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by London Schweppes (subscribe)
Domestic goddess and backyard explorer with a passion for freelance writing!
Published January 9th 2015
Explore ancient relics and human history

When sightseeing around Malta we decided to make use of the hop-on hop-off bus tours. My husband's main purpose of taking the tour was to see the UNESCO world heritage sites so we chose to forgo the blue route which would take us into other small towns such as Mdina, with its own museums and sights, as that would take another couple of hours at least. We chose the red route of the City sightseeing tour instead, which would take us to several destinations including, our first stop, the hypogeum.

Unfortunately, due to poor planning and lack of knowledge, we had not realised we needed to pre-book the hypogeum in advance, and were soon enough informed there were no more slots left for the day. So my advice is to definitely look this one up and pre book, it's probably worth it, looking at the number of tourists that flock there at any given time. So once again, because we had planned to go to Gozo the following day, which happened to be our last full day, we had to give the hypogeum a miss due to lack of time, and the travelling distance from Buggiba.

No matter, there were more UNESCO world heritage sites left yet! Passing by a fishing village (another hop-on hop-off stop) where you could easily grab a meal, followed by another stop where you could do a boat cruise adventure, we decided we were definitely not going to miss the Hagar Qim and Mnajdra archeological park, home to the two remaining temples in the area. Did you know that the temples are thought to be from the neolithic (stone age) era more than 2000 years older than the Stonehenge, and more than 1000 years older than the Egyptian pyramids? Get ready to learn some more amazing, fascinating facts!

Thought to be remains from 3200- 3600 BC, the temples first excavated in 1839. Interestingly, no one yet knows why the temples were made or who made them or if they were even temples to begin with. I'd recommend grabbing an audio guide and walking around the archeological park, which takes about an hour at most to read all the signs.
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Why? Explore ancient relics and human history
When: See tour operators for times
Where: The island of Malta
Cost: Varies
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