Dingli Cliffs

What Malta lacks for natural abundance on land, they certainly make up for in sky and sea, and the setting sun is one of the most enchanting rituals of nature. The play of colours from sunset to dusk brings every day to a spectacular end.

The cliffs at the westernmost edge of Dingli are the perfect location to enjoy a stunning sunset all year round. The silence of the rural surroundings and the open views on the never-ending sea are the right tonic after the day's hustle and bustle. 

The imposing Dingli Cliffs may be the highest point in Malta but the sight of the burning sun dipping into the vast blue waters will make you feel tiny with awe. The sky is a new canvas every time: sometimes it presents a seamless orange-to-indigo gradient, on other days spots of clouds add a little dramatic effect.

It all happens amazingly fast and yet, the moment is so tranquil and graceful that it seems to hang there for an eternity.

An amazing impression of Dingli Cliffs

How to get there.

Bus stop Maddalena sits right on the cliffs and, from there, you can roam around to find your own vantage point. 

Route 201 from Rabat leaves every 30 minutes from 8:30 to 20:30.

Route 56 from Valletta leaves every hour from 10:40 until 19:40 and you can get off at bus stop Depiro. 

If you want to stay longer after dusk, the nearest route back to Valletta is 900 metres away at bus stop Bugeja in Dingli centre. Route 52 from Valletta leaves every 30 minutes from 5:30 to 22:30.

Start from St Mary Magdalene Chapel and walk your way down

St Mary Magdalene Chapel, Dingli

Saint Mary Magdalene Chapel (Maltese: Kappella ta' Santa Marija Maddalena) is a Roman Catholic chapel in the limits of Dingli, Malta, dedicated to Mary Magdalene. It overlooks the Dingli Cliffs, and is therefore commonly known as il-kappella tal-irdum (chapel of the cliffs). The chapel was built in 1646 on the site of an earlier one which had existed since at least the 15th century. Its simple architecture is typical of Maltese wayside chapels.

In May 2005, the chapel began to be restored by the Restoration Unit of the Ministry of Resources and Infrastructure, under the supervision of architect David Vassallo. Restoration works included the strengthening of the roof, the replacement of old cement with hydraulic lime, and installing new paving for the chapel and its parvis. A replica non gode l'immunita ecclesias plaque was also installed, after the original had been stolen.  

St Mary Magdalene Chapel
St Mary Magdalene Chapel

The tiny chapel dedicated to St. Mary Madgalene perched on the edge, marking the highest point on the Maltese Islands. 

Start your walk at the Dingli cliffs parking, have some good walking shoes as the way back will be uphill!

Bronze Age Grain Silos

Bronze Age Grain Silos is an amazing place with great views and a magical sunset viewpoint. There is no parking place nearby so you will have to walk about 200 meters.

But follow this trail, it will take you along amazing points

Bronze Age Grain Silos
Bronze Age Grain Silos

Dingli cliffs window

After finding the bronze age grain silos, follow the way to the point.

Take this walk and it will take you to an amazing view point the Dingli cliffs window,

Did you know they also used these view points at Dingli cliffs  for a lot of movies and series? 

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Then it will interest you that many scenes from the first season of Game of Thrones were filmed in Malta.

Click here to read all about it!  

Dingli cliffs window
Dingli cliffs window
Can you find the chameleon?
Can you find the chameleon?

Amazing wildlife

You need to have a keen eye, but if you have you will find a lot of wildlife here.

The chameleons are present here in big numbers as the cats did not reach this place, they are hard to find so take your time!

We have a special page were you can find all information about the the reptiles in Malta and Gozo!

Old homes in the rocks

On your way from the Dingli cliffs window to the Lady of Mount Carmel chappel you have to look up into the cliffs, here you will find very old homes.

This places was used to live from the bronze age and during the second word war again, as this could not be seen from the planned that dropped all the bombs on Malta. 

Old homes in the rocks
Old homes in the rocks

Fossils, Fossils Everywhere

Stepping gingerly across the uneven boulders, I can't help but notice the great many sea fossils in the rocks here, once part of the sea bed millions of moons ago. It brings out the amateur archaeologist in me, as I spend some time examining them.

Fossils, Fossils Everywhere
Fossils, Fossils Everywhere
Fossils, Fossils Everywhere
Fossils, Fossils Everywhere

Look for Filfla

When you are walking among Dingli Cliffs you can see one of the smallest island of the Maltese archipelago Filfle

Filfla is a small, mostly barren, uninhabited islet 4.5 kilometers south of Malta, and is the most southerly point of the Maltese Archipelago. filflu, a small rocky islet some 101 meters southwest of Filfla, has the southernmost point of Malta. The name is believed to come from felfel, the Arabic for a peppercorn.

Look for Filfla
Look for Filfla
Lady of Mount Carmel chappel
Lady of Mount Carmel chappel

End your walk at our Lady of Mount Carmel chappel

Between the villages of Siġġiewi, Rabat and Dingli there is a hamlet called Â"tal-FawwaraÂ". Its name is derived from an old spring, known for the generosity of its flowing water. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is built on the Fawwara spring. Historians tell us that Fawwara is not only known for its beauty and spring water but also for its chequered history and legends, found in the writings of Fr Francis Cilia (d. 1864) and kept in the archives of the Cathedral of Mdina. The most widely known legends date back to the 13th century. Fr Cilia relates the horrible details about how the Arabs tortured and killed seven young girls who all lived in Fawwara between 1270 and 1280, and who no matter how much they were tortured, would not give up their Christian faith.