Balzan is a small village found towards the centre of the Maltese Islands. It is one of the so called three villages, together with Attard and Lija. As with Attard and Lija, Balzan is a sought after location and popular with the middle and upper middle classes. Lately its population has increased due to large-scale development taking place, largely in the form of apartment blocks replacing villas and their gardens. However, this is mainly occurring on the outskirts of the village, and not the historic centre. Because the majority of Balzan is an Urban Conservation Area, most of its unique character will remain for years to come.