Bahar ic-Caqghaq is a small semi-rural community overlooking Malta's rocky eastern coast. Part of the locality of Naxxar, Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq is named after the rocky, pebbly coast (Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq means 'pebbly sea' or 'sea of pebbles') which dominates this part of the island.
The history of the village is unclear, although two old chapels in the area indicate that this settlement has existed for some time. Punic tombs have also been located nearby, indicating that, amazingly enough, the area was already inhabited some 2,500 years ago.
The residential area of Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq is relatively small, with only 1,250 inhabitants, and consists mostly of recently constructed terraced houses and some apartments, as well as a few luxury villas. Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq is known to be a fairly quiet residential area, which over the last decade has seen a remarkable interest in the real estate market. There have been a number of new apartment buildings recently built which has provided the area with a suburban feel.
The village, nestled in the arms of a large valley leading inland to Burmarrad and ultimately Mġarr, is a peaceful location with few outside visitors. The area is well kept and boasts of a well-sized public garden as well as plenty of countryside and great views for those willing to venture into the hinterland. Bahar ic-Caghaq enjoys a beautiful 'top of the world' location uphill towards the hilltop village of Għargħur offering spectacular views, with the valley floor itself running across the width of the island.
Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq can boast of two large entertainment parks on its rocky coast: the Splash and Fun water park and the Mediterraneo Marine park, both of which are open in the summer months. Nearby lies the peninsula of Ras il-Qrejten (Qrejten Point), whereupon one can view one of the knightly watch towers of Grandmaster De Redin. The tower, known as St. Mark's tower or 'Qalet Marku', was built as part of Malta's coastal defence and warning system, and dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
The wild Maltese coast itself also has a few small, half-hidden swimming spots used mainly by locals during the summer months, as well as Qrejten Point itself, which is an interesting place to explore, with its clear waters, watch tower and grove.
Malta's only sound mirror is located here. Built by the British during the Second World War, it is the only one of its kind on the Maltese islands. It served as an early-warning system against air raids which came from the north and which were mostly concentrated on the Grand Harbour, a few kilometres to the south.
Although Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq has little to offer in terms of amenities, which are few and far between here, it is connected to the busier Naxxar, St. Paul's Bay, and St. Julian's, all of which lie minutes away by car. All the above-mentioned localities offer plenty of shopping facilities and community resources, including schools, clinics, banks, churches and so on.
Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq offers a mix of terraced houses and apartments as well as several detached and semi-detached villas. The location is set in a quiet environment with access to the sea and to the countryside, therefore several locals and foreigners choose to live or have a second home here, with the option of renting it out whenever it remains vacant. Although set in a semi-rural setting, the locality is well connected by Malta's coast road, which can instantly dispel the feeling of being away from it all, if one so chooses. The central public garden, countryside accessibility as well as practically inexistent traffic means that the area is safe for families with children, as well as those seeking a little bit of peace without being too far away from the bustling heart of Malta.
Property prices start at approximately €100,000 for a one bedroom apartment, €150,000 for a two bedroom and €175,000 for a three bedroom apartment. Maisonettes start at €210, 000, Terraced Houses at €425,000 whereas Villas start at €550,000. It is recommended that you seek the services of a professional real estate agent in Malta that is not only specialised in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq but also is experienced and can provide the necessary knowledge that will assist you in making an informed decision.
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