With so many cities, towns and villages on our little islands, it’s hard to decide what to see and where to go. Throughout the year we’ll be highlighting our top locations for the season. This month it's Żurrieq and Qrendi, Malta.
Extract taken from June's 2022 Il-Bizzilla Magazine | Read more here
The Megalithic temple of Ħaġar Qim stands on a hilltop overlooking the sea and the islet of Filfla. The temple dates back to 3600-3200 BC. The façade, with its trilithon entrance, has been restored and gives an idea of what it may once have looked like.
Mnajdra is a temple complex that’s about a 700m walk downhill from Ħaġar Qim. It was built around the same time and consists of three temples. The lowest temple is astronomically aligned, and archaeologists believe that it was most likely used as an astronomical observation or calendrical site.
San Mattew tal-Maqluba
San Mattew tal-Maqluba is a Roman Catholic church located in the centre of Qrendi. The church’s main attraction is a painting by a famous Baroque artist - Mattia Preti. It depicts the martyrdom of St Matthew. It can be found behind the main altar and dates back to 1688.
This watchtower was built in 1659 by the Order of St John. It offered protection against invaders from the south then, and now provides a majestic view of the island of Filfla which is about 5 km away. The tower was restored by Heritage Malta and is part of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park.
Bali Guarena Palace
This palace built in 1740 has a simple architecture and was made to offer its occupants protection from potential sea raiders who might’ve landed in Qrendi. The palace has a beautiful garden which was used by The King’s Own Malta Regiment - a regiment of local Maltese that valiantly protected the shores of Malta.
Ghar Hanex Coastline
This hidden gem is a coastline that is full of rock formations, beautiful luminescent blue water and a plethora of flora and fauna. You can also get a beautiful view of the island of Filfla from here. It is recommended that you stay within the green markings on the ground.