Date Last Updated: 11th July 2020
Malta Ghar Dalam Cave means ‘Cave of Darkness’ which dates back to the prehistory time era. It contains the bones of animals that were stranded and subsequently became extinct on Malta at the end of the ice age.
Malta’s oldest prehistory location on the islands where you find the earliest signs of human habitation from 7400 years ago engaging you as a visitor to go back in time.
This cave is 2000 years older than the Pyramids in Egypt and Stonehenge.
It is the start of the Prehistoric Age in Malta dating from 5200 to 4500 BC. During that time Malta was joined to Africa and Sicily since the water of the Mediterranean were very low due to the melting of ice.
Large animals such as freshwater tortoises, dwarf elephants, hippos, foxes and other vertebrates roamed around for food.
The history of the islands due to the findings inside this cave, can be decoded from the Stratigraphy which are distinguished in six principal layers.
The six principle layers are:
Tickets: Only accessible to Ghar Dalam
Tickets: Accessible to Ghar Dalam and Borg In-Nadur
If you want to just go to Ghar Dalam or Borg In-Nadur or both together, you will have to buy the tickets from there.
There are tours available that combine different sites together.
1. Malta Prehistoric Temple Tour (Half Day) - In this tour you will visit Ghar Dalam and Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples. This tour does not include Borg In-Nadur
2. Malta Prehistoric Temple Tour (Full Day) - In this tour the locations you visit are Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, Ghar Dalam Caves, Limestone Heritage, Marsaxlokk Fishing Village and Blue Grotto. This tour does not include Borg In-Nadur.
If you purchase tour tickets from any of the above two links, enter 'maltainfoguide' in the coupon box for a 5% discount.
Ghar dalam is situated on the main road leading to Birzebbugia. Parking is easy and accessible adjacent to the museum.
Here is a map showing you the location Ghar Dalam. It is located very close to Marsaxlokk Fishing Village.
Borg In-Nadur is only 11 minutes on foot. Below is a map showing you the distance between the two premises. We suggest to go to Ghar Dalam first before going to Borg In-Nadur since you can buy one ticket to enter both sites.
The route 85 only passes one way from near the caves.
The Red South Route for both sightseeing operators namely Malta Sightseeing and City Sightseeing Malta pass from here with a stop just beside the Museum.
The cave was formed around 500,000 years ago by water seeping through the Lower Coralline limestone during the Pleistocene period including flooding which washes inwards all materials in its path.
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Closest Village: Birzebbugia is just down hill. The adjacent village is Marsaxlokk. Other close villages within the circumference of the main road leading to Birzebbugia are Zejtun, Ghaxaq.
- Borg in-Nadur lies very close to Ghar Dalam. Just down the main road on the right going up hill. Arriving at the first small Pretty bay.
- Between Birzebbugia and Marsaxlokk Bay, lies St. Lucian Tower built by the knights of Malta between 1610 and 1611 forming part of the Wignacourt Towers. During the British colonial times, it was further reinforced.
Presently it is used as The Malta Center For Fisheries Science. It is not open for the public but one can walk around the tower admiring the fantastic view of the surrounding bay.
Ghar Dalam remains the main evidence of prehistoric life in Malta.
The historical location is governed by the Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) of International Importance and Special Protection Areas (SPA) which fall within the Natura 2000 which is an Environment European Commission which safeguards special protected areas around the world.