District Area: .6 km2
Leader: Dr. Ian Spiteri (Partit Nazzjonalista, PN)
Name and Etymology:
The village was named after Maximillian Balzan, a merchant from Granada, Spain, who settled there in 1567. Balzan also means tax collector in Maltese.
Balzan is a popular residential neighborhood for the middle and upper classes in Malta and is closely tied to neighboring Birkirkara and nearby Valetta.
Balzan was founded in the 1400s and grew from a farming settlement into a parish in the 17th century. Its orange trees were imported from Granada. There was a large fireworks explosion in 1903. The village is now famous for its feast day celebrations for Mary and St. Valentine.