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5th July, 2024
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Rental Localities in Malta & Gozo.

For those looking at renting a property on Malta or Gozo, location, size, age and the state of the rental property is pivotal as it will hugely influence what you are going to be paying per month. Also keep in mind that the longer you rent, the more open to negotiation your landlord will be. We look at some of the most popular areas to rent in and there are a few off-the-beaten-track surprises too!

Sliema and St Julian’s

Sliema and St Julian’s remain Malta’s most sought-after rental localities as it offers everything one could want. You are close to the beach, amongst shops and restaurants and slap-bang in the middle of the best of cosmopolitan lifestyle areas available in the country. These are simply the most sought-after areas that everyone wants to live in, whether you are a local or expat. These localities are the beating heart of modern Maltese life, offering a cosmopolitan mix of shopping, dining and entertainment. From the picturesque Sliema promenade to the vibrant nightlife in close-by Paceville, residents here are never short of things to do. These areas are particularly popular among young professionals and the international community who enjoy a lively lifestyle right on their doorstep. In Sliema, rental prices start from around €1000 per month.

Typical Types of Rental Properties in Sliema

Apartments: High-rise apartment complexes dominate the skyline, offering modern, fully-furnished units with panoramic sea views. Most buildings feature amenities such as pools, gyms, and secure parking.

Penthouses: For those seeking a touch of luxury, penthouses in Sliema provide expansive terraces and high-end finishes, perfect for entertaining.

Townhouses: Traditional Maltese townhouses, with their unique architecture and charming balconies, are also available, often refurbished to blend historic charm with modern conveniences.

Maisonettes: Like an apartment but with all the advantages of a private entrance at street level and outdoor space, maisonettes can be found all over the Sliema area. On the rare occasion a maisonette may come with its own private parking, something that is highly sought-after in this bustling area.

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Gzira

Gzira is a vibrant locality bordering Sliema, Msida and Ta’ Xbiex and known for its waterfront views, lively atmosphere and convenient proximity to key areas. Gzira is more affordable than Sliema or Valletta, whether you buy or rent. Gzira is well-connected by public transport and is within walking distance to Sliema, known for its shopping, dining and entertainment options. Valletta, the capital city, is also easily accessible. The locality offers a variety of amenities, including supermarkets, shops, gyms and healthcare facilities. The Gzira waterfront is lined with restaurants, cafes, and bars, making it a popular spot for socialising and leisure. The promenade stretching from Gzira to Sliema and further to St. Julian’s is perfect for walking, jogging, or simply enjoying the sea views. The area is popular among expatriates and young professionals due to its lively yet relaxed atmosphere. If you’re considering renting a property in Gzira, you can expect to pay from €700 per month for a furnished maisonette.

Typical Types of Rental Properties in Gzira

Modern Apartments: Gzira boasts a wide range of modern apartments, often found in newly constructed buildings. These apartments typically feature contemporary designs, open-plan layouts, and modern amenities such as air conditioning, double glazing, and sometimes even communal pools or gyms.

Seafront Apartments: Many apartments offer stunning views of the Marsamxett Harbour and Manoel Island. These properties are highly sought-after and often come with higher rental prices due to their prime location.

Studio Apartments: Ideal for singles or couples, studio apartments in Gzira provide compact living spaces that are both functional and stylish.

Penthouses: Penthouses in Gzira are known for their spacious terraces, offering panoramic views of the harbour, the sea, and the cityscape. These properties are luxurious and often include high-end finishes and outdoor entertaining areas.

Maisonettes: Maisonettes, which are essentially apartments with their own entrances, offer a bit more privacy compared to standard apartment blocks. They often come with outdoor spaces such as yards or small gardens.

Townhouses: Traditional Maltese townhouses are also available for rent in Gzira. These properties feature unique architectural elements like patterned tiles, high ceilings, and wooden beams. They are perfect for those who appreciate historic charm combined with modern living.

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Valletta

As Malta’s capital, Valletta is steeped in history and cultural significance. Renting in Valletta provides an unparalleled living experience amidst its UNESCO World Heritage Site Baroque architecture and narrow, cobbled streets. Valletta is not just a tourist destination but also a quaint residential area and living here means you will be living amongst a diverse group of renters, from artists and historians to expats who appreciate the blend of culture and convenience. Rental prices in Valletta start from approximately €900 per month.

Typical Types of Rental Properties in Valletta

Historic Apartments: Many properties in Valletta are converted and updated and offer unique living spaces with features such as wooden beams, traditional Maltese tiles and enclosed wooden balconies.

Maisonettes: These properties often span multiple floors, providing a townhouse feel with the convenience of apartment living.

Boutique Apartments: Recently, there has been a surge in the development of boutique apartment complexes, which blend modern luxury with Valletta’s historic ambiance.

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The Three Cities

The Three Cities – Vittoriosa (Birgu), Senglea (Isla) and Cospicua (Bormla) – provide a unique living experience and come with a rich maritime history and stunning Grand Harbour views. These areas are increasingly popular among those looking to immerse themselves in the authentic Maltese lifestyle. The area’s waterfront promenades, marinas and renovated properties create a charming backdrop for everyday life. Rental prices in Cospicua start from around €650 per month.

Typical Types of Rental Properties in The Three Cities

Townhouses: Here, traditional Maltese townhouses with unique architecture and charming balconies are often refurbished to blend historic charm with all the modern conveniences.

Apartments: Many properties in in the Three Cities are converted and updated and these unique living spaces often feature wooden beams, traditional Maltese tiles and enclosed wooden balconies.

Houses of Character: Here you will find a great selection of character properties, starting from under €1000 to several thousands of euros per month.

Maisonettes: These properties often span multiple floors, providing a townhouse feel with the convenience of apartment living.

Mellieha

Mellieha and the St Paul’s Bay Area

For those seeking tranquillity and scenic beauty, Mellieha in the northern part of Malta is a prime choice. Known for its beaches and rural charm, Mellieha offers a more relaxed pace of life.  For expats, beach enthusiasts and families, Mellieha and other northern localities like St. Paul’s Bay and Bugibba offer an enticing proposition. These areas boast some of Malta’s best beaches and a more laid-back lifestyle, ideal for those who prioritise seaside living and outdoor activities. The northern region is home to many international communities, making it easier for newcomers to settle in. Rental prices in St. Paul’s Bay start from approximately €650 per month.

Typical Types of Rental Properties in Mellieha and St Paul’s Bay

Apartments and Penthouses: Close to the coastline, you’ll find modern apartments with large balconies overlooking the sea, perfect for enjoying the Mediterranean climate.

Farmhouses: In the more rural areas, traditional Maltese farmhouses, often with thick limestone walls and private courtyards, provide a rustic living experience.

Terraced Houses: These properties offer spacious living with the added benefit of private gardens and, often, stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

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Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk, a picturesque fishing village located in the southeastern part of Malta, offers a unique and charming living experience. Known for its traditional Maltese character, stunning harbour views, and vibrant market, Marsaxlokk is an attractive locality for those looking to rent a property in Malta. Every Sunday, Marsaxlokk hosts one of Malta’s largest open-air markets. It’s famous for fresh seafood, local produce, and various other goods. This market is a significant draw for both locals and tourists. Marsaxlokk is renowned for its seafood restaurants, offering a variety of dining options right on the waterfront. The village has numerous cafes and eateries where you can enjoy local Maltese cuisine and fresh seafood dishes.

The nearby St. Peter’s Pool is a popular natural swimming spot, perfect for those who enjoy outdoor activities. Additionally, the area offers several walking and hiking trails with stunning coastal views. Marsaxlokk is well-connected to other parts of Malta via public transport. Regular bus services link the village to key areas such as Valletta and the Malta International Airport. Marsaxlokk retains a strong sense of community and traditional Maltese culture. The village is quieter and more relaxed compared to busier localities like Sliema or St. Julian’s, making it ideal for those seeking a peaceful lifestyle. The local festivals, particularly the village festa, add to the charm and community spirit. You can find rentals in Marsaxlokk from as little as €650 per month.

Typical Types of Rental Properties in Marsaxlokk

Apartments: Newer apartment buildings offer modern amenities, including lifts, air conditioning, and secure entrances. Many of these apartments come with open-plan living areas, fully-equipped kitchens, and balconies with harbour or sea views.

Traditional Apartments: These are typically found in older buildings and might feature traditional Maltese architectural elements.

 Ground Floor Maisonettes: Often featuring small private gardens or courtyards, these properties are ideal for those who enjoy outdoor space.

Upper Floor Maisonettes: These typically come with rooftop terraces, providing extra outdoor living space and great views of the surrounding area.

Terraced houses in Marsaxlokk often come with multiple bedrooms, making them suitable for families. They usually feature traditional Maltese architecture and may include balconies, gardens, and sometimes even small pools.

Houses of Character: These properties are usually older, restored homes that retain many original features such as stone walls, arches, and wooden beams. They offer a unique and charming living experience and are often spacious with multiple living areas and outdoor spaces.

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Gozo

For those who want to rent on Gozo, Malta’s sister island, here you will find a peaceful and idyllic living environment. Known for its picturesque landscapes, slower pace of life and close-knit community, Gozo is perfect for families, retirees and anyone looking to escape urban life. The rental market in Gozo is diverse, ranging from rustic farmhouses to modern apartments, all set against the island’s natural beauty. Rentals here are generally more affordable, with prices starting from around €450 per month.

Typical Types of Rental Properties on Gozo

Farmhouses: Gozo has numerous traditional farmhouses located all over the island, many of which have been modernised while retaining their original charm. These often come with private pools and large gardens.

Apartments and penthouses:  All across Gozo you’ll find a mix of contemporary apartments, some offering views of Gozo’s picturesque and rugged coastline.

Houses of Character: Scattered throughout Gozo’s quaint villages, these properties provide an authentic Gozitan living experience, often featuring stone construction and arched doorways.

Maisonettes: Maisonettes are also widespread on Gozo and like those on Malta, offer a bit more privacy compared to standard apartment blocks. They often come with outdoor spaces such as yards or small gardens.

Terraced houses in in Gozo are usually found on the edge of town, making them suitable for families. They usually feature traditional building materials and may include balconies, gardens and sometimes even pools.

Malta’s rental market is varied, offering something for everyone, from bustling urban centres to serene coastal villages. Whether you’re after the cosmopolitan buzz of Sliema and St. Julian’s, the historic allure of Valletta, the peaceful charm of Mellieha, or the rustic beauty of Gozo, with us, you’re sure to find a property that suits your lifestyle and preferences. Frank Salt Real Estate has Malta’s largest database of properties for sale and to let, covering all towns, villages and price brackets. We have been assisting tenants and landlords for more than 55 years, so give us a call as we are sure to have the property you want on our books!

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