Filfla is a small, uninhabited, and mysterious islet 5 km off the southern coast of Malta, making it the southernmost point of the Maltese archipelago. It consists of a flat limestone plateau with a limited area to stand on. It is surrounded by 60 m high cliffs, which are ideal for falling off if you're not a bird or very cautious. However, you really don't need to worry too much about ending up in the Mediterranean sea as visits on Filfla are only possible for educational or scientific purposes, for example, if you're an ornithologist, a geologist, or perhaps a geography or biology teacher, since the island became a nature reserve in 1980. Prior to your visit to Filfla you'll have to obtain a permission from the Maltese Ministry of the Environment.
Even though I was really tempted, I didn't apply for the permit after all as it ocurred to me that I'm neither a scientist nor a geography or biology teacher. I wasn't sure how successful I'd be to convince the Maltese government of my interest in mysterious, deserted islands. So I was happy enough to observe Filfla from the Dingli Cliffs, hoping that I'd catch a glimpse of Big Bird, a spy disguised as an ornithologist or botanist, or a secret treasure or something unbelievable like that.
The only known permanent structure on Filfla was a cave chapel built in 1343. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1856 in which a part of Filfla broke off as well, making it even smaller now than it was back then.
Although there are other attractions in the area, Dingli is famous for the magnificent view of the high cliffs, Filfla Island and the Mediterranean Sea.
For a perfect view over the cliffs it's better to go to the edge of the plateau because the view point near the chapel doesn't offer the best view.
From the view point, on the right side, we saw this strange huge round cupola that looked like an observation point.
It was funny when we've been talk that the building was actually housing the Golf Ball Museum and the cupola is a huge Golf Ball.
The interesting museum is displaying different sections about the history of golf, the types of golf balls and famous payers.
Leaving the parking place of Buskett Garden , you will notice signs to Clapham Junction once you reach the main road.
It seems quite easy to reach, too easy.
After a while we arrived at a fence with the official sign of Clapham Junction. On that sign, even a phone number was mentioned where you could listen to explanation about this place in the language of your choice.
We went further, passing a house with 2 dogs outside. They start barking at us and behaved quite aggressive so we went further. We saw nothing that looked like these cart ruts. We decided to go back to the road, choosing a way around to avoid these dogs. And then we found them. They did look like these cart ruts.
No ones knows exactly how old these mysterious lanes are or what their function is.
They are all over Malta and Gozo.
After all, I guess we don't saw the real cart ruts of Clapham Junction, but they did look a lot like them .... lol ;-).
You already can see the palace from far
This place used to be the summer residence of the Grand master of the order of knights.
Now these days it is sometimes used for official receptions.
The palace is not open for public
This small park is situated south of Rabat.
In the 16th century this area was the hunting ground for the Knights of Sint John.
Part of this park is open for public, the other part, Verdala Palace is located in.
Every weekend people come here to have a picnic under the lemon and olive trees