Historic and cutting-edge homes add to Malta’s magical appeal

A glorious four-bedroom villa and an of-the-moment Zaha Hadid-designed apartment make for an alluring property mix in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea

A four-bedroom villa in Rabat, €4.1m through Cluttons
A four-bedroom villa in Rabat, €4.1m through Cluttons

For those with an insider knowledge of the interior-design world, Malta is becoming the new Lisbon, colonised over the past few years by those who set the bar in the world’s most elegant homes. This cluster of sunny islands, just 95km from Sicily, has been occupied over the centuries by the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, the French and, latterly, the British, leaving it with an enticingly rich legacy of imposing period splendour, such as a glorious four-bedroom villa (cluttons.com; €4.1m) in Rabat.

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If, however, only cutting-edge will do, you’ll be equally well served by the addition of exciting new developments by the likes of the late Zaha Hadid – such as a three-bedroom apartment available through Malta Sotheby’s International Realty (maltasothebysrealty.com; €8m) – only adding to the appeal of Malta’s crowd-free beaches, English-speaking locals and, last but certainly not least, attractive tax breaks.

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