Lija is a small village forming part of the Three villages of Malta, along with Attard and Balzan. Lija has a baroque parish church and seven other small chapels. The village is mostly known for its fireworks displays that attract thousands of locals and tourists during the festa period held in the first week of August. These displays are very well renowned and claimed to be the best around the island. Lija also hosts the Maltese Citrus festival, held each year. Lija has several old houses of character, large citrus gardens, a unique Belveder tower and Villa Francia. Lija has a character of narrow winding streets most of which only allow passage of cars in one direction. Lija’s urban conservation area will ensure that development within this area, or development which affects the views into or out of this area, will have to fit in and improve upon the existing character. Any building works undertaken have to retain the high standard of design, retaining features of historical and traditional importance, such as carved stone, timber balconies and iron railings.