Date Last Updated: 9th November 2019
Hagar Qim is part of the Hagar Qim Archaeological Park and is among the oldest temple on the planet. This site is on a scale and importance up there with Stonehenge England but is far less known.
Hagar Qim is a
fascinating site with 2 large temples and a modern visitors centre.
It is impressive since you can physically touch and walk around the large stones unlike Stonehenge in England.
There is another temple called Mnajdra. It is situated 600 meters away down a lovely long path way between the two temples. There are nature trails around the sites where you can walk and admire the views of the coast. You can also see the island of Filfla.
The 5,000-year-old Hagar Qim ("HA-jar eem"), which means “standing stones” was built between 3600 - 3000 B.C. It lies about a mile away from the village of Qrendi and a half hour drive from Valletta the capital city of Malta.
A further temple lies just a short walk down the hill, known as Mnajdra temples.
The temples overlooks the sea and the island of Filfla. It is the third Megalithic temples to be built on the Maltese Islands. Although it is quite large, it is smaller than the Ggantija temples in Gozo.
The temples offer a spectacular sight with the use of massive large stones. One of them is the largest single stone used in Maltese temples weighing seven tonnes.
For many centuries due to the “standing stones”, only the tall parts used to be seen as the temples were covered in centuries of dust. They rise on a rocky surface overlooking a ﬁne view of the sea and Filﬂa island.
The site was covered with earth up to 1839, and most of the standing stones bear the marks of the farmer’s plough. This means that the land used to be used for farming and that the plough of the farmer left marks on the sides of the tall high stones.
Further archaeological digs were conducted during 1885 when a number of statuettes and a four-sided limestone altar were discovered.
The ruins consist of a main building and of a number of smaller ones grouped immediately near it or at some distance from it. It is the best-preserved of several ancient limestone temples in Malta.
From an aerial view this temple is in the shape of a giant paw. At this temple there is a number of small mushroom-shaped altars carved out of stone. The original altars were taken to the Museum of Archaeology in Valletta, and replaced with imitations which are now found at Hagar Qim today.
In the temple animals were sacrificed as several bones of animals were found. These were stored inside a hole in the ground.
These are visitor's 5 star reviews about Hagar Qim
Feeling the eternity
"Whole place was absolutely stunning! You could feel somekind of holyness, beautiful silence of nature, going back thousands of years and close to Mother Earth.
Worth of visiting! Wear good shoes for walking and remember to take water with you. Old man in his van selling some snacks in front of the museum had the best Maltese ftiras we have ever tasted!"
The Oldest Free Standing Temple in the World
"Truly memorable as these ruins are 5,600 years old...older than the pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge. They had religious and astronomical functions. The nearby museum and video presentation give a great overview. You must visit this site if you are in Malta."
Wonderful heritage site
"Went here over 20 years ago on a blazing hot day so re visited to see how it compared. Of course the structures are the same but they have been covered to protect them from the elements. Still amazed at the way they were built so many centuries ago, calculating the direction of the sun to get the light in and moving the stones into place. Now there is a visitor centre and audio guide but no cafe although there is a van parked outside selling drinks and snacks. Found it much more comfortable visiting at this time of year as a bit cooler to walk around and I was happy to sit on a bench just enjoying the view out to sea. Well worth a visit."
My favorite part of Malta
"I'd always dreamed of seeing the Megalithic temples on Malta after reading about them in books. I WAS THERE IN REAL LIFE and they do not disappoint. Be sure to stop by the other temple Mnajdra with it's oracle hole and alignment to the spring and fall equinox. Wander and take your time- soak up the vibes. These people were amazing and such views from their temple sites."
Winter opening hours – November to May
- Monday to Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00
- Last admission 16:30
Summer opening hours – June to October
- Monday to Sunday: 09:00 – 18:00
- Last admission 17:30
- Closed on 24, 25 and 31st December, 1st January and Good Friday.
The tickets are for Hagar Qim, Mnajdra Temples and visitor centre.
- Adults (18 – 59 years): €10.00
- *Youths (12 – 17), *Senior citizens (60 years &- over), *Concessions and *Students: €7.50
- Children (6 - 11): €5.50
- Infants (1 - 5): Free
* When purchasing ticket you must provide a valid ID or a student card
How can I buy tickets?
- If you want to just go to Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, you will need to purchase the tickets from the ticket office before you enter.
What if I want to tour other temples together with these?
There are a couple of tours available that combine different sites together.
1. Malta Prehistoric Temple Tour (Half Day) - With this tour you will visit Ghar Dalam and Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples.
2. Malta Prehistoric Temple Tour (Full Day) - With this tour you will visit Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, Ghar Dalam Caves, Limestone Heritage, Marsaxlokk Fishing Village and Blue Grotto.
If you purchase tour tickets from any of the above two links, enter 'maltainfoguide' in the coupon box for a 5% discount.
Getting there: By car drive towards Zurrieq and Qrendi area main road. Follow the signs. There is ample parking available close to the temples and adjacent to the visitor’s centre.
Where are Hagar Qim and Mnajdra temples located?
- They are located around 1.5 Km away from the famous Blue Grotto. They are very close to Qrendi village.
How do I get from Hagar Qim to Mnajdra?
- The map below shows you how far both temples are. You have an approximate 10 minute walk. To get from one temple to another you will need to walk down a long passage way. There are buggies that can take you up or down the passage way at a fee.
Malta Public Transport: There is a bus stop just outside the premises. The buses that pass from near Hagar Qim and Mnajdra are route 201 and 74. You will need to stop on 'Hagar' bus stop.
Hop-On Hop-Off Routes: The Red South Route for both sightseeing operators namely Malta Sightseeing & City Sightseeing Malta pass from here with a stop at the main road a minute walk to the temples.
Can I enter the nearby watchtower?
- No the watchtower is nHot open to the public.
How much time is required to spend at the temples?
- It depends on your interest. The site has two temples a visitors centre plus a cafe area. You will need a couple of hours to go round the sites and admire the history.
Can I buy tickets online before going to the temples?
- No you cannot buy online tickets. You will need to buy them when you arrive.
Facilities found at Hagar Qim Archaeological Park:
- A fee is required to enter the temples
- It is open all year round
- There is an onsite museum
- There is an audio visual guide
- There are family activities
- Wheelchair accessible
- Onsite restaurant
- Souvenir Shop
- Photography is allowed
- Parking is available onsite
Eating: There is a restaurant located just 100 meters away from the temples.
Closest Village: Zurrieq village. Other villages very close by are Qrendi, Imqabba, Kirkop and Hal Safi.
- The picturesque Blue Grotto is one kilometer away from Hagar Qim temples.
- There is a watch tower called Wardija Tower built by Grand Master of the Order of Malta Martin De Redin, completed by June 1659. The original name was Torre della Quardia di Giorno.
- Between this temple and Mnajdra Temple sites there is another watch tower known in Maltese as “Hamrija Tower” (Soil Tower) built by the Knights of Malta.
- Further on there is a small Location known as Ghar Lapsi. It is about 5 kilometres from Hagar Qim and Mnajdra. It is used by a few fisherman and in summer it is a popular swimming spot. There is also a restaurant here which is very famous for traditional Maltese rabbit food.
Hagar Qim Malta Temples is a must to see.