Senglea, also known as Isla in Maltese, is a fortified city found in the South Eastern region of Malta and has a population of 2,786 people in an area of 0.2km². It is also known by its title Citta Invicta and is one of The Three Cities along with Vittoriosa and Cospicua. The title of Citta Invicta was given so because the city managed to resist the Ottoman invasion during the Great Siege of Malta in 1565 and the name Senglea was named so since the Grandmaster who built it, Claude de la Sengle, giving this city a part of his name.
Senglea had more than 8,000 people during the 20th century, making it the most densely populated town in Europe. At the time, Senglea and Cospicua was the centre of Malta’s upperclass and intelligentsia. This soon changed during The Second World War which quickly changed its social structure and many left to take refuge in villages and the countryside, never to return. In recent years, rehabilitation of the waterfront as a yacht marina has encouraged plenty of interest from businessmen and foreign expatriates.
Property in Senglea mainly consists of townhouses and apartments. Prices are starting to rise quite sharply due to this foreign interest.