14:15 – Start of Excursion
We will start our excursion onboard vintage Maltese busses known by locals as ‘Xarabank’. These buses were built by Maltese Bus Builders during the 1950s to the 1970s and came in all kinds of colors. The busses start close to L-Università ta‘ Malta, Campus Valletta, at 14:15 after lunch.
15:00 – Arrival at the Hagar Qim temple complex
Malta is home to several megalithic temples, most of which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites. The temple complex Ħaġar Qim (“Standing/Worshipping Stones”) is located on a hill on the southern edge of the island, on a crest covered with soft Globigerina limestone. The remains of these prehistoric monumental temples suggest a building date between between 3800 – 2200 BC, which makes them some of the earliest free standing stone buildings in the world. Only 500m away, you find the remarkable temples of Mnajdra. We will have a guided tour of Hagar Qim to get an insight into the rich megalithic culture of Malta, and you can opt to explore Mnajdra on your own.
16:15 – Pickup from Hagar Qim to Mdina through Ghar Lapsi and Dingli Cliffs
17:15 – Arrival at Mdina
Mdina, also known by its Italian-language titles Città Vecchia (“Old City”) and Città Notabile (“Notable City”), is a fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta which served as the island's capital from antiquity to the medieval period. The city is still confined within its walls, and has a population of under 300 people. It is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.