Marsa is a town located in the South Eastern region of Malta and had a population of 4,401 people in an area of 2.8km² and borders Hamrun, Floriana, Luqa, Paola and Qormi. The name “Marsa” translates in to English as “The Harbour“.
In 1565 during The Great Siege of Malta, the Ottoman Empire used Marsa as a camp for their troops and after their eventual defeat Marsa became land used mainly for vineyards. As Marsa is so conveniently located deep within The Grand Harbour (in the Marsa Creek), the British increasingly developed industrial activity making Marsa a busy harbour town. This is where the Shipyards are also located.
Recently the Shipyards have also been used to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 which the Maltese hold with high prestige.
Marsa also holds ones of the main electricity distribution plants, The Marsa Race Track which is a 1km horse racing track, the Marsa Sports Club and the Royal Malta Golf Club which was started in 1888 for British soldiers as a recreational facility.
Property in Marsa mainly consists of old town houses and apartments with very little new development happening.