and the Victoria Lines. Mostly surrounded by cliffs and garigue, Bingemma Fort had its walls built along a natural fault. The Bingemma Gap Church is a very old construction of particularly picturesque location. The area includes ancient catacombs and tombs.
Golden Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha, Gnejna and Fomm ir-Rih vie with each for attention in summer. The easiest to reach is Ghajn Tuffieha, followed by Golden Bay which is reached by a long flight of steps. Gnejna Bay is rather more secluded. Gnejna is well known for its clap slopes, cliffs and the potential of enjoying sports that require heights - para-gliding, cliff-hanging, airplane model flying, etc.
Shopping is limited to basic needs, although the village has its own police station, school and district clinic. Transport by bus is available but most residents own their own personal transport.
Mgarr's real estate market has developed considerably over the years. From the tiny village core with its intimate hub of town houses and the occasional farmhouses on the outskirts, the village has stretched out to encapsulate several 1980s villas, contemporary apartment blocks and converted old farmhouses. Most people living in Mgarr are permanent residents, however the area offers potential for those interested in investing in a country home, or an away-from-it-all location. One can find something as basic as a one-bedroomed groundfloor maisonette on to a luxuriously decorated penthouse with roof garden. Many of the older properties offer great potential for restoration and expansion and may come accompanied by their own land or orchard. Many Maltese also search for recreational land in view of having a camping ground with a room as well as planting their own garden. There are circa 200 properties available for sale and to let in this area at any given time, of which 68% are apartments.
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