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Dingli Cliffs - A view from our expert author
The Dingli Cliffs offer spectacular views of the Mediterranean © Malta Tourism Board
Even in summer wild fennel and caper bushes flourish, and the smell of thyme wafts up as you brush the greenery underfoot.
The highest place in Malta, the Dingli Cliffs fall a sheer and impressive 250m into the sea. Their flat rocky top is a great place for walking (except in the midday heat) and there is usually a breeze up here. It is also possible to drive along the edge of the cliff for some distance. The views of the Mediterranean are spectacular and this is a popular spot from which to watch the sunset. In spring the area is covered in wild flowers. Even in summer wild fennel and caper bushes flourish, and the smell of thyme wafts up as you brush the greenery underfoot.
Less romantically, you may find yourself treading on the cartridge cases littering the rocks. These are left by Malta’s bird hunters whose stone hides dot the area along with the paraphernalia of bird trapping. During migration these cliffs are the first land many migrating birds have seen for hundreds of miles so they are an ideal place for birdwatching if you aren’t too offended by the hunting. The Cliffs offers walks – self-guided with an informative map or with a guide – highlighting the plants, geography, history and prehistory of the area. You’ll discover all sorts of things you might otherwise have walked past, or even over. And you can then return to the restaurant and taste some of the edible ones! The restaurant generously welcomes any visitor to use their toilet facilities, whether eating there or not.