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Ta’ Ċenċ Cliffs - A view from our expert author
This plateau of rough rock is a great place for a walk as it is home to much of Gozo’s most interesting flora and fauna, as well as commanding views of the cliffs.
A marvellous place for a walk, the Ta’ Ċenċ (pronounced Ta Chench) plateau of rough rock and garigue is home to many of Gozo’s most interesting flora and fauna as well as commanding views off the cliffs that plunge up to 145m into the sea. (Bits of them occasionally literally plunge, particularly in winter, so do not go too close to the edge!) If you walk off the tracks you will want closed shoes with a solid sole as the rocks are sharp and thorny plants common. Lizards are plentiful here and if you are lucky you might even see a black whip snake (the most common of Malta’s snake species, none of which is dangerous). This is also a good place for birdwatching. Scopoli’s shearwaters nest in the cliffs and can be heard calling and seen through binoculars at dusk in summer. Also in summer there are short-toed larks, corn buntings, spectacled warblers, pallid swifts and Malta’s national bird, the blue rock thrush. In spring and autumn, this is a great place to see migrating species as they fly over or make landfall for the first time in hundreds of miles. Be warned, however, that in autumn, and possibly even spring, you might find yourself sharing the cliffs with bird hunters even though the area is meant to be a hunting-free zone.