The other day I was heading to southwest direction again. After Rabat, Mdina and Buskett this time my plan was to visit Dingli, the Dingli Cliffs. What is the most important thing to know about this place is that Dingli Cliffs are the highest point of Malta at around 250 meters above sea level.
Dingli is a village on the west coast of the island, only two kilometers from Rabat. Its edges and the cliffs make a perpendicular plunge into a Mediterranean Sea.
Dingli Cliffs are the island’s natural fortress, providing great protection for the island from any southern threats. The tiny, lonely 17th Century chapel of St Mary Magdalene marks the highest point of Malta. The place was also part of the “MaltaGoesRural”, European Union project, for promoting rural tourism.
You can get here by driving car, taking the Malta sightseeing bus or the Arriva public transport (bus number 201 and 202 drop you right up on the cliffs). There is also a nice restaurant open if you get cold as the highest place on the island is obviously quite windy. Sadly the place has its own drama as well, many people commit suicide here just by jumping from the rocks. So everyone should be careful with going to the edge as there are no barriers which can stop you.
What makes the place more special is the Dingli Radar station, which is operated by Malta Air Traffic Services. The site consists of the large “golf-ball” radar plus 4 short towers and the locals just call it as a “Maltese NASA”. 🙂
This spot is one of Malta’s most attractive and unspoiled features. It is popular mainly spring and autumn-time for countryside walks, picnics, hikes and especially watching beautiful sunsets. It provides an open wide amazing sea view and opens in front of our eyes the magnitude of the endless Mediterranean Sea. I let the pictures talk for themselves.