Property for Sale in Wardija

Wardija is a small village located in the St. Paul’s Bay area of Malta and its name is believed to have originated from the Sicilian or Italian word “guardia,” which means ‘to watch.’

Surrounded by the neighbouring areas of Bidnija, Buġibba, San Martin, and Pwales, the area boasts a rich history, with archaeological remains dating back to prehistoric and Roman times, indicating that it has been inhabited for centuries. Wardija underwent a transformation in the 16th to 18th centuries when it became a popular hunting destination with the construction of hunting lodges, castles and chapels, making the area a major attraction for anyone interested in history.

Many knights and noble families built country residences in here, initially intended as places of respite during hunting trips or simply as country retreats. Some of these grand houses are still owned by the descendants of the original builders, while others have been repurposed as private homes, commercial accommodation and wedding or event venues. The village is also home to two schools, one for local students and one catering to foreign students.

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Love history and the countryside? Then Wardija is waiting!

Here the landscape is dotted with both public and private chapels that date back to the time of the Order of St. John and they continue serving their original intended purpose right to this day. Some of the land in the area has been awarded conservation status from the Environment and Resources Authority.

When it comes to historical buildings, Wardija is packed to the rafters with notable palaces and Roman ruins, the latter of which there are three. For those interested in architecture and palaces, the list is comprehensive: Qannotta Castle, built by Grand Master Perellos, Casino Mifsud and the Chapel of St. George, Grand Master Rohan’s hunting lodge, now called the Castello dei Baroni, Castel Bertrand, Casa Navarra, Casa Manduca, Casa San Antonio, or Palazz tat-Telgha (Uphill Palace), Castello tas-Salvatur, Qannotta Castle, Palazzo Busietta, Castello Dei Baroni, Palazzo Promotorio, Palazz ta’ Gerxija, Dar San Frangisk, Villa Rosa Mundi and La Verna House. If you intend to visit some of these beautiful places, your best bet is to look online and see whether they are indeed open to the public and if so, on which days of the week.

Wardija has a large concentration of churches and chapels such as those of St John the Baptist, St Martin, St Nicholas, St Simon, Our Lady of Graces, St George, Church of Our Lady and several others. Other notable buildings and places of interest can also be found here such as prehistoric cart ruts that enjoy national protection status.

The area is well-known for its countryside walks and paths and a favourite with outdoor enthusiasts, especially over the weekends.

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