History of Malta
Today we will take a trip from Dingli by walking along the cliffs of Malta. We will discover the history of Malta by visiting Ħaġar Qim.
We reach Dingli Cliffs by bus and we start our walk alongside the sea: a breathtaking view not to be missed.
The vegetation surrounding us on our way is unique- The air caresses our face and the scent of flowers fills us with joy.
The excursion lasts 2 and a half hours (less than 10 km).
Megalithic temples of Ħaġar Qim
You get at Ħaġar Qim where you can explore two archeological sites of extraordinary value.
Prior to your visit, at the visitors centre, you are shown a 3D film describing the museum’s artefacts as well as the story and the discovery of the sites.
Both are covered by a huge protective dome open to the sides. They look impressive because of their imposing structure and the spectacular, stark, isolated landscape surrounding them, high up on the cliffs overlooking the sea.
These enormous stone blocks, dating back to 3600 BC (thus older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge) are, it goes without saying, on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It is said that a boulder protruding from the ground led to the discovery of these wonders.
One of the boulders, weghing a good 20 tons, is 3 metres high and 6.40 metres wide.
The Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja) is thirty minutes away on foot. Walking down the hill towards the sea, you reach a small inlet with its charm. Blue Grotto The visit to these wonderful grottoes lasts 30 minutes.
You board a small boat, put on your life-jacket and set off to explore these coves of extraordinary beauty, framed by the mighty cliffs above.
Once inside the grottoes, you can enjoy the blue seabed – with the help of sunrays, the impact is even more impressive.
At the end of the tour, not far from the departure jetty, there’s plenty of cafés and restaurants with a view.