Living in Marsascala

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Head over to Malta’s eastern corner and become enthralled by the beautiful sea front and quiet, soothing atmosphere that welcomes you to Marsascala.

Marsascala is a secluded seaside town that began life as a small fishing harbour at the head of Marsascala Bay. Today, however, Marsascala has evolved and developed into a stunning residence offering a quiet ambience, modern lifestyle as well as a complete range of facilities and amenities.

Marsascala boasts a spectacular promenade encircling its bay and is an ideal destination for locals and tourists who enjoy walks along the coastline. The town’s winter population stands at around 11,000, yet the population almost doubles during the summer months as the area attracts an influx of tourists and locals from other towns to enjoy the rocky and sandy beaches.
This picturesque fishing village is a spectacular infusion of traditional values and modern Malta; modern villas and bungalows line the streets, as well as large apartment blocks and commercial centres, yet at its heart Marsascala still hosts many traditional houses of character, maintained in pristine condition by their dedicated local owners. 

Marsascala is secluded away from Malta’s busier urban areas and yet feels as much a city as it does a village, offering a full range of amenities and public transport links, encompassed within a clean, hospitable and safe environment complemented by  spectacular coastal featuers. The promenade offers an abundance of walkways, bars and restaurants where one can enjoy the cooling sea breeze and witness a breath-taking sunset. Marsascala Bay is sheltered both to the north by Ras iz-Zonqor and to the south by Ras il-Gzira, and so provides calm sea this is safe for swimming, snorkelling and for mooring fishing boats and vessels.

Marsascala is an area that is also rich in history and has been inhabited in some way for many thousands of years. Archaeological remains suggest that Marsascala was inhabited constantly throughout the centuries, from the Bronze Age (approximately 3200 to 600BC) to the Neolithic (3600BC) and even during Roman Times. Some of the numerous remains found here include cart ruts, prehistoric pottery settlement remains, early Christian catacombs and even the remains of a Roman bath and villa.

Today, St. Thomas Tower still overlooks the bay, protecting the landscape of Marsascala as it has done since it was built by the Knights of the Order of St. John in 1614. This looming watchtower was built directly over the site where 60 Turkish ships landed and launched an attack on the south of Malta. A similar tower, De Redin, sits further along the coastline and separates the limits of Marsascala and Zabbar.

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