Dingli

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The highest point in Malta, Dingli is most noted for Dingli Cliffs which rise to 230-260m. The rugged windswept landscape at Dingli is marked by rocky outcrops of limestone. The view from Dingli Cliffs is superb and looks over a stretch of deep blue sea across to Filfa, Malta's Island Nature Reserve. In some places the cliffs are sheer steep walls while in others low plateaus of small terraced fields show the outlines of some small farms.

Dingli is probably named after a famous Maltese architect, Tommaso Dingli (1591-1666) but the title also has another contender Sir Thomas Dingley who lived in Dingli in the 16th century. A small village even by Maltese standards, Dingli is also the birth place of a well-loved poet from Malta, Francis Ebejer.

All too many tourists come to Dingli for a short visit and some scenic photos but Dingli and the surrounding area are worth a little more of your time. Apart from walking along the cliffs, Dingli is surrounded by a rural landscape dotted with historic and natural attractions, perfect for hiking.

Combine your trip to Dingli with a visit to nearby attractions such as Buskett Gardents - the largest woodland in Malta with orchards of olives and oranges. Near Buskett is Clapham Junction a cross roads for the mysterious cart ruts and Ghar il-Kbir. Literally, Big Cave, the site was inhabited by cave dwellers for centuries. It was finally vacated in the 19th century when the community here was forced to resettle in the surrounding villages by the British. There are more historic sites in the Dingli area such as ancient quarries (thought to be Roman) which can be combined with a walk in the Fawwara area. On a rather grander note, Verdala Palace is a historic house built as a summer residence for the one of the Grandmasters of the Knights of St John.

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