Guide: Real estate in Birzebbuga

The town of Birzebbuga is situated in the south-eastern tip of Malta, a seaside town in close proximity to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk and bordering with the countryside outskirts of Hal Ghaxaq, Luqa and Zurrieq. The locality is appreciated for its expansive sandy beach, large public garden and play area, for its beautiful parish church, for its line of colonial period housing, for its archaeological sites and for its harbour industry.

Living by the Sea

Why would somebody want to live in Birzebbuga? Imagine a beautiful beach with a town radiating out and around it. Like any typical seaside resort town in Malta, this one tends to sit back and relax all through winter, then come alive in spring and totally flourish during summer, well into the early days of autumn. The 'front' is where one finds the main focus of activity with Pretty Bay attracting not only bathers and swimmers but also being the ideal site for sea-sports of all kinds - from waterpolo, to water-skiing, to fishing, diving and more. The beach has its own beach volley and football pitch and whilst barbecues are off limits, the sandy expanse is where people like to meet and picnic late into the night. Immediately next to the beach, one finds a well landscaped public garden that comes complete with an equipped children's play-area. Directly overlooking this 'front' promenade space one can appreciate period houses that fortunately still stand reminiscent of the English period during which they were constructed.

Places of Note

Ghar Dalam is the oldest site belonging to this locality, a cave some 144 metres deep wherein were discovered numerous fossils dating back half a million years. The remains, today on show at the Ghar Dalam museum, were instrumental to the conclusion that Malta was part of a bridge connecting the European mainland to the African mainland, since bones of elephants and hippopatami were unearthed at Ghar Dalam.

Close by one can visit the site of Borg in-Nadur which is directly connected to the later Bronze Age and a temple of this period. A cute and tiny bay is found close by and this is where one can see several traditional small sea craft in berth.

Numerous churches are found in and around this locality, with the main one being the Parish Church dedicated to St Peter in Chains. The annual local village feast is celebrated on the first Sunday of August.

Further in from Pretty Bay one finds the more industrial area, mainly taken over by the massive machinery located at the Freeport transhipment hub which has been operating since 1988. The Freeport today ranks 12th amongst top European ports and ranks as the 3rd largest transhipment and logistics centre in the Mediterranean.

Shopping, Bars, Restaurants

Whilst this is not a typical shopping location, Birzebbuga enjoys a large open-air market every Thursday morning and does have all basic shopping amenities in and around town. Several bars and small restaurants can be found overlooking Pretty Bay and located in the side streets leading to it.

Real Estate Market

There are varied important areas within Birzebbuga. Apart from Pretty Bay and its environs, one can consider the areas of Benghajsa, Borg in-Nadur, Kalafrana, Qajjenza, St George's Bay, Wied il-Buni, Wied Dalam, Wied Znuber and many others. Whilst some are rural areas with few dwellings mostly being farmhouses, many other areas are occupied by sprawling building, ranging from colonial townhouses to 1980s terraced houses, to 1990s and contemporary apartment blocks of varied sizes and potential. Thus the real estate market within Birzebbuga allows investors to appreciate a wide spectrum of property to choose from, whether one wants to invest in a typical vacation style rental option, or in a fully furnished family home complete with garden and pool.