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Gozo, Fort Chambray


Fort Chambray, Gozo

Fort Chambray is a magnificent, historic fortress located on Gozo which overlooks Mgarr Harbour. The views from here are spectacular and Fort Chambray is one of the island’s most famous landmarks.

Historical Background of Fort Chambray

Built in the 18th century, Fort Chambray stands as a testament to the craftsmanship of the Order of Saint John, commonly known as the Knights of Malta. The fort took its name from Jacques-François de Chambray who was a French knight of Malta and from 1749 to 1750 he was appointed as the governor of the island of Gozo by the Grand Master Manuel Pinto da Fonseca. Commencing construction in 1749 and reaching completion in 1771, Fort Chambray served the crucial role of defending the island of Gozo against potential threats, with a particular focus on safeguarding against possible incursions by the Ottoman Empire and pirates.

The architectural style of Fort Chambray reflects a harmonious blend of military and Baroque influences, showcasing bastions, curtain walls and an expansive courtyard. Among its structures are old officers’ quarters, gun emplacements and more.

Throughout its existence, Fort Chambray has undergone various transformations and refurbishments. In recent times, segments of the fort have been meticulously restored and repurposed into residential properties. Today, Fort Chambray stands proudly as a historical landmark, inviting visitors to delve into Malta’s military history and architectural legacy. Additionally, it contributes to the scenic charm of Gozo’s alluring landscape.

Special Designated Area Status

Fort Chambray enjoys Special Designated Area status, meaning that foreign investors, whether they are EU or Non-EU, can purchase as many units as they want without the need for an AIP (Acquisition of Immovable Property) permit. Due to this special status, the units can also be rented out immediately without any restrictions.

Construction Phases

The construction and refurbishment at Fort Chambray comprises three distinct phases.

  • In Phase 1, a number of villas and maisonettes, totalling 74, were constructed. Some of these properties feature private pools, while all owners have access to a large communal pool.
  • Moving on to Phase 2, there are 64 two-bedroom single units and 21 two or three-bedroom duplex units. Ground floor properties in this segment have their own terraced spaces and most duplexes have privately owned roofs. The predominantly south-facing orientation provides excellent roof gardening opportunities with unobstructed sea views. Additionally, some north-facing units offer panoramic countryside views.
  • In the future, phase 3 will complete the Fort Chambray project. It involves the restoration of the Knights’ historic barracks and the Polverista, formerly used for arms and ammunition storage. It is planned that the latter will be effectively converted into commercial spaces, housing retail outlets, food and beverage establishments and ample space for various entertainment outlets. Phase 3 will culminate in the construction of a further 200 residential apartments and a 100-bed boutique spa hotel.

Fort Chambray’s Properties Today

Set in the very best location on Gozo inside the magnificent parameters of historic Fort Chambray, the properties here are truly unique and extremely sought-after. The complex is extremely popular for upmarket rentals to locals and foreigners alike. Available in various sizes and configurations, the properties typically comprise of an open-plan living area leading onto a pool area and there can be up to 3 double bedrooms, with bathrooms, shower rooms, en-suite bathrooms, ground terraces and spectacular roof terraces with commanding views. Some have a completely separate 2-bedrooms guest quarters with its own kitchen, combined living/dining which opens onto a pretty sunny courtyard leading to a pool. There is a combination of villas, maisonettes and duplex apartments in the complex and some of the villas have their own, private underground garages.


  • Fort Chambray has a spectacular communal swimming pool available to residents and guests and many of the villas that have their own private pools.
  • Entrance to the fort is controlled through remote security access with a permanent on-site security office monitoring traffic and entry.
  • Upon approaching Fort Chambray, one cannot help but to be impressed by the massive gates that stand guard to the entrance. Once inside and meandering up the driveway, both residents and guests find themselves passing through a large, undercover parking garage which eventually gives way to a few select alleys and roads that can be carefully navigated by car.
  • Most residents and guests at Fort Chambray however prefer to park their vehicles and walk to the units making use of the beautiful tiled paths and walkways amidst the landscaped gardens.
  • A gymnasium, bars, restaurants and shopping facilities are in close proximity at Mgarr Harbour and Ghajnsielem. This ease of access to everything, including the ferry to Malta makes the properties here an unparalleled investment opportunity for both locals and foreigners.

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