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Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum
Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum

Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum

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Malta’s oldest and least-known prehistoric site is close to Marsaxlokk on the south coast. Excavations at the massive limestone cave complex at Għar Dalam in the 20th century led to the discovery of fossils of long-extinct mammals and provide firm evidence of human occupation of the island 7,400 years ago in Neolithic times. Bones and fossils of animals extinct before the Ice Age, including giant mice, dwarf elephants and hippos, can be clearly seen in a layer of rock more than 500,000 years old. Above this bedrock is a layer of loose rock formed a mere 18,000 years ago, which contained remains of deer and other mammals, and this is topped by a rock strata evidencing fragments of human skeletons and shards of tools and pots. It is thought that the first human settlers on Malta came across a land bridge from mainland Europe and existed in these caves – in fact there were still people living here in 1911 when excavations started.

The cave itself was hollowed out by water over millions of years and stretches more than 490 ft (150 m) underground; they also contain some spectacular stalagmite and stalactite formations. The first 263 ft (80 m) are open for viewing and there’s also a small museum on site, which relates the geological history of the caves and displays some of the bones, teeth and skeletons found on-site. There’s also a small botanical garden planted with indigenous Maltese shrubs and trees.

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Daily 9am-5pm
Triq Ghar Dalam, Birżebbuġa
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Malta Prehistoric Temples Tour

Malta Prehistoric Temples Tour

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Visit Malta’s spectacular prehistoric sites on a half-day tour to Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum, Hagar Qim Temples, and Mnajdra Temples, sites included in a UNESCO World Heritage Site dedicated to the Megalithic Temples of Malta. This half-day prehistoric Malta tour includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in select towns, as well as entrance fees at each of the three sites
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-Day Malta Megalithic Temples Tour: Tarxien, Ghar Dalam, Hagar Qim

Half-Day Malta Megalithic Temples Tour: Tarxien, Ghar Dalam, Hagar Qim

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Malta’s Megalithic Temples are among the oldest in the world, dating back as early as 3600 BC and protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This half-day tour from Valletta visits three of the island’s most important archeological sites—the Temples of Tarxien, Ghar Dalam or the ‘Cave of Darkness’, and the Ġgantija temples of Hagar Qim.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The 3 Cities & More

The 3 Cities & More

A unique Tour which explores the southern part of the Maltese Islands. From the three cities, to the natural cave ending with picturesque views of Malta's biggest fishing village, Marsaxlokk.
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  • 4 hours
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Sunday Special Malta

Sunday Special Malta

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Sunday tour will meet all your likings .. have a visit to the south villages as well while you can enjoy some fresh meals from Marsaxlokk and then get inspired with some amazing maltes history
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Hagar Qim temple (UNESCO), Limestone Heritage & Marsaxlokk Market guided tour

Hagar Qim temple (UNESCO), Limestone Heritage & Marsaxlokk Market guided tour

The guided tour starts with a visit to one of Malta’s oldest quarries which has been transformed into an attraction for tourists and locals alike and which provides a vivid account of one of Malta’s leading skills – the use of limestone for building purposes, a skill that goes back thousands of years. The magic of Malta’s antiquity will be explained at Hagar Qim, Malta’s main pre-historic UNESCO site, overlooking the wide expanse of the blue Mediterranean and the islet of Filfa. From Hagar Qim you will proceed to Wied iz-Zurrieq where (weather permitting – boat price not included) you can take a boat trip to the Blue Grotto, renowned for its crystal clear waters. After lunch, we drive through local vineyards right up to the idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk. You will have time to stroll through the local market set out on its waterfront. Later we proceed to the cave at Ghar Dalam where archaeologists have unearthed ample proof that Malta once formed part of the European landmass.
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  • 8 hours
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Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum hours of operation: Daily 9am-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 5 Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum costs USD 51.97. Guided Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum tours start around USD 51.97 per person. See all 5 Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum tickets and tours on Viator.