Zabbar is one of the oldest and largest villages in Malta, emerging from Zejtun. It was established as its own parish in 1615 and raised to the status of a City by Grand Master Ferdinand von Hompesch in 1797, making it known also as Citta' Hompesch. The triumphal arch on the main approach road from Paola, built by the residents as a city gate to commemorate the event, remains one of the most impressive landmarks of Zabbar. However, despite its size, Zabbar still retains its village-like atmosphere, with its many social clubs such as band clubs and sports clubs, and surrounded by cultivated countryside and even a small stretch of coast in the southeast of Malta.
Sought After Areas
The Zabbar Sanctuary Museum
Saint Leonard Fort
Apartments in Zabbar – Summary
Most of the homes found in Zabbar are Houses of Character. Some of these date back to the Knights of St John. The houses are built from Maltese material only, with some features making them distinct Houses of Character. Those which have survived in their original state show smaller windows on the lower floors, with larger windows on the remaining floors. This is because the families used to keep the rearing animals inside the home with them, though only on the ground floor. The family themselves would have their living quarters from the first floor upwards.
Prices in Zabbar
2015 3 bedroom apartment cost €180,000 to buy
2015 3 bedroom apartment cost €500 to rent monthly
Why Live in Zabbar?
Walk around the area known as Il-Misrah, which is characterized by a series of winding streets that define the village core. It is pretty enough, but you can wander further to also see a number of monuments... the War Memorial, Hompesch Monument and Mgr. Joseph Zarb Monument at Mediatrix Place; the Our Lady of Graces statue and the monument of former President of the Republic Agatha Barbara along Sanctuary Street; the Grand Master Ferdinand von Hompesch Monument and the remarkable Saint James Square and Saint Leonard Fort The village festa is celebrated annually on the first Sunday following the 8th of September, and it is famous for the motorcycle and bicycle pilgrimage that is done since Our Lady of Grace is the patron of cyclists. Strong rivalry exists between the village's two band clubs, the Società Filarmonica Maria Mater Gratiæ and the Għaqda Madonna Tal-Grazzja Banda San Mikiel."