Mtarfa is a small town located in the Northern region of Malta with a population of 2,572 people in 0.7km² bordering Attard, Mdina and Rabat. Mtarfa has its own council, but used to come under the council of Rabat until 2000.
The town is set on top of a hill of fertile land just across from Mdina where agriculture was the main source of income for the villagers. In the late 19th century, the British built a Military Base and accommodation for personnel serving in Malta. They also built a Military Hospital, barracks, a cemetery and a clock tower which still stands today. The hospital was later turned in to a state secondary school, named after Sir Temi Zammit.
Mtarfa has grown considerably over the last 30 years with government housing projects and barracks being turned in to housing estates. As Mtarfa is located high up on a hill top with great views, the area has started to attract those looking for a quiet life.
Property prices in Mtarfa are still quite reasonable. For some they feel a bit detached from other towns, whilst this is exactly what others are looking for.