Best Caves In Malta: Become An Explorer

By July 26, 2018 August 8th, 2018 Intercontinental Malta
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When the sun gets a little too hot to bear, there are plenty of cooler, subterranean locations to explore in Malta.

With its rugged limestone coastline and ancient historical legacy, it’s no surprise that there is a profusion of grottos and catacombs tucked away across Malta and Gozo.

Here are just a few of the best caves in Malta.

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Ghar Dalam Cave

Ghar Dalam is one of the better-known caves in Malta, and it’s easy to see why.

For obvious reasons, the name for this spectacular 145m cavity literally means “Cave of Darkness”.

But this subterranean refuge isn’t the lifeless void you might assume it to be – historically it’s seen its fair share of human activity.

As long as 7,000 years ago, people were sheltering in Ghar Dalam.

We know this because archaeologists have discovered tools, as well as human remains scattered within the cave.

Archaeologists have also found some pretty fascinating animal remains in Ghar Dalam – including giant flightless swans and pygmy elephants!

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Hypogeum Malta

The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is an incredible complex of interconnecting chambers cut from the rock.

Discovered in the 20th century, the Hypogeum has much older origins.

Used as a prehistoric burial site, the earliest remains found in the complex date back to about 4,000 BC, and there is evidence to suggest that the Hypogeum was used as a burial ground for over a millennium, until at least 2500 BC.

 Hypogeum Malta

Calypso Cave

This cave in Malta’s sister island is the stuff of Maltese legends.

Specifically, this is alleged to be the cave referred to in Homer’s Odyssey. 

Here the beautiful nymph Calypso kept the hero Odysseus a “prisoner of love” for seven years.

The truth of such things aside, the views are breathtaking!

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Tal-Mixta Cave

Opposite to the more popular Calypso cave is the Tal-Mixta cave.

Tal-Mixta boasts similarly spectacular views, but it’s a little quieter and more out of the way.

In fact, you might even find the cave filled with straw bedding and animal pens.

People in Malta have long kept livestock in the many beautiful caves dotted around the island, and the tradition still persists in the 21st Century!

This secluded cave on Malta’s sister island is not easy to find, but the hike is wonderful, and the views are certainly worth the effort.

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Marsalforn Bay

Marsalform Bay, located on the island of Gozo, is one of the most popular resorts on the islands.

Its sandy beaches also play host to numerous rock formations and outcrops.

Ramla Bay

Ramla Bay is another popular resort, but, given Malta’s spectacular geological characteristics, it too provides plenty of caving opportunities for the casual explorer.

Ramla Bay is also a good starting point for a hike up to either Calypso’s cave or Tal-Mixta.

Blue Grotto

The Blue Grotto is not strictly one, but many caves located on Malta’s coast.

Not far from Qrendi Village, the Blue Grotto is a spectacular cave system and an area that provides many remarkable views.

The picturesque white walls of the grotto are beautiful, reflecting as they do the blue light of the sea and the glint of sunshine.

From the Blue Grotto, you can also enjoy some superb views of the sea and the surrounding area, although many of these are only accessible by boat.

Unsurprisingly, the Blue Grotto is a popular diving spot, and it’s best to get there early if you want to enjoy some peace and quiet.

The Blue Grotto is very popular among filmmakers, who also value the location for its striking geological formations and fantastic scenery.

A scene in the movie Troy was filmed here, as well as the “Cadbury Milk Tray” chocolate adverts!

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Xerri’s Grotto 

If you’re headed to Gozo, then Xerri’s Grotto is a must see.

The geological formations in this little-known grotto are especially peculiar, and the grotto itself is basically in the basement of the family that discovered the cave.

Entry to the grotto is therefore through the house itself, and as well as show you around, the family will also tell entertaining stories about the grotto’s discovery.

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Ninu’s Cave

Ninu’s Cave has also been kept in the family!

This cave is found in someone’s house, assumedly Ninu, or at least a relative of Ninu.

As well as checking out the impressive geological formations in the cave, you’ll also be shown around by the great-granddaughter of the man who discovered it!

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From mainstays of legend to ancient catacombs and tiny residential caves, Malta certainly has something for every subterranean explorer.

So if you’re staying in Malta give these best caves in Malta a shot and spend your days as an explorer.

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