Gzira, which means island in Maltese, gets its name due to a small island which is situated close to the coastline of the Marsamxett Harbour. This island with the name of Manoel Island, is joint to the mainland with a bridge.
Manoel Island, is not inhabited but has a rich history. The Knights of Malta have built a quarantine hospital known as Lazzaretto in 1643 in an effort to control plague and cholera epidemics. Underground war shelters lead to the hospital and it is believed that there is an underwater tunnel connecting this island with the capital city but no evidence is available to confirm this. The Fort Manoel built in 1726 by Grand Master António Manoel de Vilhena, after whom the island is named. During the Second World War, Manoel Island was used by the British Royal Navy as their naval base. Manoel Island has a 420-berth yacht marina as well as a boat yard and repair facility.
The seafront promenade, which is known as The Strand, leads to the Sliema Ferries and shopping centres. The Stand offers amazing views of the Valletta fortifications, which are well-lit at night. Gzira became a Parish in 1921, with its church dedicated to our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Gzira was heavily developed with new apartments and as such it attracted a number of small ethnic communities, mainly Indian and Pakistani and North Africans, who have integrated with the university students and families living here. Nowadays Gzira is a sought-after residential town considering it is centrally located close to the University of Malta, Sliema, Valletta and the sea.
At the time when the British sailors populated the area, prostitution on the street started in this locality. Today, it is widely known by locals that Testaferrata Street retains a red-light district.
|Male / Female||49.22% / 50.78%|
|Population density||5,353 per km2|
|Average price||€ 307,195|
|Average price per m2||€ 3,027|
|Sold in the last 30 days||76|
|Currently for sale||709|