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Gzira is located on Malta’s north-east coast, nestled between the coastal towns of Msida, Sliema and Ta’ Xbiex, offering spectacular views across the harbour towards the capital city of Valletta and Manoel Island.

Chevalier Jacob Tagliaferro built a villa in Gzira in the mid-19th Century and soon more houses were built here, creating a population of working class in the suburbs. During the last decade many new luxurious blocks of apartments and commercial offices have been built along the seafront, across from the public gardens, and so Gzira’s old townhouses have given way to a more modern development, characterised by high-rise buildings, however, many traditional facades and wooden balconies still grace the seafront.

Gzira is a highly popular destination for both residential and commercial purposes, as it is ideally located in the centre of the island, within easy commute of Valletta and many other towns including Sliema. Gzira is also closely located to the University of Malta, and provides a range of services and amenities from automotive and marine dealers, mechanics, schools, commercial outlets, bars and restaurants. Gzira is also home to Manoel Island, a small islet joined to the edge of Gzira.

Manoel Island, located in the Marsamxett Harbour, was originally known as ‘the Bishop’s island’, and this small island was used as the location for a quarantine hospital to control the regular outbreaks of plague and cholera that were brought from visiting ships. Manoel Island was given its present name by Portuguese Grandmaster of the Knights of Malta Antonio Manoel de Vilhena, who oversaw the building of Fort Manoel in 1726.

Manoel Island was used as a fort and naval base by the Royal Navy during World War II. Today, however, the Island is a sanctuary for ducks and water birds, whilst providing spectacular views across the Harbour.

Places of Interest:
The Strand
Fort Manoel and Manoel Island
National Pool Complex
Testaferrata Gate

Closest Towns/Villages:
Ta’ Xbiex
St. Julian’s

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